diabetes

A blog about diabetes

World Diabetes Day

14Nov

There are two main types of diabetes with type 2 being the most common. In the last decade the number of obese people developing Type 2 diabetes has increased, despite the condition being preventable with a healthy diet and regular … Continue reading

  

Type 2 diabetes costing NHS £8.8bn each year

20Oct

It is estimated that 600,000 people in the UK have Type 2 diabetes but have yet to be diagnosed. Including the undiagnosed, that’s around 4 million people in the UK alone. And since 1996, the number of people with diabetes … Continue reading

  

40-60 years old not even walking for 10 minutes once a month

24Aug

According to a report by Public Health England (PHE), middle aged men and woman are not getting enough exercise. In fact a staggering 41% are not even managing a 10 minute brisk walk once a month! Dr Jenny Harries, Deputy … Continue reading

  

Diabetes! It’s time to get serious

3Mar

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In the last decade the number of people living with type 2 diabetes has increased by a staggering 60% Shockingly around 2.6 million people in Britain suffer from Type 2 Diabetes. A third of people who have this disease don’t … Continue reading

  

Processed Foods: What’s OK, What to Avoid

19Feb

Health experts are warning of an imminent obesity epidemic

There’s a lot of talk about food in the media. Health experts are warning us of an imminent obesity epidemic, with numbers of Type 2 diabetes increasing rapidly. Food-related illnesses are beginning to put real pressure on the NHS. One of … Continue reading

  

5 Facts about Diabetes

18Feb

People living with diabetes are at higher risk for health issues affecting their feet

1. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases globally Type 2 Diabetes is by far the most common type of diabetes and is becoming increasingly prevalent. Also known as hyperglycaemia, it is caused by excessively high blood … Continue reading

  

Your Immune System – The First Line of Defence against Infections

8Dec

Growing problems of immunity to antibiotics

On 6th December 2015, there was some disturbing news in the Daily Mail.  The headline ran thus: “Superbug that beats antibiotics heading our way” Basically, superbugs have breached the last line of antibiotic defences for the first time.  A drug, Colistin, … Continue reading

  

Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t discriminate for Age

2Oct

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The news of an obese 3 year old from Texas being the youngest patient ever with type 2 diabetes is shocking indeed. She reached the weight of 5 ½ stone and developed symptoms of extreme thirst and excess urination after … Continue reading

  

Jamie’s sugar tax – no way……..

21Sep

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Did anyone see Jamie’s Sugar Rush on Channel 4 a few weeks ago? Jamie Oliver’s new campaign to tackle childhood obesity by reducing sugar intake through a sugar tax on soft drinks. It was an excellent programme and showed, among … Continue reading

  

Stay cool. It’s going to be hot.

29Jun

Eczema: 5 dilemmas for parents in summer

A heat wave is forecast with temperatures rising above 30 degrees centigrade. Detrimental health effects of hot weather include dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke , which is a medical emergency and can be fatal. Generally the risk of these … Continue reading

  

Holidays With Conditions In Mind

30Oct

It’s true that having a health condition really finds it’s way into all kinds of facets of your life. As I’ve mentioned previously, my chest reacts incredibly badly to the cold, which makes winter something of a pain. So I’m … Continue reading

  

Stress at work raises diabetes risk by 45%….

18Aug

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An interesting article appeared in the Mail Online today stating that not only can being stressed at work make you feel tired, grumpy and stressed, it can also significantly increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes – even if you’re not … Continue reading

  

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes – The Facts?

24Jun

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So I’ve been a good boy for a month now and I’m starting to see some results that are making me happy. For starters, my BP is down from 158/90 to 136/85, and that was today in the GP’s surgery! … Continue reading

  

4 Reasons Why You Should Get Tested For Diabetes Type 2

20Jun

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Hey people, one of the biggest shocks about developing type 2 diabetes for me was the fact that I was blissfully unaware at the time. I had no idea that I had a potentially life threatening condition and this is … Continue reading

  

Me and Linda

17Jun

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I’m around 2 weeks into my new lifestyle and I have to say that I feel pretty good! I’ve still not joined a new gym, the old one closed down, but that is on the cards this week. But my … Continue reading

  

Genuine and practical help for people with weight issues?…

28May

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Today’s newspaper headlines highlight the NICE guidelines that make “recommendations on the provision of effective multi-component lifestyle weight management services for adults who are overweight or obese (aged 18 and over)”.  The major health problems often cited as a consequence of obesity … Continue reading

  

Shocking news head lines today

6May

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There are some big health stories in the news today after the long bank holiday weekend . As we all know health problems never abide by the Mon-Fri 9-5:30 rule and the more we educate ourselves about the issues we … Continue reading

  

Moderate coffee consumption may reduce risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%

18Nov

The Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee highlights the latest research on coffee consumption in the prevention of type 2 diabetes Regular, moderate coffee consumption may decrease an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research highlighted in … Continue reading

  

Clothing Innovations To Help Diabetics

6Nov

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In the UK alone, there are approximately 2.9 million people who are directly affected by diabetes, with around 850,000 cases of the disease going undetected.  With around 5% of the UK’s 63 million strong population suffering from diabetes, the need … Continue reading

  

How to Control Diabetes with Exercise

29Jul

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Diabetes is a disease that can progress with time if not properly controlled. It’s a constant vigil: You have to exercise regularly. You must avoid eating food rich in sugar today, tomorrow, and the day after that for as long as … Continue reading

  

Health 2012: a year in headlines

31Dec

Our health in 2012

In 2012 we’ve found that the standards of health reporting have – largely – improved. Where there have been health scares these have been sensibly and even-handedly reported, ‘wonder cures’ seem to have hit the headlines far less often than we’ve … Continue reading

  

Chronic diseases now the biggest healthcare burden

14Dec

An interesting article has appeared in PM Live, based on several articles recently published in The Lancet. These articles reveal that advancements in treating infections and tackling malnutrition have seen chronic diseases and disability become the biggest global healthcare burdens. … Continue reading

  

INSOMNIA…NOOOOOOO – SLEEP-YEEESSSSSSS

22Sep

How much sleep do you get? Not getting enough sleep isn’t good.Requiring too much sleep can be just as bad…either way something could be wrong with your health. Sleep has ALWAYS been one of my favorite pastimes,as a teen, I … Continue reading

  

AUTOIMMUNE OLYMPIADS

19Aug

Well, the Olympics are over. Thank God! Now I can get some sleep. I was so sleep deprived. I could have won a gold medal in crankiness. I am in awe when I see the super-human type feats executed by … Continue reading

  

CLEANING HOUSE

21Jul

Since I’ve written a blog post about poop, I feel as though I can talk to you guys about anything. We are all family, right? OK, so, I want to discuss with y’all a word that is even more vile … Continue reading

  

Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer

4Jul

Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer - just like mice!

Today I forgot my lunch. Typical rush in the morning and being hassled by my kids to get out of the house to start the 25 minute school run in the car. I had some errands to run today, so … Continue reading

  

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

23Jun

This week’s blog is dedicated to those who suffer from one or more autoimmune diseases. I take my hat off to you! Having to endure the daily struggles of your respective invisible illness is truly a heroic feat, and in … Continue reading

  

NHS failings lead to deaths of 24,000 diabetics each year, says report

22Jun

Last month it was reported in The Guardian that “Widespread failings in NHS care for the growing number of diabetics lead to 24,000 unnecessary deaths each year and many others suffering complications such as blindness and amputation, a damning report by … Continue reading

  

The men who made us fat

22Jun

Whatever you conclude from this blog post, there is no getting away from the fact that as a nation we are fatter than we were 50 years ago. Up until the 1950’s, obesity was not an issue but by the … Continue reading

  

Online Clinic on Diabetes with NHS Choices

20Jun

NHS Choices and talkhealth have teamed up to present an Online Clinic on Diabetes supported by Diabetes UK, The Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) and MedicAlert which has opened today. To post your questions for the experts follow this link.  To post … Continue reading

  

Positive Results Of Joslin Diabetes Study

15Jun

optomap® equivalent to the ETDRS Gold Standard Optos plc (LSE: OPTS), a leading medical retinal imaging company, today announces the results of a clinical validation study comparing Optos ultra-widefield imaging to Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study (ETDRS) protocol fundus photography, … Continue reading

  

Huge regional variation in patients having diabetes care checks

14Jun

Younger patients less likely to have all checks, new figures show Diabetes patients are up to four times more likely to have all their essential care checks depending on where they live in England and Wales, new figures reveal. Today’s … Continue reading

  

Aggressive pre-diabetes approach needed

11Jun

An “early and aggressive” approach to people on the cusp of developing Type 2 diabetes is justified to reduce cases of the disease, a study suggests. People with “pre-diabetes” have higher than normal blood sugar which has not yet reached … Continue reading

  

Hospitals make nearly four thousand medication errors in one week for inpatients with diabetes

18May

Nearly one in three hospital patients with diabetes are affected by errors which can result in dangerously high blood glucose levels, according to a national audit report. Hospitals in England and Wales made at least one medication error in the … Continue reading

  

Getting into bed and staying there?

1May

The family GP doesn’t do house calls anymore In late May 2009, my 87 year old mother-in-law fell. She got back into bed and stayed there. She was unwilling to get out of bed and be taken by ambulance to … Continue reading

  

When doctors still made house calls and people still died at home

30Apr

Over 100 years ago, when doctors still made house calls and people still died at home, it would have been difficult to predict the events that led much of the Western world to a trillion dollar healthcare systems technology industry … Continue reading

  

How private social networking can make healthcare workers really effective

25Apr

We  are accustomed to think  about social media in terms of the personal interactions that stimulate our System 1: the intuitive, fast thinking process in our brain that enables us to enjoy interesting content and parry conversations with witty repartee. … Continue reading

  

The biggest resource in healthcare is the patients themselves.

20Apr

We can use private social networks to enable patients to connect directly with their physicians and healthcare providers. By connecting directly with their physician in a private social network, doctors can provide guidance and patients can provide feedback using a simple, easy-to-use … Continue reading

  

Aqua Classes… Do they really work?

10Apr

The benefits of Aqua Exercise. Warm water pressure helps to block pain receptors, making it ideal for persons post surgery. (back, hip, knee, shoulder etc) Water works to keep you buoyant meaning the exercise is less weight bearing. This means there … Continue reading

  

Sugar – Poison, Drug or both?

13Mar

 What is all the Fuss about Sugar! Its just Sugar right? Our World is infested with Sugar in many forms, in Soft Drinks, over Pills, in Medications, Sweets, Syrups, Sauces the list goes on… Have you ever hit the pause … Continue reading

  

Take Away? or Take that Take Aways?

2Mar

Its Friday…. I have had 3 Text Messages from Takeaway Pizza Companies! 4 Flyers through the door from fast food companies At least 10 people say they are going for takeout today!! Thats 17 opportunities to justify a take away tonight … Continue reading

  

Is advertising to blame for childhood obesity?

17Feb

Obesity in the UK is rising – and more children than ever before are now obese. It’s all very worrying. There are a deluge of programmes on TV about being overweight and obese from A Year to Save My Life … Continue reading

  

So much going on at once!

31Dec

Hey  guys 🙂 Good news! My blood tests were all clear, no diabetes!I’m gonna have to go back to the doctor though, just to see what these little ‘annoyances’ are, but other than that I’m good 🙂 My skin has … Continue reading

  

BREAKING NEWS! & a very nice Christmas :)

26Dec

Hey guys! I have some (possibly) shocking news for you! But firstly, MERRY CHRISTMAS! I had a great day, which included a delicious Paleo-friendly Christmas dinner! The contents of this meal is in the previous blog post 🙂 Anyway, on … Continue reading

  

23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

13Dec

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way. Dr Mike Evans explains …. Dr Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li … Continue reading