diabetes

A blog about diabetes

Rex Garratt

22 Apr

talkhealth

23 Aug

Heatwave warning, hospital food, multiple medicine risks & more

Have you missed out on the health news this week? Get up to date now with our weekly health news roundup. Met Office issues heatwave health warning for Bank Holiday weekend The Met Office has issued a level three heat …

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Helen Barnshaw

30 Jul

Going Vegan? ?

You may already know of the many benefits of going Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescatarian, Flexitarian; ? To name a few: * Better digestion * Improved metabolism * Improved energy levels * Improved circulation * Healthy weight loss * Improved detoxification ability …

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Emma Hammett

13 Jun

Diabetes – signs and symptoms and how to help with a hypo

The facts One in 15 people in the UK have diabetes. This includes one million people who have Type 2 but haven’t yet been diagnosed. In the UK, someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes. Worldwide According to the …

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talkhealth

12 Apr

Web IBS Therapy, Fatty Liver Disease, Cancer Treatment & More

If you’ve not had the chance to catch up on the latest news this week, here are the latest stories from 12 April. Fatty Liver Disease in Young People Experts have warned that high levels of fatty liver disease among young …

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Maria Kane

21 Mar

Adjusting To A Chronic Illness Diagnosis

  Around 15 million people in the UK have a diagnosed chronic illness and recent research indicates that this number is only going to increase.  In the UK, the most common chronic illnesses are asthma, diabetes and coronary heart disease.  …

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talkhealth

8 Mar

Health Round Up – Smear Tests, Ambulance Response, Diabetes & Weight loss & More

Happy Internation Women’s Day! If you’ve not had time to catch up on all the latest health news this week (4th March), we’ve summarised some of the key stories for you. Public Health England Launch Cervical Cancer TV Campaign The government …

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talkhealth

21 Dec

This week in health – 21 December 2018

It’s only four days until Christmas Day, but that hasn’t slowed the flow of health news. Instead, it seems to have spurred a number of health professionals to call for stronger actions to dissuade people from eating unhealthy foods. This …

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talkhealth

30 Nov

This week in health – 30 November 2018

Our last health news round-up of November 2018 features an exciting new health trial for the over-65s, a major achievement by Public Health England (PHE) and the continuing theme of the UK’s major diabetes challenge. Keep up to date in …

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talkhealth

23 Nov

This week in health – 23 November 2018

News about diabetes and mental health continue to top the agendas for the media channels – and these are topics that talkhealth really cares about, too. Catch up with the health news in just 2 minutes. Type 2 diabetes numbers …

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talkhealth

9 Nov

This week in health – 9 November 2018

Autumn has well and truly arrived here at talkhealth HQ, and the leaves are falling from the trees almost as fast as new health stories are being published in the media. While focusing on the UK, British health journalists are …

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talkhealth

2 Nov

This week in health – 2 November 2018

After an amazing summer of weather at talkhealth HQ, who would have believed it could continue into November? Healthiest and unhealthiest high streets in the UK The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has compiled a league table of British high …

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talkhealth

14 Sep

This week in health – 14 September 2018

You might agree that health seems to have suddenly become a more popular topic than ever in the media, with breaking news stories almost every day. Here are a few that caught our attention here at talkhealth in the past …

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Pancreatic Cancer Action

5 Jun

1 in 8 people will have type 2 diabetes by 2045

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Concerning new research just presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Vienna indicates that almost one in eight people will have type 2 diabetes and that almost a quarter of people worldwide will be obese by 2045. The …

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James Rush

23 Jan

How to take control of your own health

Now that it’s January everybody wants to get back to the gym and start a new diet or exercise health kick of some description whether that’s a detox protocol or simply couch to 5k. For the average person in the …

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Deborah

10 Jan

Weight Loss for Health

Since the start of January, the media has been full of weight loss plans and exercise regimes. My gym, which was quiet over Christmas, was full to the brim on Monday and I struggled to park the car at 6.30am …

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talkhealth

2 Jan

PHE launches Change4Life campaign around children’s snacking

Public Health England (PHE) has launched the first Change4Life campaign specifically promoting healthier snacks in order to help parents take better control of their children’s snacks. Shockingly, half of children’s sugar intake, currently around 7 sugar cubes a day, comes …

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talkhealth

14 Nov

World Diabetes Day

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 …

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talkhealth

20 Oct

Type 2 diabetes costing NHS £8.8bn each year

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 …

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Deborah

24 Aug

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

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 …

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Guest blogger

3 Mar

Diabetes! It’s time to get serious

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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 …

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Guest blogger

19 Feb

Processed Foods: What’s OK, What to Avoid

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 …

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Guest blogger

18 Feb

5 Facts about Diabetes

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 …

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Patricia

8 Dec

Your Immune System – The First Line of Defence against Infections

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, …

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Dr Helen Webberley

2 Oct

Type 2 Diabetes doesn’t discriminate for Age

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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 …

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Michelle

21 Sep

Jamie’s sugar tax – no way……..

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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 …

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Dr Roger Goulds

29 Jun

Stay cool. It’s going to be hot.

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 …

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Kayleigh Herbertson

30 Oct

Holidays With Conditions In Mind

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 …

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talkhealth

18 Aug

Stress at work raises diabetes risk by 45%….

Tired young business man with problems and stress

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 …

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Phil Hall

24 Jun

How To Reverse Type 2 Diabetes – The Facts?

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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! …

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Phil Hall

20 Jun

4 Reasons Why You Should Get Tested For Diabetes Type 2

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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 …

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Phil Hall

17 Jun

Me and Linda

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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 …

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talkhealth

28 May

Genuine and practical help for people with weight issues?…

Marya Rosales

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 …

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talkhealth

6 May

Shocking news head lines today

Boy Using An Inhaler

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 …

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Guest blogger

18 Nov

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

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 …

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Guest blogger

6 Nov

Clothing Innovations To Help Diabetics

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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 …

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Stef

29 Jul

How to Control Diabetes with Exercise

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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 …

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talkhealth

31 Dec

Health 2012: a year in headlines

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 …

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talkhealth

14 Dec

Chronic diseases now the biggest healthcare burden

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. …

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Carol

22 Sep

INSOMNIA…NOOOOOOO – SLEEP-YEEESSSSSSS

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 …

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Carol

19 Aug

AUTOIMMUNE OLYMPIADS

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 …

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Carol

21 Jul

CLEANING HOUSE

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 …

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Deborah

4 Jul

Eat 40% less and live 20 years longer

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 …

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Carol

23 Jun

BOOST YOUR IMMUNE

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 …

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talkhealth

22 Jun

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

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 …

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Deborah

22 Jun

The men who made us fat

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 …

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talkhealth

20 Jun

Online Clinic on Diabetes with NHS Choices

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 …

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talkhealth

15 Jun

Positive Results Of Joslin Diabetes Study

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, …

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talkhealth

14 Jun

Huge regional variation in patients having diabetes care checks

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 …

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talkhealth

11 Jun

Aggressive pre-diabetes approach needed

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 …

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talkhealth

18 May

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

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 …

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Danny

1 May

Getting into bed and staying there?

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 …

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Danny

30 Apr

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

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 …

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Danny

25 Apr

How private social networking can make healthcare workers really effective

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. …

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Danny

20 Apr

The biggest resource in healthcare is the patients themselves.

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 …

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Mark

10 Apr

Aqua Classes… Do they really work?

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 …

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Mark

13 Mar

Sugar – Poison, Drug or both?

 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 …

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Mark

2 Mar

Take Away? or Take that Take Aways?

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 …

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Deborah

17 Feb

Is advertising to blame for childhood obesity?

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 …

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Brooke

31 Dec

So much going on at once!

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 …

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Brooke

26 Dec

BREAKING NEWS! & a very nice Christmas :)

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 …

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Deborah

13 Dec

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

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 …

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