It is national diabetes week in the UK and the leading charity Diabetes UK has released the following press release.
'A Diabetes UK survey has found that nearly one million people in the UK could be risking their health and experiencing emotional distress by keeping their diabetes a secret.
As a result Diabetes UK is raising awareness of the importance of talking about diabetes during Diabetes Week this year (12 to 18 June) and we are encouraging anyone having… Continue
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Pre-diabetes or Pre Diabetes is a condition that usually remains undetected. It is a blood sugar disorder that can cause long term damage to the circulatory system and to the heart.
Patients with pre-diabetes are 15 times more likely to develop type II diabetes and the risk of further complications.
Am I at risk?
If you are over weight and/or your waist measurement is more than 31.5 inches for a woman or 37 inches for a man you may be at… Continue
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According to the UK charity Diabetes UK
Children of South Asian origin in the UK are 13 times more likely to have Type 2 diabetes than White children.
They report -
The statistic is from the charity’s new report, Diabetes in the UK 2009: Key statistics on diabetes.
Type 2 diabetes is up to six times more common in people of South Asian descent and those who have diabetes are three times more likely to have heart… Continue
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Thursday the 30th of July is insulin appreciation day.
In the fall of 1920 Dr. Frederick Banting had an idea that would unlock the mystery of the dreaded diabetes disorder. Before this, for thousands of years, a diabetes diagnosis meant wasting away to a certain death.
Working at a University of Toronto laboratory in the very hot summer of 1921 Fred Banting and Charles Best were able to make a pancreatic extract which had anti diabetic… Continue
Added by Administrator on July 28, 2009 at 0:09 —
The NHS is the UK have a Stop Smoking Widget
aimed at encouraging those of us who smoke to think about the financial and health benefits of smoking.
I was able to stop smoking some years ago after a number of attempts. It was not easy and if I ever think about smoking now I remind myself… Continue
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Alison set to share her slimming secrets
A slimmer who transformed her life by losing over 4 stone is using her success to shape a whole new career helping other people change their lives for the better too.
Alison Caton-Roberts (age 37) joined her local Slimming World group in Davyhulme ten months ago and dropped three dress sizes and four stones.
Now, she has trained as a Consultant for Slimming World, the UK’s… Continue
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We just wanted to say "Thanks Amy"
as a way of appreciating the kind work that Amy has done over the last 6 months welcoming and encouraging new members.
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Influence of Hormones on Weight Gain
According to Dr Pamela Peeke, assistant clinical professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and author of Fight Fat After Forty, comfort eating during stressful moments - which tend to be many - is one of the main reasons our waistlines expand.
According to Professor Peeke, Whenever we're angry, scared, anxious, or tense, the brain produces cortisol and adrenaline: hormones specifically designed to incite the… Continue
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Diabetes is a long-term (chronic) condition caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also sometimes known as diabetes mellitus.
Diabetes affects millions of people across the world. It also has an effect on family members and friends.
How does diabetes occur?
Normally, the amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas (a gland that is located behind the stomach). When food is digested and enters… Continue
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“There is no way I can run for one mile never mind 6”
Well last Sunday I joined 33,000 people in Manchester, England and ran the Manchester 10K charity run. For seasoned athletes the distance is a mere stroll in the park, for me it represented one of my finest achievements.
Why did I do it? Two reasons.
1) To see if I could
2) Because I was frightened.
Whilst I have enjoyed good health for all of my life, thanks in part to the wonderful… Continue
Added by Administrator on May 23, 2009 at 17:51 —
The BBC reported today the sad death of the "Voice of Mickey Mouse" Wayne Allwine as a result of diabetes related complications.
The American actor who was the voice of Mickey Mouse for 32 years has died at the age of 62.
Wayne Allwine had worked at The Walt Disney Co since 1966, starting in the mailroom before he became the voice of the famous cartoon mouse in 1977.
The Walt Disney Co said Allwine died of complications from diabetes, with his wife, an… Continue
Added by Administrator on May 21, 2009 at 22:48 —
Here is an update from the UK government and you can decide how relevant it is to you.
The Department of Health (DH) in the UK has issued an information leaflet on swine flu and launched a television advertising campaign to give people advice on how to prevent the disease from spreading.
Swine flu is a respiratory disease and has some elements of a virus found in pigs. Swine flu has now been confirmed in a number of countries and it is… Continue
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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many low-income minority individuals with type 2 diabetes have misconceptions about the disease that could put their health at risk, new research shows.
About one in three thought that their doctor would be able to cure their diabetes or that they wouldn't always have diabetes, while most didn't know about the hemoglobin A1C test, a key gauge of long-term blood glucose control.
"The newly observed misconceptions and related predictors may… Continue
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Making your “atmosphere” the right one.
Question: Why is there life on earth and no life on the moon?
Answer: Because of the atmosphere on earth.
Life requires a specific atmosphere to support it – nitrogen, oxygen, traces of argon and carbon dioxide with some water vapor. We have that kind of atmosphere here on Earth; the moon doesn’t.
We often take the earth’s atmosphere for granted and only really pay attention to it at times of severe weather conditions or… Continue
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Diabetes UK share with us some common myths and misconceptions about diabetes.
Myths about diabetes
With so much information about diabetes out there, be sure you’re getting it right. These are some common myths about diabetes.
You can catch diabetes from someone else
Although we don’t know exactly why some people get diabetes, we know that diabetes is not contagious – it can’t be caught like a cold or flu. There seems to be some genetic… Continue
Added by Administrator on February 16, 2009 at 9:30 —
Here is a little clip from the BBC in England.
Dog learns to save diabetic owner
A guide dog in County Durham saves her owner's life on a daily basis by detecting whether he is close to a diabetic collapse.
Zeta, one of the first "hypo-dogs" in the North East, has been trained by diabetes sufferer Cherry Kearton and his wife Angela.
She puts her paws on his stomach to test whether the amount of sugar in his blood is at the correct… Continue
Added by Administrator on February 7, 2009 at 21:36 —
Nerve Damage (Neuropathy)
According to the Accuchek
"Neuropathy" is a broad word like "animal." It includes a wide range of subcategories that can look as different from one another as a cat and an elephant. Neuropathy, after all, simply means "nerve disease." Because nerves carry all the information about physical sensation and motor… Continue
Added by Administrator on February 6, 2009 at 17:30 —
Acording to Diabetes New Zealand Type 1 diabetes used to be called juvenile onset diabetes or insulin dependant diabetes (IDDM). These two names have now been abandoned mainly because Type 1 diabetes can occur at any age and because many people with Type 2 diabetes are on insulin.
What is Type 1 diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is an 'auto-immune' condition. The body sets up an attack against the cells within it that make insulin. These cells are called beta… Continue
Added by Administrator on January 26, 2009 at 12:57 —
Alcohol and Diabetes
A small amount of alcohol will do you no harm according to Diabetes UK and the United Kingdom national health service.
Some information about alcohol
* Alcohol contains a lot of calories so keep your alcohol intake down if you want to lose or maintain your weight
* Avoid low sugar beers which are high in alcohol and low alcohol beers which are high in sugar, and go for ordinary beer
* Avoid drinks that are high in… Continue
Added by Administrator on January 24, 2009 at 20:04 —
According to the National Eye institute diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in American adults. It is caused by changes in the blood vessels of the retina.
In some people with diabetic retinopathy, blood vessels may swell and leak fluid. In other people, abnormal new blood vessels grow on the surface of the retina. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. A healthy retina is necessary for good… Continue
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