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Creating a brighter future for generations to come

Creating a brighter future for generations to come

Faced with a diabetes pandemic of epic proportions, it is a bittersweet pleasure to be presiding over the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) this World Diabetes Day, says Sir Michael Hirst, President, International Diabetes Federation.
Blue Circle Champions inspire others to take control of their diabetes

Blue Circle Champions inspire others to take control of their diabetes

We talk to four of the IDF’s Blue Circle Champions about how they manage and how they hope to inspire others living with diabetes.
 Diabetes doesn t hold me back

‘Diabetes doesn’t hold me back’

British Touring Car Championship driver Paul O’Neill, 33, talks to us about how he achieved his dreams despite his diabetes.
Tips for the newly diagnosed

Tips for the newly diagnosed

if you have been diagnosed with diabetes recently, it helps to have a plan of action to help you manage and get on top of your diabetes, says online information forum diabetes.co.uk.
 
Champion of the Congo Working to ensure a better future

Champion of the Congo: Working to ensure a better future

Sister Marguerite De Clerck has worked as a diabetes expert in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for over 50 years. She gives us an incredible insight into the lives of people with diabetes in this country.
 
Type 2 diabetes a potential public health disaster

Type 2 diabetes: a potential public health disaster

There are 3 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes. About 90 per cent of these have Type 2 diabetes and a further estimated 850,000 people have Type 2 diabetes but don’t know it because they haven’t been diagnosed.
HbA1c tests preventing complications and helping cut hidden diabetes

HbA1c tests: preventing complications and helping cut ‘hidden’ diabetes

The HbA1c test can help reduce the chances of diabetes complications. But it can do far more than that. So what is it and how can it help?
Moving closer to major medical breakthrough in diabetes

Moving closer to major medical breakthrough in diabetes

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the cells of the pancreas that make insulin.
Improving diabetes care for children around the globe through international benchmarking

Improving diabetes care for children around the globe through international benchmarking

The International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD) has a very simple motto: “A better world for children with diabetes".
The low carb diet is slowly gaining recognition by medical professionals

The low-carb diet is slowly gaining recognition by medical professionals

The Diabetes.co.uk forum has long championed the low-carb diet. Despite its effectiveness, the diet was for a long time resisted by medical professionals. Slowly but surely, that seems to be changing.
Problems with the EU guidelines for driving with diabetes

Problems with the EU guidelines for driving with diabetes

Helen Nichols won her driving license back from the DVLA after it was revoked for two night-time cases of hypoglycemia, despite her Type 1 diabetes control being otherwise excellent.
Better patient care 20 000 unnecessary diabetes deaths a year

Better patient care: 20,000 unnecessary diabetes deaths a year

Providing the correct support, care and complication prevention methods will create a better future for diabetes treatment.
The global diabetes challenge prioritising the condition

The global diabetes challenge: prioritising the condition

The global diabetes challenge continues to be a focal point for international governments as the numbers of diagnosed rise significantly.
Poor medical care for my diabetes has inspired me

Poor medical care for my diabetes has inspired me

Kirsty McLellan, 25, from Hertfordshire was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when she was a child and she says that her experience has inspired her to work in healthcare.
Phillip Schofield Life with Diabetes doesn t need to change

Phillip Schofield: Life with Diabetes doesn’t need to change

In support of Diabetes week 2014, ITV television presenter Phillip Schofield speaks on the importance of people with diabetes ruling their condition.
Tony s story Understanding diabetes helped me control it

Tony’s story: Understanding diabetes helped me control it

Tony Hatcher, 61, a patient transport driver from Erith in Kent, believes that understanding his diabetes helped him control it.
Fasting with diabetes staying safe during Ramadan

Fasting with diabetes: staying safe during Ramadan

Yasroon Elmi, 27, a teacher from Erith has Type 2 diabetes running in her family, with her parents, brother, grandparents and aunt all living with the condition.
Preventing amputations caused by diabetes

Preventing amputations caused by diabetes

Diabetes can cause serious health issues that can even result in amputation - but with the right medical support these complications can be highly preventable.
Managing diabetes the role of pharmacists

Managing diabetes: the role of pharmacists

Pharmacists are uniquely positioned on the frontline of diabetes care to support people with the condition, but lack of public awareness makes them an untapped resource.
3 dietary tips for people with diabetes

3 dietary tips for people with diabetes

Don’t let your diet hold you back: Some foods can hold back your progress towards achieving a good weight and good blood glucose levels.
Key factors for effective Type 2 diabetes management

Key factors for effective Type 2 diabetes management

An early diagnosis, healthy eating, exercise, and avoiding at-risk behaviours like smoking can reduce complications from type 2 diabetes.
Education is key to beating the global diabetes challenge

Education is key to beating the global diabetes challenge

The global diabetes challenge is expected to grow rapidly over the next few decades, prompting the need for more in-depth education on the condition.
Turning your diagnosis into a chance to improve your life

Turning your diagnosis into a chance to improve your life

People with type 2 diabetes shouldn’t look at the condition as an impossible challenge, but as a second chance to have a healthier and happier life, says Ramona Mulligan.
Are you struggling with hypos

Are you struggling with hypos?

Hypo unawareness can be dangerous for people with diabetes who take glucose-lowering medication, such as insulin.
Creating a brighter future for generations to come

Creating a brighter future for generations to come

Faced with a diabetes pandemic of epic proportions, it is a bittersweet pleasure to be presiding over the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) this World Diabetes Day, says Sir Michael Hirst, President, International Diabetes Federation.
How to enjoy life and be healthy with diabetes

How to enjoy life and be healthy with diabetes

Sue Cleaver, who plays Coronation Street's Eileen Grimshaw, is supporting Diabetes Week because she understands the importance of informing people about the expert help and support available for diabetics.
How sports helped Bas Van de Goor control his Type 1 diabetes

How sports helped Bas Van de Goor control his Type 1 diabetes

Question: Would a diabetes diagnosis ruin Bas van de Goor’s volleyball career?
Answer: No — fitness helped him control his diabetes and now he’s helping others to do the same.
You are not alone Amelia Lily sufferer of type 1 diabetes doesn t slow down

You are not alone: Amelia Lily sufferer of type 1 diabetes doesn’t slow down.

Question: Does diabetes get in the way of young people’s ambitions?
Answer: No, says singing star Amelia Lily — in fact her experience of dealing with Type 1 diabetes helped her during the X Factor
Simple feet checks can prevent amputation

Simple feet checks can prevent amputation

Question: Why is it so important that people with diabetes check their feet every day?
Answer: Because even a simple blister can eventually result in an amputation.
How two brothers deal with diabetes sports and insulin injections

How two brothers deal with diabetes, sports and insulin injections

Question: What’s life like for a family living with diabetes?
Answer: Twins Ben and Marcus Ordever, aged 12, know all too well, but with help from parents Helen and Philip, they live a normal life
Healthy eating the right start in the fight against diabetes

Healthy eating: the right start in the fight against diabetes

Diabetes presents a major public health problem. A threat to countries the world over, it affects almost 400 million people worldwide, and in 2014 it will result in nearly 5 million deaths and cost US$612 billion in global healthcare budget.
Start the day well with a healthy breakfast

Start the day well with a healthy breakfast

Charles Mattocks is a celebrity chef and diabetes advocate. Since his diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes he has become determined to tackle the condition and here he shares one of his breakfast recipes from his budget-friendly diabetes cookbook.
The link between obesity and diabetes

The link between obesity and diabetes

Question: Is enough being done to stress the link between obesity and Type 2 diabetes?
Answer: No. The public needs to be made more aware of the dangers of obesity — and more services are needed to help patients with weight issues.
International Diabetes Federation diabetes storybook

International Diabetes Federation diabetes storybook

People living with diabetes come across unique challenges depending on where they live in the world. Here we showcase the different experiences from Canada, Pakistan, India and Brazil. 
Prevention it s a matter of lifestyle

Prevention: it’s a matter of lifestyle

“Type 2 diabetes is associated with reduced quality of life, as well as complications such as blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart attack and stroke,” explains Dr Laura Gray, of the Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester.
4 tips for managing your diabetes

4 tips for managing your diabetes

Regardless of the type of diabetes you have, sensible food choices and keeping physically active can help you achieve good blood glucose control and live life to the full.
More collaboration is needed in the NHS to improve diabetes care

More collaboration is needed in the NHS to improve diabetes care

Increased collaboration between GPs and specialists can bridge the divide between primary and secondary care, improving diabetes services and, in turn, patient outcomes. 
Islet Cell Transplantation

Islet Cell Transplantation

People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce the hormone insulin which means that they need to rely on daily injections of insulin in order to stay alive. Insulin is created by specialised cells in the pancreas called the islets of Langerhans. 
Facts about heart disease and diabetes

Facts about heart disease and diabetes

Learn more about diabetes and cardiovascular health through these 8 interesting facts about heart disease and diabetes.
Chris Pennell explains why diabetes should not stop you from following your dreams

Chris Pennell explains why diabetes should not stop you from following your dreams

"Diabetes gave me a challenge, and that made me a stronger person and a better player – much better than I would be if I wasn’t diabetic".