About Me

I have been a type 1 diabetic since 1973, since the beginning of urine testing and the dip strips. Since then technology has moved me from the glass syringe, to the disposable syringes, flexpen and now the pump.
I had a really rough childhood with diabetes, in and out of hospital, missed half of 5th class and had no report card for that year.
I also had parents that made me feel as diabetes was all my fault and made me feel different to everyone else.
I have 3 children, having spent 8 months hospitalised due to diabetes and being pregnant as a 17 year old.
Now my oldest child has type 1 diabetes, previously diagnosed with type 2 when she was in her 20’s, she was told that she had got it from me by a General Practitioner.

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‘Smart’ insulin discovered: Experimented in mice only

Everything takes time

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An experimental “smart insulin” that acts for 14 hours has shown promise in mice and could be tested in people with type 1 diabetes in two years.

The product, known as Ins-PBA-F and developed by biochemists at the University of Utah, self-activates when blood sugar soars, according to the research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Tests on mice with a form of type 1 diabetes showed that one injection could repeatedly and automatically lower blood sugar levels after mice are given amounts of sugar comparable to what they would consume at mealtime. The drug closely mimicked the way the bodies of normal mice would return their blood sugar levels to normal after eating.

People with type 1 diabetes must constantly monitor their blood sugar and manually inject themselves with insulin when needed. Any mistake or lapse can lead to complications, including heart disease, blindness or…

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Smart-insulin patch could replace painful injections in Diabetes

I am waiting for this, since starting pumping in my 40’s anything anything is possible.

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Painful insulin injections could become a thing of the past with the invention of the “smart insulin patch” by researchers at the University of North Carolina and NC state. The patch detects increases in blood sugar levels and secretes doses of insulin into the bloodstream whenever needed. This invention could revolutionize the way, people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check.

Diabetes has become a full-blown epidemic in India, China, and many emerging economies- affecting more than 387 million people worldwide, and that number is expected to grow to 592 million by the year 2035. Patients with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes keep their sugar levels under control by regularly monitoring with finger pricks and repeated insulin shots- a process that is both painful and imprecise. “Injecting the wrong amount of medication can lead to significant complications like blindness and limb amputations, or even more disastrous consequences such as diabetic comas and death,” says John Buse…

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Blood sugar levels in response to foods are highly individual

All too true.

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Blood sugar level always rise after a meal but surprisingly, the rise in levels differ dramatically from person to person. Scientists have released this new results in the November issue of Cell, underscores the importance of a personalized diet, which explains that the bodily response to foods was highly individual. This means the same foods don’t necessarily have the same effect from person to person.

151119143445_1_540x360 Strikingly different responses to identical foods. In study participant 445 (top), blood sugar levels rose sharply after eating bananas but not after cookies of the same amount of calories. The opposite occurred in participant 644 (bottom).

The study being conducted by Dr. Eran Elinav and Prof. Eran Segal, Weizmann Institute of Science, called Personalized nutrition project focusses on “huge differences in the rise of blood sugar levels among different people who consumed identical diet and highlights the importance of personalized eating choices that helps…

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