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Introducing IDDT – the InDependent Diabetes Trust

Introducing IDDT

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We are an organisation for people living with diabetes run by people living with diabetes. We recognise that when one person in a family lives with diabetes, this affects other family members and we offer support to partners and parents. We raise awareness of important issues for people with diabetes and provide information in non-medical language. Read more…

Ramadan 2019

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Ramadan

Ramadan is based on the ninth month of the lunar calendar, so this year that the fast of Ramadan 2019 will start on the evening of 4th May and will continue for 30 days until the evening of 4th June. During this month it is expected that Muslims who participate will abstain from food, water, beverages, smoking, oral drugs and sexual intercourse from sunrise to sunset.

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Warning! Be careful about completing your driving licence application online!

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One of our Type 1 members phoned today to warn other people of his experience with the DVLA online driving licence application.

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DVLA Guidelines make it simpler for drivers with insulin treated diabetes

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The update means drivers can now choose to use flash and continuous glucose monitoring devices to take glucose readings before they drive, or during breaks in driving. Until now, drivers had to check their glucose levels with a finger prick blood reading no more than 2 hours before driving and then again on a break after every 2 hours of driving.

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New Ulcer treatment could prevent 3,000 amputations a year

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Urgo MedicalUrgostart Is The Only Local Treatment Proven To Reduce The Healing Time Of Leg Ulcers And Diabetic Foot Ulcers

A unique interactive wound dressing for venous leg ulcers and diabetic foot ulcers that could prevent more than 3,000 diabetes-related amputations has been recommended by NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), following a comprehensive review of ground-breaking clinical studies in addition to expert opinion and advice.

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Roche announces urgent recall on certain Accu-Chek Aviva and Performa test strips

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Accu-Chek Recall

Roche Diabetes Care have asked for a recall on certain batches of its Accu-Chek Aviva and Performa test strips. The affected batches could result in readings that are either too high or tool low which in turn, can lead to treatment errors.

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Leading experts slam current diabetes care in UK care homes – a Call to Action needed

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Professor Alan Sinclair slam current diabetes care in UK care homes

Diabetes care in nursing homes still remains “fragmented” and urgent steps need to be taken to restore the “health and dignity” of older people, leading experts have said.

A review of multiple studies carried out across 25 years involving residents with diabetes has slammed care home provision saying that care homes “often do not meet national standards” of diabetes care and staff training is “patchy”. 

Lead author Professor Alan Sinclair, from the Foundation for Diabetes Research in Older People and University of Aston, said: “Our findings show the level of diabetes care remains fragmented which is quite worrying because figures suggest over a quarter of care home residents are believed to have the condition. Without proper management, it can lead to frailty, dependency, disability and reduced life expectancy.

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Talking meter removed

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Talking meter removed

Meter for the visually impaired removed from the market
The SuperCheck2 blood glucose meter for visually impaired people has been withdrawn from the market by the manufacturer, Apollo Medical Technologies Ltd. This meter provided blood glucose readings through a voice system.

There is another glucose meter on the market to help visually impaired people with diabetes, the GlucoRx Nexus Voice Meter. This meter uses GlucoRx Nexus test strips and GlucoRx Nexus Lancets.

Walking in a group

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As we know, walking is good for our health and wellbeing, especially if you have diabetes. It is also known that walking with other people makes it enjoyable and encourages us to take more exercise.

During the summer months there are walks in Kennington, Oxfordshire and for more information click here. However, if you don’t live in that area there is an organisation called the Ramblers who have a national website which will help you to find walking groups around the country: www.ramblers.co.uk

Diabetes doubles over 20 years

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“The number of adults and older teens with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled over the past 20 years, with 3.7 million people aged 17 or older now known to be living with the disease, campaigners say.”

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Regular IRN-BRU is reducing its sugar content

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50% less sugar

IRN-BRU Reducing Sugar FactsheetFrom January 2018 IRN-BRU will contain approximately 50% less sugar. The sugar content per 100ml will reduce from 10.3g to 4.7g. For a time old and new products may be on the shelf together so remember to check the label.

People with diabetes should be aware of the carbohydrate content change and should seek medical advice.

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Animal insulins continue to be available – statement from Wockhardt UK, 30.11.18

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From December 2018, people in the US will not be able to import pork insulin from Wockhardt UK.

This is due to stringent Regulatory Controls, leaving Wockhardt UK with no choice but to discontinue the supply of Hypurin Porcine & Bovine insulin which is directly supplied to the patients in the USA on a “Name Patient basis”.

On November 30th 2018, Wockhardt issued the following statement which offers reassurance to people in the UK who use Hypurin® porcine insulin…

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neuropad®

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neuropad

neuropad® is a patented 10-minute screening test for the early detection of diabetic foot syndrome; a condition which can lead to serious complications such as foot ulceration and even amputation.  The test is completely painless. Think of the test as an early warning system for your feet.

List of published clinical studies: http://www.neuropad.co.uk/case-studies/
The price of the test comprising of two test pads is £14.99, no VAT payable and can be purchased from our website shop, or by phoning IDDT on 01604 622837.

 

Position Statement – ‘pre-diabetes’

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The term ‘pre-diabetes’ has crept into our language and there is debate about its use. People who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes are now being classed as having ‘pre-diabetes’ or ‘borderline diabetes’.

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Diabetes-friendly socks

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Diabetes-friendly socks

IDDT now sell diabetes-friendly socks in our online shop. Our Comfort Socks have been developed for use by people with diabetes, vascular disorders and other circulatory problems. Our Fuller Fitting Longer Sock is for people who find it difficult to wear ordinary socks. These are made with a large circumference top and are suitable for people who may be suffering from oedema (swollen legs), for example.

The Comfort Socks retail at £8 and the Fuller Fitting at £12 per pair including p&p. To order your socks, please visit our online shop, or phone IDDT on 01604 622837.

 

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