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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…

NICE guideline on Type 1 diabetes in adults: diagnosis and management (update)

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This final guideline has now been published and can be found by visiting the NICE website: https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/NG17

This update is focused on the long-acting insulin recommendations only. Further updates will be published in due course.

The recommendations from this guideline have been included in the NICE Pathway on Type 1 diabetes in adults, which brings together everything we have said on Type 1 diabetes in adults: diagnosis and management (update) in an interactive flowchart. There is brief information about the guideline for people using services, carers and the public at ‘Information for the public’.

Who is classed as ‘clinically vulnerable’?

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Having diabetes does not automatically mean that you fit into the clinically vulnerable category, this only applies to people who received a letter during lockdown telling them they are in this group or if they have been told by their GP.

Expert doctors have identified specific medical conditions that, based on what is known about the virus so far, place someone at greatest risk of severe illness from COVID-19. The following people are included but disease severity, history or treatment levels will also affect who is in the group.

  • People with specific cancers:
  • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
  • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
  • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
  • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
  • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
  • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
  • People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD).
  • People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell).
  • People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
  • Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
  • you do not have any of the conditions that makes you clinically extremely vulnerable
  • you have not been told by your GP or specialist that you’re clinically extremely vulnerable or received a letter

Everyone with diabetes to receive the Covid-19 vaccine

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It has been announced that Group 6 will be the next group to receive the vaccine to protect against Covid-19.

This includes everyone over 60 years old and anyone with any form of diabetes or any underlying health conditions and aged between 16 to 64.

The adverse effects include headache, tiredness and soreness at the injection site but these effects should not last longer than a couple of days.

 

Lockdown for IDDT

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Lockdown for IDDT

I am afraid that IDDT has had to close the offices during lockdown. There are only 4 members of staff, two of whom are classed as ‘vulnerable’ and therefore we have to look after their safety and welfare, as well as follow the lockdown advice to stay at home and protect the NHS. I am sure that you all understand that this is necessary.

The closure means that we are unable to send out any leaflets or deal with any incoming post.

It also means that we will be unable to draw the lottery for the time that this continues but as we did for the first lockdown, we will draw each month separately when we are back in the office.

On a more positive note: Read more…

Pandemic Update for IDDT

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IDDT offices are open with all the necessary safety precautions in place. However, there is a slightly reduced number of staff in the office.

This may mean that there will be a slight delay in responding to requests for leaflets and dealing with incoming post but we are sure that you will understand that this is necessary.

It also means that there will be a delay in drawing the lottery for the time being but each month will be drawn separately and the winners informed as soon as possible.

On a positive note:

Up to date Government information on Covid can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

We hope all our members and visitors stay safe and well.

Jenny Hirst
Co-chair
InDependent Diabetes Trust

Lockdown for IDDT

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Lockdown for IDDT: Update

IDDT offices have been completely closed during lockdown. However, we are now opening up in a limited way with two people being in the office everyday with all the necessary safety precautions being in place and other staff members working from home.

This may mean that there will be a slight delay in responding to requests for leaflets and dealing with incoming post but we are sure that you will understand that this is necessary.
 
It also means that there will be a delay in drawing the lottery for the time being but each month will be drawn separately and the winners informed as soon as possible.  

On a more positive note:

We will be back offering our usual service as soon as it is safe to so. In the meantime, we hope all our members and visitors stay safe and well.

Jenny Hirst
Co-chair
InDependent Diabetes Trust

Suspension of donations of unwanted, in-date insulin and other diabetes supplies

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We are always very grateful for the donations of unwanted, in-date and unused insulin and other diabetes supplies, such as needles, lancets and test strips. This is a great help to people with diabetes in developing countries. However, due to regulations during the pandemic, we have been unable to send insulin or other items for several months and this does not seem likely to change in the foreseeable future.

Click here to read more

 

NICE News

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Rapid COVID-19 guidance on vitamin D
In collaboration with Public Health England and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition, NICE has published rapid guidance on vitamin D in relation to COVID-19. This supports current government advice for everyone to take a 10 microgram (400IU) vitamin D supplement every day throughout the autumn and winter. This dose is safe and effective at maintaining vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is important for bone and muscle health.

Click here to read more

 

‘Clinically vulnerable’ and shielding

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We have received queries about whether people with diabetes fit into the ‘clinically vulnerable’ category and therefore should be ‘shielding’.

Having diabetes does not automatically mean that you fit into the clinically vulnerable category, this only applies to people who have received a letter telling them they are in this group or if they have been told by their GP.

The guidance is for people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, including children and it also applies to their family, friends and carers. It applies to people living at home, with or without additional support, and to clinically extremely vulnerable people living in long-term care facilities for the elderly or people with special needs.

Who is ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’?
Click here to read more

 

Handwashing and respiratory hygiene

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This is just a reminder for all of us. There are general principles you should follow to help prevent the spread of airway and chest infections caused by respiratory viruses, including:

  • wash your hands more often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser. Do this after you blow your nose, sneeze or cough, and before you eat or handle food,
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands,
  • avoid close contact with people who have symptoms,
  • cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in a bin,
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the home.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has some clear guidance on how we should wash our hands and it can be found at the following link: https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/

 

Looking after your feet

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During lockdown many routine appointments, many standard screening appointments are being cancelled. This includes routine podiatry appointments to check the health of your feet, therefore it is more important than ever that you regularly check your feet for any changes.

Foot problems are one of the common complications of diabetes and are caused by nerve damage (neuropathy) or damage to blood vessels in the feet and legs.

Our booklet ‘Looking After Your Feet’ tells you what to look for and is available online by clicking on:
https://www.iddt.org/publications/looking-after-your-feet

If you are concerned about the development of any changes to your feet or lower limbs, you should contact your GP or your usual podiatrist as help is available to prevent the development of serious complications.

 

Eye strain from long periods on a screen

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One way or another, many of us are using various devices and screens for many hours of the day through working from home or in our leisure time. Spending long periods looking at computer, phone, or tablet screens can strain the eyes. Using the 20-20-20 rule can help to prevent this problem.

The rule says that for every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, a person should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Read more:
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321536

 

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