PUBLISHED: 09:50 09 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:50 09 April 2018 People living with diabetes in Bedfordshire are to benefit from an extra £500,000 of funding. Archant People living with diabetes in Bedfordshire are to benefit from an extra £500,000 of funding. Bedfordshire CCG has secured the additional funds to improve diabetes healthcare for the second year running after a successful bid to NHS England. About 30,000 people in Bedfordshire, or eight per cent of the adult population, are known to have diabetes – slightly below the national average – but with cases on the increase, this figure is set to rise. Bedfordshire CCG clinical programme lead Dr Sanhita Chakrabarti said: “The new funding is good news for patients in Bedfordshire because people with diabetes are at higher risk of having a stroke, heart trouble, sight loss or amputation, and are more likely to end up in hospital. “Benefits include offering an additional 560 places for patients on … [Read more...] about Extra £500,000 to support people in Bedfordshire living with diabetes
This week, the ‘sugar tax’ on fizzy drinks came into force in the UK. Might it signal the end of our love affair with all things sweet? The Telegraph travels to Mexico, where cola consumption per capita – and obesity rates – are among the highest in the world. Photographs by Jordi Ruiz Cirera.By Henry Bodkin 6 APRIL 2018 • 7:18PM oises Sanchez has intelligent, humorous eyes, but as he takes out his phone and brings up a picture of Merari, his eight-year-old daughter, they are pinched with sadness. ‘As you can tell, she’s not thin,’ he says. ‘We’re taking her to dance classes and have given her an eating schedule to control her diet. The other kids have started to bully her – I tell her to try not to get sad.’ Moises, a lawyer specialising in corporate fraud, is a doting father but an uncertain role model. He himself weighs 26 stone and is addicted to sugary food and drink. In a sombre apartment above a … [Read more...] about Can sugar taxes solve the obesity and diabetes epidemics?
The MEP said that the letter follows on from a national conference organised in January as part of his “commitment to represent the community of diabetic sufferers in Malta.” MEP Zammit Dimech explained that, although the larger part of this community is made up of Type 2 diabetics, there is nevertheless a considerable number of patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes. As a result this merits the attention of the political class. He went on to say that, during the past weeks and months, several Type 1 diabetics have contacted him to express their concern at the “great number of times they would have to extract blood in order to monitor their blood glucose level.” In turn, this not only results in continuous pain but may prejudice their healthcare over the long term, said the MEP. MEP Zammit Dimech concluded by saying that making these devices affordable to Type 1 diabetics, especially families with children who are diabetics, will undoubtedly give better care … [Read more...] about MEP calls for continuous glucose monitors be provided to Type 1 Diabetics
DIABETES is a life-long health condition which affects around 3.5 million people in the UK alone. Experts estimate there are up to 549,000 people living with diabetes who don't know it yet. But what is it exactly and what are the difference between the two types? What is diabetes? It is a condition caused by high levels of glucose - or sugar - in the blood. Glucose levels are so high because the body is unable to properly use it. In people diagnosed with diabetes, their pancreas doesn't produce any insulin, or not enough insulin. Insulin is a hormone typically produced by the pancreas and allows glucose to enter the cells in the body, where it's used for energy. What are the signs to look out for with diabetes? The common signs you may have diabetes include: going to the toilet a lot, especially at night being really thirsty feeling more tired than usual losing weight, without trying to genital itching or thrush cuts and wounds that take longer to heal blurred vision The … [Read more...] about How to check for diabetes, what are the symptoms and what’s the difference between types 1 and 2?
The government is being called upon to explore the possibility of providing affordable 'Continuous Glucose Monitors' (CGMs) to Type 1 Diabetics in genuine need. The call was made by MEP Francis Zammit Dimech in a recent letter sent by him to the Minister of Health Chris Fearne. The letter follows a national conference organised in January as part of MEP Zammit Dimech's commitment to represent the community of diabetic sufferers in Malta. Although the larger part of this community is made up of Type 2 diabetics, there is nevertheless a considerable number of patients suffering from Type 1 diabetes. As a result this merits the attention of the political class. During the past weeks and months, several Type 1 diabetics have contacted MEP Zammit Dimech to express their concern at the great number of times they would have to extract blood in order to monitor their blood glucose level. In turn, this not only results in continuous pain but may prejudice their healthcare over the long term. … [Read more...] about Zammit Dimech calls for provision of continuous glucose monitors to people with Type 1 Diabetes