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Active Fat

September 24, 2010
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This is a great website that explains how belly fat is bad for you — fat has a life! These cartoons explain the perils clearly and in about as fun a way as it’s possible to do. Nor is it lecturing or hectoring. Well done to the 3 organisations involved, including Diabetes UK.


Diabetes with humour

August 17, 2010

Loved coming across these cartoons from Haidee Merritt at

dLife Diabetes Companion — new iPhone app

May 13, 2010
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dLife Diabetes Companion offers access to the same award-winning features of and dLifeTV including recipes, videos, expert questions & answers plus the ability to log and track blood glucose levels and get a 360-degree view of diabetes management.

dLife Diabetes Companion allows users to:

Manage – Log and track blood glucose levels with color-coded results to help identify high and low ranges over time.
Eat – Find over 9,000 healthy and flavorful recipes and 25,000 foods with full nutritional analysis for a healthy diabetes diet.
Solve – Find expert and community answers to over 4,000 diabetes questions.
Watch – View over 400 dLifeTV videos – with health experts, cooking demos, plus Real People Real Stories.

New Zipps great for pump wearers — even hides tubing

February 15, 2010
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One of the the coolest newest items for people with pumps that I’ve seen in a long while are called “zipps”. Available from pumpwearinc they allow you to hide the tubing and keep your pump secure and comfortable. the website now has demos, so you can see the zipps in action online at

Powdered human recombinant insulin

January 5, 2010
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From Diabetes Health: “The enthusiasm for inhaled insulin has waned, to say the least, since Exubera was pulled off the market by Pfizer. Following the Exubera debacle, the development of two other inhaled insulins (AIR by Eli Lilly and Alkermes, and AERx by Novo Nordisk) was halted as well.

But please don’t consider that the final word on inhaled insulin. There’s a new product in Phase III clinical studies, called Afresa, and it may succeed where the others failed. The reason, says its developer, MannKind Corporation, is that it simply mimics the functioning of natural insulin better than injectable insulins. The fact that it happens to be inhaled is just a side convenience, whereas for Exubera, that was the whole point.

Afresa consists of “Technosphere” particles, which are tiny lattices of crystals that form spontaneously from a liquid, but only under acid conditions (pH below 7). Powdered human recombinant insulin is attached to the lattices electrostatically, after which the particles are dried to a powder and loaded into a inhaler device. When the particles are inhaled into the lungs, they encounter a basic (alkali) environment (pH of 7.3 or 7.4), which causes them to dissolve instantly back into a liquid. The released insulin is then transported from the lung alveoli to adjacent capillaries, sending the insulin to the bloodstream very, very rapidly. The remaining liquid is simply voided from the body.

What’s critical here is the fact that peak insulin levels are achieved within 12 to 14 minutes after inhalation. This rapid insulin spike, which mimics the natural insulin spike in response to a meal, is what signals the liver to stop releasing glucose during the meal-time period. Even rapid-acting insulin analogs take 30 to 60 minutes just to begin acting after injection, and they typically peak at four hours. Consequently, there is no quick spike to send the signal to the liver, and endogenous glucose production by the liver is suppressed much more slowly.”

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Justin Webb’s — the Silent Killer

December 22, 2009
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Great bit of reporting about Type 1 diabetes:

Big Blue Test — I did it!!

November 14, 2009
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Well, interesting day so far — was 3.7 at about 11am, shot up to 14.5, had some lunch and a bolus and was 11.3 by 2pm. Not so bad. Typical in many ways. Interesting to know others around the globe will be doing their blood test and sharing at 2pm their time. Meant to be doing 14 mins of exercise but have to hit the road as off to my folks’ home. Storm brewing outside. Good to know that the world is taking note of diabetes. With raised awareness we’ll get raised funding and head this pointless problem off at the pass. Sue

Using Smartphones to Better Manage Diabetes | Diabetes News Hound

November 10, 2009
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Doing blood tests ‘on the move’, can mobile phones be of assistance?

Using Smartphones to Better Manage Diabetes | Diabetes News Hound.

Will your kids inherit your diabetes?

November 6, 2009
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Diabetes Newshound looks at the inheritance of diabetes at

Laughing can help lower blood sugars

November 6, 2009
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A study from the University of Tsukuba in Japan found that both people with diabetes and those without it showed lower blood sugar levels when shown a comedy show.

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