Major T1D Step Forward in UK

Described as an artificial pancreas, which it is not, a hybrid closed loop system is worn externally to continually monitor a person’s blood glucose then automatically adjust the amount of insulin given to them through a pump. Within England local National Health Service (NHS) systems will start identifying eligible people living with T1D who health chiefs […]

Call for Debate on Diabetes Care

Shropshire Liberal Democrat MP Helen Morgan has asked the government to allow MPs time for a debate on NHS care for diabetes. This comes after the publication of a report by Diabetes UK showing Shropshire to have the worst care for diabetes patients in the country, with only 25 percent of all patients in the […]

Diabetes Tech Can’t Wait

A call on NHS Highland (Scotland) to “go further and faster” in providing life-changing diabetes technology has been made by Jamie Stone MP (Liberal Democrat). The Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross MP is backing a nationwide “Diabetes Tech Can’t Wait” campaign. He attended an event in parliament hosted by Diabetes UK and Diabetes Scotland and […]

Obesity Debate

Speaking at the first-ever debate on preventing obesity and fatty liver disease in the UK Parliament, London Ealing Southall MP, Virendra Sharma (Labour) said: “[It] is a public health emergency. Liver disease mortality rates are outpacing those for other major conditions, such as diabetes or respiratory conditions.” In addition to fatty liver disease, obesity can […]

Diabetes is Serious Campaign Launch

Chris Green (Conservative) – the MP for Bolton West and Atherton, attended the “Diabetes is Serious” campaign launch in the House of Commons, which included a report revealing how there were 7,000 excess deaths involving the condition last year. Mr Green (left) said: “I was delighted to attend a Diabetes UK Reception to raise awareness […]

Diabetes UK – New Chief Executive

Diabetes UK has appointed Colette Marshall as its new head following the departure of Chris Askew after eight years to take on the role of Chief Executive at the Royal College of General Practitioners. Ms Marshall, pictured right, has been Director of Services, Volunteering and Local Impact at Diabetes UK since 2013. Following her appointment […]

Social Prescribing Gaining Ground

Social prescribing is an approach that connects people to activities, groups, and services in their community to meet the practical, social and emotional needs that affect their health and wellbeing, including healthy food. Following pilot schemes in the UK some U.S. health care providers have been experimenting with the idea. Under “food is medicine” programs, free, […]

Could ‘Zoo Poo’ Help Treat Foot Ulcers?

Researchers from the University of Sheffield, UK, have found that viruses found in the poo of endangered animals could be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers. If successful it could save the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) £1 billion a year. Naturally occurring viruses in the poo – known as bacteriophage or phages – could […]

T1 Screening Reaches N.Ireland

Funded by Diabetes UK and JDRF, ELSA (Early Surveillance for Autoimmune diabetes)  was first launched in England, Scotland and Wales in November 2022. The study aims to recruit 20,000 children, aged 3-13 years, to assess their risk of developing T1D through at-home finger-prick blood tests. Home testing kits are now available to families throughout Northern Ireland. Around […]