Tuesday, April 15, 2008

It's important to give back to society- Lisa Bawor

'I feel it is important to give back to the charity that helps me'

To celebrate World Diabetes Day on the 14th November, Ferras Nursery School in Luton held a ‘Tea for Diabetes’ (T4D).

The event, which included make up sessions and a charity raffle, raised £206.65 as parents and children enjoyed tea and cakes and learnt more about diabetes.
Organiser Lisa Bawor, whose three-year-old son Theo was diagnosed with diabetes at 18 months (pictured, left), said: "It is so important to me to give something back to the charity that has helped me these last 18 months and to increase awareness of diabetes.

"If one person attends this event and goes away understanding more about this condition, I’ll be happy!"

Many members of the local community attended and took away free information leaflets in a selection of languages. One attendee said: "It is frightening knowing how at risk I am, I will definitely be checking this out further."

Why not help us make a difference by joining us for a Tea for Diabetes this year? We will provide a pack full of ideas, fundraising materials, recipes and a selection of free information materials in a range of languages to help you get your event started.
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Friday, February 22, 2008

Could You Prevent Vision Loss by Diabetes ?

What is the leading cause of blindness in the United States of America? Diabetes. Researchers are now stating that diabetes related vision loss can be prevented if the disease is treated in time.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. has reported that only 50 to 60 percent of people with diabetes get the recommended yearly eye exam. The effective treatments, including a dilated eye test, can reduce severe vision loss up to 94 percent. A persons risk for diabetic retinopathy increases with the length of time that they have had diabetes.

It was once thought that diabetic retinopathy only affected diabetics who have had the disease for a long length of time. We now know that that is not the case. For some diabetics, retinopathy is one of the first signs of the disease. Diabetic retinopathy happens when blood vessels in the eye’s retina are weakened due to high blood-sugar levels. The vessels begin to leak blood and fluid which makes the retina begin to swell, this is what causes the vision loss.

To be able to take preventative measures against diabetes, you first need to find out if you have the disease or not. The way to do this is by having your blood sugar levels checked once every 3 years once you are over the age of 45. In the case of diabetes… ignorance is definitely NOT bliss.

It is found that with Dbethics which contain ALA which is Alpha Lipoic Acid helps oxygen to be circulated to all your blood vessels including the capillaries in your retina to prevent retinopathy.

Dbethics has also help many with Prediabetes, Diabetes Type 1 and Type 2 reduce their blood glucose level to normal naturally.

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Unite for Diabetes

What is retinopathy?

Retinopathy is a complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness in later life. Although it can be treated successfully if caught early, some of the young people in the study had already reached advanced stages of the disease.
*Why the high rate in young people?

The research of 103 young adults also shows a link between people not attending their clinic appointments and increased risk of developing retinopathy: over half (54.3 per cent) of those who showed signs of the complication had a history of non-attendance. This raises fears that the current services do not meet the specific needs of young people, making them drop out of their diabetes clinics.

In another study, statistics have shown that just over a quarter (26 per cent) of young people with diabetes aged between 12 and 17 haven’t had an eye test for retinopathy in the last 12 months, despite official government guidelines stating that all young people with diabetes should receive a yearly screening from the age of 12.

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Experiences of a teen Diabetic

Softly spoken 19-year-old Hannah was recruited to the band by her lead-singing brother in 2004. She was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes a few years before this, when she was 12. “I was feeling very tired, thirsty all the time, waking up every night to go to the toilet and I lost a stone really suddenly. My mum recognised the symptoms and got me a doctor’s appointment where we did a urine test. I was rushed to hospital and before I knew it I was back home with syringes and needles. It all happened in one day.”
A good book

It was an upsetting time for Hannah, but she recalls a strange coincidence that helped. “The book I was reading at the time – 'The Babysitters’ Club' – actually had someone with diabetes in it, so I knew what to expect.”

But Hannah was needle phobic, so how did she come to terms with injecting? “Well, at first my mum did it for me, and gradually she held her hand on top of mine and after a few months I managed to do it on my own. I am still needle phobic – I hate having my blood readings taken, but diabetic needles are so small and you get used to it. Having support from a friend or a parent is a good way to get over it, too.”

So has diabetes stopped Hannah fulfilling her ambitions? No way.

“I started piano lessons when I was nine and did my grade eight two years ago. From the age of 12 I’ve always wanted to be in the fashion industry, so to agree to go into the band was a complete change of ambition. But I love it and after a few practices I was sure it was what I wanted to do for life,” Hannah says.
Mixing music with study

With the band and her A levels to contend with, a change in Hannah’s treatment regime was on the cards. So, having consulted her doctor, she switched from twice-daily injections of Mixtard 30 to twice daily injections of Lantus, a long-acting insulin.

At first it was hard for Hannah but now it has its benefits. “I am now able to eat what I want when I want. I can have a salad and not worry about injecting or, if I fancy a chocolate bar, I can cover it with the correct amount of NovoRapid. Leading up to a gig I check my levels before going on stage. If it is below 7mmol/l I’ll drink a small glass of Coke to avoid having a hypo.”

But how does Hannah know how to adjust her insulin dose to suit her carb intake? “I was told that everyone’s body is different and so I would have to work out myself how many units I would have to take for each gram of carbohydrate I eat. I started with 1 unit for every 5g. My blood glucose was slightly high for this ratio, so I lowered it by taking 1 unit for every 3g of carbohydrate.”

Hannah takes being the only girl in a band with four boys in her stride. “It’s fine. I like it. Obviously, because my brother is the lead singer, if anyone is out of line I have him to stick up for me.”

WinterKids’ music is reminiscent of ’80s bands like The Cure and The Inspiral Carpets, so is Hannah herself influenced by that musical era? “Because I was classically trained as a pianist I listen to all sorts of different music. If you listen to the part I play on keyboard, it sounds a bit more like Bach and modern-day sounds like Imogen Heap. It’s my brother who is more influenced by sounds like The Cure.”

What about an awareness-raising song about diabetes? “We haven’t done one yet, but that’s a very good idea. I suppose I don’t think about doing things like that because diabetes is part of who I am so I don’t think of it twice. But I will definitely raise the subject of that in the next band practice.”

WinterKids released their debut single 'I’m not used to you' in summer 2006 with critical acclaim from the likes of Steve Lamacq at Radio One and music magazine NME, and have played gigs all around the country – even abroad in Sweden. They fund their endeavours by running a monthly indie music night in their hometown Guildford, and through CD sales online and in selected stores.

Taking action early is important with Diabetes. With early treatment and a change of lifestyle you can improves your blood glucose level and live a better life.

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What is Diabetes Mellitus ?

To be able to manage diabetes it is important to know what is diabetes mellitus ?

Diabetes mellitus is a condition in which the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. Glucose comes from the digestion of starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, chapatis, yams and plantain, from sugar and other sweet foods, and from the liver which makes glucose.

Insulin is vital for life. It is a hormone produced by the pancreas, that helps the glucose to enter the cells where it is used as fuel by the body.
Diabetes types

There are two main types of diabetes. These are:

* Type 1 diabetes
* Type 2 diabetes

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes develops if the body is unable to produce any insulin. This type of diabetes usually appears before the age of 40. Type 1 diabetes is the least common of the two main types and accounts for between 5 – 15% of all people with diabetes.
Type 2

Type 2 diabetes develops when the body can still make some insulin, but not enough, or when the insulin that is produced does not work properly (known as insulin resistance). In most cases this is linked with being overweight. This type of diabetes usually appears in people over the age of 40, though in South Asian and African-Caribbean people often appears after the age of 25. However, recently, more children are being diagnosed with the condition, some as young as seven. Type 2 diabetes is the most common of the two main types and accounts for between 85 - 95% of all people with diabetes.

There are currently over 2.3 million people with diabetes in the UK and there are up to another 750,000 people with diabetes who have the condition and don’t know it.

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How to Tell if You Have Pre-Diabetes

The number of people with pre-diabetes usually outnumbers those with Type 1 and 2 by two to one. Hence it is very crucial for you to take the necessary precautions to prevent yourself from getting diabetes.

While diabetes and pre-diabetes occur in people of all ages and races, some groups have a higher risk for developing the disease than others. Diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population. This means they are also at increased risk for developing pre-diabetes.

There are two different tests your doctor can use to determine whether you have pre-diabetes: the fasting plasma glucose test (FPG) or the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT). The blood glucose levels measured after these tests determine whether you have a normal metabolism, or whether you have pre-diabetes or diabetes. If your blood glucose level is abnormal following the FPG, you have impaired fasting glucose (IFG); if your blood glucose level is abnormal following the OGTT, you have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT).

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