On World Diabetes Day I called for the government and the NHS to make education for people with diabetes a priority. People with diabetes on average...
Today is World Diabetes Day. One in eleven adults are diabetic. By 2040, one in ten adults will have diabetes. As the burden of the disease continues to grow, blindness from diabetes is set to increase.
With your help, we can create a reality where no one has to worry about affording their insulin and supplies and where no one lacks an understanding of their condition or suffers unnecessarily because they were born somewhere without adequate or affordable care.
We need to rethink our approach to public health in the UK. Last week, Public Health England announced that one in ten adults in the UK will be at risk of diabetes by 2035. If correct, this means millions more living with diabetes, billions more spent treating the disease and thousands of people dying before their time.
A wee while ago, I spoke at a professional development event at the BBC in Glasgow on Mindfulness and Leadership. Whenever I talk about any aspect of Mindfulness, be that the personal or the professional, I always provide the evidence-base. The Why, not just the What and the How!
Despite our many success stories we can't ignore that today there are an estimated 4.5 million people living with diabetes in the UK, including more than a million people with Type 2 diabetes who have not yet been diagnosed. The sheer scale of the crisis potentially threatens to swamp the NHS. We can only imagine what HG Wells would have made of this scenario.
It's disheartening to hear, almost on a daily basis, from people who are diagnosed with prediabetes, or even Type 2 diabetes, that when visiting their local GP they are being advised to include large portions of starchy carbs in their diet.
The reality is that children are getting fatter because they live in a society that encourages weight gain and obesity. Poor diet has become a feature of our children's lives, with junk food more readily available, and food manufacturers bombarding children with their marketing every day for food and drinks that are extremely bad for their health.
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Too many people still hold the misconception that diabetes isn't that serious. In a survey we carried out recently, 53 per cent of people had no idea that diabetes can lead to devastating complications such as heart attacks and strokes. If people with diabetes manage their condition well they can absolutely live healthy lives, but left untreated, or poorly managed, it can lead to devastating complications and even early death.
As a type one diabetic, I have to think like a pancreas. Whereas a normal, 'healthy' person's pancreas releases the amount of insulin it needs to regulate the body's blood glucose levels, mine doesn't. For reasons unknown, my immune system destroyed its insulin-producing beta cells - so I have to inject the insulin myself.
Going forward we want to lower the £9 billion that is unnecessarily spent by the NHS on type 2 diabetes each year, as well as improving people's health and wellbeing. We hope we'll then be able to justify that we are indeed a 'tech for good' startup.
Fundamentally, chronic problems need a different approach to acute ones. The magic bullet intervention that works for acute illness does not work as well for chronic problems. These often need many small but positive changes that, when implemented together, can have a powerful synergistic effect.
It will take some time before I am fully in control of this illness. Before I can manage to inject insulin four times a day. I am not, by any means, cured of the paralysis caused by Diabulimia. It is a bit of a shame that I cannot finish this with a happy, sugar-free ending. But every day, I am trying my best. And right now, that's good enough for me.
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