Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes in the UK

by Barbara Hewitt on February 16, 2016

The UK, like many other countries, has seen an increase in the number of new case of diabetes with new figures showing that 700 are diagnosed every day.

The figures from charity Diabetes UK meant that one person is found to have diabetes every two minutes and people often say their diagnosis leaves them isolated and with unanswered questions.

To help people get a better understanding of their diabetes and to share great tips and handy hints from those living with the condition, Diabetes UK has launched a campaign and free book – 100 things I wish I’d known about living with diabetes.


It is written by people living with diabetes for people living with diabetes, their families and friends and includes entries from celebrities such as England international rugby player Chris Pennell who has type 1 diabetes. He believes that people should not be put off sport.

“When exercising, test before, during (if possible) and after. See how exercise affects your levels to help you adjust your control for next time. Bear in mind when you have last eaten and injected as this will impact how quickly your blood glucose can change,” he said.

“Choose snacks such as dried apricots to help maintain your blood glucose levels during exercise and keep plenty of fluids close by. Some types of exercise will lower your blood glucose, some will actually raise it. That is why testing is so important,” he added.

Also contributing are television chef Si King, one half of the Hairy Bikers, whose wife and son have type 1 diabetes and top television presenter Philip Scofield whose mother and brother have type 1 diabetes.

“If you’re going out for dinner with family or friends with diabetes, it’s helpful to pick a restaurant where they can have a quick look at the menu online first. And try to pick somewhere that gives you all the options if they’re trying to go easy on the carbs, don’t plump for a restaurant that only serves pizza,” said Scofield.

“No-one should feel alone with their diabetes. Managing diabetes can be a challenge but it doesn’t have to stop anyone from achieving their goals,” said Actor Jonny Labey, who has type 1 diabetes.

“Just because I go hypo from time to time doesn’t mean I’m a bad diabetic. It just means I’ve miscalculated my insulin or that my body’s going through a change. There are so many factors that can affect your blood sugar that you should never take it personally,” added Labey.

“People often tell us they are left in despair and feel like they have no-one to turn to. But that doesnít need to be the case. We know that people who have diabetes and their loved ones are real experts in managing the condition, and have a wealth of tips and advice that help others overcome the daily challenges of life with diabetes,” said Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK.

“That’s why we’ve brought together their amazing knowledge into a collection of tips. Having this book is like having a best friend in the room who knows exactly what you are going through and who can offer tried and tested advice,” he explained.

“Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, if you’ve just been diagnosed or you’ve had diabetes for many years, this book offers invaluable support and insight,” he added.

The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of the Community and should not be interpreted as medical advice. Please see your doctor before making any changes to your diabetes management plan.

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