Tag: "NHS"

What’s really driving the type 2 diabetes epidemic?

| June 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Type 2 diabetes has been in the news again, with Professor Melanie Davies, a diabetes expert at Leicester University, warning that the condition threatens to overwhelm the NHS. A staggering 10 billion pounds a year is spent on treating it – almost a tenth of the entire NHS budget. And, as charity Diabetes UK was […]

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NHS Restricts Blood Sugar Test Strips

| April 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

If you have diabetes, or even if you have been told you are “prediabetic”, keeping a close eye on your blood sugar is essential. A tiny drop of blood placed on a test strip and inserted into a blood sugar meter gives a quick reading of the glucose level. But, in the UK, the NHS […]

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Failing NHS Is Missing Heart Attack Signs

| March 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

In the last few months we have heard one gloomy announcement after another about the state of the UK’s National Health Service, the NHS. The Care Quality Commission or CQC – the body that regulates health and social care services in England – considers the whole system to have reached a “tipping point”. One more […]

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Five Steps To Diabetes Empowerment

| April 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

In my last blog post, I wrote about the benefits of patient empowerment for people with diabetes. If you have diabetes, your own day-to-day decisions – on food and drink, exercise, medications, supplements etc. – already make up around 98 per cent of the way your condition is managed. Your healthcare team provide expertise, education, […]

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Diabetes: Take Charge Of Your Own Health

| February 13, 2016 | Comments (0)

In my last blog post I described how the latest Parliamentary committee review paints a depressingly familiar picture of inadequate NHS resources for diabetes patients in England. Too few specialist medical staff, too few people with diabetes getting the regular tests they need, and, despite good intentions, too little being done to prevent new cases […]

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NHS Can’t Keep Up With Rise in Diabetes

| February 9, 2016 | Comments (0)

It has been known for years that cases of diabetes, and in particular type 2 diabetes, are rising relentlessly. Around four million people are currently living with diabetes in the UK, more than double the number 20 years ago. So, have the UKs National Health Service (NHS) resources dedicated to diabetes patients also doubled over […]

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The Official Dietary Guidelines For Diabetics Have It All Wrong

| July 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

New figures show that the UK has the third highest rate of obesity in Western Europe, with 67 per cent of men and 57 per cent of women being overweight or obese1. At the same time, the number of people with diabetes in the UK has climbed to almost three million, with 90 per cent […]

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Doctors And Patients Must Set Diabetes Care Goals Together

| May 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

The state of diabetes care in the UK is not good. If I were to give it a school report, it would say ‘fails to understand this subject and must make a huge effort to do better’. And that’s being kind. If you have read my blog posts for The Real Diabetes Truth on 23 […]

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