Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news


The Medtronic Junior Cup Diabetes is

a 'World Cup' for children with Type 1

diabetes aged between 10 and 14. Lenny

the lion (Medtronic's paediatric mascot)

has invited 12 Countries to compete in a

7-aside football tournament to determine

which team is the best football side in the

world. The UK team this year are all insulin

pump users (though not all are Medtronic

insulin pump users) One of the aims of

the competition is to raise the awareness

about the benefits that insulin pumps and

in particular Sensor Augmented Pump

therapy (SAP) can give to young children

and teenagers.

The 2014 competition will take place

from the 22nd- 24th August in the Sports

Centre Papendal in Arnhem, Holland.

Each of the 11 players is really looking

forward to representing the UK team and

will be role models for other children to

show that having Type 1 diabetes need

not prevent you from taking part in sport.

Defender Josh Mather was diagnosed

with Type 1 in April 2009, he was put on

an insulin pump in April 2010 and so he

has had his pump for four years now. His

mother says, "Before Josh started using

his pump, he felt very restricted in what

he could or couldn't do, he had to eat

at certain times of day, his activity levels

needs to stay consistent. Since having

the pump, it's given him his old life back,

he can eat whenever he likes, whatever

he likes (within reason) and has started

to play football. He has a separate basal

set up for days with high activity. He feels

more like a 'normal child' getting on with

his life. Having the pump has also helped

him decrease the amount of hypo's he was

having using multiple injections. Josh has

only recently also started on Medtronic's

CGM sensors and the benefits so far have

been extraordinary. The spikes that we

previously had trouble identifying have

now been clearly linked to certain foods

or certain activities. Having the CGM

plot out his results on his pump's screen

means Josh can almost forget about his

blood sugars as the system warns him if

it's going up or down too fast."


Insulin pumper and footballer

Josh Mather above, and Lenny

the lion below.

Sleeping in a room with too much light

has been linked to an increased risk

of piling on the pounds, according to a

study of 113,000 women published in the

American Journal of Epidemiology and

reported on BBC News. A team at the

Institute of Cancer Research in London

found women had larger waistlines if

their bedroom was "light enough to see

across" at night. However, they caution

there is not enough evidence yet to advise

people to either buy thicker curtains or

turn off lights.




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