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A third of people with diabetes are not

taking their mealtime insulin treatment as

recommended by NICE, according to a

new survey of 200 people living with Type

1 or Typae 2 diabetes, who need mealtime

insulin to control their blood glucose

levels. This can lead to unpleasant mental

and physical symptoms (like blurred vision

and tiredness) and puts them at risk of

serious long-term complications.

Dr Lalantha Leelarathna, Consultant

Diabetologist and Honorary Senior

Lecturer at Manchester Diabetes

Centre, Manchester Royal Infirmary,

added, 'The fact that many patients

don't discuss their symptoms with their

healthcare team suggests that we as

clinicians need to be more proactive in

asking about hyperglycaemia and better

educate our patients on the importance

of good mealtime control. In addition,

we need to provide our patients with

treatment strategies to achieve good

post-meal glucose control. Missing or

delayed meal time insulin will often lead

to very high post-meal glucose levels

increasing glucose variability and the risk

of complications. Greater awareness is

our best defense against diabetes-related

complications and I welcome these

latest survey results as an opportunity to

highlight these important issues.'

An online survey of 200 people living

with diabetes in the UK was undertaken

in October, 2016. All respondents were

aged 18 years of age or older and were

all on basal-bolus treatment regimen. Half

of the participants were living with Type 1

diabetes and half were living with Type 2

diabetes. The aim of this survey was to

gain insights into how people living the

condition manage it, particularly in relation

to mealtime management of diabetes with

bolus therapy.

A digital health app used by adults with

learning disabilities has delivered a

dramatic 30% reduction on the burden

placed on health services. The My Health

Guide app, developed by London-based

health focused tech firm Maldaba Ltd, is

currently being trialled by Humber NHS

Foundation Trust with 200 users taking

part in a year-long pilot scheme. Initial

data analysis of 60 trial app users has

shown that like for like contacts with

healthcare professionals reduced from

12,469 to 8,636 (a 30% drop).

Carl Barron and Martin Robson are

two participants in the trial. "My Health

Guide helps me to communicate with

the world and lets me keep a record of

everything that happens in my life!" says

Barron who, like Robson, attends Millers

Day Centre in Beverley on a daily basis.

It lets people know how I feel and it also

helps a lot with my healthcare as all of the

information needed for my care can be

found in one place." A speech recording

function is one of the features that Barron

uses regularly: "I really love speaking

into it and recording my thoughts so

I don't have to write them down. I also

like photography and have taken many


Robson, who has Down Syndrome

and diabetes, echoed Barron's

sentiments saying, "It is very easy to use."

His keyworker at Millers, Mandy Taylor,

is similarly enthused: "It's just a super

gadget to work. This technology adds

a lot of independence to Martin's dayto-day life

and helps to build up Martin's

confidence and self esteem and helping

him to manage his health more effectively."

Trish Bailey, a senior nurse with Humber

NHS Foundation Trust, has been closely

involved with the trial. She commented:

"This proves how empowering and

effective smart technology can be in

enabling adults with learning disabilities to

increase their independence and put them

in control as well as lowering the number

of times they have to visit a healthcare

professional. These statistics are very

encouraging and only serve to justify our

growing interest in smart technological



Following on from the competition

which ran in our last issue, the winner

of a Starter Pack of Abbott's FreeStyle

Libre flash glucose sensor and reader

was Mrs Kate Seaward. With thanks to

Abbott for donating the prize.


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