ISSUE 131 W
hen I set this magazine
up, the point was to
share information and
talk about diabetes
'kit'. Back then (about a decade
ago), few people wore, or had even
heard about insulin pumps and
everyone was blood testing, with all
the rigmarole that entails (lancing
device, a lancet, tub of strips, blood
test meter). In this issue, it's thrilling
to see how diabetes tech is on the
move, we are all well on the way to a
better future with smaller, cleverer
devices that can help ease the burden
while also giving insights.
Not only that, as the diabetes
care landscape evolves, so must
relationships within it. There
has been a strong movement
spearheaded by JDRF in the
United States to encourage all
manufacturers of all devices to allow
them to 'talk' to each other.
So, as part of the News section
you can read about Sanofi's deal
with Dario, and Dexcom's G7 getting
a CE Mark. Then on p.14 there is
Kit Report update on the ongoing
progress being made both in device
development and company takeovers
and partnerships. It's heartening
stuff. Like they say, every little helps
if it's heading in the right direction.
A story on common musculoskeletal
aches and pains on p.24,
might explain some of yours, if you
have any. Some are related to having
diabetes, some are not.
On p.12 there is news of a new
injection pen for helping someone
having a very low blood glucose.
Called Ogluo, it's easier to use than
previous solutions so help can be
given faster. Progress indeed.
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The small Print
With our website and monthly online
magazine we aim to bring diabetesrelated
information to anyone who
wishes to read it. Our editorial sections
presently include kit, news, food news
and features. As far as kit is concerned,
we produce listings so you can then
choose what's best for your own
diabetes care. We are not necessarily
recommending products but bringing
you information about them.
We include global news stories
with a local focus on the UK and Irish
markets. Sources are supplied as often
as possible so you can go back and
read the original or fuller reports.
Features are on any and all aspects of
living with diabetes. We tend to focus
on new products and technological
advancements. Sometimes features
are themed specifically for T1D or for
T2D; you can pick what you want to
Adverts are supplied by
advertisers and we do not implicitly
endorse the suppliers or products
involved. If an item is sponsored,
such as the feature or news sections,
then it is written by Desang with
advertising banners associated with
the sponsor; the sponsor does not
have full editorial control but they
do have input. Advertorial is stated
as such - it will say 'advertisement
promotion' and may look like the
rest of the magazine's design but it
is written in collaboration with the
advertiser. They get their message
across but with advice and input from
Desang's writers and editors.
Trademark and Copyright symbols
are not included in editorial coverage,
only within adverts. These marks are
not necessarily of interest to readers
and impede the reading experience. If
we included them for every product
covered the pages would be a very
unappealing to read.
We aim to bring you information,
but it's your diabetes. Talk to your
medical team if you have further
questions or concerns. While
we report on products such as
supplements or glycaemic index and
carb-counting as part of diet, it is your
responsibility to find out more if you
We include coverage of all sorts of
foods - soft drinks, chocolate, booze -
as these are part of normal life. We are
not encouraging consumption of these
items, we are bringing you information
about them. You choose what you eat.
We'd include soft drinks as they can
come in handy for treating a hypo, not
necessarily as part of a diabetic diet.
Susannah Hickling is an experienced health writer with a
particular interest in diabetes, having previously worked
with Diabetes UK.
Judith Ozkan is an experienced medical journalist and health
writer with a particular interest in long-term conditions.
Julia Britten is a graphic designer and runs
JBS Websites, Design & Print: www.jbsprint.co.uk
James Anstee is a marketing consultant specialising in social
media and content creation through his business Content 4