ISSUE 132 T
he new NICE guidelines,
regarding what diabetes
tech different people with
diabetes can access, are
going to be truly transformative.
Read in detail on p.10. Also, as an
addition to that, we have a KIT report
on three new (or improved) CGMs
that are coming our way soon, two
of which are likely to be available on
prescription from the NHS. See p.16.
It's fair to say that JDRF has long been
educating and lobbying for more
access to diabetes tech in the UK. We
take a look at its recent Pathway-toChoice
project on p.26, in our article
As we all know, technology is
not a 'cure', and nor is insulin. So,
as well as reflecting on the new
guidelines allowing far greater access
to a wider choice of options on the
NHS, we also take a look at other
future possibilities. Can we improve
on insulin, could it ever be in some
sort of pill form? What progress
is being made in immunotherapy?
What about preventing, delaying or
even curing Type 2 diabetes? See our
article on p.18, The End of Insulin?
Then, picking up on a new but
growing science of stem cells and
gene editing, our article on p.20,
Gene Genie, looks at how far along
such techniques are as regards
treating Type 1 diabetes.
In the food section, Cheryl
Lythgoe of Benenden Health gives
her top tips for ten foods to improve
your diet, while our regular Making
Carbs Count column looks at the
wide range of vinegars and their uses.
including a recipe for home-made
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Susannah Hickling is an experienced health writer with a
particular interest in diabetes, having previously worked
with Diabetes UK.
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writer with a particular interest in long-term conditions.
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