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KITLIVING

continued over

of that year that I went home to North

Staffordshire for a visit. I was booked in

to see a local GP the following day but

my mother decided that I had to go to

hospital immediately as soon as I turned

up at home. I weighed seven-and-a-half

stone and was more or less continually

drinking fizzy soft drinks because I

was thirsty but also because I needed

the energy. After diagnosis at the local

community hospital, my parents were

instructed to rush me to the main hospital

where I was put straight on a drip. By the

second day a nurse came along with an

insulin pen and asked if I wanted her to

do my first injection, or did I want to? I did

that first injection myself and off I went."

Like many who get a diagnosis,

Smith felt that at least it was an answer

and therefore also a relief. "My mum

remembered that I'd been tested for

diabetes as a child for some reason.

We have a couple of people with Type

2 diabetes within the broader family, but

no one with Type 1. At uni I was studying

physics, so it was useful to already be

good at maths. I left the hospital taking

two doses of insulin a day. I'd been

given no carb counting or other dietary

information."

Active life

This was back in 2001 but a short while

afterwards Smith went on to a basal/bolus

regime, injecting a long-acting insulin

twice a day and a short-acting insulin

with meals. He was still not given any

information on counting carbohydrates.

He says, "I left university in 2003 and

took on my first job, with which I travelled

a lot. It was with General Electric within

the finance department and, being part of

a graduate leadership program, I rotated

through jobs in Europe, the US, Asia and

South America, but always came back

to the UK for visits and annual health

reviews. I just got on with it and felt that

my control was pretty much okay. I used

to take supplies with me and stayed at

corporate apartments or hotels, so there

were people around me and appropriate

facilities in which to store insulin. I believe

that people with diabetes instinctively

learn about the impact of foods on our

control because of blood testing, plus I

had a maths background and ultimately

wasn't too bothered by having the

condition itself. It didn't majorly impact

my life and I felt better than when I'd been

ill. Once diagnosed, I never looked back.

It never stopped me from my social life,

career or with sports."

In 2008 Smith finally ended up in

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London within King's College Hospital's

catchment area. It was only then that it

was suggested that he did a DAFNE

course (Dose Adjustment for Normal

Eating). He says, "My control improved a

little but not massively. At this point I was

cycling to work from my home Clapham to

the office in Reigate, but doing little other

exercise. Due to taking part in a corporate

sports event I won a prize which gave me

a place in an Olympic distance triathlon

at Hyde Park. At which point I started

to do some serious training! This was

in 2011 and I spoke the team at Kings

and they took an interest. I was offered

an insulin pump trial using a tubed pump

with connected sensor. In the background

I continued having conversations with my

healthcare team."

Four-year Upgrade

As with many people with diabetes, using

diabetes technology is a gradual curve

upwards relating to need, accessibility and

preference. Smith felt that moving from

multiple daily injections to a pump was a

Index

  1. Free online Desang diabetes magazine diabetes information
  2. Abbott Freestyle Libre, Flash Glucose Monitoring
  3. ng diabetes, magazine diabetes information, Sue Marshall diabetes
  4. Desang diabetes magazine diabetes news
  5. BD, Becton Dickinson, injection technique, BD pen needles
  6. JDRF, Karen Addington, Teresa May, type 1 diabetes
  7. Page 0007
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  9. diabetes and coronavirus and Covid-19
  10. diabetes, coronavirus and Covid-19
  11. Dexcom CGM, continuous glucose monitoring
  12. diabetes, coronavirus and Covid-19
  13. Medtrum A6 Touchcare patch pump and CGM in harmony
  14. food news for people with diabetes
  15. Sweet Freedom, food news for people with diabetes
  16. desang diabetes magazine
  17. Abbott FreeStyle Libre, DTN diabetes technology network
  18. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  19. Association of British Clinical Diabetologists, Diabetes Technology Network, Libre Flash education p
  20. BD and Me, Dexcom
  21. Home test HbA1c, A1C Now Self-Check
  22. Medtrum TouchCare, Shacey Petrovic Insulet Corportation, Owen Mumford
  23. Medtronic Minimed 670G hybrid closed loop insulin pump
  24. Spirit Health, Spirit Digital, insulin injection devices, blood glucose monitors
  25. Spirit Health, Spirit Digital, insulin injection devices, blood glucose monitors
  26. Air Liquide Healthcare UK Tandem t:slim insulin pump with Basal IQ
  27. Roche Diabetes Care UK, Roche mySugr, Accu-Chek Combo, Accu-Chek Insight, Conn O'Neill
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  30. Insulet Omnipod DASH insulin pump with insulin pods, podders, Omnipod DASH Personal Diabetes Manager
  31. Insulet Omnipod DASH insulin pump with insulin pods, podders, Omnipod DASH Personal Diabetes Manager
  32. Insulet Omnipod DASH insulin pump with insulin pods, podders, Omnipod DASH Personal Diabetes Manager
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  35. Page 0035
  36. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  37. Ascensia Contour Next One Diabetes blood test meters
  38. ISO 15197, MARD for CGM, Desang magazine reader survey
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