Friday, 16 March 2018

Your health care team for diabetics

Your health care team is there to give you emotional support, reassurance and help you to build your confidence in coping with diabetes. If you, your family, or friends are concerned about any aspect of diabetes, your health care team would rather know about it. If the worry is groundless, then you can be reassured. If it has some cause then action can be taken.

You can also get a lot of support and encouragement from other people with diabetes – Diabetes UK Local Groups and Care events give you the change to hear how others cope in similar situations. We all respond in different ways to being diagnosed with diabetes – some to the extent that they feel like hiding it from everyone.

You may feel embarrassed and uncertain about how they will react, but letting people know can mean that you receive more support and understanding. 

Family and friends may be among the first people you tell, and like most people they probably know little about diabetes – but are keen to know more. If you live alone, telling your neighbors about your diabetes may make you feel safer, especially if you are older or at risk of having hypos. 

A simple explanation to your housemate may help their understanding too. If you are taking part in sport or physical activity it is sensible to tell the person who is leading the activity in case any problems arise.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Living with diabetes

Being diagnosed with diabetes and living with diabetes can sometimes feel overwhelming – this is quite normal.  It affect your emotions and how you feel.

Your emotions 

One of the most difficult things to come to terms with is that diabetes is for life. In the months after being diagnosed with diabetes, emotions are often pushed to one side as you try to get to grips with new treatments and changing your lifestyle. 

Everyone reacts differently when they hear the news. You may be overwhelmed, shocked, afraid, angry and anxious. 

Some people go through a stage very similar to mourning – as though they are grieving for lost health. 

Some people hide these feelings, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they are coping without difficulty. Over time it is likely that you will become more confident in your ability to cope with everyday activities, and the initial turmoil you may have felt should start to fade.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Other Type Of Diabetes

Information regarding other type of less common diabetes

There are few other type of Diabetes which are not very common but can affect any one, so it is very important to have information about them.

Gestational diabetes  - which affects women during pregnancy.

Neonatal diabetes – This diabetes is found in babies under 6 months old. Neonatal diabetes is caused by a change in a gene which affects insulin production. This means that levels of blood glucose (sugar) in the body rise very high.

Wolfram Syndrome –is a condition that affects many of the body's systems.  This can cause blindness and sometime kidney failure.

Ahlstrom Syndrome:  Alstrom syndrome is a genetic disorder. It causes a range of medical conditions. Mutations of a single gene, ALMS1, can cause over 100 diseases.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Information about careline


When you start using insulin this could be very emotional time.  

As all counties careline will be different please check with your health care team as in the first few months you might need to speak to someone.  

If you live in UK you can reach out to - Diabetes UK has a dedicated Careline if you need to talk to someone. Call 0345 123 2399 (Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm) or email

Keep reading more information in next post.

Friday, 2 March 2018

How to store insulin

Storing insulin

All insulin needs to be kept at temperatures lower than 25°C/77°F, ideally between 2 and 6°C/36 and 43°F. Normal room temperatures are below 25°C but they can be warmer in the summer. 

Therefore any insulin you are not currently using should be stored in the fridge all the time. 

Do not  freezer the insulin as this will damage your insulin. 

If your insulin has been out of the fridge for 28 days or more make sure to discard it. 

Some insulin’s have slightly different storage needs, so always read the patient information leaflet that comes with yours or check with your health care team or chemist.  

Monday, 26 February 2018

More information about insulin

What should I do with my needles and lancets when I have used them?

Always dispose of them in a special sharps disposal bin and not in your normal rubbish bin. 

Sharps disposal bins and needle clippers are available for free on prescription (some countries might not have this service, check with your health care team) and are designed to keep people safe As needles can harm someone.

What happens when my sharps disposal bin is full?

Each country will have different arrangements. please speak to your diabetes team to find out what you need to do.

Friday, 23 February 2018

More about Insulin

Why You Need To Rotate Injection Sites?  

If you keep injecting into the same area, small lumps can build up under the skin. They don’t look or feel very nice and they make it harder for the body to absorb and use the insulin properly. So it’s important that you change the spot that you use each time.

Will it hurt?

The needles used are very small and you inject under the skin and not into a muscle or vein. At first, the injections may be a little painful or uncomfortable – this is usually because you are tense or anxious. But as your confidence starts to build, they will get easier and soon they’ll become second nature.

Who will teach me?

Someone from your diabetes health care team, usually the diabetes specialist nurse, will teach you how and when to inject and work with you to find the right insulin.