Posts Tagged ‘diabetes’

Diabetes Week 14th – 20th June

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by morethan

Diabetes Week is an annual UK-wide campaign devoted to raising awareness of diabetes and to raise money to help fund research into the condition. More Than Mobility realises that living with diabetes can sometimes feel like an uphill battle – but with the right help, information and care you can still get the most out of life.  This year national Diabetes Week runs from 14 June and reminds people with diabetes that they are not alone and is focused on all the things that people who have or care for someone with diabetes can do to make the most of life.

Diabetes UK estimated that there are 3.2 million people diagnosed with diabetes in the UK and an estimated 630,000 people who have the condition but don’t know about it.

CAROLINE’S STORY

Diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in her 30s, Caroline felt her world had ended. “It hit me very hard. I felt like I was left to fend for myself,” says Caroline.  Then Caroline discovered her Local Diabetes UK Group and decided she should attend because she didn’t know much about the condition and she didn’t know anyone else with diabetes.

There were 15 people in the group at the time and they held their meetings in a local church. Caroline admits that when she attended her first meeting she questioned whether it was right for her. But it didn’t take long for her to warm to the group, view the full story here.

There are also many other ways that Diabetes UK can help:

Dealing with diabetes can be daunting, whether you’re newly diagnosed, an old hand, or even if it’s someone you know who has the condition. Having someone to talk to can make all the difference

The healthy lifestyle roadshows help people find out their risk of Type 2 diabetes. They also provide information on eating well and being active for people at risk and also those living with the condition. 

Diabetes UK groups offer people living with diabetes a chance to meet and share experiences with others. They are all run by volunteers, and typically meet on a monthly basis

If you want to meet other people living with diabetes, to share and learn in a relaxed and fun environment, then our events for children, young people and families with diabetes are for you

Diabetes UK Advocacy Service provides advocacy to people with diabetes on issues in connection with their diabetes. We also help friends, family and carers acting on behalf of people with diabetes

Find out about Diabetes UK’s activities in your local area

Here at More Than Mobility we don’t want any disability to stop you from living independently or to disrupt your lifestyle. We therefore provide a wide range of disability and mobility products to suit your specific needs. So do visit our website and take a look at some of our products on offer today!

Best wishes

More Than Mobility Team

www.morethanmobility.com

World Diabetes Day 14th November 2014

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 by morethan

Tomorrow marks World Diabetes Day (14th November), which is co-ordinated by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) to increase awareness of Diabetes amidst concern over an escalating diabetes epidemic.

Diabetes, is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces. Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas, that acts like a key to let glucose from the food we eat pass from the blood stream into the cells in the body to produce energy. All carbohydrate foods are broken down into glucose in the blood. Insulin helps glucose get into the cells.

Not being able to produce insulin or use it effectively leads to raised glucose levels in the blood (known as hyperglycaemia). Over the long-term high glucose levels are associated with damage to the body and failure of various organs and tissues.

The theme of World Diabetes Day this year is healthy living focusing on starting each day right by having a healthy breakfast. A healthy breakfast should help blood sugar levels from getting too high and should keep you full through the morning. Whilst cereal and toast may be cheap, these options typically raise blood sugar levels rapidly and may leave you hungry again before lunch. If you drink fruit juice for breakfast, consider cutting the juice out or having a smaller glass of it. For reference, a 150ml glass of unsweetened orange juice contains around 15g of carbohydrate and 13g of sugar.

Why is November 14th World Diabetes Day?

November 14th is a significant date in the diabetes calendar because it marks the birthday of the man who co-discovered insulin, Frederick Banting. Banting discovered insulin in 1922, alongside Charles Best. World Diabetes Day is internationally recognised and is now an official United Nations Day.

There are many campaigns happening to celebrate World Diabetes Day; so we encourage you to please get involved if you can.  More information on activities can be found here.

Here at More Than Mobility we do not want any disability to stop you from living independently or to disrupt your lifestyle. We therefore provide a wide range of disability and mobility products to suit your specific needs from mobility scooters, rise and recline chairs to a range of daily living aids all suitable for people with Diabetes.

Kind regards

More Than Mobility

www.morethanmobility.com