Posts Tagged ‘Glucose’

Good morning all,

I hope we are all enjoying the summer lol, UK seems a little bit up and down as always J

Has anyone seen the New SugarBEAT CGM which looks like a rival to the Abbott Freestyle Libre System and my initial thoughts are what another amazing looking device for us ? I have tried the Abbott Fresstyle Libre system which is very clever but for me it didn’t give accurate enough results and I found myself having far more lows & highs but in fairness this could just have been me. The cost of the Libre Sensors is a little bit frustrating as they are about £50 each and last 14 days so cost is quite high compared to finger sticks which are available on prescription, they also give more accurate results.

I am hoping to be able to try the SugarBEAT once it is released in the UK to give it a proper try and then can see just how good it is compared to the Abbott Freestyle Libre – watch this space.


SugarBEAT                   Abbott Libre 1

There was also a New BG Meter System which I had spotted called the OneDrop Meter and the App is already available which you may or may not have used, it is certainly a smart looking device and the App seems very informative. Diabetes products are becoming so much more popular now to help us manage Diabetes – it is exciting times to see what is around the corner ?

OneDrop Meter

If you do know of any New Diabetes Products that I may not have seen then please do let us know and I will do my best to share with everyone ?

One last thing to mention, given all the coverage on Theresa May I had not realised that Theresa May has Type 1 Diabetes which for us in the UK can only be a good thing and it will be great to hear how Theresa manages her Diabetes given what a manic schedule she must have. Reading on the web it looks as though Theresa only developed Type 1 Diabetes in 2013 which is not very common at all as it usually develops when you are younger (No offence J).

Thanks for reading and I hope to be starting on my lovely New Medtronic Minimed 640G Insulin Pump in a few weeks so will keep you posted.




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Please find below a very useful informative mail shot I received from the team at Bayer Diabetes Care

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We are writing to remind you of changes in standards introduced by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), which mean that people with Type 1 diabetes can now be considered for a licence to drive lorries and buses.

The DVLA has removed the ban for people on insulin driving these kinds of (Group 2) vehicles, providing they undergo an individual medical assessment to prove they are fit to drive vehicles in this category.

In Northern Ireland the same change is likely to happen this year.

It’s a welcome change, but it does mean that you need to be well prepared before you can get going.

People wishing to drive larger vehicles will need to demonstrate:
That they have not had a severe hypoglycaemic event in the last 12 months
That they have full hypoglycaemic awareness
That they have an understanding of hypoglycaemia
That they have control of their diabetes by regular blood glucose monitoring at least twice daily and at times relevant to driving
That they have a fast acting carbohydrate in the vehicle at all times when driving

You will need to have used a blood glucose meter with a memory function to measure and record your blood glucose for at least three months prior to submitting your application.

Equally, there have also been recent changes which affect assessment criteria for people applying for a licence to drive cars and motorbikes.

All the details, including the D2 application form, can be found on the Department for Transport’s DVLA web pages. www.dft.gov.uk/dvla/medical

It sounds quite onerous, but in fact providing you are well organised it doesn’t mean you need to feel restricted or be limited in what you can do. The key is to make the most of all the tools you have at your disposal, and be totally consistent and regular in your testing and monitoring routine.

So how can we help?
Using Bayer’s CONTOUR® USB meter will enable you to test, monitor and upload all the regular reports you will need to demonstrate your fitness to drive.
Use your CONTOUR USB meter with our GLUCOFACTS® DELUXE diabetes management software to analyse your reports, modify your routine and better manage your diabetes. Doing this routinely should help you understand what affects your blood glucose and so help you avoid hypoglycaemic episodes – and of course the records you keep will be able to demonstrate this.
Your CONTOUR USB has the memory function you need, and you will easily be able to store and download your last three-month results using our software.
Remember too that using our new My Reports feature on our website, you will be able to check your results and look at your reports any time, anywhere, from your smart phone or tablet.

All the information on the new standards are on the DVLA’s website, and if you would like more help on how to make the most of your glucose meter and monitoring equipment, just log onto www.bayerdiabetes.co.uk.

You will also find useful information on driving and diabetes at www.diabetes.org.uk. Remember to contact your diabetes healthcare professional if you have any questions about your diabetes management.

Please do check the bayerdiabetes.co.uk website, and if you would like to ask any specific questions regarding our diabetes products, please get in touch with us!

Ros Barker
Bayer HealthCare


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Hi all,

Over the past few years I have been comuting to and from work by cycle which is about 4 miles so not too bad, well apart from when it is raining – cold – windy in fact I hate it (only joking).


The one problem I have is my blood glucose levels plummet once iget to work or arrive home and I have tried numerous different products including dates and bananas which do definitely help. My problem is I am normally in a rush so prefer to pop something easy into my mouth and get going as soon as I can.

I am sure I am not the only person with Diabetes to have this issue and I have discovered jelly beans well Jelly Belly Beans which I must say do taste a little bit to nice as I struggle to put them down ha ha. A colleague of mine had read an article about people with Diabetes using jelly beans when running or swimming so I thought I would give it a try.

The great thing for me Is that each bean is approx 1g of carbohydrate and I tend to have between 10-15 beans before cycling which certainly does do the trick. What is do like is the fact they do not stay in my system for hours and hours but enough to cover my exercise which is usually about a 20 minute cycle. I have also tried Jelly Belly Sport Beans which do not taste quite so yummy but they do last far longer in your system and contain more carbohydrates per bean so better for longer bouts of exercise.

So down to my favourite flavours well all of them (Possibly not cinnamon). Cherry is so lovely, Top Banana is also a yummy bean and not forgetting Coconut.

Anyway I hope this has helped a little bit but if you have not tried Jelly Belly Beans before give them a try as they have helped me on more than one occasion but moderation is the key mmmmm.

Take care.



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Sanofi to conduct a survey of parents who have teenagers and young adults with type 1 diabetes


Do you have a son or daughter aged between 13 and 23 who has type 1 diabetes? Are you ever concerned about their health and diabetes management now that they are becoming more independent?

Sanofi is conducting a survey of parents of teenagers and young adults (aged between 13 and 23) who have type 1 diabetes to highlight any worries they may have for their children’s health and diabetes management. The survey will be used to support the launch of a new, blood glucose monitor (BGM).

Please find a link to the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/flyingthenestfeature

If you have any questions, please get in contact with Claire Nicholson (tel: 020 7025 6524; email: claire.nicholson@redconsultancy.com)

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