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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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Andrew Borrett March 19th 2016

So here we are again at the Western Eye clinic in Paddington today the 11th of February I left home at 7:30 a.m. and arrives on the Tube at the hospital at 8:40 a.m. which is really good.

As you can imagine with it be in Rush Hour that she has the train was absolutely jam packed define the sea and arrived safely so appointments is in about 40 minutes going in to see if I can get seen early I wish.

Just seen the nurse and vision similar the last time and had my retina scan and also photograph of both eyes. However she did say I have high pressure at the back of the eye which is a real worry,  we shall see what the Consultant thinks next.

So I just saw the consoles in and she checked my eyes which all looks fine the pressure in my eyes was perfectly ok it was the higher level of normal.

So Mr Lee who is the senior consultant he checked my eyes and said they’re pretty good Vision is good and has actually discharge me from the western eye hospital which means I’ll be referred to go to a local I specialist somewhere like some Mark to do the scanning and take the photographs which is great news.

The consultant will write to my local GP and then I should get a referral from a local eye screening service follow up appointment somewhere that specialises in people with diabetes that have had surgery in the past barbers in a standard eye clinic.

So hopefully this is my last visit to the Western Eye Hospital in London good news and bad news because I’ve been coming here such a long time and had such a good service so crazy so that my eyes are well.

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Abbott Libre 2

So the day has finally arrived Saturday the 28th November 4 p.m. after approximately 8 months on the waiting list I have received my Abbott Freestyle Libre (Hooray) blood glucose monitor starter kit which cost me about £135, this includes the Reader and two Sensors so should last me ab

out 1 month. Additional Sensors cost about £45.00 each so it’s not cheap compared to using finger sticks as in the UK they are on Prescription – let’s hope the NHS can get the Libre Sensors on Prescription soon J

initial thoughts – nice box very easy to setup but where is the protective case and screen protector as the reader has a touch screen it’s just going to get scratched to bits when it’s stuck in my pocket, I wouldn’t even mind paying for them as long as they are not big and bulky ?

 Abbott Libre 1 

Firstly I took the sensor and inserter out of the box (Sorry but no I didn’t read the instructions – I am a man lol) but did have a look on YouTube for some basic tips which I must say did help a lot, you push the Inserter onto the Sensor until it clicks then remove and you are ready to apply to your skin. Its recommended to go on the back of your forearm which is very easy. I was a little hesitant when about to apply as when I have used a CGM in the past it can be slightly painful – not always but you do sometimes feel it – this was the opposite as I didn’t feel a thing.


The sensor took 60 minutes to settle then after this time you are good to go – it can take 24 hours to totally stabilise and I did find this was the case as first results were a little bit up and down compared to a BG test, so I would recommend to test you BG results while the sensor stabilises – this of course will be the case each time you insert a new sensor unless you do this 24 hours before the existing one finishes.

 So I have now been wearing the sensor for almost 3 weeks and the results are far better than I expected, they can fluctuate a little bit when I have something sweet or excessive exercise as they a small lag but the fact I can see if my levels are rising or dropping really does help. If I am using the Abbott Freestyle Libre on a normal day it seems fairly accurate – I took a BG test after dinner which was rather high as 12.4 so then checked with the Libre and it was also 12.4. Having said that the next morning when I woke both the Libre and the BG meter were reading 7.4 so I had breakfast which was a Weetabix Breakfast Shake 25 carbs (Yummy) and I had 2.5 units of insulin, 1 hour later my reading on the BG meter was 11.8 but 14.2 on the Libre – confused ????

Abbott Libre

Another example, I went to bed 1.30pm with BG at 10.4 but woke up at 2:30 a.m. to a low blood sugar of 2.8 so I had a bit of a feast including glucose to eat and then when I woke up for work at 5.45am BG on my Libre system of 21.4 but did a blood glucose check and that was 18.2 – am I missing something ?

 Using the reader is very easy and you can also perform a BG test as there is a test strip facility but I haven’t used this as yet, the software on the reader is quite simple to use and I am sure with time will get better. One thing coming soon is you will be able to use your Smart Phone (NFC I think) so will not need to carry around the reader – I cant wait for this WOW ?


Would I be confident enough to rely just on the Abbott Freestyle Libre and not use my BG meter – possibly not at the moment as I would always want the back up just to be 100% certain, not that this is a fault with the Libre but sometimes your body and blood sugars can behave erratically as we all know so the need for a blood glucose test in my opinion would be needed.

If you are using the Abbott Libre I am sure we would all like to know what you think – please leave your comments which will be a great help ?

 Am I pleased with the purchase and will I continue – possibly but let’s see how things progress and if I can afford to keep buying the sensors J

 Thanks for reading and please do comment with your experiences or if you have any questions/tips which would be appreciated ?

Have a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.


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Hi as you may know my name is Andrew and this time I’m going to try something a bit different and create a a 7 day blog of my life living with type 1 Diabetes.

So please bear with me as this is all new to me and I’ll try not 2 make it to boring.

Here we go. 

Day 1 Monday – I woke up at 6 a.m. this morning and did my first blood test reading at 6:15 and surprisingly good news as it was 8.6 which is great. Breakfast consists of a cup of coffee this morning no other breakfast.

Mid morning at about 10:30 a.m. packet of crisps which is about 28 carbohydrates and a cup of coffee at the time my BG level was a bit high at 12.9 so then had 4.1 units of insulin just to get my blood sugar down.

Lunchtime at 12:30 p.m. I had yes I know another packet of Crisps, ham sandwich plus a small piece of fruit cake my blood sugar level was 11.3 and I’m just about to have 7.3 units of insulin. Carbohydrates were about 80.

Mid afternoon no snack but yes another cup of coffee.

Dinner time at 7:30 p.m. mash potatoes with a steak pie total and salad carbohydrates 100, insulin I had would have been 12.9 units my blood sugar was actually 13.4 so a little bit high.

So day one is finally coming to the end and time to go to bed and have an early night for a change, testing my blood sugar and it is currently 14.9 which is rather high I’ve had a normal meal so I will take an adjustment it could be that the cannula needs changing even though it’s not due to be changed for another day so I will see how I get on in the morning goodnight.

Day 2 Tuesday – up at 6 a.m. No breakfast this morning as I just don’t fancy anything, blood sugar level 5.6 so the adjustment I did in the night did the trick. Plus a cup of coffee is always.

Lunchtime at 12:30 p.m. Today I have had a cheese salad sandwich on brown bread with 1 packet of crisps and a piece of chocolate cake, blood glucose level today at lunch time was 5.8 carbohydrates I would estimate as being 80 carbohydrates.

Dinner time 7:45 p.m. I had sausages and mash with a lovely salad my hydrate will be 80 sugar level is 9.7, insulin dose is 9 units.

Bedtime for me it’s 10 p.m. Last blood test of the day and my blood sugar is 5.4 which to me seems rather low so I am just about to have two Jaffa Cakes which are about 20 carbohydrates in total so we shall see what my blood sugar level is like in the morning.

Day 3 Wednesday – woke up at 6 a.m. no breakfast this morning as it’s raining it’s dark and I need to get to work as soon as I can, checked my blood sugar level this morning which was 9.7 so I will probably have 1 unit of insulin just bring it down a little bit.

Mid morning 10:45 a.m. Blood sugar was 12.3 had a packet of crisps which were 25 carbohydrates, I had an extra 4 units of insulin to counteract my blood sugar and the Crisps.

Lunchtime 12. 15pm I had a cheese salad sandwich a packet of crisps and a peice of chocolate cake total carbohydrates 80, blood glucose level was 9.2 so my insulin dose was 7 units.

Dinner at 7.45 p.m. I had tuna pasta with cheese and a bowl of salad total carbohydrates 80, blood sugar level was 4.7 so and little bit low, insulin dose was 8.0 units.

Bed time again for me and blood sugar level before bed is actually 14.7 which is possibly because of a few sweets before dinner just to get my sugar to rise before dinner. No adjustment needed as I have 5 units of insulin on board at the moment as I had my insulin late as well, however we shall see first thing in the morning.

Day 4 Thursday and up again at 6 a.m. No breakfast for me just a cup of coffee, blood sugar level after the high before bed last night is 12.1.

Mid morning 10:30 no snacks for me today but I did have yet another cup of coffee.

Lunchtime 1. 00pm sandwich on brown bread plus a packet of crisps and also a cup of coffee blood sugar level 8.7, insulin dose for 6 units.

Dinner at 8 p.m. tonight with noodles chicken kiev and a lovely large bowl of salad, carbohydrates 60 and I had 6 units of insulin. Blood sugar level was 5.4 before dinner.

Bedtime at 10.45pm and blood sugar level 12.7.

During the night 4.50am I had a Hypo of 3.3 so ended up with eating 2 Jaffa Cakes plus some Haribo.

Day 5 Friday – woke up at 6.00am to a high of 15.4 after the Hypo during the night.

9:15 a.m. I had a break and my blood sugar was 9.2 i had two breakfast biscuits which were 30 carbohydrates and 2.8 units of insulin.

Mid morning 10.15am blood sugar was 12.3 had a packet of crisps 30 carbohydrates 3.25 units of insulin.

Lunchtime 1:15 p.m. I had a ham salad sandwich as always with 1 packet of crisps with a piece of cake total 85 carbohydrates my blood sugar level was 13.4 and I had 8 units of insulin.

Dinner time 8 p.m. I had a nice chicken curry with rice and a bowl of salad that came to 100 carbohydrates, blood sugar level was 8.2 and I had 11. 4 units of insulin.

Evening time I had 4 glasses of Jack Daniels and diet coke.

Bedtime at 12:15 a.m. testing my blood sugar which was 15.7 so I had one unit of insulin.

Day 6 Saturday – I woke up at 7 a.m. blood sugar was slightly higher 15.7 i had breakfast at 8 a.m. which was a lovely bacon sandwich cooked by my 6 year old son Jake. I had 6.5 units of insulin.

Lunchtime 1.00pm I had a ham salad sandwich with a lovely slice of cake. Blood sugar level was high at 17.0 possibly to be because my insulin pump cannula which I changed. I had 70 carbohydrates and 8.4 units of insulin.

Dinner time 6.00pm I had macaroni cheese that was 100 carbohydrates and my blood sugar was very low as it was 3.8. Insulin dose was 10 units but over 30 minutes.

Bedtime 12 a.m. I had 4 Jack Daniels and Diet Coke and my blood sugar was 12.7.

Day 7 Sunday – breakfast was two crumpets and a cup of coffee 40 carbohydrates. Blood glucose level 12.1 and had 6.6 units of insulin.

Lunchtime at 2.00pm out with the family to Whetherspoons mmmmm. All day brunch for me which was 2 fried eggs, 2 rashers of bacon, baked beans and chips with a pint of lager. Carbohydrates were about 70, blood glucose level was 11.0. Insulin dose 6.25 unis.

Dinnertime 8.00pm I was still full from lunchtime so no dinner for me but did have half a bag of Doritos 30 Carbohydrates and three Jack Daniels and Diet Cokes. Blood glucose level 10.7 and had 4.45 units of insulin.

Before bed 11.00pm I was 13.7 so then had 1 unit of insulin.

This is my first blog of living with Diabetes for a whole week I hope you find it interesting


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Hi, has anyone tried the Onetouch Select Plus yet – any other new BG Meters out there that I may have missed?
I have been looking at the iHealth Glucometers which look very good as well?

Onetouch Select Plus 

Great YouTube video below from Diabetes UK showing just how good the Onetouch Select Plus is :

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Hi all,

It was that time of the year where I have my yearly Diabetes Review Clinic and this year it was at Amersham Hospital which is a fairly large hospital and only about 10 miles from where I work. This appointment was slightly more exciting as I am now due for an Insulin Pump upgrade – yippee🙂

So initial thoughts are which Insulin Pump do I choose from Roche, Omnipod, Medtronic or Animas – I am already using the Animas Vibe pump which has worked very well and the support has been great, saying that when I had a Medtronic Paradigm Pump the support was faultless. My initial thoughts are towards the new Medtronic Minimed 640G as I have been lucky enough to see it in the flesh so to speak – initial thoughts are wow, I am also trying to get CGM from my local PCT but as we all know in the UK this is virtually impossible. So with the research I have done I am looking at swapping over to the Medtronic 640G maybe with some sample CGM Sensors if I can speak nicely to the lovely people at Medtronic :-) 

I have looked at the Roche Accu-Chek Insight – however the only slight issue I would have is the separate handset as I already end up carrying two phones, BG Meter (Dario) and of course my Animas Pump on my belt so if it wasn’t for that I would go with an Accu-Chek Insight as it really does look amazing.

Anyway – sorry about that lets get back to my original story J

Arrived at Amersham Hospital for 1.30pm which was my appointment time with the Consultant, Nurse and DSN (Diabetes Specialist Nurse) and was called in to see the Nurse first of all – the Nurse downloaded all my BG Results from my Animas pump using the Diasend Software and gizmo for downloading the results. Next was to check my blood pressure which was fine, then my feet which had good pulses and no issues.

Next was in to see the DSN and Diabetes Consultant who has seen me for many years now, looking at my bg results I did seem to be running quite a few double figures so will need to tweak my basal rates but as the DSN mentioned I do get a couple of CGM Sensors in the Medtronic Minimed 640g so will make it easier to get an overview of exactly what my blood sugar levels have been doing. At the moment I do not have any dates to get my new pump or see the DSN but I will keep you updated.

Finally before leaving Amersham for home I was off for my Blood Test which I received my results this morning and my Hba1c was 56mmol or 7.3 in old language – however Cholesterol was 5.9 so may need to go back on Statin, I was very pleased with the Hba1c result🙂

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Good morning all,

Please do have a look at my Web site and please let me know if there are any great Diabetes Products which I may not be aware of?

Thanks for your help



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