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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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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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I decided to attend the Input Roadshow held at Hilton Garden Inn – Luton on Saturday 14th April running from 1.00pm – 4.30pm and it was great to see Lesley and Anna from Input for a catch up.


I was pleasantly surprised to see so many people with Diabetes attend to ask questions and see what Insulin Pumps are currently available. The companies who attended were Animas, Roche, Medtronic, Cellnovo and Advanced Therapeutics all showing off their latest pieces of Diabetes kit.

I arrived at 1.00pm and was greeted by the Input team that put this super event together so well done to the Input team for a great event. My main objective was to say hi to some of my contacts from the Insulin Pump companies and to see what new technology is available.

I am already very familiar with the Medtronic Veo and Animas Vibe which are both superb Insulin Pumps which offer integrated CGM but I didn’t get a chance to chat with the team from Advanced Therapeutics (sorry guys) which I was a little annoyed at but purely because they were busy and I run out of time unfortunately. I did however get to speak with Jill from Animas who I have met a few times and Justin from Medtronic who again I know very well so it was good to have a chat. I wanted to know more about the Accu-Chek Combo pump as i had not seen it before and how it works so spoke with Sue who also gave me a demo of the system which was great as everything you need can be done by the handheld BG Smart Meter very easily, I also like the software which gave some great reports and was easy to understand. Next I spoke with Carol from Cellnovo which is a new pump shortly being released and certainly looks amazing with its iPhone looking handset to the small patch pump, unfortunately I don’t know a huge amount about the Cellnovo pump as it is very new. Cellnovo is basically a patch pump with an amazing smart handset that can do everything from testing your BG with a built in blood glucose meter for test strips to monitoring exercise due to the patch pump having a built in accelerometer – wow.

My next task is to try and convince Cellnovo to let me try their pump so I can physically see how it works day to day as seeing it in your hand is different to sleeping, working or even excersining wearing the patch pump.

All in all a very enjoyable afternoon and superbly organised by Input so well done guys. Check out the Input web site for more info on forthcoming events as it is well worth a visit.

Andrew Borrett

My Pump
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‘Feet first’ for diabetes patients

As a new study highlights major variations in diabetes-related foot amputation rates, Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, explains why action is needed to cut rates of preventable amputations.

If I were to tell you about a place where thousands of feet were amputated every year as a result of poor healthcare, you would assume I was talking about somewhere in the developing world.

Well you’d be wrong. The fact is that here in the UK, thousands of people with diabetes have amputations every year.

Not only does an amputation dramatically reduce quality of life, but the likelihood of dying within five years is greater than for breast, bowel or prostate cancer.

And yet an estimated 80% of the 5,000 diabetes-related amputations a year in England could be prevented through better healthcare and improved management of the condition.

The fact that so many people are needlessly having their feet amputated is a national disgrace. And yet despite the large numbers, awareness of the problem is worryingly low even among people with the condition.

But it does not have to be like this.

The scandal of preventable amputations is one we hope to bring to an end with our Putting Feet First campaign. Over the next five years, we want the number of amputations in people with diabetes to reduce by 50%.

Raising awareness of the issue will be a big part of this.

‘Insufficiently thorough’
The 2.8m people in the UK who have been diagnosed with diabetes should know how important it is to manage blood glucose levels, cholesterol and blood pressure well, as well as checking feet regularly and making sure shoes fit properly.

But they also need to know what healthcare you should expect – because all too often it falls short of what people are entitled to.

Firstly, everyone with diabetes should get an annual foot check.

These are important for identifying problems at an early stage, but many thousands of people are not getting them. And when they are being done, they are sometimes insufficiently thorough.

I have even heard of foot checks where the patient is not even asked to take their shoes and socks off!

Also, at the end of the check patients should be told what their risk status is, so if this does not happen then you should ask.

Secondly, if you have a foot ulcer then you need to be seen by a diabetes specialist foot care team as soon as possible.

It should certainly be within 24 hours, as an ulcer can deteriorate in a matter of hours.

Some areas are already doing well in terms of getting diabetes-related ulcers referred to these specialist teams within 24 hours.

But there are also poorly-performing areas where this does not happen.

Tragically, that omission can be the difference between someone keeping their foot and losing it.

If people with diabetes are not offered this level of care, they should insist on it and complain if they don’t get it.

But the point is that decent healthcare is something everyone should get as a matter of course.

For this to happen, we need to address the reason that large swathes of the country are doing so badly.

We know from speaking to health professionals that many of them are desperate to give people with diabetes the best possible foot care but feel unable to do so under the existing system.

This is why the government needs to show leadership on this issue by insisting that all areas of the country offer the same standard of care that is already available in the best areas at the moment and monitoring and managing standards to ensure that they are being delivered.

This greater political will is the only way to bring an end to the tragic postcode lottery of amputations and in doing so create an NHS that really does put feet first for people with diabetes.

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Claims of 24,000 ‘excess’ deaths from diabetes

(Read online)

Shock statistics for diabetes deaths have been widely reported


As many as 24,000 people with diabetes are dying unnecessarily each year, many of the papers have reported today. This shock statistic was a conclusion from the National Diabetes Audit, the first ever report to look at deaths from the condition.

While this is a large number of deaths, it must be viewed in context – millions of people live with this potentially life-threatening long-term illness, yet it can be managed safely.

The National Diabetes Audit suggests that in England there are about 24,000 ‘excess deaths’ a year in people with diagnosed diabetes. This means that each year, around 24,000 more deaths occur among people with diabetes than would be expected to occur if their mortality risk was the same as that of the general population. A press release from the NHS Information Centre, which published the audit report, said these deaths could be avoided through better management of the condition.

What other risks did the National Diabetes Audit find?

The study found that the risk of death for a person with type 1 diabetes (where the insulin-producing cells of the body do not work at all) is 2.6 times higher than that of the general population. For people with type 2 diabetes (where the body does not produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells are not sensitive enough to insulin) it is 1.6 times higher.

In younger people, the difference in mortality rates is even bigger. For example, women between 15 and 34 years of age who have type 1 diabetes are nine times more likely to die than women in the general population, and women of this age with type 2 diabetes are six times more likely to die.

The report also found a strong link between deprivation and increased rates of early death. Among under-65s with diabetes, death rates among people from the most deprived backgrounds were double that of those from the least deprived. Death rates also vary according to where people live; London has the lowest mortality rates from both type 1 and 2 diabetes, while the highest mortality rates were in the north east of England.

The study’s lead clinician Dr Bob Young, consultant diabetologist and clinical lead for the National Diabetes Information Service, said, “For the first time we have a reliable measure of the huge impact of diabetes on early death. Many of these early deaths can be prevented. The rate of new diabetes is increasing every year. So, if there are no changes, the impact of diabetes on national mortality will increase. Doctors, nurses and the NHS working in partnership with people who have diabetes should be able to improve these grim statistics.”

What is the National Diabetes Audit?

The news is based on the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) Mortality Analysis 2007-2008. This report was prepared in partnership with various trusts, including The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), which promotes quality in healthcare, and the NHS Information Centre, the official source of health and social care data and information for England. The NDA covered four key components of the government’s National Service Framework (NSF) for Diabetes:

checking whether everyone with diabetes was diagnosed and recorded on a practice diabetes register
looking at whether those registered are receiving key elements of diabetes care (such as regular checks of blood glucose levels, or for protein in the urine)
looking at the proportion of people registered to have diabetes who achieve the treatment targets for glucose control, blood pressure and blood cholesterol, as defined by NICE
looking at the rates of acute and long-term complications of people with diabetes, including deaths from the condition, the focus of the current report
As part of this GP audit, all primary care trusts contributed data from 5,359 GP practices on 1.4 million people with diabetes. This figure represents 68% of the 2.1 million people estimated to have diabetes in England in 2007-2008 (the participation rate). The current analysis focuses on mortality from the condition, and has therefore also linked data from the NDA to formal death notifications through the NHS Information Centre Medical Research Information Service (MRIS) in order to include data for those people with diabetes not included in the GP audit.

What was the report’s main finding?

By following up the ‘cohort’ of 1.4 million people with diabetes over the next year, the researchers found 49,282 deaths. As the ‘participation rate’ (see above) was 68%, taking the estimated prevalence of diabetes in England, it was estimated that the total annual number of deaths of people with diabetes was between 70,000 and 75,000. This represents about 15-16% of the 460,000 deaths that occur annually in England.

Researchers estimated that in total there were about 16,000 more deaths among people with diabetes than would been expected if their mortality risk was the same as the general population. By linking these results to records of national death certificates (in order to include people with diabetes who did not participate in the audit) they estimated 24,000 excess deaths each year in people with diabetes.

The risk of death for patients with type 1 diabetes was estimated to be 2.6 times higher than that of the general population, and for people with type 2 diabetes the risk was estimated to be 1.6 times higher. Across the country there were variations in mortality, from 1,852 deaths out of 100,000 people with type 1 diabetes in London to a high of 2,351 out of 100,000 in the northeast. For type 2 diabetes the figures ranged from 1,246 out of 100,000 in London to 1,668 out of 100,000 in the northeast.

Why are so many people dying of diabetes?

The analysis itself did not look at the specific causes of death among people with diabetes. However, it is widely recognised that without proper management of this condition, there is a higher risk of death from several causes including critically high or low blood sugar, heart failure or kidney failure.

Diabetes is a long-term condition that affects the body’s ability to process glucose (sugar). Normally the amount of glucose in the blood is controlled by the hormone insulin, which helps break it down to produce energy. In people with diabetes, there is either not enough insulin to process the glucose or the body’s cells do not respond appropriately to the insulin produced. This results in glucose levels building up in the blood.

There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and 2. People with type 1 diabetes do not produce any insulin. People with type 2 diabetes do not make enough insulin, or the body’s cells are not sensitive enough to insulin. Having either type puts people at increased risk of several serious complications, including heart disease and stroke, circulation problems, nerve damage, foot ulcers, blindness and kidney damage.

It is important to note that this audit measured deaths among people with diabetes – it did not show whether diabetes caused their deaths. For example, diabetes is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease such as heart attack or stroke. Also, other cardiovascular risk factors that often co-exist in people with diabetes, such as overweight or obesity or high blood pressure. It is not possible to tell the direct cause of death from this data.

How is diabetes usually managed?

Diabetes management aims to keep blood glucose levels as normal as possible. People with type 1 diabetes need to have daily injections (or administration by pump) of insulin.

In people with type 2 diabetes, management depends upon the severity of the condition. A healthier diet and lifestyle alone can sometimes control the condition in people with early stage disease, although most people with type 2 eventually need to take medication to control their blood sugar. Some people with type 2 diabetes may also eventually need to take insulin. Medication may also be needed to reduce other associated risk factors for cardiovascular disease. For example, medications to reduce high blood pressure or control cholesterol.

Self-management of this condition is also crucial. People with diabetes need to be aware of and monitor blood glucose levels, maintain a healthy weight, eat a balanced diet, avoid smoking and have regular health checks.

How can these deaths be prevented?

Experts agree that people with diabetes can live long and healthy lives and reduce their risks of complications through appropriate self-management, as outlined above.

The charity Diabetes UK says that people with diabetes can sometimes feel overwhelmed with information about all the healthcare they require. Diabetes UK has drawn up a checklist of 15 ‘healthcare essentials’ to help people understand what care they should receive to reduce the risk of complications. These are:

get your blood glucose levels measured at least once a year
have your blood pressure measured at least once a year
have blood fats (cholesterol) measured every year
have your eyes screened for signs of eye damage (retinopathy) every year
have your legs and feet checked annually
have your kidney functions monitored annually
have your weight checked and your waist measured
get support if you are a smoker on how to quit
receive care planning to meet your individual needs
attend an education course to help you understand and manage your diabetes
receive specialist paediatric care if you are a child or young person
receive high quality diabetes care if admitted to hospital
get information and specialist care if you are planning to have a baby
see specialist diabetes healthcare professionals to help you manage your condition
get emotional and psychological support from specialist healthcare professionals
Not every healthcare essential may apply to children with diabetes who may have different requirements.

Do I need to worry about this if I have diabetes?

The figures are alarming but they do highlight the need to make people with diabetes aware of the importance of self-management and of obtaining the level of healthcare they require to help them manage their condition. With the right care and support, people with diabetes can go on to live long and healthy lives.

If you have diabetes, key ways to delay or prevent complications include:

maintaining a healthy weight by eating a balanced diet and taking regular physical exercise
not smoking
checking your feet every day
having regular check-ups with your diabetes care team.
Links to the headlines

24,000 diabetes deaths a year ‘could be avoided’. BBC News, December 14 2011

Diabetes report reveals 24,000 a year die from condition avoidably early. Guardian, December 14 2011

Up to 24,000 Britons with diabetes dying unnecessarily due to poor care. Daily Mirror, December 14 2011

Simple rules to beat diabetes. Daily Express, December 14 2011

Further reading

NHS Information Centre: National Diabetes Audit Mortality Analysis 2007-2008 (PDF 1.3Mb)

Press releases
NHS Information Centre: Up to 24,000 people with diabetes suffer an avoidable death in England each year. December 14 2011

Diabetes UK: Report shows each year 24,000 people in England with diabetes suffer avoidable death. December 14 2011

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Exciting times and I am looking forward to hearing more about the New Cellnovo Insulin Pump or maybe even a trial ?

Cellnovo Receives CE Mark Approval for World’s First Mobile Diabetes Management System
19th Sep 2011

Cellnovo Receives CE Mark Approval for World’s First Mobile Diabetes Management System

Press Release

September 19, 2011, London, UK. Press Dispensary. Cellnovo today announced that it has received CE Mark approval for the world’s first mobile diabetes management system, a significant milestone for the company and for people living with diabetes.

“This is Cellnovo’s first step in a journey to bring this mobile diabetes management system to the world,” says William McKeon, Chief Executive Officer of Cellnovo.


Cellnovo is a complete diabetes management system built around the principles of mobile, wireless technology. The system includes an insulin patch pump, a wireless, touch screen handset with a built-in blood glucose monitor, and an extendable applications set.

“Cellnovo has created the first insulin pump that brings innovation and combines form with function, essential qualities in a device that patients have to interact with 24/7,” says Dr. Pratik Choudhary, Clinical Lecturer in Diabetes at King’s College London.

Cellnovo’s ground breaking technology means that diabetes therapies can now be managed more easily, accurately and intuitively. The patch pump is the smallest and most precise ever developed, and the touch screen, wireless handset is instantly familiar to those who have used other mobile devices such as Apple’s iPhone.


“Cellnovo has combined advanced mobile and medical technology which may create a paradigm shift in diabetes care,” says Irl B. Hirsch, Professor of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. “For the multitude of patients who could benefit from pump therapy, Cellnovo could be a game-changer.”

The most exciting feature of the Cellnovo handset is that it wirelessly receives and transmits real-time data to a portal for patients and caregivers to use. This means that patients no longer have the burden of keeping meticulous journals, and that the data collected is incredibly accurate and consistent, ensuring optimal monitoring and treatment of the disease.

“The ability to see real-time data of patients who may be hundreds of miles away provides the opportunity to redefine our care model,” says Dr. Mark Evans, Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at the Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge.

– ends –

Notes for editors

About Cellnovo

Cellnovo, an innovative UK-based mobile health company, is committed to bringing greater freedom and ease-of-use to people living with diabetes. The company has developed the industry’s first mobile diabetes management system, which includes a patch pump, a mobile handset with a built-in blood glucose monitor, and an extendable applications set. For more information, please visit


Bill McKeon, Chief Executive Officer
Cellnovo Ltd.
Tel: + 44 (0) 203 058 1250
Email: press@cellnovo.com
Site: http://www.cellnovo.com

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Wow what a long week last week was and we are still awaiting the arrival of our baby daughter who was due last Monday 24th January but still not here. Next week is when my wife has to go into Hospital to be Induced on Wednesday morning so we are a little nervous now. My son Jake is 17 months old and is now getting into everything (Little monkey) but i am sure his sister will sort him out when she arrives ha ha.

I find it really tiring cycling home after a long day at work and I know it’s only 4 miles but when you have been busy all day that’s all you need. The reason I cycle is that I have Retinopathy and have had lots of laser which affected my night vision, this means I am unable to see to drive at night. Fortunately I have a super bright Exposure MaXx-D Mk2 front light which is amazing. The fact that the light is directly in front of me helps me so much and of course I am not cycling fast, I am looking forward to the summer when I can use my little Scooter. I have also been trying to save to buy an electric cycle which look great and would mean I would not burn so many carbs as my BG is always low after getting home from work, they are however expensive.

Thanks for reading and please feel free to comment or just say hi 


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Welcome to my New Blog site My Pump Blog and can I first say thanks for looking.

As you may or may not be aware I currently have another Diabetes Site called www.mypump.co.uk which is going very well indeed and that site was created to share as many useful Diabetes products or products I like with a small review.

I have now decided to try my very best to create a New Blog site to enable us all to chat or leave comments about anything we feel we would like to share with the Diabetes community.

So please do keep coming back and tell as many people with Diabetes as you can about my site.

Thank you so much.


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