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Hi all,

As you may or may not know I have had many problems with my eye site over the past 10 years and I have had approx 10,000 laser burns in each eye to help correct Retinopathy and also a Vitrectomy Operation in each eye.

Please take the time if you can to look at my previous blogs relating to eye health and the importance of regular Diabetes Eye Check Up’s.

Over the years my night vision with all the treatments I have had my night vision has suffered to the point where I am unable to drive during the winter months as it tends to be dark at 4.00pm, it is so frustrating to have to rely on other people,public transport and cabs to get around as I like to think I am quite independent – my wife Gill is a huge help to me.

So what I tend to do is carry a large torch everywhere even during the summer as if I am out late (doesn’t happen much as I have three young children lol) I would be stuck or struggle a lot to find my way around even just using the torch on my phone which is pretty poor. I have tried lots of different options of torch ranging from very cheap small torches which are useless to expensive large torches which are too big.

I then cam across a company who manufacture a superb quality range of torches and head torches that I was hoping could help me.

The company is called Suprabeam and from the first enquiry I sent them I knew they could help as they certainly know their stuff, they seem to deal with people who run, ride and even climb who need a decent quality torch that they can rely on 100%. The reason I decided on a headtorch is purely because I don’t have to hold it and they are now very small and bright, especially compared to what I have used in the past. The Suprabeam head torches are very comfortable to wear, small but extremely bright – I can even use if I decided to cycle.


The Suprabeam head torch we decided on was the Suprabeam V3air Rechargeable as I didn’t want anything super bright but bright enough to light the path or road in front of me, this certainly does the job, I have been using this now for about 4 months and I am so pleased I bought one as it has given me so much confidence when being out during the evenings or night. It is very a small and just fits in my pocket ready for when I need it.

Personally if you are looking for a top quality Torch or even HeadTorch then have a look at Suprabeam as the products are very high quality and affordable, the staff are also very knowledgeable and not pushy at all so they will guide you to the product they think will best suit your requirements.




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So here I am again for my yearly check up at the Western Eye Hospital nr Paddington London for my Diabetes Eye Check.

For me this is always a nervous time and can be a long day 😄

My appointment was for 9.40am so I left my home at about 7.30am to get the train to London which is always fun (not), it is incredible just how many people travel in and out of London expecially at rush hour. I was lucky enough to get a seat on the train that takes about 50 minutes to Paddington as I then have about a 15 minute walk to the Western Eye Hospital.

There are possibly closer places for me to have these checks but I have been going there for about 10 years now and also had laser treatment along with two Vitrectomy Operations about 8 years ago, I like the fact they can do everything there related to eyes.

Good to see a large TV which gives you an idea of the waiting time which can be quite lengthy  sometimes, when I arrived it was approx 30-60 minutes to see the nurse for the eye check, photo’s of the back of your eye, lovely drops in your eye, scan the eye for any vessel leaks. This all went quite quickly and my eyes from the nurses perspective were okay and pressure good along with my actual eyesite. Really good news to hear my eyes are healthy and I am still okay to drive.

After seeing the nurse I then waited about another hour to see the Doctor who looks at your previous notes and then has a good look at the back of the eye, since my last appointment everything has remained stable which the Doctor said can be down to good blood sugar control which is not easy. I have had a lot of laser treatment previously to burn the tiny blood vessels to stop them bursting and leaking, fortunately I do not need any further laser at this time.

I did ask about my vision as I do get slightly paranoid that I can’t read a number plate but she confirmed I am well in the limits of this – great news.

So as you can imagine I am extremely happy and just proves that good control, healthy eating and basically looking after yourself does help make a difference.

Thanks again for reading.



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Hi all,

I know it was a long time ago now but in some respects it is nice to get back to normality as my eating and drinking habits over Christmas & New Year have been very bad, far too much food and drink which has played havoc with my BG levels so I need to pull my finger out and get back on track 🙂

As you may or may not already be aware I have had numerous problems with my eyes and ensure I have regular eye checks to make sure nothing is missed, for my Diabetes Care I attend the Western Eye Hospital in London where I go each year – this is my last blog Western Eye Clinic.

I have also been to Specsavers for the past 5 years to basically check my vision where as the Western Eye Clinic is looking at issues with my eye health and any related Diabetes damage like Retinopathy etc. The reason I chose Specsavers is that the service I have received from Maidenhead Store has been superb and they give a great range of tests not just interested in selling you a new pair of glasses.


So I received my yearly reminder in the post and called to book my appointment at Maidenhead which as always is very easy and at a time to suit me. My appointment was on Saturday 3rd January and I was luck enough to be seen by the Branch Manager Lisa which at the time I was unaware of. Lisa went through the eye checks with me “s last pair of glasses to get an idea of how much her eyes have changed since her last eye test”, I also had a Visual Fields Test due to the amount of Laser I have had done previously for the treatment of Retinopathy – this basically involves resting your chin on the edge of a large round ball which the lights up small lights inside at different positions, you then push a button to tell the computer when you have seen each light. All these test went very well in my eyes “Sorry excuse the pun”

I was then taken in to see a very nice Optometrist called Helen who spoke to me first about my lifestyle and Medical history, Helen then went through various checks as follows and these details were taken from the Specsavers web site which is very helpful :

1. The Retinoscope

The retinoscope

The optometrist may use an instrument called a retinoscope, which bounces a light beam off the back of your eye and back into the instrument. Different lenses focus the reflected light beam until it is steady, giving a close guide to the prescription you need.

The retinoscope is very accurate – it is used to test the sight of very small children, or people with communication difficulties who can’t easily describe how clearly they can see.

2. The test chart

The test chart

The optometrist fine-tunes his findings by asking you to read the test chart through different strength lenses. The results for one eye often vary from those for the other, so each eye will be tested individually before both eyes are finally tested together.

The optometrist flips different lenses in front of your eyes that change how clearly you can see. Depending on your answers, the optometrist changes the lenses until you have the clearest, most comfortable vision possible.

3. Using the ophthalmoscope

Using the ophthalmoscope

The optometrist uses an ophthalmoscope to examine the retina at the back of the eye, including the blood vessels and the front of the optic nerve. This important test can detect changes which can indicate diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure.

The optometrist darkens the room and sits quite close to you, while they shine a bright light into each eye in turn using the ophthalmoscope. The light may leave shadows on your vision, but these soon fade.

4. The oxo box

The oxo box

You are also asked to focus on an oxo box, and say whether the illuminated lines are in line horizontally and vertically.

This indicates whether your eyes work well together – balanced and co-ordinated eyes are essential for clear comfortable vision.

5. Testing your focus

Testing your focus

The optometrist may test your ability to focus at varying distances to decide if you need different prescriptions for distance and reading.

After this I sat down with Helen to go through her findings which for me was all okay, the only issue I have is sitting in front of a laptop all-day and having to strain to see the words clearly, we decided  pair of specific VDU glasses could help. We then looked at the digital images of the backs of my eyes which are incredible to see as I could see all the scarring from the laser treatment I have had going back about 7 or 8 years – all this laser also affects my night vision massively but nothing I can do about this.

Finally, I was then introduced to Jamil who showed my lots of different frames some good and some not so good unless you are someone like Will I Am, we decided on two pairs of frames one for VDU work and one pair for normal day to day wear. I collected my glasses 1 week later and I was extremly pleased with the quality/price and service so I would highly recommend giving them a try.



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Hi all,

Apologies it has been a while since my last update on MyPump Diabetes Site but busy with the family etc J

So my sailing at Cookham Reach Sailing Club is still going really well and I managed to take out a Lightning Dinghy last Saturday on my own for the first time, I just about managed to stay upright largely down to the assistance of Alistair in the safety boat – all in all I had a great time. The biggest thing I have noticed is the amount of carbs I need prior to 1 hour sailing as I must be honest I didn’t really think I would use that much energy, I tend to have an energy bar and banana prior to sailing and that is usually all burnt up.

** New members always welcome and surprisingly membership is not as much as you think.

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Dario BG Meter

I have been using the Dario BG Meter for a couple of months now and just recently gone onto the Dario for Android/IOS so can now use it on multiple devices like an iPad and Samsung Galaxy – all of which sync easily. I especially like the food diary which amazingly seems to have pretty much most of the food I eat but it would be good to have some images/sizes similar to Carbs & Cals. If you have not yet tried the Dario BG Meter then it is certainly worth a go as it is so compact and just fits in your pocket, the strips are held in a tiny container within the meter and you also have a built in finger pricker.

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Abbott Freestyle Libre

Sadly I have not tried this device for myself but I do hope to so I can write a hands on Blog review.

So if you have not yet heard about the Abbott Freestyle Libre then you will be in for a surprise as it really does look amazing and the technology behind this BG Meter is incredible, this is the type of device I dreamed of when I was young as it is a cross between a standard BG meter and a CGM. As I understand the Abbott Freestyle Libre is due for release very soon and works by using a small sensor placed on the body which you can then place the meter close to the sensor to take a BG reading, this also works through clothes so means you can test as many times a day as you like – no finger prick required, you also don’t need to calibrate with a finger prick. The software also looks incredible and I like the fact that this device can give you an indication of whether your BG levels is dropping or increasing – this is a big problem for me as I tend to go to bed on 7.0 but it’s so difficult to know if it will drop and many times it does.

The other big plus is that the sensors last for 14 days before they need to be replaced.

So next question – how much ?

I have not seen any official prices from Abbott but looking on Google rumours it sounds as though the meter could be approx. £150 and sensors priced at approx. £50 each (They do last 14 days each though), however please bear in mind these are not official figures and only rumours – not sure if we can get any NHS funding.

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Hey Dude Shoes – something a bit different to tell you about J.

So since starting up sailing I have increasingly been getting my shoes wet and I do prefer to wear shoes barefoot nr the river as I am in and out of sailing boats and end up taking off and on my sailing boots.

We went on holiday to Somerset a few months ago and on the beach with the children and a young surfer walked past with some very funky/comfy looking shoes, there is a huge range to choose from and they are more of a summer shoe than a winter shoe as mainly canvas – hoverer they can be machined washed. The Hey Dude Shoes have a leather type anti-bacterial insert which I can say makes them feel as though you are wearing slippers but with a nice thick sole to give them added comfort.

So if you are looking for a comfy shoe that gives great comfort and support to your feet then give them a try, my wife has also bought a pair so they must be good J.

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Elgringo’s Retina Screen from Mike at Diabetes In Spain

By on January 22, 2013  in Ramblings
Thanks to Mike for this Blog – I wanted to share as I am due for my Annual Eye Check Up and Retina Screening in a few weeks.

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Yep, that’s mine!

Hey Guys!

Just checking to see how everyone is doing!  Hope you are all doing fantastically well!

Moving on, I had my Annual Retina Screening at my local clinic.  I’m sure we know how important having our eyes etc.. checked on a regular basis whilst trying to avert the dreaded Diabetes Retinopathy.  So this quick, painless and non intrusive method is a brilliant way to make sure our eyes stay in great shape.

I took a pic of mine (scared the nurse to death when I asked to snap a pic) although I won’t have the results for up to 2 weeks.  I am hopeful that all is ok this time!

 Elgringos Retina Screen

Diabetic Eye Screening

For those who wonder what it all looks like, here is a image courtesy of the UK NHS Diabetic Eye Screening service.  I would have taken self portrait but a) the room was dark b) I had a hand over one eye and c) I was being blinded by the flash going off millimeters away from the centre of my eye! icon smile Elgringos Retina Screen

Stay healthy!

Mike – Diabetes In Spain

PS: The picture was taken cause I’m a nosey bugger and it also forms part of my photo project over at www.elgringo365.com

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So much for me and my family has happened over the last 3 years it is just incredible to look back on as in the past 3 years my wife and I have had two children – my son Jake who is 3 and my daughter Amy who has just reached her second birthday BLESS. we also had some more good news just before Christmas that my wife Gill is expecting yet another baby which will be due the end of June this year OH MY GOD !! We have already had the 20 week scan, well I say we but what I mean Gill has had her 20 week scan and everything was ok with our baby DAUGHTER so watch our Jake.

Since I have been Diabetic which is just over 40 years now so basically has been all my life the technology which has become available to us is absolutely incredible, I would never have thought when I was young that I would have a small electronic insulin pump attached to me which meant no more injections which is great. I am really looking forward to when I can actually get funding for a CGM to wear with my pump as I have tried both the Animas CGM and the Medtronic CGM of which both are very good but just not financially possible for me to buy the CGM sensors.

I currently wear an Animas Vibe pump and have found it great, as with all technology it has its ups and downs but on the whole it is very good especially as I make an effort to give it accurate information about my BG level and carb count, this is easier said than done.

I certainly do not look back deciding to take the plunge of going on to an insulin pump, I am also very excited to see what is going to be released in 2013 so if you have heard any whispers of new pumps or even new bg meters then please do tell ?

There is so many new products out there now to assist us living with Diabetes that I am sure we all tend to miss some products or services so if you have anything that could be of help to us then please drop me an email so I can add to my web site www.mypump.co.uk.

One last question, has anyone actually started to use the new smaller Omnipod and if so please can you share your thoughts – I have emailed the team at Omnipod but never had any response which certainly does put me off however I am interested in hearing from anyone that actually wears the device as it looks very interesting indeed ?


Thanks for listening and please drop me a message even if it is just to say hi ?



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    UK has world’s fifth-highest rate of children with type 1 diabetes


Some 24.5 children in every 100,000 in Britain develop the condition, putting the UK behind Finland, Sweden, Saudi Arabia and Norway

People with type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin, so have to get daily doses of it via injections or an insulin pump. Photograph: Reed Saxon/AP
Denis Campbell – The Guardian

The UK has the fifth highest rate in the world of children with type 1 diabetes, which can lead to serious health problems such as blindness and strokes, new research shows.

Some 24.5 children in every 100,000 aged 14 and under develop the condition, according to figures produced by the International Diabetes Federation.

Finland tops an international league table of 88 countries, compiled by Diabetes UK from the data, with a rate of 57.6 per 100,000 children in 2011. Sweden is next with a rate of 43.1, then Saudi Arabia (31.4) and Norway (27.9), and then the UK (24.5).

The UK’s rate is about twice as high as that in Spain (13) and France (12.2), 50% higher than Ireland’s (16.3) and a third more than the Netherlands (18.6), Germany and New Zealand (both 18). The league table only covers the 88 countries where the rate of incidence of type 1 diabetes is available. Many others do not record the incidence of the condition.

Experts are puzzled by the findings and do not know why the rate is high in some places. “We do not fully understand why rates of type 1 diabetes vary so greatly and so it is a mystery why the rate is so high in the UK,” said Barbara Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK. “One of the main theories is that lack of Vitamin D may increase risk, while people with a family history are more likely to develop it and so genetics also seems to play a role.” But it was impossible to identify the exact causes of the condition until more research was done, Young added.

Type 1 diabetes is an auto-immune condition which, unlike the much more common type 2, is not related to diet or other lifestyle factors. About 90% of the 3.7 million people in the UK diagnosed with diabetes have type 2, which is closely associated with obesity, while the other 10% have type 1, according to Diabetes UK.

Type 1 tends to affect children and young adults, though some cases only become apparent in adults. Sufferers cannot produce insulin, so have to get daily doses of it via injections or an insulin pump, and must also control their condition through diet and exercise. Unless it is well managed it can lead to serious complications such as eyesight problems, kidney disease, heart attacks and strokes by as early as the age of 25.

“As incidence is growing by 4% year-on-year, with the greatest rise in under-fives, this problem is only going to get bigger,” said Sarah Johnson, director of policy and communications at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It estimates that about 400,000 people in the UK, including 29,000 children, have the condition. Incidence is expected to double by 2020, the charity says.

“The government’s investment in medical research to understand the causes of, and to help cure, type 1 diabetes is woefully inadequate to face the challenge of type 1 diabetes, and its impact on our children, now and in the future,” she added.

Dr Justin Warner, a spokesman for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the growing number of children with type 1 was “worrying”. He said it was also disappointing that about 25% of children with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes have developed diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) – a complication which can be fatal if not treated – by the time they are identified, which has raised concern about late diagnosis. “This cannot be allowed to continue and the time has come for a concerted effort to improve quality of care,” Warner added, because of an “alarming” rise in children with DKA being admitted to hospital and “little improvement in outcomes of care and participation in care processes over the last eight years in England and Wales”.

An NHS-funded audit of the care of children with diabetes in 2010-11 found that just 6% of those with type 1 receive the eight health checks the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommends that all have every year.

Anna Soubry, the public health minister, said new financial incentives in the NHS designed to encourage better care of children with diabetes, and the creation of 10 regional networks of experts in the disease, should help improve the situation.

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Hi all,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has contributed, shared information or commented on my web sites www.mypump.co.uk and www.mypumpblog.com.

As always please let me know if you have any interesting blogs that you have discovered or even ones of your own which I can share with our ever growing Diabetes community, we are all certainly in a very exciting time and I still can’t believe how fast Diabetes technology is changing for the better. It is so important that we share as much information as possible as there are so many people out there with Diabetes who may not realise what is actually available to them to help make their lives a little easier.


I hope you have all had a very enjoyable Christmas and I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and best wishes for 2013.

Kindest regards

Andrew Borrett

T @MyPump1

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LifeScan’s OneTouch Verio IQ : Review by Dlife wwww.dlife.com, thanks very much for sharing this info.

Don’t forget to check out the Dlife web site which is superb.

Adam’s Favorites:

·         Low and high blood glucose pattern recognition

 ·         Bright color screen, simple menus, and interface
 ·         New, accurate strips with a clearer sample window and better blood drawing action

LifeScan’s excellent OneTouch Verio IQ was approved in the US last fall. Its major highlight is its ability to recognize patterns of high and low blood glucose. After setting high and low limits (e.g., 80 mg/dl and 140 mg/dl or 4.4 to 7.8 mmol/l in my case), the meter will automatically search for high and low glucose patterns for every test. A “low pattern” means that in the last five days, the meter has measured at least two “low” test results at a similar time of day (within three hours). A “high pattern” is slightly different: the meter looks for three values over the high limit – although only results tagged “Before Meal” are included because the meter doesn’t want to include high numbers caused specifically from food (blood sugars usually rise right after eating).

  • When the meter discovers a pattern following a test result, it immediately flashes a message. For instance, I received one that said: “Low Pattern – March 16, 12:30 pm. Looks like your glucose has been running LOW around this time.” After I selected “Get details,” the meter displayed the past glucose results associated with the low pattern.
  •  I found this pattern-recognition feature extremely useful for a number of reasons. First, it gave me the alert message right after my test, providing instant, real-time feedback right after a low or high occurred. Second, the meter searched automatically, requiring no manual calculations or logbook checking on my part. Finally, the feedback guided me on what actions to take – instead of something like an average blood sugar, I was able to see the times of the day when my glucose was out of range. The meter also has a “Pattern Log” that can be accessed from the home screen, allowing previous pattern messages to be viewed at any time. One downside to the pattern tool was that the “High Pattern” only uses results tagged as “Before Meal.” Although tagging only requires one button push following a test result, if you are in a rush and consistently forget to do this, you will not get “High Pattern alerts. “Low Pattern” results do not require any tagging.
  • Besides the pattern analysis, the Verio IQ also has a color screen that is easy to read in any light. I was also struck by the intuitive and easy-to-navigate user interface. Besides the previously described “Pattern Log,” the meter only has two other menus: “My History” and “Settings.” Navigating around the user interface requires just four buttons, making it difficult to get confused or lost in the Verio IQ menus.
 Many thanks to Dlife for the great product reviews.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Thanks to Sue at Desang Kit Bags for this update.

This is a brief email to alert you to the new accessibility to the FreeStyle InsuLinx meter from Abbott. When originally launched, you could only get one directly from your diabetes nurse as it needs to be programmed around your own personal treatment programme. An access code was required to put this information in which HCPs had access to. However, now the meters are available direct from Abbott.


The FreeStyle InsuLinx meter comes in a ‘pre-easy’ mode so you can use all the main tools. The code is only needed if and when you want to turn on the bolus Calculator tool, and the code can be given by your HCP at their discretion.

You can add your own image into the phone as well as add various other personalized settings. It’s PC and Mac-compatible and comes with FreeStyle Auto-Assist software. The meter’s touch screen is icon-driven, so you press the relevant icon to get into that part of the set-up. There’s only one button, which acts as the home button, just like a mobile phone.


To find out more, click on a pic, or go to

Best wishes,


Sue Marshall,

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