An inclusive venture: Walking the Camino with Type 1 diabetes.

“Try not to worry”, my doctor reassured me back in March 2011. “You’ll still be able to do everything you used to do.” At the age of 34, and having always been in good health, it was a complete shock to be diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. I asked her if I could walk some 500 miles across Spain in two months’ time on my own. Her response? That wouldn’t be a good idea. Continue reading “An inclusive venture: Walking the Camino with Type 1 diabetes.”

Safer systems in the home: How a plug and a box changed my life

I am a well-controlled type 1 diabetic, but there are certain situations where even well-controlled diabetics can find themselves in tricky situations. One of these is during pregnancy and the period afterwards. Changing insulin requirements and pressures to keep low blood sugars during pregnancy and breastfeeding can dramatically increase the risk of hypoglycaemia. Continue reading “Safer systems in the home: How a plug and a box changed my life”

Diabetes. Who is really at risk?

I have a friend, Matt. He is a lean and muscular build and has a BMI of 20.57, which puts him in the healthy weight box. He is 49 years old and very active. He walks, cycles and I have completed a seven-day mountain GR5 mountain hike with him. He also has a PhD in Nutrition. Not really the sort of person you would expect to be at risk of type 2 diabetes, but in 2016 Matt had an hba1c blood sugar reading of 43. This puts him in the ‘pre-diabetic’ and ‘at risk’ category. Continue reading “Diabetes. Who is really at risk?”