Minimal criteria for Freestyle Libre UK

For my UK readers, if you are unsure if you might be entitled to a #FreestyleLibre, there is now a minimal criteria in which you must meet to be excepted for one in the UK. Take a look and see if you might fall into any of the criteria. Amina x

Diabulimia

I wanted to write a post about diabulimia as it impacts many people within the diabetes community. I myself have never suffered with this condition but feel that as a diabetes blogger I have a huge responsibility to spread awareness of this condition. So, what is diabulimia?  It is a condition where type 1 diabetes…

Long Overdue!

I know ive been away for a while guys but here a little update on what ive been up to.

Diabetes and The School Run

For most mums, I  think the school run can be an extremely hectic and stressful process. Getting everybody up, cleaned, fed and safely off to school takes a lot of organisation, time management, patience and energy.  The Mail Online stated, “Three out of four mothers find school run more stressful than going to work” If…

Glucose Spikes

The undetected condition of glucose spikes could in fact be the cause of many underlying conditions such as Diabetes, Cancer and even heart attacks.

Dr Faustman’s vaccine for Type 1 Diabetes

They say, that there is a vaccine that can not only halt type 1 diabetes in its tracks but also that it has the ability to reverse the condition. When I first read about this vaccine, it really did sound too good to be true. Could it be the cure we’ve all been waiting for?…

The itch that won’t quit

From time to time, when I change my infusion site it itches like mad. We’ve all had that itch that just won’t stop. For me, its the site where my insert has been stuck to my body for 2 or 3 days or even a freshly inserted infusion set. It itches and itches and I…

Happy “22nd” Diaversary

Everything related to diabetes is testing, from the continuous monitoring of blood glucose levels, the debilitating symptoms I’ve experienced due to low and high blood glucose levels, the lumps and bruises from injecting and placing inserts on my body. Diabetes has and always will be a constant presence in my life. January 1st 1995, marks…

A few things you didn’t know about Frederick Banting

Today, November 14th marks one of the most important days in the diabetes calendar, World Diabetes Day. On this day, we remember one of the most prominent figures in diabetes, Sir Frederick Grant Banting, the man responsible for co-discovering insulin, as a source of treatment for diabetics in the early 1900s.You can read more about it…

Neonatal Diabetes Mellitus

Neonatal diabetes mellitus is a form of diabetes that occurs in the first 6 months of life. NDM is a very rare condition and affects one in 100,000 to 500,000 live births. A result of having this condition means elevated blood glucose levels occur. This condition can often be confused with Type 1 diabetes due…

Wordless Wednesday #6

Happy Diabetes Awareness Month Friends! My aim this month is to try and spread as much awareness for diabetes as I can.  As someone who advocates for diabetes, I want to continue to share the correct message about what it truly means to live with this condition. JDRF have created an amazing tool which helps…

Myabetic Giveaway 1st November -14th November 2016

Since today marks the beginning of Diabetes Awareness Month, what better way to kick-start the month and advocate for diabetes, than by collaborating with some of diabetes extremely influencial bloggers and advocates, to give away accessories from one of my favourite diabetes companies  – Myabetic I absolutely love the accessories available!! If you don’t know…

Sick Days!

Having a cold can be awful, but a cold combined with diabetes is even worse. It messes with your sugar levels making them difficult to manage. Blood glucose levels can become extremely high. These high BG levels are due to a release of stress hormone which occurs when the body is fighting an illness. Glucose…

Non- diabetic but you’re affected by Hypoglycaemia!!

I deal with hypos on weekly basis. Hypoglycaemia and diabetes go hand in hand. These attacks occur when blood glucose levels are too low. For me, this usually happens when I’ve taken too much insulin, not eaten enough food, eaten too late or depending on the type of exercise I choose to do that day….

When Hypos strike in the twilight hours

Hypo’s that strike in the twilight hour. Oh! How I wish they didn’t exist. It’s completely unnatural, physically exhausting and absolutely out of my control. I battle the early morning hours, the plunging sugars, overwhelming outer body experience, numb lips, numb tongue but for how long will this go on?  Like a robot, malfunctioning, I’m…

Insulin Pump Therapy Pros and Cons

Before I embarked on my journey, with an insulin pump, I had been on multiple daily injections (MDI) for almost 15 years.  It wasn’t until I began to learn about insulin pump therapy that I truly grasped how different the two were. With MDI, I feel less training was given in order for me to…

Whatever Next?

Hacking is something that has been in existence since the introduction of the first computer. In fact, it has been around for many centuries. As we’ve had more advances in technology, many hackers have also developed and broadened their hacking skills and techniques enabling them to target larger companies. They have even been able to…

Knowing the signs for Prediabetes

Prediabetes, as it is known, is a condition which occurs before the onset of Type 2 diabetes. This condition causes a slight elevation in blood glucose levels. The normal blood glucose range for a person without diabetes tend to be between (4mmol/l – 7mmol/l). With prediabetes the blood glucose levels are slightly higher than the…

Fighting Diabetes One Sugar at a Time

Hey! Friends! I’m so excited to share my new T-shirt collection with you. The “Fighting Diabetes One Sugar At A Time” T-shirt, was created to spread and raise awareness for Diabetes. It aims to include those who want to learn more about the condition, give thanks to those who tirelessly support and stand by us…

It’s all Diabetes at the end of the day!

Feel free to add to the list. Just remember friend’s, stay determined, be positive and don’t let diabetes stop you from being able to do the things you want to do. Yes, it’s a challenge, but you are more than capable of overcoming it. Struggle through it and you’ll soon discover how much stronger you…

The iLet (Bionic Pancreas)

Throughout the years, we’ve seen many advances in Diabetes technology. From the Insulin pumps, to the Freestyle Libre and so many other amazing technologies. The most recent and major development is that of the Bionic Pancreas. This long-anticipated technology is able to completely manage an individual’s diabetes by tracking blood glucose levels, controlling insulin doses,…

When I became a featured artist for VIDA

Recently, I was contacted by a company called VIDA, after they saw my artwork on my blog and on Instagram, they asked me if I’d like to collaborate with them and design my very own fashion apparel. I was completely excited, what an opportunity! I was going to be able to showcase my artwork, design…

Guest Post: Appleton

INTRODUCING   Appleton is an Artist and Photographer, who has been creating art images and sculptures for over 40 years. He attended Boston University, where he studied both art and photography. After completing his studies, he moved to New York City, where he found that the diverse cultural landscape offered him great inspiration for much…

Are children not getting the recommended diabetes checks?

When I was a child, I remember having several check-ups every time I’d attend my diabetes appointments. After my diagnosis my check-ups were every 3 months and then it became every 6 months. These checks covered everything from, cholesterol testing, blood tests, feet check-up. Both of these tests would also be checked at my GP…

Diabetes Blog Week 2016 – Language and Diabetes

  When it comes to chronic illnesses such as diabetes, many will actively campaign for the use of words that don’t give individuals labels such as ‘diabetic’ or ‘person with diabetes’. They strive to use more inclusive language when referring to people with diabetes. For them, words like ‘diabetic’ or ‘person with diabetes’ becomes quite…

Diabetes Blog week 2016 – Monday Message

Today marks the beginning of the 7th annual ‘Diabetes Blog week’. This week was first created by a blogger Karen Graffeo, otherwise known a  Bitter sweet in the blogging world. It has become a way for the online diabetes community to unite and express their views on many topics. Topics are handpicked by Bitter Sweet…

Testing your day time basal rate

Sometimes it becomes necessary for you to be able to tweak your basal rates. During times where you maybe more active, during periods of stress and for the girls during that time of the month, you may be more prone to either lower or higher BG levels and this of course requires some adjustments in…

Guest Post: Introducing Dr Joan St John

I’d like to introduce Dr Joan St John. She is a GP / Diabetes Specialist. She is the lead for diabetes in a practice in Brent, UK. Dr Joan also has a crucial role working with Diabetes UK as a Clinical Champion. As a GP, I have been interested in Diabetes for many years and…

Change is Inevitable

When you are first faced with a diagnosis of diabetes, it’s a very hard process to come to terms with. The realisation that this condition is now with you for the rest of your life, is indeed a very tough thing to confront. Many emotions such as, anger, denial, and self-pity are but a few…

Insulin gone bad

How do you know if your insulin has gone off? Does it smell bad? Does it look bad? The question of insulin being off is indeed a preemptive one. Of course, there are certain ways to examine the insulin, but still one can never be completely certain that, the insulin being used is in fact…

Hypo stick

This is my diabetes: When, your low has you feeling all sorts of ways. Hot, confused, tired, dizzy, hungry etc …..

Malfunctioning on Summer Break

This Summer, I visted the Caribbean Between, the kids, the blood sugars, insulin bolus’ and carb ratios, travelling with diabetes can be daunting. However, I wasn’t going to let any of it get in the way. I was going to enjoy every last minute of my holiday, soak up the sun and relax. So I…

Access to Insulin!

  As a type 1 diabetic, living in the UK, I’ve always understood how extremely fortunate I am to be able to have access to insulin. I have access to it when I need it and it’s completely free. It’s as simple as me requesting a repeat prescription every other month at my doctor’s surgery,…

Emotional Diabetes

    Ignorance is bliss, or so they say. In some cases the not knowing can indeed be a great comfort and it most certainly cannot hurt you. So is it better to remain ignorant of the facts and continue on in your ignorance? Diabetes has taught me otherwise because I didn’t have the option…

Guest Post: Diabetes and oral problems – know your risk!

I’d like to introduce a guest post by  Erin Stelbrink. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist with 5+ years of experience as a licensed hygienist and oral health care professional. She holds a passion for researching the latest technologies and methods for providing valuable health care service and clinical treatment. Aside from clinical work, Erin serves…

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly!

We all know that when it comes to managing our diabetes, how essential it is to have a good doctor or consultant. During my time living with this condition, I can honestly say I’ve had less than a handful of good doctors. By “good” doctor I mean a doctor who will converse with you and…

A moment of madness: When insulin got diluted/ injested! 

Diabetic Problem #55: Ever tasted insulin mixed with water? Well this silly lady did just that, when I decided to change my insert just before dinner at the dinning table. Then obliviously I primed my pump right over my cup of water. Did it click then? Nope!! Not until I drank 3/4 of the water…

Talk about your medicines month

This month of October marks the calendar as “Talk About Your Medicines” month. The American Recall Center invited me to talk about the medicine I use. I hope that this will help to spread further awareness for diabetes. What’s my medicine? My Medicine is Insulin. Insulin is a hormone which is produced in the pancreas….

Sugar High Sugar Low: Preparing for pregnancy

Before conceiving I had a lot of things to contemplate such as being fit, healthy, eating well, having tight control of my blood glucose levels and most important of all achieving at least an A1c of 7.0%. Both diabetes and pregnancy combined have their own unique challenges. I knew that I would have a lot…

Diabetes Week Sunday 8th June -Saturday 14th June 2014

This week in the UK is diabetes week and this year’s theme is ‘I can’. Diabetes has been a part of my life since I was 11 years old.  At such a young age I had the burden of such a huge responsibility. It forced me to mature, it taught me about myself and even…

Life’s Blessings

So let me start by apologising to my readers for being away from my blog for the past few months. A lot has happened since I last posted but i’m back and I hope to be posting more frequently. Life is amazing and can take you on so many different paths.  My life took a turn…

The beeping D ……

As you may know I recently started a sensor trial, which started off really well. I got my sensor fitted everything was running smoothly until I decided I was going to go to the supermarket. First supermarket trip The moment, I stepped into the supermarket doors. BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP! (Anti-theft alarm) Of course I…