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…

World Diabetes Day – Insulin discovery

Since I come from a science background. I thought that this year for World diabetes day I would concentrate on one of the major breakthrough’s in diabetes. The breakthrough which stands out in my mind and is very close to my heart is the discovery of insulin by Dr Frederick Banting and Charles Best. Without this life…

The curious Peanut boy

My 3 year has a very inquisitive mind and could absolutely drive you mad with the millions of questions he can come up with. He never wants to hear the straight forwards answer. He always wants the answer with detail. He loves learning about new things and is absolutely obsessed with everything from Space, to Volcano’s…

MIA, Diabetes and life

Hi guys It’s been a while since I last wrote a post. I’ve totally been MIA lately due to a lot of different things happening in my life at the moment, some things are D related and others are just the usual day to day life occurrences.  Anyway maybe we’ll get into that at another…

Guest post: Get creative with diabetes

By Maryam Abdullahi-Mahdi Without Me It’s strange symbiosis we share I who lift you up, morning noon and night. Yet you’d rather live without me You’re provider your protector, your shield from an everlasting sleep. Yet you’d rather live without me. All I ask from you in return is a few moments of your time. To…

Hope for a cure!

Since I was diagnosed, I always hoped that one day I’d wake up to the news of diabetes being cured. For now this is a prospect that I can only dream about. Type 1diabetes has been with me for 19 years and the truth is, until they find a cure it will always be a…

Type 1 diabetic on Metformin

Type 1 diabetic? CHECK Insulin dependent? CHECK  Taking Metformin?  ERR CHECK Yup your vision isn’t failing you. I’m a type 1 diabetic on Metformin. I started to take metformin over 4 years ago alongside my insulin pump therapy. I began to notice that my insulin basal doses seemed to be increasing steadily on a monthly…

Work your sites

By sites I mean, injection and insulin pump sites. The site, where a needle must pierce the skin to allow insulin to be delivered into the body. As a type 1 diabetic, this is something which can’t be avoided. Whether you’re using an insulin pump or injecting, it’s really important that you rotate the sites…

Avoid retinopathy

Let’s prevent retinopathy How can we avoid these complications? Here are some of the steps I try my best to take to avoid complications. 1.      BLOOD SUGARS, BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS, BLOOD SUGARS. Get them as tight as possible. Stay within the target levels.I can’t stress how important this is. I try to test my BGL…

Don’t complicate it! Part 1

AVOID, AVOID, AVOID!!!!! This is what I think when I see, or hear  “diabetic complications“. One of the reasons why I stress the importance of having good blood glucose levels and HbA1c control, is to avoid complications caused by diabetes. These complications can affect the eyes, the nerves, the kidneys, muscles and the heart. This…