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Proud family praise fundraising Lenny

A youngster with Type 1 diabetes and his dad have completed a marathon challenge to raise funds for JDRF.

Lenny Lehane, aged 10, ran the children’s ‘Mini Mile’ of the Brighton Marathon, while dad David completed the full 26.2 miles last month to raise more than £500. To read more, click here.

First natural birth supported by artificial pancreas

A UK woman with Type 1 diabetes has become the first in the world to use the artificial pancreas to help her give birth naturally.

Catriona Finlayson-Wilkins gave birth to her son Euan at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital last week.

The artificial pancreas, which was developed by JDRF-funded researchers at the University of Cambridge, combines a continuous glucose monitor and an insulin pump to automatically manage blood glucose levels. To read more, click here.

400,000 people with diabetes not getting ‘vital’ annual foot checks

More than 400,000 people with diabetes in England are not having an annual foot check despite these being important for preventing diabetes-related amputation, according to a new analysis by Diabetes UK.

The new figures, based on NHS data, reveal that an estimated 414,784 people with diabetes in England are not getting the check, which equates to 27.7 per cent of people with Type 1 diabetes and 13.3 per cent of people with Type 2 diabetes. This is despite the National Institute for Health Care and Excellence (NICE) saying that everyone with the condition should get one once a year. To read more, click here.

Diabetes mortality rates for young people 'higher' in UK

Diabetes mortality rates for 15-to-24-year-olds in the UK are "high and rising" compared with the rest of Europe, according to researchers.

Although few children die from the disease, control of the condition is poor and as a result, death rates among 15 to 24-year-olds are rising – a trend not seen in other EU countries.

The reasons are unclear but poverty and quality of healthcare are believed to be significant. There are thought to be about 35,000 children under 19 with diabetes. The research was carried out by the Institute of Child Health at University College London over 15 years and published via an abstract at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health’s Annual Conference 2015 in Birmingham. To read more, click here.