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New technology could end finger pricking

Pioneering technology created by a team at the University of Leeds could mean people with diabetes may no longer need to draw blood to monitor their glucose levels.

The small device, which has been fitted with low-powered lasers, has been developed by Professor Gin Jose and a team at the University of Leeds. To read more, click here.

More than 135 diabetes amputations every week

New figures have revealed the number of diabetes-related amputations in England has now reached an all-time record high of 135 a week, according to new analysis by Diabetes UK.

The figures, calculated using new Public Health England data, show that the annual number of diabetes-related amputations in England is now more than 7,000, compared to the previous figure of 6,677. This equates to seven more amputations each week. Yet, with good diabetes and footcare, up to 80 per cent of these amputations can be avoided. To read more, click here.

Ninjabetic – me before my illness

My local commissioner has just asked me a question that made me well up…but before anyone thinks the worst, I’m happy about this. You see, she was the first person (in the 13 years I’ve lived with type 1 diabetes) to ever ask me why I didn’t attend my appointments in the past.

Being asked that simple question has made me realise that for the past three years I’ve been telling people the reasons for why I did not attend (DNA), but no one has actually asked me. That realisation has come as a shock to me, especially with recent discussions about the importance of providing patient-centred care. There is still so much to do. To read more, click here.

Date for Hypo Awareness Week 2015

Hypo Awareness Week 2015 will take place from October  5 to 11, it has been announced.

The campaign raises awareness of hypoglycaemia in the inpatient setting with the aim of helping hospital staff recognise and treat symptoms and refer patients to appropriate care teams. To read more, click here.

‘Nonsensical’ type 2 draft guidelines to be revisited

NICE has reopened the consultation on its new draft guidelines for type 2 diabetes in response to calls made from the diabetes community. To read more, click here.