100 things I wish I’d known about diabetes

100 things I wish I’d known about diabetes

New figures released by the charity Diabetes UK, show that 700 people a day are diagnosed with diabetes in the UK – that’s one person every two minutes. The charity says people often say their diagnosis leaves them isolated and with unanswered questions.

To help people get a better understanding of their diabetes and to share great tips and handy hints from those living with the condition, Diabetes UK has launched a campaign and free book, ‘100 things I wish I’d known about diabetes’, which is written by people living with diabetes for people living with diabetes, their families and friends.

Covering everything from going on holiday and eating out, working out and managing diabetes alongside work, relationships and more, the book has advice for every part of life with diabetes from real experts – people living with diabetes.

From tips on finding out the local word for carbohydrate when you go on holiday, to knowing the best time of day to buy shoes for the best fit, the book is an indispensable guide to daily life for anyone affected by diabetes.

Actor Jonny Labey (Paul Coker in Eastenders), who has Type 1 diabetes, said: “No-one should feel alone with their diabetes. Managing diabetes can be a challenge but it doesn’t have to stop anyone from achieving their goals. The great thing about this book is it shows how we can all support each other and this is not something we have to face all by ourselves. That’s why I’m so glad to have contributed to the book. I’d advise anyone with diabetes – whatever type they have – to get hold of a copy now.”

Other celebrities who have contributed tips include:

  • TV presenter Phillip Schofield, whose mother and brother have Type 1 diabetes
  • England international rugby player Chris Pennell who has Type 1 diabetes
  • One half of the Hairy Bikers, Si King, whose wife and son have Type 1 diabetes

Chris Askew, Chief Executive of Diabetes UK, said: “We know that every two minutes someone is diagnosed with diabetes and people often tell us they are left in despair and feel like they have no-one to turn to. But that doesn’t need to be the case. We know that people who have diabetes and their loved ones are real experts in managing the condition, and have a wealth of tips and advice that help others overcome the daily challenges of life with diabetes.

That’s why we’ve brought together their amazing knowledge into a collection of brilliant tips. Having this book is like having a best friend in the room who knows exactly what you are going through and who can offer tried and tested advice. Whether you have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, if you’ve just been diagnosed or you’ve had diabetes for many years, this book offers invaluable support and insight.”

To order a free copy of the book call Diabetes UK on 0800 035 5626 or visit www.diabetes.org.uk/100things

Here are some of Diabetes UK Chief Executive Chris Askew’s favourite tips from the book:

“To avoid steep sugar highs when eating carbs like pasta, cook first then either refrigerate for an hour or freeze. Then reheat and consume – sugar spikes will be much lower.”

Tahir, 53, from Bradford, who has Type 2 diabetes

“My husband and I have an agreement: if he thinks I’m having a hypo, I test myself immediately with no arguments, even if I think I’m fine. Most of the time he’s right!”

Melissa, 42, from Ongar, who has Type 1 diabetes

“Before testing, wash your hands under warm water as this makes it easier to draw blood from your finger.”

Mick, 72, from Surrey, whose wife and mother-in-law both have diabetes

“Join diabetes groups and make friends – it’s the easiest way to get the support you need when you’re living with diabetes. I met my ‘diabestie’ this way and it makes life so much easier!”

Taz, 24, from Cardiff, who has Type 1 diabetes