Meeting 21 March 2017 - All things new in Diabetes

Mike Higgins, one of our Chairpersons gave out notices to 35 members and then introduced our speaker for the evening.

Jane Young, who is the lead specialist nurse at Broomfield Hospital, spoke about different treatments for both type 1 and type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes

There are many different types of medication for people with type 2 Diabetes.  Each group of drugs works in a slightly different way.  Most people requiring medication start off by taking metformin and then progress onto other medications.  Insulin therapy is usually used as a last resort.  Please click on the following link to read up on the different drug prescribed for type 2 Diabetes.

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Managing-your-diabetes/Treating-your-diabetes/Tablets-and-medication/

Type 1 Diabetes

People with type 1 Diabetes have to take insulin.  Insulin can be delivered by injection or by pump therapy.  Jane explained the different types of insulin that are on the market.  She added Humalog insulin is now marketed in different strengths and warned the members to check the strength when picking up their prescriptions.   Please click on the following link to find out more about the different types of insulin.

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Managing-your-diabetes/Treating-your-diabetes/Insulin/

Blood testing

Jane mentioned the blood glucose targets, which are set by NICE have changed.  It is now recognised the targets change with age.   The following link is NICE guidelines for blood glucose monitoring for people with type 2 Diabetes.

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng28/ifp/chapter/blood-glucose-and-target-levels

There are many meters on the market, some of which can monitor your blood glucose continuously.  Please click on link to read up about them.

https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Guide-to-diabetes/Managing-your-diabetes/Testing/Continuous-glucose-monitoring-CGM/ 

Another way to test blood sugar is through the Freestyle Libre.  Please click on the following link to read up on the Freestyle Libre.

https://www.freestylelibre.co.uk/libre/?gclid=CjwKEAjwwcjGBRDj-P7TwcinyBkSJADymblTx4pyRs2XIyeJ6kDZV02lRLZ5WXwuT-1AAZEhRKX0PRoCSQvw_wcB

Other items mentioned were insulin pump therapy, islet cell transplantation and stem cell research.  The group will be inviting INPUT to talk about insulin pump therapy in May 2017.