BBC News – 24,000 diabetes deaths a year ‘could be avoided’

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    • #10030
      Tim
      Keymaster

      Two diabetes stories on the BBC in two days and do you know the worst thing? They both use the same stock photo of someone injecting:

      BBC News – 24,000 diabetes deaths a year ‘could be avoided’ http://betes.co.uk/k6h0h

      BBC News – Peninsula researchers’ defective gene may help diabetics http://betes.co.uk/yx7qt

    • #13346
      lizz
      Participant

      It didn’t actually say WHY they are dying. Is it hypos? I can’t imagine that hyper blood sugars would affect those so young.

      And what is it with that photo? That’s a third more than I put in my pump to use over 4 days. That person will get type two as well as type one. How many carbs are they eating!!?

    • #13348
      Dave
      Participant

      Big failure from the PM in PMQs a few moments ago when he quoted improving children’s health and diets to prevent diabetes growth in the future. Obviously there was no distinction between the types :(

    • #13349
      Alison
      Keymaster

      I woke up to this on the radio this morning and in my early morning stupor heard something along the lines of “Diabetics need to look after themselves better otherwise they’ll die” which irritated slightly.

      Once my braincells came to life a bit, it seems to be a plea from DUK for better diabetes care as the premature deaths seem to be mostly as a result of complications which could be prevented.

      And while I’m being grumpy, the BBC picture caption states “Insulin injections can control the condition” which is blatently untrue. Insulin injections are inanimate objects, they can do nothing, only well motivated and educated people can control the condition, admitedly through the use of insulin injections.

    • #13350
      Tim
      Keymaster

      @Alison – yes, I heard it on the wireless first thing while I was having a shave. It’s a cracking way to start the day – “you have a much higher chance of dying today”! :-)

      @Seasiderdave – imagine anyone mixing up T1 and T2, whatever next? ;-) According to my work colleague they had someone on BBC breakfast TV from Diabetes UK who did differentiate between the two.

    • #13351
      Tim
      Keymaster

      @lizz – and another weird thing about the picture (though it might just be the angle) the model don’t appear to have a belly-button. Maybe it’s Beelzebub himself? If so, it’s perhaps comforting to know that Satan suffers from Type One.

    • #13352
      lizz
      Participant

      Hmmm, looks more like beelzebubba, which at least sounds more friendly.

    • #13353
      Tim
      Keymaster

      @lizz – ah yes, the nicer side of hell :-)

    • #13354
      Dave
      Participant

      @tim I think I’ve identified the model…..

      As used here: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/animas/49461/ for the still blue-jumper shot to the lower right of the page.

      Obviously she found that the Vibe wasn’t for her so has switched back to injecting gallons of insulin daily.

    • #13355
      Tim
      Keymaster

      @seasiderdave – good find! I note that as well as not having a belly button, her skin is lighter below the jumper than above it. Are these manifestations of sinister diabetes side-effects.

      Good for the model though – she seems to have carved out a successful niche career as “cheery diabetes sufferer” in stock photography.

    • #13356
      Tim
      Keymaster

      And…found her again here:

      BBC News – ;

    • #13357
      Tim
      Keymaster

      I’ve put these (and more!) onto our twitter feed with the hashtag #diabeteslady – we’ll get it trending by the end of the day!

    • #13358
      Tim
      Keymaster

      Oh, and here’s the coverage on the story from NHS Choices’ Behind the Headlines page http://betes.co.uk/d7cja

    • #13365
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Personally I’d like to see the sums that produced 24,000 deaths a year.
      Abusing statistics is a case of the boy who cried wolf and doesn’t do us any favours…

      By my rough figures thats over 1% of us dying each year from doing naughty bad diabetic stuff or 20% of newly diagnosed patients each year dying.

      Actually @tim add why diabetes UK think its wise or necessary to abuse statistics to the list of questions!

    • #13370
      Tim
      Keymaster

      @furrypaul – it did sound a bit mad to me too; the NHS Choices website seems to go into a little more detail. http://betes.co.uk/d7cja

    • #13951
      Tim
      Keymaster

      And hurrah! The BBC’s standard diabetes filler picture is again in the news today:
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17623948

    • #13952
      Annette A
      Participant

      On a news item about pumps. Tut tut tut. Which also claims diabetics need:
      ‘a dose of 5-10 units of insulin after a heavy meal’. After? Huh?

    • #13953
      Alison
      Keymaster

      Ah excellent, I shall adjust my diabetic regime accordingly and will now take a random dose of between 5 and 10 units after every meal. If I don’t blog for a while, please call an ambulance.

    • #13954
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Wow, causing a pump to empty 300u from a cartridge would indeed cause deep trouble, I somehow think the outcome would be marginally worse than that. Having 5 units let alone 10 would also cause deep trouble.Very insightful!

    • #13955
      Tim
      Keymaster

      As I was burbling on on twitter, I’m not really losing any sleep over this. In terms of objective risk I’m far more likely to get run over walking across the road to get my lunchtime sandwich than have someone tampering with my pump remotely. I don’t worry about the former, so I’m not going to worry about the latter.

      It’s going to be really ironic if I get run over when I go for my lunch in about 45 minutes. Especially now I’ve written this.

    • #13991
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      When’s the next shoot up meet up @Tim
      Don’t worry about the wires poking out of my bag mwoah hah hah haaa…

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