14 December, 2011 at 9:28 am #6107
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:
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
14 December, 2011 at 11:50 am #9264lizzParticipant
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!!?
14 December, 2011 at 12:35 pm #9266DaveParticipant
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
14 December, 2011 at 12:38 pm #9267AlisonKeymaster
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.
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.
14 December, 2011 at 1:31 pm #9268
– 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.
14 December, 2011 at 1:32 pm #9269
14 December, 2011 at 1:40 pm #9270lizzParticipant
looks more like beelzebubba, which at least sounds more friendly.
14 December, 2011 at 2:03 pm #9271
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14 December, 2011 at 2:14 pm #9273
– 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.
14 December, 2011 at 2:17 pm #9274
And…found her again here:
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14 December, 2011 at 2:33 pm #9275
put these (and more!) onto our twitter feed with the hashtag #diabeteslady – we’ll get it trending by the end of the day!
14 December, 2011 at 4:41 pm #9276
14 December, 2011 at 8:48 pm #9283AnonymousInactive
Personally I’d like to see the sums that produced 24,000 deaths a year.
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!
14 December, 2011 at 9:30 pm #9288
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