Welcome to the My Diabetes My Way Newsletter for May 2017.
Individuals who rely on Lucozade to treat hypos (hypoglycaemia) are being advised to check the labels of the energy drink as the amount of sugar per 100ml has significantly reduced. This change was implemented in April 2017 and will apply to all Lucozade flavours as well as the original drink. Previously, 100ml of Lucozade Original contained 17g of carbohydrate and this will be reduced to 8.9g. People who experience hypos are advised to drink 15-20g of rapid acting carbohydrate to treat their low blood sugar.
Suggested replacements for hypo treatment are as follows:
- 1. 200ml of concentrate orange juice
- 2. 4-5 Large Jelly Babies
- 3. 4-6 Glucose tablets
- 4. X2 tubes of glucogel
- 5. 150 – 200mls non diet fizzy juices (however these might also be subject to change in the future)
If you are unsure about any of this information, please speak to your diabetes team about the different options and best treatments for you to ensure that the appropriate amount of carbohydrate is taken.
International Award for My Diabetes My Way
Earlier this month, My Diabetes My Way won the “eHealth Adoption Award” at the eHealth Week 2017 conference held in Malta. This international award recognises the MDMW service as a model for sharing information with patients in an easily accessible way. We would like to thank you for being involved and helping us to achieve this accolade. For more information, please see the following press release:www.dundee.ac.uk/news/2017/international-ehealth-prize-for-my-diabetes-my-way.php
Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS)
As we explained in last month’s newsletter, the DRS eye screening service is in the process of being updated to a new system. Disruption to the DRS service is still occurring and some eye-screening results are being delayed from being sent to My Diabetes My Way. These results will be imported in due course and your eye records will be updated correctly when this happens. In the meantime, we ask for your patience until this process has been completed.
Diabetes Week 2017
Diabetes Week runs from 11-17 June 2017 with the theme ‘Know Diabetes. Fight Diabetes’.The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the condition and its seriousness as well as encouraging people to get involved in fundraising, campaigning and supporting research. For more information please visit:www.diabetes.org.uk/diabetesweek
Many thanks for your continued support.
The mydiabetes*myway team