Tag Archives: Diabetes Awareness Month

Whatever is next – RebalanceDiabetes is right here for you!

shelovesyork2December 1st 2015 and – with International Diabetes Awareness Month 2015 closed – I’m reflecting on what we’ve achieved and, crucially, what’s next.

I started the month calling for everyone affected by diabetes to #standtogether. And I ended the month repeating that call because, as far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t matter whether you have Type 1, Type 2, gestational diabetes, take insulin, or not, are prediabetic, care for someone living with diabetes, or are just interested, there is an awareness mountain to be climbed.

Throughout November I’ve shared my awareness film The Silent Killer, shown on Times Square on World Diabetes Day; a fabulous offer to enable you to join The RebalanceDiabetes Programme (the first comprehensive diet and lifestyle programme for diabetes available online) at a massively discounted rate; brand new RebalanceDiabetes success stories to motivate and encourage; breaking news stories; and I shared a preview of the latest stats around diabetes. These latest stats are available for download today – get your copy of the Exec Summary of IDF’s latest Diabetes Atlas – click here.

The new diabetes years starts here. RebalanceDiabetes is ahead of the game, has always been ahead of the game, and I plan to stay there. You can be assured I’ll be doing everything I can to help YOU get the best from your health, feel great about yourself, enjoy life.

I genuinely don’t believe that diabetes has to win, I don’t believe the gloomy predictions have to come true, I do believe RebalanceDiabetes is the best solution. I’m with you every step of the way!

Here’s to a great year – starting NOW!

Elaine x

 

 

 

Advertisements

To tax or not to tax?

sugar writingToday marks the final day of International Diabetes Awareness Month 2015.

Today the sugar tax debate is hitting the media again in a big way.

Whether you are for or against a sugar tax it seems a fitting time to give more attention to this debate, and to turn the spotlight again on sugar: the dangers of sugar, the role of sugar on public health, the economics of sugar.

Is this the first time in living history that a Government has resisted such public calls for a tax? Resisted an opportunity to boost the chancellor’s coffers, with strong public support? The political stance is curious to say the least.

Here is a selection of the articles I’ve come across this morning:

MPs back sugar tax and ban on junkfood ads during X-factor

Jamie Oliver’s right! MPs say it’s time for a 20% tax on sugary drinks to tackle childhood obesity

Ban Junk Food Ads And Tax Sugary Drinks – MPs

UK MPs seek tighter measures on sugary drinks to tackle childhood obesity 

MPs back sugar tax endorsed by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver

Breakfast Briefing: Pressure grows on Gov for sugar tax

Tax sugary drinks and restrict TV adverts for sweets, MPs urge

MPs to call for ‘sugar tax’ and tighter controls on junk food ads

Introduce tax on sugary drinks, say MPs

MPs call for sugar tax to combat obesity

Radical Overhaul Needed To Beat Obesity – MPs

MPs demand 20% levy for fizzy drinks and blitz on junk food deals

Sugar tax: MPs join call to cut £5bn a year cost of obesity

Commons health committee puts weight behind UK sugar tax

Commons chiefs to demand ‘sugar tax‘ and tighter controls on junk food ads

Despite all those calls for the sugar tax, there is an “against” view point also reported this morning. It’s a minority of the British people who believe such a tax would be effective in combating obesity and disease – including diabetes:

British public unconvinced by soft drinks tax

I am throwing my hat onto the side that says there probably is a better way – regulate the food industry, restrict the amount of sugar permitted in processed foods, education, more transparent food labelling…

I am grateful this topic is working its way up political agendas. Let this debate rage!!

 

Don’t get depressed. Get motivated!

edison

Day 29 International Diabetes Awareness Month: as ever new stats are released each year about now.

The seventh and latest “Diabetes Atlas” will be released for download by the International Diabetes Federation on Tuesday 1st December.

Again this year they will make depressing reading – the figures are continuing to look worse.

I have a preview to share with you:

  • 415 million people are now diagnosed with diabetes
  • That’s 1 in 11 adults now living with diabetes
  • By 2040, it is predicted the number of cases will rise to 642 million
  • That will be 10% of the adult population
  • Deaths are now running at 5 million a year
  • One person dies from diabetes every six seconds.
  • 1 in 7 births is affected by gestational diabetes

It’s crucial we don’t bury our heads in the sand and pretend these figures don’t matter or will go away if we simply ignore them.

Let’s harness our feelings about them to generate a motivation to turn them around. What about if next year we can say there’s an improvement?

It’s only impossible if we collectively decide it’s impossible! We will not give up!

 

Innocent Type 1s? How divisive!

are-you-an-angel-or-a-devilI found an article yesterday. You might already have seen it by now. It’s entitled, “Call for healthy eating and exercise on World Diabetes Day neglects innocent Type 1 patients“.

I hate, actually hate, that title. “Innocent Type 1 patients” says what about people living with Type 2 diabetes? That they are not innocent it can only be assumed.

This awful article, published in the Inquisitr, and penned by Dawn Papple goes on to say,

Type 1 diabetics are innocent sufferers of an autoimmune condition. These patients haven’t necessarily eaten too much sugar or failed to exercise.

True on the one hand. The problem being that on the other Ms Papple alludes that people living with Type 2 diabetes are guilty sufferers? Guilty of having eaten too much sugar or failed to exercise?

Well I am writing today to inform Ms Papple, and anyone who has applauded her article, that not everyone with Type 2 diabetes has overindulged in sugar or sloth either. Whether through ignorance or intention she fails to show any understanding of Type 2 diabetes, or to represent Type 2 patients with the same consideration she demands for people living with Type 1 diabetes. Her article laments the lack of understanding about Type 1 diabetes, whilst showcasing her own acute lack of understanding of Type 2 diabetes!

She writes:

Many people have come to associate diabetes with obesity, but as this new campaign shows, people who appear physically fit can be fighting for their lives against Type 1 diabetes.

Well here’s the shocking truth – people who appear physically fit can be fighting for their lives against Type 2 diabetes!

Research shows there is a genetic aspect to Type 2 as well as Type 1. Like it or not, research shows there are some food links with Type 1 as well as Type 2. Research also shows that it’s such a common phenomenon for older people with Type 2 to be lean (estimates suggest 20%) that another recent article proposes a new label – Type 4 diabetes. One of my own clients is a lady, aged 61 years and weighing just 55kg, or 120lbs, or about 8 and a half stones – HbA1c 45 and heading north in consecutive tests! Not yet diabetic, but on her way. On her innocent way!

Furthermore, a new test is being developed to distinguish between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes at the point of diagnosis – precisely because the boundaries between the two are not so clear cut!

All this highlights is the uselessness of labels. Type 1 and Type 2 and, potentially, Type 4 are all man-made constructs of language. They should not be used divisively, discriminatingly, or to the detriment of anyone with diabetes.

Mahatma Ghandi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. May I suggest that if you want understanding and compassion for yourself, it would be appropriate to first show those same considerations to others?

I am thoroughly sick and tired of “diabetism”. Sick of any notion of innocent Type 1 v. self-imposed Type 2. The issues of pathogenesis are far more complex than this – for all types of diabetes.

At the start of November, I called for all people affected by diabetes to #standtogether. As we approach the end of International Diabetes Awareness Month 2015, I am again asking for ALL PEOPLE AFFECTED BY DIABETES TO #STANDTOGETHER!

Reflections on Paris for #WDD

14th November 2015 – World Diabetes Day, as it is every year to mark the birthday of Frederick Banting who discovered insulin and in doing so has saved many many lives.

Today, however, all anyone is talking about is the awfulness of the terrorist atrocities in Paris yesterday.

I’m in New York for #WDD, and I’ve picked up the Paris story on every one of about 20 news channels available on the TV in my hotel room. The international shock, fear and outrage is palpable!

I’m reflecting on the parallels I’ll be drawing today when my film “The Silent Killer” is being aired on the big screen in Times Square – and feeling how much weight Paris brings to my message today. Every one of those lives lost in Paris yesterday is being mourned across the world. Quite rightly so! Well over 100 people killed by terrorist guns is too appalling to contemplate, but today we are still stunned that it has happened! Here in NYC, Americans are bracing themselves, and I suspect people all around the world are feeling equally vulnerable.

Diabetes kills someone every 6 seconds. Every 6 seconds a life is lost – 24/7! That’s not tens of lives. It’s not hundreds of lives. It’s millions of lives every year. What puzzles me is where’s the outrage?
1 in 1 outWhen I posted on Facebook recently  that in the time taken to watch my film 10 lives could have been lost some bright spark wrote “and 10 could have been born 1 in 1 out”.

Why are lives lost to diabetes considered to be so cheap and worthless? Why are governments not mounting a crusade against one of the biggest killers in the world today?

If you have diabetes, at least until we generate enough outrage against this killer to get it stopped, it’s largely down to you.

Today I am asking every person living with diabetes to value your own life. Your life is not a statistic. Your death might not be globally mourned but it would nonetheless be a tragedy. Possibly a perfectly avoidable tragedy.

I created The RebalanceDiabetes Programme because I care. No bullshit!

https://www.udemy.com/the-rebalancediabetes-programme/

Elaine x

 

 

Get the results you would love at a fraction of the cost!

treatTo celebrate World Diabetes Day this November 14th, I’m making a fabulous offer to my blog readers.

Only for November I am offering you my online video course for the knock-down price of $99 (£77) instead of the full $297 (£231). That’s a huge 67% saving!

I’m doing this because I feel so passionately about helping people with diabetes, especially those who feel the standard approach is not working for them. One of the best ways I can support World Diabetes Day is to enable as many people as possible start to turn their life with diabetes around.

(Actually, that’s not all I’m doing – I’m also travelling all the way from my cottage in England to the bright lights of New York city to see a film I have commissioned being shown on one of the giant screens in Times Square on World Diabetes Day! But that’s another story…).

Just look at what these Udemy students who have already taken the course are saying:

Nathaniel: “Within the last two weeks I have lost 10lbs without feeling like I am trying hard…this course is worth its weight in gold…Thank you for turning my life around.”

Anne-Lise: “This course will change your life, the way you feel, and the way you look, all for the better.”

Dan: “Real help for real people…The Rebalance Diabetes Programme is a truly excellent learning experience.”

William: “It works…I have never felt better.”

Matt: “Really clear instructions…someone you can trust.”

My course has a 100% track record of success – yes, really! All the people who put everything they learned on the course into practice now enjoy better blood sugar balance, have lost excess body fat and report more energy and vitality, and more!

And you can too, all for a $99 (about £77 at the current exchange rate) investment. You can study my 13-module video-based plan – 7 hours of content in total – whenever and wherever you want.

Click here: www.udemy.com/the-rebalancediabetes-programme Enter voucher code DAM2105. Enjoy!!

Mainstream dietary guidelines for #diabetes discredited.

makeonehealthychoiceIf you’re relying on dietary advice from mainstream sources you really need to be aware of three articles that I’ve spotted recently – one very recently!

Just today a new article debunks the myth that eating everything in moderation is the way to go. The article reveals this approach could actually lead to metabolic disorders – a fancy way to say insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes!

So why, after diagnosis, are so many patients advised to eat whatever they like in moderation – whatever the definition of ‘moderation’ actually is?

One of the most shocking pieces of advice reported to me by a client is “to carry on as you are but just eat healthily“. What? That’s a contradiction if ever I heard one – current diet was a big contributory factor in her developing Type 2 diabetes in the first place – how could it possibly be an appropriate strategy to manage the disease? And what does ‘eat healthily’ even mean?

Here in the UK, I would suggest, patients have been completely misled about healthy eating for weight loss and for managing diabetes through diet by both the NHS and the nation’s largest diabetes charity.

Just a month ago a damning article was published criticising the out of date guidance provided by Diabetes UK, and a mere 4 days ago it was reported that scientists are finally questioning the appropriateness of dietary advice promoted by the NHS for 32 years. None of this makes for pleasant reading, and especially by those patients who have adopted that (frankly wrong!) advice. These people have been badly let down by the very organisations who wield a weight of power in dictating diabetes guidance, and who have, in my opinion, totally neglected their duty of care. Hippocrates must be turning in his grave!

There is an alternative, and yes, it is RebalanceDiabetes which has come up trumps again for a happy client. I am delighted to share Jackie’s success story with you, right here:

#standtogether for effective dietary guidance!  

Pudsey Bear proves we need to raise our diabetes awareness game!

1st November. The start of a very special month. Yes its Diabetes Awareness Children in Need Month???!!??

What the…??

Hands with red frame reaches out from heap of papersI have seen nothing, absolutely nothing in the mainstream media in the UK today to mark International Diabetes Awareness Month. Apologies to anyone who has covered it, but you’ve failed to make any impact on me – and I’ve been searching. Nuff said!

Switch on the BBC. Diabetes awareness…zilch! In stark contrast it’s impossible to avoid Pudsey Bear. Not wishing to decry the great work that Pudsey does, but come on this is INTERNATIONAL Diabetes Awareness Month.

It’s staggering that an issue that costs a life every 6 seconds, costs the NHS £10 billion annually, costs the UK economy a whopping £26 billion annually, that has increased by 60% in a mere decade, is overlooked – again!. Bonkers!

It’s time for explosive measures! The first thing I would like to raise awareness about today is that in the time it takes you to watch this short film, at least 10 people will have died. 

Day 1 down, 29 to go…#standtogether

#standtogether for International #Diabetes Awareness Month?

logoOK so this morning it would be true to say I am saddened. For months it’s been my morning habit to look at twitter on my phone even before I get out of bed. I search “diabetes” to see what’s “trending right now” – get me using the lingo, and at my age too!

This morning I woke up in a good mood. I didn’t get out of bed in a good mood. Negativity! That’s what was trending at 6:00am this morning. I reckon I can’t be the only twitter user that finds negativity a big turn off, can I?

Two main twitter threads struck me. The first tweet thread was about the language associated with diabetes, and second was castigation of an American politician. Personally I have no strong views about the language used around diabetes. I have no strong views about what a politician may or may not have said about diabetes – probably because I didn’t hear the debate. But what I did feel strongly was that reading some really quite nasty comments at 6:00am didn’t warm me towards the tweeters making them.

My point is this: as we approach the start of Diabetes Awareness Month what face does the diabetes community want to present to the rest of the world? Are the big issues really about language, or about what a politician says in a debate? If in November awareness for diabetes gets raised – my use of the word “if” is deliberate and I will explain – are these the issues we would like the world to fix? Homestly? I think there are more beneficial issues to be resolved.

cement logoHere’s my observation: few people are even aware there is a World Diabetes Awareness Month or a World Diabetes Day looming. The blue circle logo is not instantly recognised. How do I know? Because I’ve been asking people. I’ve asked people for whom diabetes is not a current concern. I’ve asked people already concerned or whose lives are affected by diabetes – Type 1 or Type 2. Yesterday I asked a room full of business owners what did a blue circle mean to them. Most looked blank and shook their heads. The builder in the group said confidently, “it’s a brand of cement!” He’s right. In the UK, at least, Blue Circle is a brand of cement and it has pretty much the same logo some of us associate with diabetes awareness!

A couple of days ago, there I was sitting on the loo in a motorway services on the M62 – please don’t let that image traumatise you! Right there on the door of my cubicle was an awareness poster for McMillan Cancer Trust. And it struck me there and then that there is a yawning gap to be bridged between the level of awareness the public has, and embraces, about cancer, and the level of awareness that currently exists about diabetes. The same people who didn’t know about the blue circle could tell me all about pink ribbons for breast cancer awareness, and they knew about coffee mornings for McMillan!

Here’s my personal plan for Diabetes Awareness Month: I am going to do my very very best to bring diabetes to the attention of as many people as I can – at home and abroad. I’m going to do that as positively as I can, but without shying away from issues that some might find difficult. I know that you’ll probably like some of the stuff I share over the next few weeks, and there may be some stuff you’ll be not so keen on. That’s OK. I’m going to join in with as many positive initiatives as I can – thunderclap here we come – and I’m going to hope that people will embrace some of my offerings too. With open minds and open hearts and a willingness to work collaboratively, collectively and collegiately we CAN make the world at large aware that there is a diabetes awareness month. That WDD exists. At the very least!

I don’t care if you are Type 1, Type 2, at risk of diabetes, have relatives coping with diabetes, are just looking to avoid diabetes. If you are one of the people who is moved by diabetes in any way may I ask please will you be a bit more positively vocal and visible this November? Please will you share stuff you like, celebrate success stories, and stay positive to help raise awareness? If (I said I would come back to “if”) we manage to raise a meaningful level of awareness, a level to equal cancer awareness, how about we present ourselves in a way that will attract the public to get behind the cause for diabetes? For the good of everyone affected by diabetes.

#standtogether is for us!