Leading charity Diabetes UK looking for people in Devon to get on their bike this spring

People from Devon can use pedal power to raise vital funds for Diabetes UK this spring by taking part in a cycling challenge.

The UK Wide Cycle Ride runs throughout April and is a perfect opportunity to take your fitness up a gear while raising money for diabetes research along the way.

Challengers can pick from one of five virtual distances, ranging from 120 miles for...

Online meet-up brings together Devon adults with type 1 diabetes

Leading charity Diabetes UK is running regular online sessions for adults in Devon living with type 1 diabetes. Designed to help remove the isolation often felt by people who have the condition, each event is relaxed and informal and welcomes everyone over the age of 18.

#TheBig1, as it is known, originally launched as a one-off face-to-face event in 2018 for older teens and young...

Diabetes UK is looking for healthcare professionals for innovative programme in Devon

Diabetes UK is looking for healthcare professionals from Devon to lead improvements in diabetes care. The charity is searching for healthcare professionals with a special interest in diabetes to take part in its Clinical Champions programme.

The award-winning initiative launched in 2014, in partnership with Novo Nordisk, is to address the significant variation in patient care and...

Leading charity Diabetes UK is looking for swimmers in Devon

Diabetes UK is looking for people from Devon to take on the swimming challenge of the year, Swim22, between 22 February and 22 May.

Swim22 participants will cover an incredible 22 miles – the equivalent of crossing the English Channel. People taking on the challenge can swim in their local pool alone or, better still, with family, friends or colleagues.

There are an...

Global tech firms aim to tackle Plymouth’s diabetes challenge

One of the city’s largest GP practices is working with world-leading innovators to tackle local health problems.

Beacon Medical Group, which serves over 30,000 patients at five GP surgeries, is working with global names in the creative and technology sectors to tackle diabetes – one of the city’s most pressing health problems.

Having submitted a brief outlining Plymouth’s...

Study sheds light on link between cholesterol and diabetes

The slight increase in risk of developing type 2 diabetes during statin treatment may actually be a consequence of having lowered cholesterol, rather than a direct effect of the drug, according to research funded by the British Heart Foundation.

The genetic study found that people with genes predisposing them to having lower levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, had a...

Junk food causes similar high blood sugar levels as type 2 diabetes

A junk food diet can cause as much damage to the kidney as diabetes, according to a study published today in Experimental Physiology.

Type 2 diabetes is often associated with obesity and the number of cases are rising worldwide at an alarming rate. In type 2 diabetes, the body either doesn’t produce enough insulin or doesn’t react to it. This causes an accumulation of sugar (glucose)...

Derriford plays key role in diabetes SMS research

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has made a significant contribution to a research study using phone text messaging to help patients at high risk of Type 2 Diabetes manage their health and lifestyle.

The study offers a unique opportunity to those at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes to receive education and support currently not widely available to them in General Practice by using Short...

MP's Pedometer Challenge

Alison Seabeck, MP for Plymouth Moor View, attended the Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge, at the House of Commons last week. At the event Ms Seabeck took the quick and easy diabetes test to help raise awareness of the need for the public to test for the condition. Ms Seabeck met special guest Hugh Quarshie, who plays Dr. Ric Griffin in BBC’s Holby City and was joining in with raising...

Diabetes blood glucose targets are risk free, research shows

Diabetes research led by the University of Exeter Medical School has underlined the importance of people with diabetes achieving their blood sugar goals, to reduce the risk of complications.

The team analysed people with a specific genetic change (Glucokinase Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young, or MODY), which means they have elevated blood glucose levels from birth. These higher...