Everything Dexcom G6

What’s new? No calibrations The G6 is the first and only CGM that doesn’t require you to poke your finger with a sharp lancet even a single time! The sensor is calibrated in the factory before it is shipped, so there is no need to calibrate it with twice daily with fingersticks as is the case…

A Guide to Insulin Pumps in the UK

One of the reasons I started my blog was to provide the kind of information I felt was missing, and information on how to get an insulin pump in the UK is definitely an area where I feel information is lacking online. There are some great websites, such as INPUT, but I also wanted to…

Talking About Dexcom G6

I was incredibly lucky to be invited by Dexcom UK and Ireland to attend the 11th international conference on the Advanced Technologies and Treatments for Diabetes  (ATTD) held in Vienna this year (Berlin next year – please invite me again, Dexcom!)   Dexcom G6 Bias aside, this was definitely the most attended talk of the…

Diabetes Resolutions for 2018

So, this started as a little Instagram post, but then I rambled on, as I am prone to, and so here is a fully-fledged blog post for your perusal. Fancy learning what ridiculously unattainable goals I’ve set myself for this arbitrary social construct that is the new year’s resolution? Well, prepare for disappointment. I’m actually…

Talking About Dexcom G5

In honour of World Diabetes Day, today I’m going to talk about a piece of technology that makes living with type one diabetes a much less stressful experience for me. I’ve been using the Dexcom G5 Mobile system for just over four months now, and I can’t imagine a life without it now. Actually, I…

Hypo Awareness Week 2017

This week is Hypo Awareness Week in the UK, so today I’m talking about what I do as someone with type one who is hypo unaware. Before I start, I’m going to answer the inevitable question: Why don’t I just restore my hypo warning signs? If only it were that simple! I haven’t had hypo…

My Diagnosis Story

Exactly one year ago, on Thursday 29th September 2016, I was diagnosed with type one diabetes. This is my diagnosis story. I think I first started showing symptoms around June 2016. Whilst on holiday in Barcelona, I really struggled to cope with the heat (around 32°C/96°F ) and felt exhausted after walking short distances. Looking…

Fiasp Insulin Review

Initially I wasn’t enjoying using Fiasp very much, but I was querying whether I had a dodgy cartridge. I requested some FlexTouch pens (much smoother than the Novorapid FlexPens I’m used to, which are also available in FlexTouch btw) instead to give it another go. I wanted to wait until I’d used up either a…

Travelling with Diabetes

This advice is based on travelling from the UK, so be aware that there might be different regulations if you live elsewhere. Also, I currently use MDIs and the Dexcom G5. I’ll update this when I get my insulin pump this autumn and have travelled with it. So, you’re travelling as a newly-diagnosed type one diabetic,…

Dexcom G5 Review

I’ve had the Dexcom G5 for almost four days now, so I thought I’d pop up a little first impressions review. What is it? The Dexcom G5 is the latest CGM (continuous glucose monitor) from Dexcom, an American company specialising in CGM technology for diabetes. The Dexcom is considered the gold standard CGM and is…

Genteel Review

Disclaimer: I wasn’t sure whether there was much value in writing this review, but this blog is about my honest opinion of products and how they worked or didn’t work out for me. The reason why I deliberated writing this review was because I had a pretty bad experience with Genteel, specifically their customer service,…

Vegan Hypo Treatments

When you’re diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, jelly babies are given an almost mythical status as the hypo treatment of choice. If you’re vegetarian or vegan, or, heaven forbid, you don’t like the taste of jelly babies, it can be a bit of a slog to find a suitable hypo treatment. Look no further, I’ve undertaken the…

Freestyle Libre Review

EDITED 16.7.27 to provide more accurate information about Dexcom since using it. Also, changed my neologism of FPT to fingerstick test to avoid confusion. I heard about the Freestyle Libre just after I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in September 2016. After the initial few months of wild highs and lows, I decided to make the investment.…

‘Think Like a Pancreas’ Review

Who’s it for? I would unreservedly recommend this book to anyone living with type 1 diabetes. It might be a little intense for family and friends who are interested, but it doesn’t presuppose much understanding of T1D, and explains everything in an incredibly succinct way. However, I would say that I have a pretty good…