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BY SELINA McKEE: The number of children and young people being treated for type II diabetes has leapt by around 40 percent in just four years to more than 700 cases, NHS data show.

According to an audit by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 715 children and young people under the age of 25 received care for the condition – which is considered largely preventable and generally associated with older age – showing a rise of 41 percent on the 507 cases recorded in 2013/14.

But the data only refers to those being treated in Paediatric Diabetes Units and does not included patients receiving treatment in primary care, so the true figure is likely to be even higher. (read more)

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For DIY ‘loopers,’ diabetes educators play important role

BY REGINA SCHAFFER: A person with diabetes who wants to build a do-it-yourself, closed-loop insulin delivery system already has access to the information needed to create the automated system; however, the support of an engaged diabetes educator is needed to help ensure good outcomes, according to two speakers here.

Diabetes educators should be supportive if a patient approaches them about using a DIY closed-loop system, also known as a DIY artificial pancreas, and to answer any questions without judgement, Jessica B. Kirk, MSN, RN, CPN, CDE, a nurse manager at the University of New Mexico, said during a presentation at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting. Many DIY users, who rely on online community support groups, speak of unsupportive providers when asking about using a DIY system, Kirk said, with providers sometimes noting the system could be dangerous. (read more)

VIDEO: Diabetes educators must first listen to families

BY ENDOCRINE TODAY: In this video exclusive, Endocrine Today Diabetes in Real Life columnist Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDE, FAADE, talks with Jeff Hitchcock, president, and Laura Billetdeaux, vice president of education and programs, for Children With Diabetes. Hitchcock founded the organization in 1995 to share experiences of families with young children with type 1 diabetes. (read more)

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How to eat to manage diabetes – top 8 tips

BY BBC: 1. Choose healthier carbohydrates
All carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels, so it is important to know which foods contain carbohydrates, choose the healthier sources and be aware of the portions you eat. Healthier sources of carbs include whole grains, fruit and vegetables, pulses and dairy, so limit your intake of refined carbohydrates such as white bread, white rice and highly processed cereals.

If you have Type 1 diabetes, carb-counting can help manage your blood glucose levels. You can ask for advice from a dietitian for help with this.

2. Use less salt

Having too much salt increases risk of high blood pressure. This in turn increases your risk of heart disease and stroke, which people with diabetes are already at higher risk of. Aim for a maximum of 6g (1tsp) of salt per day. (read more)

BY JACK WOODIFELD: Low levels of vitamin D3 could trigger the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to new research.

Scientists from the University of Toronto report that people with gum disease who lacked vitamin D3 were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is strongly associated with type 2 diabetes and has a cause-and-effect relationship with high blood sugar levels. A lesser-known complication of diabetes, gum disease is actually the sixth most common disease in the world. (read more)