Insulin pens … A matter of environment impact

In Australia, the majority of people give their insulin using disposable pens, which, once empty, contributes a significant amount of rubbish to landfill. Is it time the diabetes community improves its environmental report card by getting more people with diabetes to switch to a more environmentally friendly insulin delivery device? The three insulin companies, Lily,

Let’s talk about the word … ‘patient’

The #languagematters movement continues to gather momentum as we challenge the status quo of continuing to use language that disempowers and makes many people with diabetes downright angry. Social media, diabetes related publications and conference/seminar organisers are highlighting the negative impact of the words many health professionals, journalists and the community generally use. They want us to not use negative language but instead

DA Week Top #5 Hacks … Hitting glucose targets!

This Diabetes Awareness Week,”It’s about time … more people with diabetes were assisted to reach their glucose targets.”  With over 50% of people with diabetes not reaching their glycaemic target, it’s time for health professionals to act! 1 Stop the blame game of saying people are ‘non-compliant’ with their diabetes care. Ask yourself, ‘Am I giving

Pumping: The Ypsomed Option

Diabetes educator’s love nothing more than an opportunity to get their hands on the latest diabetes technology… so it was off to Sydney last Thursday to play with the new YpsoPump that Ypsomed were launching in Australia. Ypsomed is a Swiss Company, best known in Australia for their My Life Click Fine needles and needle

Lipohypertrophy – Top 5 tips to decrease diabetes distress

Jayne Lehmann RN CDE I popped along to a breakfast session this morning on the identification, management and prevention of lipohypertrophy (lipos) at this year’s Australasian Diabetes Congress (previously ADS/ADEA Annual Scientific Meeting). Over the last few years we diabetes educators have been learning more about the role lipos play in destabilising blood glucose levels