New InsulinDegludeg approved in Europe
...but not the US
Self- MonitoringDoctors warned by
DoH to supply test strips
Product RecallsUK: OneTouch Verio IQ, & Pro+,
Device Alert: Freestyle InsuLinx
US: InsuLinx recall
We are an organisation for people living with diabetes run by people living with diabetes. We recognise that when one person in a family lives with diabetes, this affects other family members and we offer support to partners and parents. We raise awareness of important issues for people with diabetes and provide information in non-medical language.
A charity based in the UK listening to people with diabetes and their carers and supporting their needs. The Trust is run entirely by voluntary donations and we do not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry in order to remain uninfluenced and independent.
The Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT) is a registered charity and was formed in 1994. We are concerned with listening to the needs of people who live with diabetes, understanding those needs and doing our utmost to offer help and support. We not only want to help those who actually have diabetes but also their carers – the husbands, wives, partners and parents, indeed, all of us who ‘live with diabetes’. We recognise that when one person in a family has diabetes, all other family members are affected to a greater or lesser extent and they all have views and needs which may be different from the person with diabetes, but nevertheless are important.
The Trust was set up to look at some of the day to day difficulties of living with diabetes, the worries, fears and concerns that perhaps we don’t talk about at the hospital clinic- the ones that many of us experience and understand because we actually live with diabetes. As a charity, IDDT has a Board of Trustees and all our Trustees either have diabetes or have family members with diabetes. So we all know first hand that while diabetes doesn’t rule our lives, it is an important part of them. It needs care and attention, it can be a nuisance and it is not without it’s problems!
IDDT is pleased to announce the launch of its new booklet â€śType 2 Diabetes â€“ Management and Medicationâ€ť.
The booklet has been produced to help patients better understand the treatments available and the on-going management of their diabetes. The aim is to help them understand and reduce the risks of developing long-term complications.
On June 21st 2012 the DVLA issued new guidelines aimed at making it easier for drivers with diabetes treated with insulin to understand the new driving rules to comply with the European Directive introduced in 2011.
LGV drivers unaware of the need to test if they are taking tablets
Driving and hypoglycaemia – what are doctors being advised to do?
The Association of British Clinical Diabetologists [ABCD] has recognised that the EU Directive on standards of driving in diabetes will have a significant impact not only on drivers with diabetes but also on the doctors who complete medical reports for the DVLA. The ABCD has clarified their response to the Directive and this basically advises doctors on their actions with their patients on the most important change – hypoglycaemia. [Practical Diabetes Vol. 29 No1] It seems sensible that people with diabetes know what advice their doctors are receiving, so below are the key points in the ABCD recommendations to doctors.
Medication errors in hospitals
FREE IDDT Hospital Passport is really needed!
The latest figures from the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit published in May 2012 show that nearly one in three hospital inpatients with diabetes are affected by medication errors. To read more about medication errors Click here.
To help to protect yourself against medication errors in hospital, obtain an IDDT Hospital Passport Click here.
Animal insulins continue to be available – statement from Wockhardt UK
IDDT formed to maintain supplies of animal insulins, not only so that this choice of natural insulin remains available for everyone, but especially for the people who have adverse reactions to the synthetic human and/or analogue insulins. We never forget that this need still exists and we know that many animal insulin users worry about the continued availability of the animal insulin they need. Many are often wrongly told that animal insulins are no longer available.
First ever mandatory care standards to improve the level of care of children and young people with diabetes
Announced in early April 2012, every child and young person with diabetes in England can expect an improvement in their level of care as a landmark funding agreement for paediatric diabetes services comes in to force.
The ‘Best Practice Tariff for Paediatric Diabetes’ sets out 13 mandatory care standardsfor paediatric diabetes service teams to meet. Providers who can prove they meet these levels of care will qualify for greater funding. Local services unable to achieve these standards will be supported to improve but face having their funding withdrawn if unable to reach the required level by April 2013.
IDDT can now take online orders for books via the IDDT Shop. We currently have 3 highly rated books for sale – Collins Carb Counter, Arthur Teuscher’s ‘Insulin â€“ A Voice For Choice’ and My Life with Diabetes â€“ 61 years of Carb Counting, by Tony Huzzey. All 3 are available at very competitive prices – and with free delivery*!
We also have a stock of cool boxes for carrying insulin…
*Unfortunately IDDT can only deliver books free of charge within the UK.
Year 6 Lesson Plan
All About Diabetes – Free Lesson Plan & Resources for Primary Schools
There are about 2.5 million people with diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Nationally there is still a long way to go in educating people about both types of diabetes.
To try to help this situation and so that children can grow up with a basic understanding of diabetes and how it affects both children and adults, we have produced a PSHE Year Six Lesson Plan accompanied by resources which can be used as a class presentation or as a research tool.