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My Diabetes My Way: April 2017 Update

Posted: 03/05/2017

Welcome to the My Diabetes My Way Newsletter for April 2017.

Guidance for Coeliac Disease and Diabetes

Coeliac disease is an autoimmune disorder which causes the small intestine to become inflamed after eating products containing gluten. Coeliac disease is more common in type 1 diabetes but the diagnosis is sometimes missed. The only current treatment is a gluten free diet. New clinical guidance recommends that testing for coeliac disease should be offered to all newly diagnosed type 1 patients. This may require repeat testing at later date. Symptoms of coeliac disease include:

  • ​​Diarrhoea
  • Insufficient weight gain (failure to thrive) or faltering growth in children
  • Symptoms affecting the stomach, including nausea and vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal pain, cramping or bloating
  • Sudden or unexpected weight loss
  • Unexplained iron deficiency anaemia

Any person with these symptoms should be tested and people with diabetes may notice more hypoglycaemia.

After diagnosis of Coeliac disease it is important to attend regular follow-up appointments. Once adhering to a gluten free diet your intestine will begin to heal. You may need to adjust your insulin regime as nutrient absorption such as iron, folate, calcium and carbohydrate will improve.

More information can be found on the Coeliac UK website: www.coeliac.org.uk

Diabetic Retinopathy Screening(DRS)

The DRS eye screening service is in the process of being updated to a new system. As with any such shift, some disruption to the DRS service is occurring and some eye-screening results are being delayed from being imported into My Diabetes My Way. These will be imported in due course and your eye records will be updated correctly when this happens. In the meantime, we ask for your patience until this process has been completed.

Setting Your Own Goals

My Diabetes My Way contains a feature allowing you to set personal goals related to your diabetes measurements. This is a good way of focusing on, and improving, specific aspects of your health. To access your goals, please log on to access your records and select 'my goals'.

Many thanks for your continued support.

The mydiabetes*myway team