Sunshine, barbecues, days on the beach and ice-cold drinks; we love most of the things that come with summer. But for people living with diabetes, the heat comes with a few challenges that can’t be ignored – particularly for those who are big on exercise and staying active.
You don’t have to compromise on all the good things summer brings, but it can’t hurt to be aware of the diabetic-specific risks you’re vulnerable to – dehydration is one of the biggest of those risks.
Remember how your doctor always said “Drink a lot of fluids”?
Dehydration can be a killer, and people with high blood sugar are at much higher risk of becoming dehydrated.
Higher blood-glucose levels, if not handled correctly, can significantly contribute to dehydration and vice-versa. Yes, dehydration can also send your blood sugar levels through the roof, so it’s a bit of a catch-22 unless you manage summer just like you manage your blood sugar.
When you haven’t had enough fluids, the sugar in your circulation system becomes more concentrated. The domino effect continues because high blood sugar leads to more frequent urination and loss of fluids. When our blood sugar is high for prolonged periods, our kidneys attempt to remove excess glucose from the blood. This is excreted as urine.
It’s also a fairly obvious fact that in the summer heat, liquids evaporate far more quickly – like perspiration on your body. That’s more fluid you could be losing. Opinions do vary on how much water you should consume daily but for the most part, the consensus is about two litres. Carrying a water bottle with you at all times and making a habit of taking regular swigs can really save your life.
Balance the positive and the negative
Exercise is good for your overall health. It improves mood, enhances energy levels in the long-term (if you do it regularly) and keeps you in shape.
But as a diabetic, you need to take exercise safety into account; firstly by measuring your glucose levels before your exercise begins. Secondly, and particularly in the summer heat, you should always be more mindful of the potential symptoms of dehydration.
Some of the symptoms are more obvious than others. Thirst, headaches, dry mouth, fatigue and general lethargy are the most common. You may also experience dizziness and confusion. Your pulse rate could go to either extreme (extremely weak or extremely rapid) and your urine becomes darker in colour when dehydrated.
Stay in the know
What is your biggest advantage as a person living with diabetes in summer? Knowledge, of course. In the information age, there are so many online resources that provide reliable information on managing the various types of diabetes and other blood sugar issues.
Stay active but do it the right way. There’s really no reason to compromise your safety in the heat. GlucoRx has an extensive portfolio of diabetes management solutions, including blood glucose/ketone meter systems, lancets, pen needles, diabetic foot foam cream and glucose gel.
We also offer a wide range of informative online content, leaflets and social media updates on diabetes-related topics. Subscribe to our blog and follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram so that we can help you live your best life. For now, don’t forget to stay hydrated and remember your sunscreen!
Another football season has kicked off and we, GlucoRx, are proud to be supporting local team Aldershot Town Football Club again through the 2019-20 season.
Who are Aldershot Town FC?
Aldershot Town Football Club, also known as ‘The Shots’, were formed on 22nd April 1992. They play in the Vanarama National League (the fifth tier of English football) and are managed by Danny Searle. Aldershot Town play their home games at the EBB stadium, wearing a red and blue home kit and black and yellow away kit. The club has a blue badge featuring a phoenix, which is also the character for the club mascot.
We have proudly sponsored the East Bank at the EBB stadium since 2015, and from the 2016-17 season we have also been sponsoring the youth team’s matchday kits.
As well as an ongoing sponsorship with Aldershot Town FC, our GlucoRx team can be found at several home games throughout the season offering free blood glucose testing. We will be offering these again this season and will be present at more games than ever before, so keep an eye out for us on matchdays if you want your blood glucose levels tested for free!
It is calculated that around 1 million people have Type 2 diabetes but have not yet been diagnosed. This is the reason why GlucoRx offers free blood glucose testing, so we can help people keep an eye on their levels and see if they could be at risk. 6 in 10 people have no symptoms when they’re diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, but we want to help people identify it as soon as possible.
We believe that being involved with a club like Aldershot Town facilitates our mission to encourage people to live a healthy and active lifestyle, to prevent the risk of developing or help manage their diabetes.
We therefore work closely with the club to help raise awareness about diabetes and healthy living, and through our sponsorship and matchday testing this is accessible to all of the club supporters as well as opposition supporters.
We’re wishing the team all the best for a successful season! Come on The Shots!
Back in 2016, we partnered with Neubourg Skin Care to bring a new urea based foot foam cream to the UK market – GlucoRx Allpresan®- . There are now thousands of patients with diabetes regularly using GlucoRx Allpresan as part of their daily regimen to reduce the risks of them developing a diabetic foot ulcers, So what exactly is it that makes our foam so great?
While urea-based products are highly effective at preventing calluses (dry skin) on the feet of patients with diabetes, one of the main problems with some of these creams and lotions is that they can make the foot feel oily / greasy which in turn increases the risks of slips
GlucoRx Allpresan® is a unique foam-based product which, delivers intense moisture deep into the skin without leaving wetness on the surface.
Its patented technology means that unlike other creams / ointments GlucoRx Allpresan can be safely applied between the toes if required.
An Urgent Need for Improved Foot Care
Here at GlucoRx, we realised that there was an urgent need for a highly effective, low-risk solution to dry feet in patients with Diabetes, which is why we chose to expand our product range to include GlucoRx Allpresan®.
The importance of foot care is often overlooked, yet it’s one of the simplest ways to improve the quality of life of the diabetes population.
Considering that skin ulcers are a leading cause of lower limb amputations in people with diabetes, and that there are around 7000 of these amputations in England every year according to Diabetes UK. With only half of amputees with diabetes surviving more than two years after the procedure — a mortality rate much worse than many forms of cancer — something has to be done.
And that’s where GlucoRx Allpresan® comes in. By making safe and effective dry skin solutions available to people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, we’re helping GlucoRx users to take control of their own health to prevent long term complications with their feet.
About GlucoRx Allpresan®
Right now, GlucoRx Allpresan® is the only approved, clinically-formulated diabetic foot foam cream that’s scientifically shown to deliver and lock in enough moisture to minimise the risk of calluses and prevent dry skin, which are two of the biggest risk factors for ulcers. It’s got many great benefits, including:
- Non-greasy feel
- Delivers moisture directly to the skin without leaving dampness
- Quick to apply, and dressings and footwear can be worn immediately after application
- Can be used on every part of the foot, even in places where creams and lotions can’t
- Lasts twice as long as conventional creams, helping to save you money
- Available of FP10 prescription and is stocked by a variety of community and online pharmacists.
Find Out More
To improve your own diabetic foot care and learn exactly why so many GlucoRx users prefer foam-based foot moisturisers over creams and lotions, give GlucoRx Allpresan® a try. Pop in and speak to your local pharmacist, or chat with your GP or diabetic nurse to see if a GlucoRx Allpresan® could be right for you.
Chris Chapman is delighted at GlucoRx’s achievement at the Surrey Super Growth Awards this year, ranking 6th out of 50,000 companies.
Lloyds Bank, asb law, and RSM compiled a shortlist of finalists based on profitable turnover growth over a four-year accounting period, using information filed at Companies House.
It was the first time GlucoRx attended the Super Growth Awards, being one of the top 50 companies invited to the Awards’ Breakfast.
The Surrey Super Growth Awards commented on GlucoRx in their top 50 published list. “It was great to be recognised for all the good work our Company has been doing, not only locally but across the whole of the UK”, said Chris Chapman.
GlucoRx would like to congratulate the 2019 winners ‘Stenball Group Limited’ with their winning growth of 267%, and look forward to qualifying for next year’s 2020 awards.
Diabetes Awareness Week is here! From 10th – 16th June, you’ll have a unique opportunity to really make some noise and talk about diabetes with your family, friends and work colleagues. This is a time to share your “diabetes” experiences; are you diagnosed with diabetes? Do you know somebody that is? Support others effectively manage their condition, as well as make a difference to your own health by checking out some helpful resources and learning more about the various types of diabetes management solutions that are available, like blood glucose monitoring systems, insulin pen needles, glucose gels or footcare foam-creams.
Organised by Diabetes UK, one of the country’s leading diabetes charities, Diabetes Awareness Week isn’t just educational… it’s fun, too! This year, the chosen theme is “See Diabetes Differently”. Each year, we see a whole host of community events, sponsored walks/races and adrenaline-pumping challenges, all designed to help people to better cope with their condition as well as generate the essential financial resources needed to help the NHS keep researching, keep testing and keep on top of the latest advancements in essential diabetes management.
While diabetes is a very common condition — it’s estimated that more than 5 million people in the UK will be diagnosed with the condition by 2025 — the impact that the disease can have on day to day life is still not fully understood by many. If we continue to turn a ‘blind eye’ and overlook the seriousness of diabetes, it’s expected that the disease will trigger a massive care crisis in the future, especially as untreated diabetes or diabetes that is managed poorly can result in life-threatening complications. E.g. Nerve damage (neuropathy), Kidney damage (nephropathy), Eye damage (retinopathy) and Foot damage.
Perhaps the best thing that we can all do right now to prevent this from happening is to raise awareness of the disease and support those living with the condition. At GlucoRx, we’re proud to be supporting Diabetes Awareness Week 2019 with several events around the country. Members of our team will be spending time talking to the general public at community pharmacies, at a shopping centre and at one of the Silver Star Mobile Diabetes Unit.
We’d love it if you would join in offering support to this great cause and get involved in Diabetes Awareness Week 2019. Whether it’s sharing your experiences of living with the condition or participating in some of the amazing diabetes fundraising events that are being organised all around the country.
Now is the time to act. Diabetes is a manageable condition… together, we can keep it that way.
If you have type 1 diabetes or are an insulin-dependent type 2 patient, you’ll know how tricky it can be to get your daily injections right. From injection site selection and rotation to avoiding accidentally injecting into a muscle, there’s a lot to remember – and then of course, there’s the general ouch factor.
Getting your insulin injections right
Here at GlucoRx, we’re proud to support the Injection Technique Matters guidelines, because we know that getting injection technique right makes a big difference to overall blood sugar control.
To that end, we’re proud to promote our extensive range of insulin pen needles:
- A complete size range of FinePoint and CarePoint pen needles
- Universal fit on all insulin delivery pens
- FinePoint needles use quintapoint (5 bevel needle tip) technology (except 10mm + 12mm sizes) for a higher level of comfortable injection.
Safe use of insulin pen needles
Our universal fit FinePoint and CarePoint pen needles are incredibly easy to use. First of all, check with your healthcare practitioner to be sure you’re using the most suitable pen needle length.
Once you have the correct pen needle size, follow these simple steps:
1. Wash and dry your hands.
2. Remove your insulin pen cap. For cloudy insulin, roll between the palms of your hands 10 times and gently invert the pen 10 times.
3. Select a new FinePoint or CarePoint needle and attach it to the pen; remove the protective cap.
4. Test that the pen is working by selecting 2 units. Hold the pen upright and press the button to release the dose; watch to see that insulin appears at the needlepoint. If it does not, repeat the process until it does.
5. Dial the required dose on the pen.
6. Select an injection site. The most commonly used sites are the abdomen, outer thighs, upper arms or buttocks, but check with your healthcare practitioner who can advise on the best sites for you to use. Remember to rotate your injection sites.
7. Pinch your skin into a fold and fully insert the needle at 90 degrees to your skin.
8. Press the button to release the dose, holding the pen still.
9. Don’t forget to count to 10 before removing the needle, to ensure the full dose is delivered!
10. Remove the pen and take off the needle, safely disposing of it in a sharps bin.
Can I reuse insulin pen needles?
No, you should never reuse insulin pen needles. If you do, you risk the needle bending or breaking – and besides, a blunt needle makes for a more painful injection.
Why do my insulin injections hurt, bruise or bleed?
Bruising or bleeding at the injection site, although unpleasant, is not dangerous. Remember to rotate your injection sites and if you experience pain, bruising or bleeding often, review your injection technique with your healthcare practitioner.
What is lipohypertrophy?
Lipohypertrophy is a thickened area of fatty tissue which can develop at an injection site. It is important not to continue to inject into a “lipo” as the insulin absorption will be erratic, potentially leading to hypos and other complications. Ask your healthcare provider to teach you how to check for any developing “lipo” patches; these can usually be avoided through good injection technique.
If you’ve been injecting for a while, you probably don’t give much thought to your injection technique – but a combination of our Insulin pen needle offering and proper technique will help to minimise complications and maximise your wellbeing. Injection technique really does matter!