Tag: Diabetes

Are we really ripping off the NHS?

Why I’m not sorry for sending insulin to a stranger in the US (again)

A while back I was accused of ripping off the NHS. I also got it in the neck for involving my youngest daughter in the ‘technically illegal’ act of sending insulin my doctor had advised me to stop taking to a stranger who needed it in the US. There were other criticisms: because the US ‘foams at the mouth’ at…

Why I’m running 186 miles for T1International

Without insulin, you die. Yet it’s estimated that half of the world’s type one diabetics live without adequate access to the hormone most of us take for granted [T1International]. Even in countries where insulin is available, many cannot afford to pay for it. In the US, where the price of insulin has more than tripled in a decade, people are dying because they cannot afford medication that’s free here in the UK on the NHS. Charity T1International is campaigning to change this.

In the below film you’ll meet Ruth, a 16 year old living with type one diabetes in Ghana who’s been put through school by T1International. She’s determined not to let the condition, which is an effective death sentence for most Africans diagnosed with diabetes, from stopping her realise her dream of becoming a nurse.  There’s Cate, from Kenya, where T1International is uniting diabetics to negotiate lower prices on the drugs they need and Karyn in the US, who has seen fellow diabetics die as a result of exorbitant insulin prices.

This is why I’m running 186 miles for T1International

Please donate

On 14 June 2018 I am starting the three day, 186 mile Marathon des Cote, a foot race that covers the entire Pembrokeshire Coast Path. No one is known to have ever completed the route in less than four days. I hope I’ve made my motives clear: that people are dying because they cannot access or afford a drug that has been in existence for more than a century is a scandal. Please donate whatever you can to help T1International end this. You can donate by visiting my Just Giving page, here.

Can the Marathon des Sables help me control diabetes? 2

Can the Marathon des Sables help me control diabetes?

I’m in! On Thursday morning I secured my place in the Marathon des Sables [MdS] 2019. That means that in just over a year I will be attempting to run 150 plus miles in six days across the Sahara Desert. That’s right: me, my dodgy pancreas and all the medication it takes to keep me alive in the world’s biggest,…

What happened to my blood sugar when I jumped out of a plane at 15k foot

In the build up to every race, during every high intensity work out at the gym, even when I’m stressed at work… my blood sugar spikes thanks to adrenalin. So what will happen when I jump out of a plane at 15k foot? Here, I show how blood sugar levels can be affected by adrenalin (and alcohol)…

Why an insulin pump is my dream running kit

Running 40 or so miles a week for the past fortnight has been a breeze. Not really. It just feels like that, relative to dealing with diabetes at the same time. See, control of this condition requires consistency, as far as I can tell (see the disclaimer below). And when you’re training for a 186 mile race, setting up a…

Why I quit work to go running

Why I quit work to go running

I’ve quit my job. Never mind that I have three kids under the age of seven to support and I’m fast approaching 40 and still live in rented accommodation, I felt that I had to do it. So I’ve left the security of a job I enjoy, monthly paydays, a pension, paid expenses, IT support, Christmas parties with free bars…

Stuff I learned running 66 miles

Watch where you poo… & other stuff I learned running 66 miles

The other weekend I ran my first official ultra marathon, around the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England. It took me about 19 hours to complete one 66 mile circuit of the island’s beautiful coastal path. That’s a lot longer than I’d hoped for, mainly because of the extra time it took at rest stops to…

How much wine should I drink before I run?

What’s happened to me? I’m visiting a vineyard tomorrow, to write about an exciting business that’s helping to drive the explosive growth of English wine for the day job. And it’s bound to involve a tasting. And someone else is driving. Hurrah! Or so you’d think. Once upon a time, I’d be whooping along with you, my only concern how…

If black pudding pork scratchings are WRONG, I don’t want to be RIGHT

Just about everyone I’ve mentioned these to has proclaimed the very idea the work of a sick mind. Apart from my daughter (pictured), who is fast following in my footsteps and becoming a fiend for pork scratchings. But if Openshaws Black Pudding Pork Scratchings really are as wrong as everyone says they are, quite frankly, I don’t want to be…