Autism – Will things improve for the autism community in 2017 or will they get worse and why? Take our poll

Will things improve for the autism community in 2017 or will they get worse and why?
Will things improve for the autism community in 2017 or will they get worse and why?

A few days ago we asked our followers on Twitter “Will things improve for the autism community in 2017 or will they get worse and why?”

So we thought we would ask the readers their opinion on this important question.

This is a new type of data collection method for us; so all you need to take part is to write your answers in the text box within the poll.

It’s that easy. And gives the chance for you to give your views in more detail!

Oh yes. Further comments can go in the comments section beneath this blog post!

Diabetes – Treatment , Complication and Prevention of Diabetes – An interview with Dr Max Pemberton

Diabetes - Treatment , Complication and Prevention of Diabetes - An interview with Dr Max Pemberton
Diabetes – Treatment , Complication and Prevention of Diabetes – An interview with Dr Max Pemberton

A few weeks ago we were delighted to be able to interview Dr Max Pemberton about the key questions many of us has about diabetes.

We covered one of these topics in a post a few days ago because we felt that the definition of type 1 , type 2, type 3 and type 1.5 (as well as gestational diabetes and pre-diabetes)  was important enough to cover in its own post. You can check it out here.

Today we want to look at the treatments and complication of diabetes. So we lined up Max for a few more questions.

Diabetes Treatments

Patient Talk:- What are the treatments available for diabetes?

Max Pemberton:- So in recent years there’s been loads of developments in the way that we manage diabetes. As well as making key lifestyle changes, people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes often need additional treatments such as medication like insulin to control their diabetes as well as things like their blood pressure and their blood fats so that’s their cholesterol.

Complications of Diabetes

Patient Talk:- Would you be able to elaborate on some of the complications of diabetes?

Max Pemberton:- So this is really important and this is why we take blood glucose levels so seriously is because if particularly, people have high blood glucose levels over long periods of time, it can cause really serious physical health complications and they include things like damage to blood vessels so that people are at increased risk of strokes and heart attacks. It can also cause damage to the very fine delicate blood vessels so that can cause problems with people’s kidneys. It can also cause problems with people’s eyesight so a condition called diabetic retinopathy whereby the delicate blood vessels at the back of the eye have problems and it can result in blindness. In fact it’s the leading cause of blindness in the UK. It can also develop things to do with circulation in the legs, for example where people can develop ulcers and in really extreme circumstances the circulation is so bad that people actually have to have their legs amputated.

Diabetic retinopathy and Diabetic foot ulcers

Patient Talk:- Explain what diabetic retinopathy and diabetic ulcers are?

Max Pemberton:- Diabetic retinopathy as I say it’s the leading cause of blindness in the UK so it’s so important that people get checked for this. On the NHS, everybody with a diagnosis of diabetes is entitled to free eye checks and I cannot emphasise enough the importance of going regularly to the optician to get your eyesight checked and make sure that this isn’t happening. If it is happening there’s tweaks and changes that can happen to your medication. Better blood glucose control can help it and various other procedures that doctors can do but it really is absolutely key that people are getting this monitored and also the same with the diabetic ulcers – so foot ulcers where the skin breaks down and forms an open sore and because of the difficulties of circulation they can take a really long time to heal. Sometimes they can be started by very small, tiny cuts or relatively insignificant wounds and one of the problems with diabetes is that some of the change that happens to circulation can also affect the very fine delicate nerves that are in the bottom of the feet so that often people can have damage to their feet – they stand on a drawing pin for example – and because the nerves in their feet aren’t working quite as well as they should do, they don’t actually feel it, they don’t realise that they’ve caused any damage and then that over time can develop into an ulcer. So again that’s why it’s really important that people with a diagnosis of diabetes go regularly to the chiropodist or podiatrist and they are entitled to free foot care on the NHS.

Prevention of Diabetes

Patient Talk:- In terms of lifestyle, what can be done to prevent diabetes? Are there any suggestions or advice?

Max Pemberton:- So there’s a whole range of lifestyle changes that can be made. So losing weight is really important, doing regular exercise, and also if you know family members who have a diagnosis of diabetes already it is important that you go regularly to the doctor to see whether or not you need to get checked to see if you’ve got diabetes. It’s not always obvious when somebody first develops it. The kind of typical presentation, things like feeling thirsty or tired or weight loss, they only happen to about half of patients, the other half have diabetes and they’re not aware of it and it’s picked up on routine screening. If people want more information there’s a website that’s being setup specifically to help people understand this delicate balance that has to take place when you have diabetes between the high blood glucose and the low blood glucose levels and that website is www.diabeteshighsandlows.co.uk

Autism – Please help an Australian School Student with her research into Autism.

Autism research
Autism research

A couple of days ago we were asked by a Emma, a student at St Francis Xavier’s College in Australia, to help her find people to take part in a survey.

Emma writes ” I am currently completing Year 12 in Australia and for my major work I plan on creating a short film about Autism both generally and within Australia.

I was wondering if anyone with an ASD or a child with ASD would like to complete a survey for me. I am conducting a set of surveys as a part of my HSC Major Work for Industrial Technology – Multimedia. The purpose of these surveys is to:

1. investigate what people with Autism Spectrum Disorders would like other people to know about the disorder, specifically in Australia,

2. investigate what people would like to see in an informative video about Autism Spectrum Disorders

Each survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. All responses will be anonymous and confidential. The findings in the research will only be published in my folio for assessment purposes.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help me create this.

Please feel free to share these links with other people who may like have an input.”

There are two surveys which you can take below.

1. For People with on the autism spectrum.

2. For the General Public.

It would be great if you could share with anyone who may be interested.

Many thanks in advance!

Marathon Running for Beginners

Dan Chabert
Dan Chabert

Marathon Running for Beginners

Half marathons are a great activity to kick off your endurance and getting started to join the competitive world of running. But just like everything in life, a marathon needs proper preparation; not only physical preparation, but you should also know a thing or two about marathons before participating in one.

No one is born an expert, which is why we’ve compiled this guide for beginners to get started in the world of marathons and competitive running.

Choosing Your First Half Marathon

First off, you should think about the distance you’re going to run during your first half marathon, which should be 13.1 miles.Unless you’re a fit athlete, you shouldn’t be aiming for the first three places. It’s great to challenge your body and mind in order to generate notable progress, but always keep in consideration your own limits – you don’t want to run short on your first half marathon, plus you’ll probably be running along some experienced marathon runners; it wouldn’t be wise to try and keep up with them during your first attempt.

While there may not be any easy marathons, you can certainly aim for one that adjusts to your capacity. A 13.1 mile marathon should be your goal as a first timer; once again, this is a decent mileage for those who have never participated in similar events. If you have experience as a runner or jogger things will go smoother, but with proper preparation anybody can do it, which takes us to the following step.

Physical Preparation

For intermediate and veteran runners, a half marathon is an excellent challenge to test your progress. Your physical preparation routine should focus on endurance, not speed. You can start preparing anywhere between 4 and 8 weeks before the event; set a slower pace and increase your mileage to adjust your body to a marathon-like training routine.

This routine is also adaptable to fit athletes that are transitioning to running from a sport. You’re going to follow the same routine as intermediate and experienced runners, so make sure your body is ready for it.

Those of you who have a hard time hitting 3 miles, your half marathon preparation should begin 12 weeks before the event. It’s a common mistake to chunk up on those miles and get frustrated when you’re not able to reach the goals. Don’t be afraid of breaking your routine apart; if you’re aiming for a 3 mile goal initially, separate it into three consecutive 1-mile goals instead.

A good place to test your initial skills is a charity run. These events usually aim for a general audience; meaning they aren’t too exigent in order to increase the amount of people that can participate in it. Don’t underestimate them though, you’re still a beginner and some of them can put up a decent challenge. The best part of it? You can get to train for your first half-marathon while supporting a good cause.

Half-marathons are very beginner-friendly. This includes preparation, which can be adjusted to almost any lifestyle. Your routine should consist of a few days of running mixed up with aerobic exercises of decent intensity, such as cross training. For the most important part of your routine, you’ll have rest; make sure you get enough of it, this is when your body makes the important changes.


Newbie Mistakes to Avoid

The weeks have passed and you smashed your preparation routine. You’re standing on the starting point ready to blast 13.1 miles, and here are some of the mistakes you’re going to avoid:


  • Starting too fast. Not only will it make you a newbie, but it will also let everyone else know you’re a newbie. You definitely don’t want to drain your body out of energy by sprinting the first few miles, just to find yourself breathless before you even reach the half of the mileage.


  • Trying to keep up with the first places. This one is understandable on experienced runners who are trying half marathons for the first time. However, for newbies, this is a mistake that can put you off the marathon for good. You’ll be amongst some very sharp runners and marathon masters, you don’t need to keep up with them – your first half marathon is about you.


  • Quitting half-marathons if you fail. This is the worst of them all. There’s no shame in failing to reach to finish line, it’s actually something to make you stronger. You gave your best, and you can keep on giving your best the next half marathon. To reach success, you’ve got to go through failure regardless of the road you take. Once you complete your first half-marathon, you’ll start bursting through many more.

 Writer Bio Dan Chabert

Dan Chabert, an entrepreneur from Copenhagen, Denmark is also an ultramarathon distance runner. He spends most of his time on runnerclick.com, monicashealthmag.com & nicershoes.com and he has been featured on runner blogs all over the world.


Food Allergies vs Food Intolerance

	 Food Allergies vs Food Intolerance

Food Allergies vs Food Intolerance

Over the last few years there has been a lot of ink spilt over the differences between
Food Allergies and Food Intolerance.

This infographic from our freiends as Yorktest should help to clear up a few of the common misunderstandings.