11 episodes

Whether you’re living with diabetes or know someone who is, ‘Diabetes Discussions’ brings you the conversations you’ll want to hear.  
 
Diabetes is sometimes known as the hidden condition. Millions of us live with it; millions more misunderstand it. We know diabetes can affect everyone differently - it can play a small part in your life or completely consume it.    
  
Each episode we'll be talking about the realities of diabetes as we delve into topics such as technology, sport, mental wellbeing, research, stigma and everything in-between.  
 
Our host, Jack Woodfield, will be joined by people living with diabetes and people whose lives are affected by diabetes, who’ll share their personal experiences. 
 
Some of these conversations may be upsetting, and if you are affected by the topics discussed then you can call our helpline team on 0345 123 2399, or email us at helpline@diabetes.org.uk 
  
This podcast is made by Diabetes UK, the UK’s leading diabetes charity. For more information on the topics covered in this series, as well as advice, resources and community, visit our website at https://www.diabetes.org.uk 
 
Produced by Ultimate Content on behalf of Diabetes UK. 
If you’d like to give us feedback on this episode or would like to be a future guest on the podcast, please contact us as content@diabetes.org.uk 
 
Follow us on: 
Twitter: @DiabetesUK 
Instagram: @diabetesuk 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diabetesuk 
LinkedIn: diabetes-uk 
 

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Whether you’re living with diabetes or know someone who is, ‘Diabetes Discussions’ brings you the conversations you’ll want to hear.  
 
Diabetes is sometimes known as the hidden condition. Millions of us live with it; millions more misunderstand it. We know diabetes can affect everyone differently - it can play a small part in your life or completely consume it.    
  
Each episode we'll be talking about the realities of diabetes as we delve into topics such as technology, sport, mental wellbeing, research, stigma and everything in-between.  
 
Our host, Jack Woodfield, will be joined by people living with diabetes and people whose lives are affected by diabetes, who’ll share their personal experiences. 
 
Some of these conversations may be upsetting, and if you are affected by the topics discussed then you can call our helpline team on 0345 123 2399, or email us at helpline@diabetes.org.uk 
  
This podcast is made by Diabetes UK, the UK’s leading diabetes charity. For more information on the topics covered in this series, as well as advice, resources and community, visit our website at https://www.diabetes.org.uk 
 
Produced by Ultimate Content on behalf of Diabetes UK. 
If you’d like to give us feedback on this episode or would like to be a future guest on the podcast, please contact us as content@diabetes.org.uk 
 
Follow us on: 
Twitter: @DiabetesUK 
Instagram: @diabetesuk 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/diabetesuk 
LinkedIn: diabetes-uk 
 

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    10. Christmas

    10. Christmas

    Christmas is a time to enjoy yourself. And when it comes to the festive period, and especially Christmas Day, this is a time not to be too hard on yourself when it comes to diabetes.  
    In this seasonal episode Jack Woodfield from our content team is joined by Jay James and Catherine Brannigan to discuss the highs and lows of living with diabetes at Christmas.  
    Jay is the lead singer of vocal harmony group The Overtones. His son Franklin was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2022, aged 3. Catherine works in finance and lives in Whitley Bay in Tyne and Wear. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in April 2022. 
    If you are affected by the topics discussed in this episode then you can call our helpline team on 0345 123 2399, or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk   
    You can also learn more at diabetes.org.uk:   

    Our top recipes and tips for living with diabetes at Christmas Alcohol and diabetes Use our recipe finder for healthier Christmas recipes What are the 4Ts diabetes symptoms? Buy Carbs & Cals at the Diabetes UK Shop 
    Plus, listen now to the Overtones’ Christmas single, Christmas Everyday, and read about Jay’s charity My Diabetes Story which is supporting Diabetes UK.  
    The views and opinions of the guests are their personal stories and may not reflect the views or advice of Diabetes UK. The content in the podcast is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It’s important you always speak with your healthcare team for specific medical advice.  
    Presenter - Jack Woodfield  
    Produced by Diabetes UK and Ultimate Content  
    If you’d like to give feedback on this episode or would like to be a future guest on the podcast, please contact us at content@diabetes.org.uk  
    Follow us on: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook  

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    • 35 min
    9. World Diabetes Day - Research Special

    9. World Diabetes Day - Research Special

    In this special World Diabetes Day 2023 episode Jack Woodfield from our content team is joined by Dr. Lucy Chambers and Claire Gallagher.  
    Lucy, our Head of Research Communications, who lives with type 1 diabetes, tells us about the history of diabetes research and discusses the new T1DRA screening programme. And Claire, who also lives with type 1 diabetes, talks about why she wants her sons to be screened for type 1 in the ELSA trial that recently opened in Northern Ireland.  
    If you are affected by the topics discussed in this episode then you can call our helpline team on 0345 123 2399, or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk. You can also learn more about our research at diabetes.org.uk:   

    What is DKA (Diabetic ketoacidosis)? Our research impact T1DCAT and local support groups Type 2 diabetes remission and the DiRECT and NEWDAWN studies What is the Type 1 Diabetes Grand Challenge? How immunotherapies work 
    The views and opinions of the guests are their personal stories and may not reflect the views or advice of Diabetes UK. The content in the podcast is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It’s important you always speak with your healthcare team for specific medical advice.  
    If you’d like to give feedback on this episode or would like to be a future guest on the podcast, please contact us at content@diabetes.org.uk 
    Presenter - Jack Woodfield. Produced by Diabetes UK and Ultimate Content. Follow us on: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook

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    • 35 min
    8. Sleep

    8. Sleep

    Getting enough sleep is important for our health and wellbeing, but getting a good night’s rest can be easier said than done for people living with or affected by diabetes.  
      
    In this episode, Jack Woodfield from our content team is joined by Iain Dale and Nina Wadia OBE, to discuss diabetes and sleep, as well as the many ways living with diabetes can be life-changing, from food to technology to how it can impact our jobs.  
     
    Nina is an award-winning actress and comedian whose son, Aidan, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2017 at the age of ten. She tells us how the family’s sleep routines were disrupted following Aidan’s diagnosis and how access to tech eventually helped.
      
    Iain is an award-winning broadcaster, author, podcast host and political commentator who has worked for the radio station LBC since 2010. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2007. He shares how his busy lifestyle, often working shifts, can affect his diabetes and shares the tricks he uses to ensure he gets enough sleep. 
     
    If you are affected by the topics discussed in this episode then you can call our helpline team on 0345 123 2399, or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk   
       
    You can also learn more about sleep and living with diabetes at diabetes.org.uk:   
     
    Insomnia could play direct role in causing type 2 diabetes Sleep and diabetes Coping with caring for a child with type 1 diabetes How the FreeStyle Libre works Injecting insulin Diabetes technology eligibility in the UK 
    The views and opinions of the guests are their personal stories and may not reflect the views or advice of Diabetes UK. The content in the podcast is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It’s important you always speak with your healthcare team for specific medical advice.  
      
    Presenter - Jack Woodfield  
    Produced by Diabetes UK and Ultimate Content  
     
    If you’d like to give feedback on this episode or would like to be a future guest on the podcast, please contact us at content@diabetes.org.uk  
     
    Follow us on: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook  

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    • 42 min
    7. Stigma

    7. Stigma

    Stigma can take many forms – from myths and misconceptions about diabetes to negative behaviour towards those living with the condition, and it can have a serious impact on people’s overall health and wellbeing. 
     
    In this episode, Jack Woodfield from our Content and News team is joined by Jim Crossland and Nicki Hornby. 
      
    Jim is 24 and was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 2. He talks candidly about some of his experiences growing up which left him feeling ‘different’ and shares how he’s slowly starting to redefine the condition to help him feel more empowered. 
     
    Nicki is 55 and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes aged 46. She reveals the judgement she’s faced, including reactions from healthcare professionals, and tells us why others’ comments can be so hurtful.  
     
    If you are affected by the topics discussed in this episode then you can call our helpline team on 0345 123 2399, or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk   
       
    You can also learn more about living with diabetes on our website: 
     
    50% of people living with diabetes have missed healthcare appointments due to stigma fear  Diabetes and mental wellbeing advice  Diabetes and emotional health - a practical guide for healthcare professionals supporting adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes How the FreeStyle Libre works Our guide to living with diabetes at university  Open Primary tabs configuration options The views and opinions of the guests are their personal stories and may not reflect the views or advice of Diabetes UK. The content in the podcast is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It’s important you always speak with your healthcare team for specific medical advice.  
      
    Presenter - Jack Woodfield  
    Produced by Diabetes UK and Ultimate Content  
     
    If you’d like to give feedback on this episode or would like to be a future guest on the podcast, please contact us at content@diabetes.org.uk  
     
    Follow us on: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook  

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    • 34 min
    6. Treatments

    6. Treatments

    Diabetes treatments are varied and can include medication, changes to what you eat, and technology. But it can be challenging trying to understand how treatments work.  
     
    In this episode, Jack Woodfield from our content team is joined by Shivali Modha and Professor Partha Kar.  
     
    Shivali is an accountant who lives in North London, who was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes aged 26. She talks about the shock of her diagnosis and how she struggled with the side effects of treatments in the first few years.
     
    Partha is a diabetes co-lead at NHS England and a consultant in diabetes and endocrinology at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trusts. He discusses the challenges some people face when starting new treatments, and why social inequalities can also play a part in treatment outcomes.  
     
    If you are struggling with managing your diabetes through your diet then ask your healthcare team if you can be referred to a dietitian. If you are affected by the topics discussed in this episode then you can call our helpline team on 0345 123 2399, or email helpline@diabetes.org.uk  
     
    You can learn more about pre-pregnancy counselling at the charity Tommy’s, which supports, cares for and champions people on their pregnancy journey.   
     
    You can also learn more about living with diabetes at diabetes.org.uk:  
    What is type 2 diabetes remission? Our response to serious supply issues of drugs for people with T2DThe latest on WegovyWhat are closed loop systems?Pregnancy and diabetes Cost of living support 
    The views and opinions of the guests are their personal stories and may not reflect the views or advice of Diabetes UK. The content in the podcast is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It’s important you always speak with your healthcare team for specific medical advice. 
     
    Presenter - Jack Woodfield 
    Produced by Diabetes UK and Ultimate Content 
    If you’d like to give feedback on this episode or would like to be a future guest on the podcast, please contact us at content@diabetes.org.uk 
    Follow us on: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

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    • 36 min
    5. Research

    5. Research

    Research is vital if we’re to better understand, treat and prevent diabetes. But what’s it like to take part in research? Here, we explore the world of research trials, and also talk about some of the most innovative and exciting research projects that we’re funding.
    In this episode, Jack Woodfield from Diabetes UK is joined by Sarah Parsons and Dr Vicky Salem.
    Sarah lives in Plymouth and works in occupational administration. She was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at the age of 21 and has dedicated herself to taking part in diabetes research, and she is now training to be an NHS Research Champion. She talks about the wide variety of projects that you can get involved with and why she feels it’s such a valuable experience. 
    Dr Salem is a clinician scientist and consultant diabetologist at St Mary’s Hospital in London. She shares an update on her research into a potential cure for type 1 diabetes, discusses heterogeneity within diabetes (diversity within a health condition), and offers an insight into some of the challenges faced by research teams.
    If you are affected by the topics discussed then you can call our helpline team on 0345 123 2399, or email us at helpline@diabetes.org.uk
    You can also visit our website to learn more about living with diabetes at diabetes.org.uk:

    The DiRECT study Dr Salem’s Grand Challenge research Our online forum Ischemia in the brain can develop when your brain isn’t receiving enough blood. Learn more about the brain, diabetes and the risk of stroke Diabetes and foot problems Get involved with research University of Exeter research into T1 subtypes 
    The views and opinions of the guests are their personal stories and may not reflect the views or advice of Diabetes UK.
    The content in the podcast is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It’s important you always speak with your healthcare team for specific medical advice.
    Presenter - Jack Woodfield
    Produced by Diabetes UK and Ultimate Content
    If you’d like to give feedback on this episode or would like to be a future guest on the podcast, please contact us at content@diabetes.org.uk
    Follow us on:  
    Twitter | Instagram | Facebook 

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    • 38 min

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