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World Diabetes Day 14th November 2022.

World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.

It is estimated that more than 415 million adults worldwide have diabetes, and this number is expected to increase to around 642 million – or one in 10 adults – by 2040.

It is estimated that half of people with diabetes are undiagnosed.

One in two adults with diabetes is undiagnosed. Many people live with type 2 diabetes for a long period of time without being aware of their condition. By the time of diagnosis, diabetes complications may already be present. Up to 70% of type 2 diabetes cases can be prevented or delayed by adopting healthier lifestyles, which is the equivalent of up to 160 million new cases by 2040.

Will you help us #RewriteTheStory?

Being diagnosed early is so important for all types of diabetes. It can save lives, prevent a medical emergencies, and reduce the risk of life-changing complications later. That’s why we want to make sure everyone knows the signs to look out for – and knows their risk of developing type 2

But they need your help. 

Someone is diagnosed with diabetes every two minutes. Together, we have the power to #RewriteTheStory for everyone who will be diagnosed in the future – it could even be the story of someone you love. 

Find out more about World Diabetes Day here.

Share the 4Ts of type 1 diabetes

If type 1 diabetes is left undiagnosed, it can make you really ill, really quickly. Knowing the signs could avoid a medical emergency and save lives. Find out more about our 4Ts campaign and help us spread the word of common symptoms of type 1 diabetes.

Paint your nails to raise awareness

Take on our #NailingDiabetes challenge and paint your nails blue on 14 November to raise awareness – and show others living with diabetes they’re not alone. Find out more about how you can get involved, and where to find your blue nail varnish!

Know your risk of type 2 diabetes

Together with Tesco, we want to inspire as many people as possible to find out their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Will you help us spread the word and encourage your loved ones to find out their risk? It could help change a life.

For lots more details on Diabetes and World Diabetes Day head down to the Diabetes Org website here

Source : Diabetes Org

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Alexis Ucko and Quentin Perraudeau have been on a mission since 2014: to develop simple and innovative solutions to free as many people as possible from back pain and the daily frustrations that go with it. It’s quite a challenge given that 80% of the world’s population are affected by back pain at some point in their lives. In the UK musculoskeletal disorders account for 30% of all work-related ill health according to HSE. In just eight years, more than 300,000 users have adopted PERCKO products. Their next challenge? To help more than one million people by 2025. The UK is firmly set in their sights as a source for this growth.

The origins story of this French wearable tech start-up

Both engineers by background, Alexis Ucko and Quentin Perraudeau met during their master’s year at ESSEC Business School in France. Alexis’s father, a dentist, suffered from back pain due to being bent over his patients every day. They began brainstorming solutions to help him and soon realised that existing products were unsatisfactory. They were often too complex, limited movement, or in the case of the lumbar belt, offered only short-term relief and atrophied back muscles. None addressed the anatomical mechanical problems that caused the pain in the first place.

Co-founders Alexis Ucko and Quentin Perraudeau

With this in mind, they worked with a team of biomechanics experts, physiotherapists and osteopaths to develop their first product: the Lyne UP. A discreet ‘smart’ vest. This R&D work was made possible thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign in 2015. The €30,000 required for the project was acquired in less than seven hours and more than €385,000 was raised overall, almost thirteen times the initial objective.

Equipped with a patented system of elasticated tensors, the Lyne UP vest uses the principle of self-correction to naturally encourage the wearer to engage their posture. All while allowing full range of movement and strengthening the back muscles for long-term relief in the process. Co-founder Quentin Perraudeau explains: “we wanted to create a product accessible to all. One which doesn’t require any connection to an app or the need to recharge a battery. The entire PERCKO mechanism is based on our patented system of tensors placed on the shoulders, chest and along the spine”.

PERCKO worked with a French specialist in innovative fabrics and wearable tech to test different materials, laser cutting, lamination, laminating, and ultrasonic welding… In 2016, the first year Lyne UP was advertised, more than 10,000 of the PERCKO vests were sold.

Six years later, the Lyne range was certified as a medical device and has expanded to include a model for the home, the Lyne HOME, as well as a model adapted to sports, the Lyne FIT. After numerous requests by companies wishing to equip their personnel, PERCKO now offers two devices specifically designed for professionals: the Lyne PRO, a waistcoat for workers in the logistics, construction, and transport sectors; and the MEDI Lyne, a model dedicated to nursing staff, developed in collaboration with a dozen establishments and hospitals. Over 2,000 companies use PERCKO products today, including French rail operator SNCF.

“Companies are a major area of development because back pain is one of the main causes of sick leave” says Quentin Perraudeau.

An eye on the future

At the end of September, PERCKO entered the world of bedding in France, launching its first ever mattress and ergonomic pillow designed alongside health professionals to relieve back pain. Extensively tested in laboratories and put through their paces at every step of R&D, PERCKO is currently looking at their commercialisation in the UK.

Source: Perckhttps://percko.com/gbp/o

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Osteoporosis (brittle bones) is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more prone to fracture. It develops slowly over several years and is often only diagnosed when a fall or sudden impact causes a bone to break (fracture). Menopause can also increase the chances of developing osteoporosis because decreased oestrogen levels can lead to bone loss.

The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are:

However, breaks can also happen in other bones, such as the arm or pelvis. Sometimes a cough or sneeze can cause a broken rib or the partial collapse of one of the spine’s bones.

Although a broken bone is often the first sign of osteoporosis, some older people develop the characteristic stooped (bent forward) posture. It happens when the bones in the spine have broken, making it difficult to support the body’s weight.

The stage before osteoporosis is called osteopenia. This is when a bone density scan shows you have lower bone density than the average for your age, but not low enough to be classed as osteoporosis. I was diagnosed with this two years ago but with the right treatment, you can still not develop osteoporosis.

I have been put on a calcium and vitamin D tablet which I take twice a day. A diet that’s low in calcium contributes to reduced bone density  (the amount of calcium and other minerals that are found in your bones), premature bone loss, and an increased risk of fracture.

Men do get osteoporosis but it is more common in women because women tend to have smaller, thinner bones than men, and may experience bone loss during menopause.

People who do not exercise regularly are also more at risk of developing osteoporosis than people who do regular exercise.

Several studies show that smoking is a risk factor for osteoporosis and bone fracture as does drinking lots of alcohol.

People who are very thin (with a BMI of 19 or under) are more at risk of developing osteoporosis, as they usually have less bone mass to draw from.

Other factors can also increase the risk of developing osteoporosis, including:

  • taking high-dose steroid tablets for more than 3 months
  • other medical conditions – such as inflammatory conditions, hormone-related conditions, or malabsorption problems
  • a family history of osteoporosis – particularly a hip fracture in a parent
  • long-term use of certain medicines that can affect bone strength or hormone levels, such as anti-oestrogen tablets that many women take after breast cancer
  • having or having had an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia

Some great ways to help improve your bone health include eating more vegetables, staying active, trying weight-bearing exercises, making sure you are getting plenty of Vitamin D by being out in the sunshine or taking supplements, eating calcium-rich foods, keeping your smoking or drinking to a minimum or not at all and maintain a healthy weight.

Source: NHS, Restless