Our top 10 stories of 2018

From breakthrough research to tips for improving your memory, 2018 was an information-filled year for Diabetes Queensland and our members. It's that time again when we look back at all the news, research and valuable stories from the year.


Here are our most popular online stories of 2018. 


10. Breakthrough could mean no more needles for some 

No more needlesIn May it was reported doctors in Edinburgh believe a simple blood test could allow some people previously identified as living with type 1 diabetes to come off insulin. The Western General Hospital team say the test has identified previously unrecognised variants of the condition.

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9. Introducing Trulicity (Dulaglutide)

Trulicity GraphicAs of June 1 2018 a new medication, Trulicity (Dulaglutide), was approved for supply under subsidy through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS). Trulicity, due to its ease of use, reduced frequency of administration and injection site reactions is an attractive new option for people living with type 2 diabetes.

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8. How do you know if your feet are in trouble? 

Stepsfootcheck _sm _650x 320We spoke to Sunshine Coast Podiatrist, Rob Wotton, who provided his advice on 

diabetic peripheral neuropathy, which refers to damage to the nerves of the hands

and/or feet caused by diabetes, the treatment and what you can do to help. 

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7. Simple tips to fight inflammation

Inflamed -wrist _cropWe are finding out more about how inflammation plays a significant role in the development of chronic diseases such as diabetes. This article explores the function of inflamation and the role diet plays in the reduction of inflammation.

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6. Eat healthily on a tight budget

Healthy Food BudgetYou are not alone if you think healthy eating comes with a hefty price tag. Many Australians believe that healthy foods cost more than packaged, convenient or fast food, but this is not necessarily the case. Healthy eating on a budget can come down to being savvy and planning ahead.

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5. Five ways to keep your memory sharp


According to the Harvard Medical School, the way you live, what you eat and drink, and how you treat your body can affect your memory just as much as your physical health and well-being. In one of Harvard's health reports from earlier this year, it lists five things you can do every day to keep both your mind and body sharp.

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4. Reminder of rules to get subsidized BGL test strips

Accucheck SmIn 2016, the Australian Government made changes to accessing subsidised test strips for people living with type 2 diabetes who are not using insulin. In March this year we posted an important reminder about access to subsidised blood glucose test strips. 

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3. Neck pain in type 2 diabetes

Neck exercisesPeripheral nerve pain and chronic problems with feet are facts of life for many who live long-term with diabetes. Here, Benjamin Sewell, Associate Physiotherapist from The Headache, Neck & Jaw Clinic, writes about the aspects of diabetes that affect our musculoskeletal system and will have an impact on the entire body.

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2. Low carb eating and type 2 diabetes

Low Carb CookingLow-carb eating is under the microscope in Australia and overseas. Here, Diabetes Australia has released its  low-carb position statement, while in the UK, a new review of's 'Low Carb Program' suggests it is effective at improving the health of people with type 2 diabetes. 

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1. Pros and cons of new insulin Ryzodeg

Ryzodeg (2)Our most read article for 2018 is the addition of Ryzodeg to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) in August. The Novo Nordisk combination product contains 70 percent Insulin Degludec (rys) and 30 percent Insulin Aspart (rys). Here we look at the pros and cons of the product for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. 




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