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Andy Broomhead

I bought this book as a tongue-in-cheek gift for my wife.  I may have commented that it’d take her a long time to fill it.  In the last two weeks, I’ve probably done enough to warrant buying her a second copy… It’s Thursday and I’m in London for work.  My elbow had felt sore the…

Before Alice steps through the mirror into Looking-Glass Land she sits and ponders what it’s like to be on the other side. What would it be like to go from the comfort of her armchair in her familiar surroundings to a totally different world. Tortured literary metaphors notwithstanding, I recently had the opportunity to step…

In some ways, living with diabetes can be all consuming.  A daily routine of finger-prick tests, carb calculations, injections or button presses and the occasional shouting match with some food packaging… (seriously – how hard is it to put both the weight of something and its nutritional info on one packet?) And whilst labels on food matter a…

Patient activation is a concept that interests me a great deal, particularly as it’s something that has made a huge impression on my own management of diabetes over the years. If you’re not familiar with the concept, patient activation basically refers to the knowledge, skills and confidence that someone has when it comes to managing…

I’m writing this on World Diabetes Day – the time when people across the planet do their bit to raise awareness of diabetes. Whether it’s talking about their diagnosis (and highlighting the signs to be mindful of), discussing diabetes related complications (and how best to avoid them) or any of their other diabetes experiences. I…

My warranty is up and it’s time for an upgrade! I’m not talking about my mobile (though that can’t come soon enough) – it’ll shortly be time for a new pump! Regular viewers may recall my current pump was bestowed on me as part of a two year clinical trial (you can read the before,…