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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…

Tweet I hate waste. I hate wasted time, I hate wasted packaging, I hate wasted food. Every time I change my insulin set, I sort out the packaging into sharps, recycling and waste. If only I could find some way to recycle or reuse the cellophane and the wipes. I also hate wasted paper. I…

Tweet About three years ago while I was still working at Diabetes UK, I attended a conference in London where I heard some truly inspirational people talk about their experiences of diabetes and how it influenced their emotions and relationships. One man, who by complete coincidence was also diagnosed shortly after a holiday to Barbados,…

Tweet Marian Shaw started her career teaching biology in schools, before teaching education management to post-graduates in Oxford and in emerging countries. Marian has Type 1 diabetes. She is now retired and among several other voluntary roles, is a member of the Diabetes UK Grants Advisory Panel (GAP). Aren’t we lucky? Since insulin therapy started in the 1920s, generations…