May 17, 2020

DON'T sit still and START fidgeting, say doctors

The Fidget Project
sedentary lifestyle
sedentary behaviour
2 min
We need to break up our sedentary activities
Too many people nowadays are spending large amounts of their days spent on sedentary activities such as working at a computer or watching television, a...

Too many people nowadays are spending large amounts of their days spent on sedentary activities such as working at a computer or watching television, activities which could lead to serious conditions such as heart disease and the risk of strokes.

By breaking up these sedentary activities, through basic movement such as stretching your legs or standing up, even for if only briefly, can help counter the harmful effects and lead to better health overall. A number of studies have correlated the amount of time sat sitting down with a higher risk of heart disease and a shortened lifespan.

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In a bid to promote the news and get the public more health, a roadshow has been put together called the Fidget Project. Sponsored by the Wellcome Trust and the London Arts in Health Forum, the project hopes to spread the science of sedentary behaviour and show that fidgeting gives people the tools to change their lives for the better.

Speaking at the launch of the Fidget Project, NHS expert in sports and exercise medicine, Dr Wilby Williamson warned:

“People are watching television for up to four hours a day and spending 60-70 percent of their time being sedentary, and that is because of our lifestyle and occupations. Reducing our sitting time...makes us better at breaking sugars and fats down, which can help reduce our risk of metabolic diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.”

Dr Williamson continued:

“The risk factors for cardiovascular disease and longevity start to increase above two hours of television watching per day. It you can make your TV watching or screen time more active that could be beneficial. Also, make sure you aren’t sitting for long chunks of time. Some studies show there is a beneficial effect of breaking it up every 20 to 30 minutes.”

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Jun 17, 2021

Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes

3 min
British actress Nina Wadia OBE tells us how her son's life has changed since using glucose monitoring system Dexcom

It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition. 

Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently. 

In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician. 

British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives. 

As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today. 

Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes? 
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.

How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan? 
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily. 

Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.

Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes  patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign. 

If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed? 
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!

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