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Michael Janes receives FSB Award

An impressive roll call of 60 FSB volunteers who have been recognised for their fantastic contribution to FSB policy development and lobbying activities.

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Diabetes

Treatment - Now and Then

Ever since I was diagnsed, Insulin has been used to control Diabetes. But how insulin is given, and how diabetes is managed, has changed out of all recognition.

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Sparky

There is a life outside work

During the lockdown, many people have just sat and worked. It's important to still do other things.

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Sparky

We all need Lockdown Heroes

Some wonderful heroes have emerged during the last several months – Captain Tom and Marcus Rashford are two good examples. I was lucky to be able to interview one of my very own heroes for this blog.

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Diabetes

From C to D: Don't let Covid lead to Diabetes

We are all aware of the problems which have occurred during the pandemic and lockdown. But have you considered what the knock-on effect might be?

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Diabetes

From C to D: Don't let Covid lead to Diabetes

We are all aware of the problems which have occurred during the pandemic and lockdown. But have you considered what the knock-on effect might be?

As a regular contributor to online meetings, I have heard so many people complain that the past year has had a bad effect on their eating habits and that they have put on weight.  People have had less opportunity to get out and have had less exercise - again contributing to their weight issues.

Your risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes depends on a number of risk factors.  Some of these you cannot change - such as your ethnic origin.  Others you can - such as your weight  and hence your BMI.  The more overweight you are, the higher your risk of developing Type 2. 

We are all aware of the effect of lockdown on the mental health of so many people and how levels of depression have risen.  Depression can increase your risk of developing Type 2 - in younger adults it is believed that depression can increase the risk by as much as 25%.  And it's a vicious circle - developing Type 2 may well cause depression, even if it was not a factor in the onset of the condition.  And of course many people admit that eating more is one of the ways they deal with feeling depressed.

Many people think that what you eat, and how much, is what determines whether or not you put on weight, but that is only part of the picture.  When you eat it is also significant.  Do you sometimes decide to skip lunch and compensate at teatime?  After about 5 or 6pm your metabolic rate starts to fall.  Also - what do you do about breakfast?  You could try eating breakfast within the first hour or so after getting up.  And you should try to avoid things which will cause spikes in your blood sugar level.

Another thing you might consider is Glycaemic Index (GI), which applies to food with carbohydrate (i.e. sugars) in them.  The higher the GI, the faster the sugar is absorbed.  However, it can be misleading - some foods with a high GI are healthy and some with a low GI are not.  And because fat lowers GI, chocolate actually has quite a low GI rating.  Another point to consider - for example - what about bread?  Different types of bread have different GI values - multigrain bread tends to have a lower GI than plain white bread.  You might decide to experiment - some people find that eating food with a lower GI leaves them feeling fuller for longer, which of course means they are less likely to snack during the evening.

And finally consider alcohol.  You may be surprised by the number of calories in some types of alcohol.  For example, a litre of vodka contains about 2,200 calories.  Drinking one pint of a 5% beer will give you about the same number of calories as a standard Mars Bar.

It's a complicated subject and if you feel it impacts on your life you might want to seek expert advice.  Hopefully though I've given people a few pointers for them to start to consider.

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Sparky

We all need Lockdown Heroes

Some wonderful heroes have emerged during the last several months – Captain Tom and Marcus Rashford are two good examples. I was lucky to be able to interview one of my very own heroes for this blog.  This is what she had to say.

Hi, I’m Rosie. I’m a Golden Doodle and I live at Dogs Trust at West Calder, near Edinburgh. Until Sparky asked to interview me, I didn’t realise how alike we look! We are now soul sisters! Actually, I do have a nickname – Roo Roo! I love West Calder, because I get time to bounce around the assault course and I love playing Hide And Seek with my carers.

However, I must admit that I’m nervous around people I don’t know, which is why life here suits me, at least for the time being.  My carers know all my little quirks - especially my love of Schmackos!

On a more serious note: Dogs Trust - formerly known as the National Canine Defence League – is a charity doing fantastic work with dogs who do not have a home – in some cases because their owners have decided to give them up – and the number of cases of that has risen significantly during the pandemic. Where it is possible a new home will be found for these, but sometimes Dogs Trust take on dogs which for one reason or another cannot be rehomed. They never put a healthy dog down, so in these cases Dogs Trust is their sanctuary for the rest of their days.

Many people help by sponsoring a dog – Rosie is actually sponsored by my wife. Please consider doing this, or helping in some other way, if you are able. The Dogs Trust website can be seen at https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/

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Sparky

There is a life outside work

During the lockdown, many people have just sat and worked. It's important to still do other things.

One thing I like to do, and one which amuses my family and friends, is to do impressions.  I may not be Jon Culshaw, but I am quite good at it.  Here I am doing one which family and friends find particularly amusing.  It is my impression of Kenneth Branagh when he appeared in the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics.  You're doing well if you can spot which is which.

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Diabetes

Treatment - Now and Then

When I was diagnosed, I spent three weeks in hospital.  When I was discharged, I went home with the things I needed to both treat and monitor my diabetes.

Like most people with Type 1 Diabetes, I had a glass syringe and a handful of stainless steel needles.  I stored these in surgical spirit in a glass butterdish.  Once a week I wrapped the syringe in a hankie and boiled it, together with the needles, for 20 minutes.  Whilst it was boiling I discarded the surgical spirit, gave the butterdish a real clean and then filled it with new spirit.

In those days, home blood tests simply did not exist - the only way I could monitor my diabetes was to do a urine test twice a day - see the images below.  I would collect urine in a sample bottle and then put measured amounts of urine and water into a test tube.  Drop in a tablet and the mixture would quickly start to boil.  Once it stopped, I had to shake the test tube and compare it to a colour chart.  Dark blue meant that my urine contained no glucose, dark green meant it contained a little.  The time to worry was if it was yellow or orange, because then there was a lot of glucose present.


Nowadays life is very different.

In 2015 I stopped doing multiple injectons each day and switched to using an insulin pump - up to that point I had done about 60,000 injections.  Now, instead of urine tests, I get a drop of blood from my finger and apply it to a test strip inserted into a special meter.  Five seconds later it tells me just how much glucose is in my blood.  What's more, if my blood glucose level is high, the meter sends this to my insulin pump, which then automatically adjusts my insulin the next time I am giving myself insulin when I have a meal.  The test meter stores several months results and every so often I can send them to my diabetes consultant who then has a detailed picture of how my diabetes has been doing.  This has been especially useful during the lockdown.

My insulin pump is about 8cm x 5 x 2.5 and weighs about 150 gms.  Now and again I think it's a bit inconvenient with it hanging from my belt or pyjamas 24 hours a day.  But then, I look at the image below of the first-ever insulin pump, and try to imagine what it would be like spending your life connected to that!

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Michael Janes receives FSB Award

Last week Michael Janes received an award at the National FSB Conference.

Michael said, “I was truly humbled when my image appeared in the presentation at the #FSBVolunteerConference2021. I wanted to thank everybody who nominated me for the award. To me this award is a very special achievement.

I wanted to say thank you to all the FSB family in the area as this award is more about them for the achievements of all the local activists serving the business community.”

This award was given to Michael for all the events activities in the area. Special mention must also go out to Jayson Gurney, Andrew Read and Mark Coleman for their support and help with the events over the past year. The events have supported so many businesses to keep on moving forward through very difficult times.


 Award certificate 2021

But Michael is not the only one in the region to receive an award. The following are fellow FSB activists that have received various awards this year. An impressive roll call of 60 FSB volunteers who have been recognised for their fantastic contribution to FSB policy development and lobbying activities.  Huge thanks and congratulations to all the FSB team.

Here are a list of the North East Yorkshire and Humber award winners:

Allen Creedy @Ethicalpartnership https://www.ethicalpartnership.co.uk

Lee Harris-hamer @harris_hamer https://www.whitehorsecleaningservices.co.uk

Richard Askew @richaskew https://www.askewbrook.com

Merewyn Sayers @SayersSolutions https://www.sayerssolutions.co.uk

Justine Forrest @JustineForrest6 https://www.justine-forrest.co.uk

Michael Janes @1600systems https://www.1600systems.co.uk

Gareth Alexander @Garethhull1

Irshad Akbar @bizbuddyirshad

Simon Monaghan @ctmbusiness

#FSBVolunteerChampions

#ProudtobeFSB

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