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Mother wants to dispel diabetes stereotypes

A mother from Halifax is campaigning to get rid of diabetes stereotypes. Three of Jodie Ward's five children suffer from type 1 diabetes.

They have to be monitored around the clock and have regular injections. Jodie says many people label her a bad parent who gives her children too many sweets. She's using World Diabetes Awareness Day to make people realise that nothing could be further from the truth.

Children need regular monitoring


Eat Fat to tackle obesity and diabetes - claims leading dietitian

Leading dietitian Dr Trudi Deakin is launching a book - and her controversial "fat is good for you" diet in Hebden Bridge today.

Dietitian Dr Trudi Deakin

Among the guest speakers at the launch will be Professor David Haslam and Prof Dave Haslam, of the National Obesity Forum .

Sixty five NHS Trusts around the country have already signed up to West Yorkshire-based Dr Deakin's educational diet programmes, working with 50,000 patients

The launch of her new book " Eat Fat " will be held at 3pm at the Innovation Cafe, St George's Square, Hebden Bridge.

Diabetes trials hailed a potential cure

On Calendar yesterday, we told you about teenager Laura Dunion, who's involved in world-leading research for type 1 diabetes.

The lifelong condition stops the pancreas producing insulin, thereby affecting vital blood glucose levels.

Laura, who's from West Yorkshire, has been carrying out overnight trials of what is akin to an artificial pancreas - in the form of a computer programme.

As Tina Gelder now reports, the results have been hailed as a potential technological cure for the illness.

And to see the first of Tina's two special reports, click here

Expert: new diabetes treatment is "nearly there"

There's been a possible breakthrough in the treatment of diabetes which it's claimed could transform the lives of thousands of sufferers in the region.

A new implant would serve as an artificial pancreas. It would be surgically implanted into the body and release a precise amount of insulin into the bloodstream, removing the need for injections.

The prototype has taken twenty years and £1 million to develop and some in the medical community think it has far-reaching possibilities.

There are more than 300,000 people in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire with diabetes. Expert Dr Trudi Deakin spoke to Duncan and Christine about the implications for some of those people.


Events held to mark World Diabetes Day

NHS staff are gearing up to offer free diabetes risk assessments to people across the UK.

Awareness events will be taking place all over the country including one at Grimsby's Diana Princess of Wales Hospital and one in Bradford.

New figures reveal that one in three people in the North East Lincolnshire area and over 45,000 people in Bradford are living with the condition without realising they have it.

Scientists make diabetes breakthrough

Scientists say they've made a major discovery , which could have implications for diabetes sufferers worldwide

Diabetes UK predict that the number of people living with the condition in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire could increase by nearly 30 per cent in the next decade.

The rising number of cases costs the NHS millions of pounds every year, but a breakthrough in treatment of the disease could be on the cards.

Jeff Welch reports:

Diabetes cookery classes

People with Type 2 diabetes living in parts of West Yorkshire are going to be given cookery classes to help them with their illness.

The charity Focus on Food is trying out the scheme at its own cookery school with people from Calderdale.

They will learn how to make recipes healthier and how to experiment with cooking techniques.