People with Type 1 Diabetes go Sugar Surfing in Dublin


The team of volunteers responsible for the Type 1 Diabetes Conferences; Thriveabetes have organised a Sugar Surfing Workshop with Dr. Stephen Ponder, on Saturday, May 13th from 10am until 2pm in The Carlton Dublin Airport Hotel, Cloghran, Co. Dublin.

Dr. Stephen Ponder. Endocrinologist & PWD

This event is being organised completely by volunteers who live with type 1 diabetes and who have successfully organised two annual all-day Thriveabetes conferences. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Stephen Ponder, who is a consultant endocrinologist from Texas, USA, since 1989, author of “Sugar Surfing; How to manage Type 1 Diabetes in a Modern World” and has lived with the condition himself for over 50 years.

Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune condition that affects up to 16,000 people in Ireland. It is a lifelong chronic illness that requires a lot of knowledge to manage. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, which is needed to turn the sugar and starch we eat into energy for our bodies.
If you have type 1 diabetes, you need to take insulin injections or infuse insulin through a pump for life.

Good management of the condition involves trying to mimic what the body had previously done automatically, by manually maintaining blood glucose levels within a healthy range. Multiple factors affect the level of glucose in the bloodstream: eating carbohydrates; large portion sizes; illness; stress; activity levels; too much or too little insulin and many other factors. Living with Type 1 Diabetes requires constant vigilance and a strong sense of self-determination every day with no holiday from the condition.

 

What is Sugar Surfing?

Sugar Surfing a proactive type of diabetes management that looks at information from a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) or a Freestyle Libre (Flash Glucose Monitor) and uses that information to prevent high or low blood glucose events. Sugar surfing is managing diabetes in real time rather than after the high or low blood glucose event has occurred.

Most diabetes education is based on changing insulin doses based on past events. The technology in Continuous Glucose Monitors(CGM) or the Freestyle Libre provides information about where blood sugar levels are right now and, more importantly, where they are going. By incorporating Sugar Surfing into type 1 diabetes management people prevent high blood glucose or lows blood glucose levels that might follow and therefore improve their type 1 diabetes management and outcomes.

 

Who is Sugar Surfing for?

This event would be most valuable to people with type 1 diabetes (parents and adults) who use a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) or the Freestyle Libre.

Advance registration is required to attend the Thriveabetes Sugar Surfing Workshop and costs €20 per person. People can register through the Thriveabetes website; Thriveabetes.ie or email Gráinne for more information at Grainne@Thriveabetes.ie

 

Editor’s Notes;

For further information about Thriveabetes contact;
– Gráinne Flynn, event organiser. Mobile 087 6548320 or Email Grainne@thriveabetes.ie
– More information about the speakers and links to their biographies can be found on http://thriveabetes.ie/index.php/thriveabetes-2016-2/

 

Type 1 diabetes; is usually diagnosed in children and young adults but 50% of diagnosis are in adults older than 30 years. It is a lifelong chronic illness that requires a lot of knowledge to manage. Type 1 diabetes is far less common than type 2 diabetes.
In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin, which is needed to turn the sugar and starch we eat into energy for the body.
Insulin is a hormone that the body needs to get glucose from the bloodstream into the cells of the body. If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin injections for life.