Evidence Update: Preventing type 2 diabetes at the population and community level

With the rate at which new evidence is published, it’s impossible for guidelines or even systematic reviews to keep pace.  That’s why NICE Evidence Updates are so, err, nice!  They summarise what’s new in relation to existing NICE guidelines since they were published. The NICE guidance This Evidence Update relates to NICE guideline 35 on [read the full story…]

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Lack of evidence on whether cognitive behavioural therapy can improve glycaemic control

When we are looking to change our behaviour, we often turn to cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT.  It has been proven effective in a number of settings, such as the management of pain or treatment of depression or schizophrenia. Could CBT help people with diabetes to improve their health? Clinical question: In people with diabetes, [read the full story…]

Moderate physical activity is associated with lower mortality in people with diabetes

Physical exercise is beneficial to everyone, with or without diabetes. But how much actual benefit accrues from it?  A recent paper  measured the association between physical activity and mortality in diabetes. Clinical question: In people with diabetes, does physical activity reduce the risk of premature death? The evidence This paper reports the findings of a [read the full story…]

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Review finds little evidence for Complementary and Alternative Medicines in diabetes

This broad-based review set out to summarise the findings of other systematic reviews on complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAMs) for the treatment of diabetes. Twelve systematic reviews were found that evaluated a broad range of CAMs, including herbal medicine, qi gong, tai chi, massage and yoga. They were interested in interventions for prevention as well [read the full story…]

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