Diabetes

ACE inhibitors significantly reduce the risk of diabetic kidney disease

ACE inhibitors significantly reduce the risk of diabetic kidney disease

Kidney disease is one of the most serious complications of diabetes.  Reducing its incidence can greatly enhance survival, quality of life and reduce costs of care.  Keeping blood pressure under control is essential to this effort.  NICE guidance recommends ACE inhibitors as a first-line therapy for patients with diabetes and high blood pressure. However, a …

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Emerging evidence about the impact of different statins on the risk of diabetes

Emerging evidence about the impact of different statins on the risk of diabetes

Recent evidence has shown that statins can increase the incidence of new-onset diabetes, leading to an “Read the FDA warning for consumers” official warning by the FDA.  This has huge implications for practice, as these drugs are widely used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in patients with and without diabetes.  Selecting the right …

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experiences of stigma associated with diabetes

Review: experiences of stigma associated with diabetes

People with diabetes often experience stigma in association with the disease.  However, this is an under-researched area compared with stigma associated with other conditions.  Therefore this narrative review is particularly welcome. The review encompasses stigma enacted by others, stigma that is perceived by people with diabetes, and internalized stigma or “self-stigma”. Causes of stigma Often, …

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Pre-pregnancy care for diabetic women

Pre-pregnancy care for diabetic women substantially reduces the risk of foetal malformations or death

Maternal diabetes can be a cause of congenital malformations and death in infants.  Diabetic mothers planning pregnancy need to be able to minimise these risks through good information, advice and care.  What forms of care are most effective? This systematic review set out to examine the evidence on giving specific pre-pregnancy care (PPC) in preventing …

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Telehealth did not improve quality of life

Telehealth did not improve quality of life, anxiety and depressive symptoms in patients with diabetes

As pressure increases on an over-burdened healthcare system, focusing on self-care has potential. Advances in technology have improved many aspects of healthcare: now its uses may be harnessed to reduce utilisation of health services by those with long term conditions. “Telehealth” is an assistive technology that allows individuals to exchange information with their healthcare professional …

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