What should happen to you if you are admitted to hospital with an acute illness?
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What should happen to you if you are admitted to hospital with an acute illness?

Adapted from BMJ 24 June 17 Managing adults with diabetes in hospital during an acute illness by Tahseen Chowdhury, Hannah Cheston and Anne Claydon. Around one in five inpatient beds are occupied by someone who has diabetes. As patients, one in ten will have a severe hypo in hospital and in any one week, one … Continue reading

Sheri Colberg: Joint health is critical to staying active
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Sheri Colberg: Joint health is critical to staying active

Joint Health Is Critical to Staying Active March 4th, 2017 Diabetes in Control   By Sheri Colberg, Ph.D. Without properly functioning joints, our bodies would be unable to bend, flex, or even move. A joint is wherever two bones come together, held in place by tendons that cross the joint and attach muscles to a … Continue reading

How does blood sugar control compare between pump users and insulin injecting adults?
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How does blood sugar control compare between pump users and insulin injecting adults?

If adults get the same level of education about blood sugar management there is only a tiny improvement in blood sugar control with a pump compared to a basal bolus injection regime. The REPOSE trial was based in the UK with 315 participants across eight sites. Using small groups the patients were taught the DAFNE … Continue reading

Anal injuries in Childbirth: A new charity for this rarely discussed problem
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Anal injuries in Childbirth: A new charity for this rarely discussed problem

Adapted from Anne Gulland’s interview with surgeon Michael Keighley published in BMJ  25 March 2017. About one in ten first time mothers who give birth vaginally can develop some sort of anal incontinence. This can lead to soiling, passing wind when you’d rather not, and needing a toilet urgently. Despite the number of women affected … Continue reading

Mayo Clinic Statin decision aid
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Mayo Clinic Statin decision aid

  https://statindecisionaid.mayoclinic.org/index.php/statin/   The Mayo Clinic have a free online decision aid which will graphically represent the difference in heart attack risk that you face over the next ten years. You can choose three different calculation algorithms. Each varies a bit regarding factors that they consider important. The units section can transfer according to what … Continue reading

What’s new in the prevention of the microvascular complications of diabetes?
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What’s new in the prevention of the microvascular complications of diabetes?

Apart from blood sugar control what’s new in the prevention of the microvascular complications of diabetes?   Retinopathy At diagnosis, 10.5% of type two diabetics already have retinopathy. New research has shown that severe proliferative diabetic neuropathy can be predicted by measuring the size of retinal blood vessels, but this is still being developed in … Continue reading

Planning a pregnancy: the importance of getting slim before you get started
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Planning a pregnancy: the importance of getting slim before you get started

In Europe the World Health Organisation estimate that more than 50% of men and women are overweight or obese and 23% of women are obese. In a pregnant woman obesity raises her chances of gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. She is also more likely to get metabolic syndrome and type two diabetes later in life. The … Continue reading