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

Obesity raises the risk of cancer
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Obesity raises the risk of cancer

Obesity is strongly associated with eleven different cancers. These are: oesophageal, multiple myeloma, stomach, colon, rectum, biliary tract, pancreas, breast, endometrium, ovary and kidney.  For many cancers there seems to be a dose response. This was found by Kyrgiou and colleagues by studying over 95 meta-analyses from various sources. The BMJ reports, “The unavoidable conclusion … Continue reading

Dame Sally Davies reports on the health of Baby Boomers: and it’s pretty shocking stuff
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Dame Sally Davies reports on the health of Baby Boomers: and it’s pretty shocking stuff

The Chief Medical Officer of England has released a report into the health of Baby Boomers. This is the group of people born between 1945 and 1965. I’m one of them, maybe you are too. We are living longer but are not really in better health. A huge burden of cardiovascular disease and cancers would … Continue reading

Learning and Diabetes: A vicious circle
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Learning and Diabetes: A vicious circle

Learning and Diabetes Rowan Hillson Practical Diabetes Nov/Dec 16 Only 32% of type one diabetics and 78% of type two diabetics are currently offered structural education in England. Even then, not all will attend. Will it have any positive long term effects for those who do? Many issues affect learning. This article discusses some of … Continue reading