Diabetes headlines

Health officials weigh national efforts to tackle non-communicable diseases, as UN launches new report

With world leaders gathered today in New York for the United Nations General Assembly’s review of efforts made since 2011 in controlling non-communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the Organizations’ top health official launched a new report that shows progress at the national level has been insufficient and uneven.

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Source: UN News Centre


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Non-communicable diseases: healthy living needs global governance

Lawrence O. Gostin calls for action on nutrition, pollution and the built environment to curb non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

Rapid travel, mass migration and the globalization of culture are known to fuel the spread of infectious diseases. The same factors are also increasing the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. As developing countries prosper, these conditions are a by-product of rising air pollution, physical inactivity, and consumption of alcohol, tobacco and excess calories.

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Diabetes drugs 'may not be best'

The downsides of taking medication for type-2 diabetes may exceed the benefits for some patients, researchers have advised.

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Source: BBC Health


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Call to halve target for added sugar

People need to more than halve their intake of added sugar to tackle the obesity crisis, according to scientific advice for the government in England.

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Source: BBC


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Study finds pre-diabetes rate in England almost as high as U.S.

More than one-third of adults in England have pre-diabetes, putting the country nearly on par with rates in the United States, according to a study released this week.

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Source: Reuters


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Higher doses of statins linked to diabetes risk

People with heart problems who were started on cholesterol-lowering statins were more likely to develop diabetes if they were prescribed stronger versions of the drugs, a new study finds.

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Source: Reuters Health


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Sleep apnea tied to diabetes in large study

In the largest study to date of the relationship between sleep apnea and diabetes, a new study of more than 8,500 Canadian patients has demonstrated a link between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and the development of diabetes, confirming earlier evidence of such a relationship from smaller studies with shorter follow-up periods.

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Source: Medical Xpress


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South-South cooperation to improve diabetes care

China, Zimbabwe and Ecuador will have an exclusive opportunity to replicate and adapt a successful diabetic foot care project originally developed in Alexandria, Egypt. This pioneering partner approach to diabetes care is a first of its kind South-South cooperation for the International Diabetes Federation (IDF). A South-South cooperation promotes the sharing of best practices in research and prevention between low and middle income countries.

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Global diabetic retinopathy alliance launched

A project which will assess the awareness, treatment and implications of diabetic retinopathy globally has been launched.

Established in partnership between the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), it is hoped that the outcomes of the study will inform the decision-making and policy development around diabetes.

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Source: Optometry Today


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Type 2 Diabetes in Youth Not Surprising, but Also Not Acceptable

New data suggests a stark rise in the prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes in children. The study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found a 35 percent increase in Type 2 Diabetes between 2001 and 2009 amongst youth ages 10-19*. The authors go on to project that without significant changes in the factors that underlie the development of the disease, the number of adolescents with Type 2 Diabetes is likely to increase fourfold by 2050. While this report is disconcerting, sadly it is not surprising.

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