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Time to do more for diabetes: clinical inertia and how to beat it

In the study of physics, inertia describes resistance to movement. When applied to medicine, the word inertia similarly describes resistance to change. More specifically, it is the difference between the medical care that should be aspired to and what is actually achieved. Studies have shown that clinical inertia is a common problem in the treatment of type 2 diabetes1 (Box 1). Despite the availability of more diabetes therapies than ever before, almost half of those treated still have difficulty controlling their blood glucose.

 


Creating networks for enhanced diabetes care in Kuwait and Scotland

The Kuwait-Scotland eHealth Innovation Network (KSeHIN) was established in October 2010 following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the five partners: Dasman Diabetes Institute, Ministry of Heath, Kuwait, the University of Dundee, NHS Tayside, Scotland, UK and Aridhia Informatics Ltd.

 


Hype or hope for diabetes mobile health applications?

Mobile health applications (apps) created to help improve type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes care are perceived by their visionaries and programmers as game-changing tools which assist in the rigorous demands of diabetes self-management. People living with diabetes who have access to mobile technology are learning how to utilise technology for better blood glucose control and support, often in conjunction with their healthcare teams.

 


Schools open doors to lifestyle lessons in Tunisia


An epidemiological transition is occurring in Tunisia. Prevalence of diabetes has increased from 2.3% in 1977 to 6.4% in 1990 and reached 10 to 15% in 2000. Increased diabetes prevalence is rising hand-in-hand with obesity, which represents an important risk factor of type 2 diabetes.

Reducing diabetes risk after gestational diabetes

Primary prevention of type 2 diabetes has been shown to be effective in many parts of the world. It has been years since important studies affirmed that preventative measures such as moderate weight loss, moderate physical activity and low-fat, high fibre food choices can help offset impaired glucose tolerance from progressing to a case of  type 2 diabetes.1,2

Motivating better diabetes self-care with SMS text messaging

Good self-management is crucial for experiencing a healthy life with diabetes. Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Diabetes Self-Management Support (DSMS) activities provide a process for people living with diabetes to gain the knowledge and skills needed to modify their behaviour. DSME and DSMS also help people with diabetes self-manage the disease and related conditions.

Integrated efforts key for optimal diabetes care in China

The prevalence of diabetes is estimated to be 11.6% in the Chinese adult population, which represents up to 113.9 million Chinese adults with diabetes or a third of the world’s diabetes population. The prevalence of diabetes is higher in older age groups, in urban residents and in persons living in economically developed regions.

Testing the limits - the double burden of diabetes and disaster

 

DAWN2 study results on families: the hidden burden of diabetes

DAWN2 study highlights importance of active involvement, engagement and education of people with diabetes

Self-management support and diabetes education is essential for people with diabetes to actively engage in effective diabetes self-management. People with diabetes who feel capable of self-managing their diabetes have the opportunity to live better lives with diabetes, get more support and to better utilize the health care system.

 


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