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Some 2.6 million UK residents have diabetes and this number is rising. These people are at increased risk of heart disease, blindness and limb amputation. It is important to know the difference between Type I and Type II diabetes and how they can be managed to avoid these serious long-term complications. In this special report, you can find recent news and relevant articles about diabetes, including information about the condition and the treatment for it.

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H1N1 infection may increase risk of type 1 diabetesSubscription

Researchers from Norway used national registry data to explore if the H1N1 virus could be linked to the development of type 1 diabetes

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Digital pilot launched to tackle obesity and type 2 diabetes

NHS England, Public Health England and Diabetes UK have teamed up with a number of healthcare technology companies to try to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes

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Towards a smarter insulinSubscription


Scientists want to make a type of insulin that would need to be injected only once a day and would become active only in the presence of high glucose concentrations, freeing patients with type 1 diabetes from counting carbohydrates and injecting insulin several times a day.

Book cover of 'Diabetes Unpacked: Just Science and Sense, No Sugar Coating'

Fresh perspectives on diabetes and the benefits of a low-carb dietSubscription


Diabetes Unpacked: Just Science and Sense, No Sugar Coating, edited by Zoë Harcombe.

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Fewer than 3% of patients with type 3c diabetes are correctly diagnosed, study finds

The majority of cases of type 3c diabetes in England are being misdiagnosed by clinicians as type 2 diabetes, a large primary care study has found.

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Endobarrier device successful in first NHS service for type 2 diabetes and obesitySubscription

Improvements in HbA1c levels, weight loss, daily insulin dose and reduced liver fat were sustained in 65% of patients six months after device removal.

Pharmacists could have key role in referring people with type 1 diabetes towards valuable online support toolsSubscription

People with type 1 diabetes often develop a strong relationship with their local pharmacy. They are likely to meet with their pharmacist significantly more regularly during the year than their doctor or diabetes nurse because of the need to frequently collect repeat prescriptions. There is likely to be a strong degree of trust in the relationship, and more relaxed conversations can occur outside of the time and psychological pressures of clinic or surgery appointments. An award-winning ...

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Non-invasive glucose monitoring for people with diabetesSubscription

Skin sensor could help people with diabetes monitor their blood sugar when exercising.

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Non-invasive glucose monitoring for diabetes: five strategies under developmentSubscription


People with diabetes must regularly check their blood glucose levels to know how much medication to use, or to keep track of fluctuating levels. This monitoring is generally done at home using a finger prick blood test. Although accurate, this test can be messy and inconvenient, and there are concerns that many patients are not testing themselves as frequently as they should. A simple, pain-free, non-invasive method would mark a major improvement in diabetes care. Various companies ...

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Pharmacists are an essential resource for Parkinson’s disease patientsSubscription

Pharmacists are well placed to manage the complex medication regimens of patients with Parkinson’s disease by not only addressing a raft of motor and non-motor symptoms but also managing other co-morbidities, such as diabetes or hypertension.

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FDA approves first under-skin continuous glucose monitoring system

The first system that monitors blood glucose levels without the need to take blood has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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Diabetes drugs could be used to lower intracranial pressureSubscription

Repurposing existing GLP-1R agonists used to treat diabetes could be an alternative treatment option for reducing raised intracranial pressure, researchers find.

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