Practical Diabetes is a journal for healthcare professionals covering all aspects of diabetes care including type 1 and type 2 diabetes, obesity, new insulins and type 2 drugs, guidelines and policy issues and diabetes complications.
In the 2016 Health Readership Survey of Senior Doctors and Consultants in diabetes, Practical Diabetes was the most highly read diabetes journal with 86% of Consultants reading the journal in the last 12 months.

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Global cost of diabetes

In 2015, the global economic cost of diabetes in adults was $1.31 trillion, of which direct costs accounted for about one third (Lancet 2017; DOI:...Read more

Insulin pumps in T1D and T2D

Adding insulin pump therapy to structured training does not improve glycaemic control or psychosocial outcomes in adults with type 1 diabetes compared with...Read more

SIGN consults on glycaemic control

SIGN is consulting on its draft guideline ‘Pharmacological management of glycaemic control in people with type 2 diabetes’ (, which updates...Read more

Prevention booklet piloted

Diabetes UK is piloting a booklet to help people at risk to avoid developing type 2 diabetes. What to do if you're at risk ( is intended to...Read more

Change4Life funded for another year

The Department of Health has announced funding for Change4Life sports services for another year. These clubs aim to increase physical activity levels in less...Read more

Real world outcomes favour Toujeo

Sanofi’s Toujeo formulation of insulin glargine is associated with fewer hypoglycaemia events than other basal formulations after switching insulins, the...Read more

SGLT2 inhibitors halve mortality vs other agents

Canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin reduce all cause mortality by 51%, an analysis of records for 300,000 patients with type 2 diabetes...Read more

Featured Articles

Sweating in diabetes
Sweating is more frequent among people with diabetes than is realised. In this article Rowan Hillson discusses the various ways sweating can manifest itself in people with diabetes and how to best manage the condition.
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Assessing the prevalence of dexamethasone use in patients undergoing surgery
Dexamethasone is widely-used anaesthetic drug intended to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting. We aimed to assess how many individuals were given dexamethasone as part of their general anaesthetic regimen, and how many had a subsequent capillary blood glucose concentration measured during the next 24 hours.
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Demographics, insulin use and clinical targets in type 2 diabetes insulin users
Insulin-treated patients with type 2 diabetes require specialist multidisciplinary input to achieve treatment targets. We compared the demographics, achievement of combined NICE targets for HbA1c, blood pressure and total cholesterol, and insulin use between patients from a local integrated diabetes service with those from a representative UK population.
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