Newly diagnosed diabetes common among young adults with acute myocardial infarction

Researchers in Spain have found that one in seven younger adults (18 – 55 years old) admitted to hospital with acute myocardial infarction have previously undiagnosed diabetes.
They reviewed 3,501 participants in the VIRGO study (Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI …

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Sharing electronic records with patients means better control of type 2 diabetes

The NHS has had electronic patient records for 15 years or so. They are a boon for health professionals who can readily access a central database but they are not routinely shown to the people whose information they hold. There is evidence that sharing records …

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Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist for diabetic nephropathy

The novel mineralocorticoid receptor antagonist finerenone reduces urinary albumin excretion when added to established treatment with an angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor or an angiotensin receptor blocker in people with diabetic nephropathy, an international study has shown.
The double-blind trial randomised 821 people with diabetes and albuminuria (mean …

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NICE finally recommends liraglutide for obesity

Liraglutide, Novo Nordisk’s GLP-1 agonist, has been recommended by NICE to treat obesity, heralding a potential role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes.
The recommended indication for liraglutide is treatment of ‘adults with non-diabetic hyperglycaemia who have a body mass index of at least 35 …

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Glycaemic control improved in people with type 1 diabetes during lockdown

Average blood glucose, time in target range and time in hyperglycaemia all improved in people with type 1 diabetes monitored during lockdown in Italy – in only the first week.
The study monitored 20 people (mean age 37, mean baseline HbA1c 60 mmol/mol [7.6%], mean duration …

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Type 2 diabetes remission restores pancreas, DiRECT shows

The DiRECT study has already shown that many people with type 2 diabetes can achieve remission with a low-calorie, weight management programme. According to a presentation at the 2020 online 56th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, remission can be …

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Adding semaglutide reduces 18-month CVD risk, post hoc analysis suggests

A post hoc analysis of the SUSTAIN 6 and PIONEER 6 Phase III trials presented at the 2020 online 56th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes suggests that adding a weekly injection of the GLP-1 analogue semaglutide to standard treatment …

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Telemedicine is here to stay

Like many other specialties, diabetes care has been transformed during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to many consultation being switched from the outpatient clinic to online platforms. Now, a global online survey suggests that most of the patients who used online consultations intend to carry on …

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Single DKA episode threatens cognitive function

One episode of diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) has a subtle adverse effect on memory in a child with type 1 diabetes, US researchers have found.  The study was presented before publication on September 23rd at the 2020 online 56th Annual Meeting of the European Association for …

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Caring for older people with diabetes during the pandemic

Older people with diabetes are among the groups at highest risk of serious complications and death from COVID-19 but the requirements of lockdown and the need to maintain social distancing for the foreseeable future are obstacles to care delivery. A brief review from the United …

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