Type 2 diabetes implicated as cause of erectile dysfunction

A genetic study using UK and Estonian databanks has identified a possible causal link between erectile dysfunction (ED) and type 2 diabetes.
The analysis, involving 6,175 men with ED from a total population of 223,805, found a single gene locus, SIM1, associated with risk of ED. …

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Peer support may not help diabetes management in the long run

Peer support may have a short-term impact in adults with type 2 diabetes, a systematic review from China suggests. The meta-analysis of 15 studies found that long term peer support did not significantly improve either self‐efficacy and quality of life overall but studies in which …

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Metformin does not improve pregnancy outcomes in overweight and obese women

Adding metformin to lifestyle and dietary advice does not affect the outcome of pregnancy for women who are overweight or obese, an Australian trial has shown.
Pregnant women (median gestational age 16.3 weeks) with a BMI of ≥25 kg/m2 (median 32.3) were randomised to receive advice …

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DIRECT strategy costs £1,000 per patient

The ultra-low calorie DIRECT strategy to induce remission in people with type 2 diabetes is estimated to cost £1,067 per patient in its first year, according to an analysis by health economists at the University of Glasgow.
The DIRECT trial showed that total diet replacement with …

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Gloomy lifestyle results in Health Survey data

The latest data from the Health Survey for England show that, in 2017, 64% of adults were overweight or obese and their children were likely to be the same; the mean number of portions of fruit and vegetables children ate was 3.2;  32% of adults …

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Uncertainty remains over best inpatient insulin dose strategy

The available evidence provides no clear guidance on whether insulin dose for a non-critically ill hospital patient should be determined using a sliding scale or a basal bolus regimen, according to a new Cochrane systematic review.
The review included eight randomised trials that compared a sliding …

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NHS to review multiple medication

The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a pharmacist-led review of multiple prescribing for NHS patients to identify possible problematic polypharmacy and to improve the handover from secondary care to GPs.
The review will consider what support can be offered to doctors and pharmacists …

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More positive CV outcomes data

Data from ongoing clinical trials continue to show positive effects on cardiovascular outcomes with newer glucose-lowering drugs.
Eli Lilly has reported that adding dulaglutide 1.5mg once-weekly to standard care in people with type 2 diabetes significantly reduced major adverse cardiovascular events (a composite endpoint of cardiovascular …

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500 people with diabetes die prematurely every week

Diabetes UK has used the latest National Diabetes Audit (NDA) data to publicise the high level of premature mortality among people with diabetes in England and Wales (www.diabetes.org.uk).
The charity analysed data from 2015, which recorded 102 010 deaths in people included in the NDA that …

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Banning energy drinks sales to children

The Government is seeking the public’s views on banning sales of energy drinks to children and young people. The plan is part of its strategy to halve childhood obesity by 2030.
More than two-thirds of 10- to 17-year-olds and a quarter of 6- to 9-year-olds consume …

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