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UK hospitals made nearly four thousand medication errors per week for inpatients with diabetes

UK hospitals made nearly four thousand medication errors per week for inpatients with diabetes | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Nearly one in three hospital patients with diabetes are affected by errors which can result in dangerously high blood glucose levels, according to a new national audit report released today.

 

Hospitals in England and Wales made at least one medication error in the treatment of 3700 inpatients with diabetes in one week, according to the National Diabetes Inpatient Audit (NaDIA).

 

This is a small improvement on the previous year according to the audit, which is managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre in partnership with Diabetes UK and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership.

 

During the seven day audit period, the patients with errors suffered more than double the number of severe hypoglycaemic – “hypo” - episodes compared to patients without errors. Hypos occur when blood glucose levels drop dangerously low and if left untreated can lead to seizures, coma or death.

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'I'm not diabetic. I'm a diabetes survivor'

'I'm not diabetic. I'm a diabetes survivor' | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Tom Goffe writes:

 

'With no cure on the horizon, those of us with diabetes battle it not just daily but on an hourly basis. Type I diabetics know all too well the drill.

 

Every day, every meal we have to get it right. It is an ongoing battle with no end in sight. That is why I don't call myself a "Type I" or a "diabetic" or even the more fashionable "PWD."

 

I'm a Diabetes Survivor.'

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Study: people with diabetes excelled in responding to text message prescription reminders

Study: people with diabetes excelled in responding to text message prescription reminders | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

A new study published in the May issue of Clinical Therapeutics of 580 employer-sponsored and Medicare members of a national pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) found that patients receiving text message reminders had better medication adherence rates than those who did not -- 85 percent vs. 77 percent.

 

The adherence rates for those taking chronic anti-diabetes medication were even higher -- 91 percent vs. 82 percent. Medication adherence is defined as the extent to which patients take their medications as instructed by a physician.

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Does adult onset diabetes need a new name?

Does adult onset diabetes need a new name? | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Eric Steinman writes:

 

'For years there were two distinct forms of diabetes (not including gestational diabetes, which occurs solely in pregnant women). They were Type 1, also referred to as “juvenile diabetes” because patients are either born with it or develop it very early in life, and there was something called “adult-onset diabetes” which occurred later in life and was sometimes caused by poor nutrition and/or obesity. While both forms of diabetes still very much exist (in increasing numbers), the “adult-onset” terminology needs to be modified due to the ever-increasing numbers of children being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

 

According to a New York Times report:

 

“Nearly one in four American adolescents may be on the verge of developing Type 2 diabetes or could already be diabetic, representing a sharp increase in the disease’s prevalence among children ages 12 to 19 since a decade ago, when it was estimated that fewer than one in 10 were at risk for or had diabetes, according to a new study.”'

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UK regional health providers failing people with diabetes

UK regional health providers failing people with diabetes | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

In Bradford and Airedale, fewer than four out of ten people with diabetes received the Department of Health's recommended nine basic care screening processes (urine, blood pressure, body mass index, cholesterol, blood, eyes, feet, glucose levels and smoking habits) which can reduce the risk of diabetes-related complications, such as blindness, amputation or kidney disease.

 

More than 28,000 people in the district have diabetes, with Type 2 diabetes accounting for around 90 per of all diagnoses.

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Number of people with diabetes in the UK expected to increase by 23 percent by 2020

Number of people with diabetes in the UK expected to increase by 23 percent by 2020 | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

The National Audit Office (NAO) reports that whilst there were an estimated 3.1 million adults with diabetes in England in 2009-10, the number of people with the condition is expected to increase by 23 per cent to 3.8 million by 2020.

 

The Department 'does not fully understand' the cost of diabetes to the taxpayer, but it estimates that it has increased its spending on diabetes services from £0.9 billion in 2006 – 2007 to £1.3 billion in 2009-10.

 

The NAO considers these figures to be a substantial underestimate, based on incomplete data, and estimates that NHS spending on diabetes services in 2009-10 was at least £3.9 billion, or around four per cent of the NHS budget.

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Diabetes can affect emotions as well as physical health

Diabetes can affect emotions as well as physical health | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Two new pieces of research from Loyola University, Chicago, and the University of Amsterdam have highlighted the emotional impact of developing type 2 diabetes, and how this can affect people’s management of the condition.

 

It is hoped that the findings will help emotions to be factored into diabetes management along with blood sugar control, as it was thought that a failure to manage diabetes could mean people become discouraged leading to a poor mood and increased anxiety, which then have a negative impact on blood sugar levels.

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Inside the diabetes 'Book of Better'

Inside the diabetes 'Book of Better' | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Allison Blass (@AMBlass) offers some insights into the Chuck Eichten's 'The Book of Better', subtitled 'Life with diabetes can't be perfect; make it better':

 

Chuck Eichten, 49, who has lived with diabetes since he was 13 years old, is a former newspaper graphic designer and now works at Nike’s headquarters in Oregon as creative director in their Archives department. His day job is to create ways to tell stories about Nike’s past, in order to help educate employees about the company’s accomplishments.

 

So it Is fitting that in his free time he would be finding creative ways to share stories about diabetes and dealing with D-devices, blood sugar control, food and exercise — plus all the emotional issues that come along with trying, over and over again, to do things better.

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Diabetes travel tips

Diabetes travel tips | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Felicia Vance writes:

 

When you are traveling:


* Use a travel agent who knows the needs of a person with diabetes. The agent can arrange for special meals or other particular travel needs you may have.
* Take extra diabetes pills (if you have type 2 diabetes), insulin and injection supplies, blood sugar meter batteries, test strips, and lancets. You may not find your regular supplies everywhere you travel.
* Double the usual amount of supplies for short trips. For longer trips, have enough extra supplies to last for two weeks more than the length of your trip.
* To keep your blood sugar at your usual level, try to eat and take your medicine as close to your regular schedule as you can.

 

[AS: The article offers some thoughtful additional advice regarding car, plane, and international travel.]

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Can skipping breakfast increase your risk of developing diabetes?

Can skipping breakfast increase your risk of developing diabetes? | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Harvard researchers who tracked the eating habits of nearly 30,000 men for 16 years discovered that participants who routinely skipped breakfast were 21 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who ate something.

 

It remains unclear as to why breakfast and diabetes risk are so closely connected, but researchers have speculated that prolonging the time between meals can causes a higher spike in insulin levels once food is finally taken.

 

Consider the following options if you are consistently pressed for time in the morning:

 

* Stock your kitchen with healthy grab-and-go options

* Increase morning appetite and the likelihood of your wanting breakfast by eating more lightly the evening before

* Choosing not to eat breakfast does not promote weight loss. Nearly 80 percent of successful dieters eat a daily breakfast.

 

 

 

 

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Best foot forward: raising awareness around foot-related complications in people with diabetes

Best foot forward: raising awareness around foot-related complications in people with diabetes | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Diabetes can increase the risk of foot-related issues with potentially serious consequences

 

In recognition of this, Diabetes UK is raising awareness of around how important it for people with diabetes to look after their feet through their 'Putting Feet First' campaign.

 

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People with diabetes are living longer

People with diabetes are living longer | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recently reported that between 1997 and 2004, the percentage of people with diabetes who died from any cause fell 23 percent, and the percentage of people who died from heart disease or stroke plunged 40 percent.

 

The CDC cited improved treatments for heart disease, better management of diabetes and healthy lifestyle changes for the declines.

 

At present, diabetes is forecast to contribute to an extra two deaths from heart disease per 1,000 people, and an extra six deaths from any cause per 1,000, the report said.

 

The CDC also noted that because people with diabetes are living longer and the rate of new cases being diagnosed is rising, health experts expect the number of people with the disease will continue to increase.

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Fast eaters at greater risk of developing diabetes than slow eaters

Fast eaters at greater risk of developing diabetes than slow eaters | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Fast eaters are two and a half greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to slow eaters.

 

Findings were presented at the joint International Congress of Endocrinology and European Congress of Endocrinology in Florence earlier this month. Researchers collected information about possible diabetes risk factors from 234 people with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes and 468 people who did not have the disease.

 

After adjusting the data for known risk factors, such as family history, body mass index, and waist circumference, the researchers found a more than two-fold increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes in those who reported faster eating habits.

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Standards for diabetes care are still not being met in England

Standards for diabetes care are still not being met in England | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Standards for diabetes care are still not being met in England - 11 years after they were set, a report suggests.

 

The Department of Health recommended in 2001 that patients should receive nine basic services, including cholesterol and blood pressure monitoring, eye screening and foot examinations.

 

But the National Audit Office analysis said despite improvements, just half of patients were getting the checks.

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Cool at the pool: tips on protecting diabetes supplies from heat whilst exercising

Cool at the pool: tips on protecting diabetes supplies from heat whilst exercising | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

tudiabetes.org member Amber asks:

 

"We are members of a private pool, and spend a lot of time there. I am wondering: how do you keep diabetic supplies cool enough?"

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UK community champions to raise diabetes awareness among ethnic minorities

UK community champions to raise diabetes awareness among ethnic minorities | Diabetes Now | Scoop.it

Every three minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with diabetes - but there are thousands of people who do not know they have it.

 

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of all cases in the UK, with people from South Asian backgrounds up to six times more likely to develop this form than white people.

 

Now, after a successful project which started in London, the charity Diabetes UK is recruiting community champions from ethnic minority backgrounds all over the UK to raise awareness of the condition.

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