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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. As part of Diabetes Week 2018, we have highlighted recent news and relevant articles about diabetes, including information about the condition and the treatment for it.

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At last, the first new treatment option for diabetes-related chronic kidney diseaseSubscription


Guideline-changing trial results released earlier in 2019 suggest that SGLT2 inhibitors could be a viable treatment solution for patients with diabetes and evidence of kidney damage.

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Avoidable hospital care for patients with diabetes cost the NHS £3bn in 2017/2018, study finds


Hospital treatment for patients with poorly controlled diabetes cost the NHS more than £3bn in avoidable costs in 2017/2018, a study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes’s Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain has revealed.

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Binning the sharps: the quest for oral insulinSubscription


The pharmaceutical industry has been trying to develop oral formulations of insulin since the 1920s without success, but, over the past few years, several new oral delivery systems have shown promise in clinical trials.

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RPS policy on type 2 diabetes calls for full integration of pharmacists across NHS systems


Pharmacists must be fully integrated into the care of people with type 2 diabetes mellitus in England across all care settings, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has said.

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Dulaglutide injection reduces risk of cardiovascular outcomes in type 2 diabetes mellitus by 12%


A weekly dulaglutide injection in addition to existing medication reduces the risk of cardiovascular outcomes in individuals with type 2 diabetes mellitus, compared with placebo, a study published in The Lancet has found.

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Pharmacies out of pocket after 'surge' in diabetes sensor prescribing


Pharmacy negotiators are in discussions with the government over reports that community pharmacists are being left out of pocket following a “surge” in prescriptions of a flash glucose monitoring device for people with type 1 diabetes mellitus.

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Reversing type 2 diabetes: how pharmacists are helping patients to go drug-freeSubscription


Pharmacists can help patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus adopt a low-carbohydrate diet and reduce their medicines load.

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‘One-size-fits-all’ treatment targets harm frail older patients with diabetesSubscription

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HbA1c targets that ignore differences in the physiology of older patients put them at risk of severe hypoglycaemia, harm and death.

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Nearly a third of patients with diabetes experience a medication error in hospital, analysis finds


Almost one in three people with diabetes will experience a medication error during their hospital stay, an analysis by charity Diabetes UK has revealed.

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UK needs far greater investment into diabetes research, Diabetes UK head of research says at RPS/UCL New Year lecture


The UK is a world leader in diabetes research, but urgently needs greater investment to translate that innovation into clinical practice.

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Personalising treatment for type 2 diabetes: why is NICE so behind?Subscription

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s rudimentary approach to managing diabetes needs to catch up with the available evidence and put patients centre stage.

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Patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes to be put on 800-calorie diet in new NHS pilot


People diagnosed with type 2 diabetes will be placed on a new low-calorie diet as part of a pilot scheme to treat the condition, NHS England has announced.

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