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TV doc calls for more 'respect' for diabetes

People with diabetes are not getting the “respect they deserve” amid other competing health priorities, according to TV’s Dr Hilary Jones.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Diabetes Times, the celebrity GP said: “We have got this significant condition which is getting a lot worse very quickly and we are only paying lip service to raising awareness and helping people manage it.

“We are not giving it the respect it deserves, we could do a huge amount more to prevent this significant condition.”

The health editor of ITV’s breakfast show, the recently-rebranded Good Morning Britain, has joined forces with Diabetes.co.uk to raise awareness of diabetes.

Diabetes.co.uk is the largest community for people with diabetes in Europe with nearly 100,000 members living with and affected by the condition. Together they also aim to provide education to the diabetes community via the website forum, which helps improve the lives of those with diabetes worldwide.

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Nocturnal hypos linked to heart rhythm problems in Type 2 diabetes

Night-time hypos may increase the risk of abnormal and potentially dangerous heartbeat rhythms in people with Type 2 diabetes on insulin therapy, according to a new study.

Woman sleepingThe research, published in the journal Diabetes, suggests the increased risk of abnormal rates and/or rhythms of heartbeat (arrhythmias) – particularly at night – may be a contributing factor for sudden cardiac death in those with Type 2 diabetes who are also at high cardiovascular risk. The findings may also shed light on sudden deaths in Type 1 diabetes patients, who often experience high rates of nocturnal hypoglycaemia.

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Report says NHS missing chances to improve diabetes care and save money and lives

The NHS is failing to learn from clear evidence that interventions to improve diabetes care can save the NHS money as well as give people with diabetes longer and healthier lives, according to a new Diabetes UK report that highlights a series of measures that improve care and reduce costs.

The new report shows that while the NHS is spending £10 billion per year on diabetes care, this money is too often being used ineffectively, with the vast majority spent on treating complications that could often have been prevented if the person had received good healthcare in the first place.

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