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Call for diabetes screening in care homes on the back of audit

Every care home in England should screen for diabetes to help detect the “masses” of undiagnosed residents with the condition, according to a set of wide-sweeping recommendations.

The call comes on the back of the full publication today of the first-ever, England-wide Care Home Diabetes Audit, with social care managers and NHS professionals also urged to improve lines of communication.

The recommendations are a follow up to the initial results of the study, led by the Institute of Diabetes for Older People (IDOP) and the ABCD (Association of British Clinical Diabetologists), which were published last autumn.

Professor Alan Sinclair, audit lead and Director of IDOP, which is based at the University of Bedfordshire, said: “We know there are masses of people with diabetes in care homes who are undiagnosed. The longer it takes them to become diagnosed, the more their health will suffer, leading to the potential of the development of unseen complications. Screening for diabetes should be a fundamental policy for every care home.”

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New diabetes recipe book published

A diabetes recipe book “with a difference” has been published by the InDependent Diabetes Trust.

As well as recipes, Diabetes – Food, Meds and More has an emphasis on lifestyle, a focus on real life, day-to-day situations and dietary information.

The book came as a response to listening to people with diabetes and their families who contacted the international charity based in Northampton.

IDDT acting chief executive Martin Hirst, who wrote the book along with experienced dietitian and nutritionist Dr Mabel Blades, said: “People with diabetes or pre-diabetes are often told they need to eat healthily and while this is not bad advice, it can leave people feeling confused and without the information they need, at what can be a stressful time.

“Our experience is that healthy eating means different things to different people and despite views that people should not feel restricted by having diabetes, many people prefer to be given more direction about their diet, especially at the time of diagnosis, for special occasions or if they are unwell."

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Diabetes app challenge launched

A new competition has been launched which is urging people with diabetes to review apps or suggest an idea to develop one.

Funded by the Intellectual Property Office and run by Plymouth University in collaboration with Diabetes UK, the Health App Challenge is seeking to help improve technology’s ability to enhance healthcare outcomes.

Firstly, people are being asked to review an app or website to help with diabetes or weight loss surgery management on a soon-to-be-launched review website before September 2014 for the chance to win £200.

Additionally, people with innovative ideas for an app or website to help with diabetes or weight loss surgery management can register now for the opportunity to see how to bring their concept to life at a workshop in September.

Emily Ashurst, E-Health Research Assistant at the Plymouth University, said: “Once developed, the new Health App Challenge user-developed apps will be available for review on our website between November 2014 and February 2015. Review one of these apps and we’ll enter you into our second prize draw to win £200."

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