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NICE recommends three type 2 drugs

Final guidance recommending three drugs which could be used to treat type 2 diabetes has been issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Canagliflozin (Invokana), dapagliflozin (Forxiga) and empagliflozin (Jardiance) can all be used on their own if a person is unable to use metformin or diet and exercise is not working. To read more, click here

Quality outcomes event to take place

Primary and secondary care clinicians and commissioners are due to come together for a national diabetes workshop.

The Driving Quality Outcomes in Diabetes Care has been organised by the Association of British Clinical Diabetologists (ABCD). To read more, click here

Children missing out on diabetes checks

Almost 75 per cent of children who have diabetes in England and Wales are not receiving the key health checks they are entitled to, a study has said.

Out of a total of 27,682 children and young people the data showed that only 25.4 per cent of those aged 12 and older had all seven recommended annual checks. To read more, click here

Obesity surgery should be routine diabetes treatment

Surgery used to shrink the stomach should be routine treatment for people with type 2 diabetes, international experts have said.

A joint statement endorsed by 45 international professional organisations urged that metabolic surgery be recommended as a treatment option for certain categories of people with diabetes. To read more, click here

Weight loss surgery aids physical activity

People who have their stomachs surgically reduced are more mobile and movement becomes easier, a study has found.

The research also suggested that patients who undergo weight loss surgery are able to walk further and are more physically active in the first year after the procedure. To read more, click here

Diabetes boost for low carb diet

More than 80,000 people who switched to a low carbohydrate diet found their blood glucose level drop after 10 weeks, it has been announced.

The diet plan, which was launched by the online forum diabetes.co.uk, has seen more than 120,000 people sign up to the programme. To read more, click here

The Diabetes Manager blog – A moral imperative?

The first in a new series from healthcare manager Abigail Kitt: NICE Diabetes Quality Standards defines clinical best practice.

Statement two of the 15 NICE Diabetes Quality Standards said: “People with diabetes receive personalised advice on nutrition and physical activity from an appropriately trained healthcare professional or as part of a structured educational programme.” To read more, click here