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Core National Diabetes Audit results published

People with diabetes are not receiving vital health checks which are needed to reduce the risk of complications, according to an audit of the NHS.

The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) 2014-2015 has concluded that fewer than two in five (38.7 per cent) people with type 1 underwent all of the eight tests and fewer than three in five (58.7 per cent) of those with type 2 did so. To read more, click here

Diabetes audit states ‘suboptimal’ care for DKA

Hospital treatment for diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is “suboptimal”, according to audit findings which have just been published.

The National Audit of DKA Management, which has been published in the Diabetic Medicine journal, showed that 7.8 per cent of all reported DKA cases occurred in existing inpatients and only 6.1 per cent of admissions with DKA were due to newly diagnosed people with diabetes. To read more, click here. 

Scientists ‘halt’ type 1 diabetes for six months

Researchers in America are claiming a breakthrough in the pursuit of a cure for type 1 diabetes after halting the condition for six months.

They managed to transplant cells into mice, which immediately began producing insulin, and were also able to prevent the cells being rendered useless by the body’s own immune system, which was effectively “switched off” thanks to scientific work. To read more, click here.

‘Skype keep’ young people with diabetes engaged’

Social media, texts and Skype should be used to keep young people engaged in treatment for their diabetes, NHS England has stated in new guidance.

The new service specification focuses on improving the service for young people who are transferring from child to adult services or from one service to another geographically. To read more, click here.

UK diabetes treatment is ‘unacceptable’ say MPs

There are “unacceptable variations” in diabetes treatment across the UK, according to a group of MPs.

In a report compiled by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), the group also criticised the Department of Health and the NHS in England for being “too slow” to act in preventing the condition. To read more, click here.

NHS to introduce sugar tax

A tax on sugary drinks and snacks in hospitals is to be introduced in a bid to encourage people to eat more healthily, the NHS has announced.

Hospitals across England will start charging more for high-sugar drinks and snacks sold in their cafes and vending machines in an effort to discourage staff, patients and visitors from buying them. To read more, click here