Development and validation of risk prediction equations to estimate future risk of blindness and lower limb amputation in patients with diabetes: cohort study

BMJ, 11 November 2015

This prospective cohort study looks at whether it is possible to develop and externally validate risk prediction equations to estimate the 10 year risk of blindness and lower limb amputation in patients with diabetes aged 25-84 years.

The study concludes that patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes are at increased risk of blindness and amputation but generally do not have accurate assessments of the magnitude of their individual risks. The new algorithms calculate the absolute risk of developing these complications over a 10 year period in patients with diabetes, taking account of their individual risk factors.

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Diabetes 2015 – Care in Crisis survey

InDependent Diabetes Trust, October 2015

The InDependent Diabetes Trust’s (IDDT) report, ‘Diabetes 2015: Care in Crisis’ based on a survey of more than 15,000 people, shows that almost 40 per cent of people with diabetes believe the NHS has “worsened” since the £1.1bn health service reforms.  The results of the survey also show that nearly 40 percent feel they were not given appropriate advice and information about diet and exercise at the time of their diagnosis. The report calls on the government to introduce a specialist diabetes organisation which would work with the clinical community to drive improvements in care and stresses that CCGs should be more strongly encouraged to follow NICE commissioning guidance for diabetes education courses.

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Intake of saturated and trans unsaturated fatty acids and risk of all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes: systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies

BMJ, 12 August 2015

This paper aims to systematically review associations between intake of saturated fat and trans unsaturated fat and all cause mortality, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and associated mortality, coronary heart disease (CHD) and associated mortality, ischemic stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

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Integrated primary care for patients with mental and physical multimorbidity: cluster randomised controlled trial of collaborative care for patients with depression comorbid with diabetes or cardiovascular disease

BMJ, March 2015

Congratulations to Dr Waquas Waheed, Consultant Psychiatrist at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, who was a co-author on the Collaborative Interventions for Circulation and Depression trial that has been published in the BMJ.

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New Evidence Update on preventing type 2 diabetes from NICE

NICE, October 2014

A NICE Evidence Update on ‘Preventing type 2 diabetes: population and community-level interventions’ has been published.  NICE Evidence Updates help to reduce the need for individuals, managers and commissioners to search for new evidence and keep health and social care professionals up-to-date with new research. While Evidence Updates do not replace current accredited guidance and do not provide formal recommendations, they do highlight new evidence that health and social care professionals may wish to consider alongside current guidance.

The new Evidence Update focuses on a summary of selected new evidence relevant to NICE public health guidance PH35 ‘Preventing type 2 diabetes: population and community-level interventions’ 2011.

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Improving the delivery of adult diabetes care through integration

Diabetes UK, October 2014

The Diabetes UK report ‘Improving the delivery of adult diabetes care through integration’, published in October 2014, explains how diabetes care can be improved to achieve better outcomes for people with diabetes. The challenge for commissioners and healthcare providers locally is to make the system work to support that.

Click here for further information and to download the full report.