Diabetes Healthcare Hub

This week (14- 18 June 2021) is Diabetes Week, to mark this publisher Elsevier has created the Diabetes Healthcare Hub to help healthcare professionals navigate diabetes. Here you will find the latest evidence-based clinical resources and information about prevention and treatment options available to patients.

The Hub has three focus areas: for type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. These areas contain clinical overviews, patient education, journal articles and more to support patient care.

The Diabetes Hub is available from Elsevier, the majority of the content is free

Insulin Safety Week: National campaign promotes insulin safety

Diabetes Times | May 2019 | National campaign promotes insulin safety

This week to mark Insulin Safety Week (20-26 May 2019) over 500 diabetes teams predominantly in hospitals from the UK and Ireland  will promote the message of insulin safety. 

According to the results from the latest National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, extrapolated by the Diabetes Times, two in five people with diabetes on insulin (40 per cent) experience an error related to the administration of the drug while in hospital.

In response, the seven-day awareness campaign in an attempt to reduce incidents of insulin errors as part of Insulin Safety Week.

A total of 343 sites, mainly hospitals and GP surgeries, took part in the first-ever national Insulin Safety Week in May 2019, building on interest generated by successful local campaigns across the country in 2017, including in Leicester, Hastings, Eastbourne and Southampton.

Full, unabridged story from Diabetes Times

World Diabetes Day: 14 November 2018

World Diabetes Day | November 2018 | World Diabetes Day: 14 November 2018

Today (14 November 2018) is World Diabetes Day, which is part of a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation to raise awareness of the condition.

This year’s theme is The Family and Diabetes, the campaign has a two-year timeline to best facilitate planning, development, promotion and participation. 

Its foci are to :

  • Raise awareness of the impact that diabetes has on the family and support network of those affected.
  • Promote the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of diabetes (Source: World Diabetes Day).

Further information from World Diabetes Day

Men’s Health Week 2018

Men’s Health Forum | June 2018 | Men’s Health Week 2018: Diabetes

This year Men’s Health Week coincides with Diabetes Week, as a result Men’s Health Forum have decided to raise awareness of diabetes in males. They are highlighting how men are affected by the condition and have released a number of facts to support this.

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  • One man in 10 now has diabetes and in middle-aged men the disease is expected to increase sharply in frequency over the next 20 years.
  • Men are more likely to get diabetes than women, more likely to experience complications like leg amputation and more likely to die from the condition.
  • Men are 26% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than women – with Public Health England estimates showing that 9.6% of men have type 1 or type 2 diabetes vs. 7.6% of women. One man in 10 now has diabetes.
  • Men are more likely to be overweight (BMI 25+) and to develop diabetes at a lower BMI (body mass index) than women.
    (Source: Men’s Health Forum)

They have produced a report, Diabetes for Men, how to avoid it, how to live with it  which is available to order from their website

Diabetes Awareness Week

Diabetes UK | June 2018 | One in three turn to internet over a GP for medical advice

New online research has been released to mark the start of Diabetes Week 2018 (11-17 June 2018) has revealed that one in three people would seek advice online before talking to a GP about a health concern. A poll of 2000 people commissioned by Diabetes UK demonstrates that one third of people favour searching the internet to talking to their GP about their diabetes. Although three- quarters (75 per cent)  said they would be comfortable discussing relatives and friends medical conditions, only 65 per cent or those surveyed with diabetes would be comfortable discussing their own health (via Diabetes UK).

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In response to their findings, Diabetes UK have produced some top tips for people living with diabetes to talk to health professionals:

· Diabetes is complicated and different for everyone. There’s no such thing as a silly question. So don’t be afraid to ask about whatever’s on your mind.

· It’ll help if you go to your appointment with some questions in mind. You could write them down or send them to your healthcare team beforehand.

· This time is for you, so let your healthcare team know what you’d like to talk about from the start.

· Sometimes you’ll have more to talk about, and you might need more time. If you can, book a double appointment so you don’t have to rush.

· There might be things you feel uncomfortable talking about. But your healthcare team is there to help, so be honest and make the most of their medical expertise.

Language Matters

NHS England | June 2018 | Language Matters: Language and diabetes 

This new guidance from NHS England provides practical examples of language that will encourage positive interactions with people living with diabetes and subsequently positive outcomes.

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People with diabetes internalise messages from the media, from those around them, but most of all from their healthcare providers. When these messages are perceived negatively, whether it is intended or not, this can lead to feelings of shame, guilt and resentment. People who are ashamed of a condition will find it much harder to engage and manage that condition proactively (Source: NHS England).