Have You Heard
New online research from Diabetes UK shows that one in three people would seek advice online first over talking to a GP about a health concern. The poll of more than 2000 UK adults, carried out by YouGov on behalf of Diabetes UK, also showed that less than a quarter of respondents said they would feel comfortable speaking to an employer about health concerns.
The engage app, which allows patients on warfarin therapy to self-test and stay connected to their care teams has recently been approved by NHS Digital to join the NHS App Library alongside a range of patient health care apps.
Public Health England has published a useful leaflet for people considering a flu vaccination this autumn. The leaflet explains how people can protect themselves and their families from the flu, and why it is important that people who are at increased risk from flu have their free vaccination every year.
Although over 60,000 adults in the UK have cirrhosis of the liver, nearly 75% are not aware of it, according to research published in the Lancet. For many, the first indication is following admission to A&E when the disease is very advanced and the chance of survival is very low. The British Liver Trust has launched a new version of an online screening tool so that people can find out if they are at risk.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has released an online course exploring low glycaemic-index (GI) diets in type 2 diabetes. The 30-minute e-learning module ‘Type 2 Diabetes – a Low GI Approach’ is aimed at GPs, practice nurses, diabetes specialists nurses and other healthcare professionals working in primary care interested in helping people living with type 2 diabetes.
The treatment approach to type 2 diabetes should begin with an assessment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) status, other comorbidities, and patient preferences, according to a draft of the upcoming 2018 joint consensus statement from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). A preview of the draft document was presented in a symposium at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2018 Scientific Sessions.
Healthcare professionals in England are being encouraged to refer people with diabetes who have severe insulin resistance and/or lipodystrophy to a specialist service based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge England that does not charge for referrals.