Tag Archives: Diabetes

Alzheimer’s gene ‘diabetes link’

Scientists say they have identified a possible genetic link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.

It has been known for some time that people with diabetes have a much higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s, but not why this is so.

Now US researchers writing in Genetics say a study of worms has indicated a known Alzheimer’s gene also plays a role in the way insulin is processed.

Dementia experts said more work in humans was now needed.

Diabetes care in ‘state of crisis’

Second-rate diabetes care putting sufferers at increased risk of health complications and early death, charity warns

 

Inadequate diabetes care has helped trigger a rise in related complications such as kidney failure and stroke, according to the report.

Diabetes care in England is in a “state of crisis”, with fewer than half of people with the condition getting the basic minimum support, a report warns.

According to the State of the Nation 2012 report, published on Monday by Diabetes UK, there are some areas where just 6% of people with diabetes are getting the regular checks and services recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice).

The report details how not getting these checks has helped fuel a rise in rates of diabetes-related complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke.

Norwich diabetic heads to parliament with type one diabetes charity JDRF

Raising the issue of why insulin pumps are not more available to people with type one diabetes

Kim Briscoe Tuesday, May 1, 2012
6.30 AM

 

 

 

A Norwich diabetic has helped to educate MPs about type one diabetes as part of a landmark lobby group.

Amy Turner travelled to the Houses of Parliament with other supporters of the charity JDRF, which raises funds for research into type one diabetes.

The 29-year-old, who lives off Elm Hill, said wanted to help raise awareness of the condition among MPs and to encourage them to take action to increase funding into medical research into type one diabetes.

She said: “We definitely got our point across, made quite a lot of noise and raised the profile of the condition.

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