In an age of soaring health care costs and staggering diabetes prevalence, the American Diabetes Association announced today its 2010 schedule for free community health events throughout the country -- the American Diabetes Association EXPO. By attending EXPO, people will be able to join the Association's new movement Stop Diabetes(SM) and learn how to live healthy, be active, and change the future of the disease. Communities can take advantage of free health screenings, cooking demonstrations, product exhibits and presentations on diabetes prevention and management. These events also include a Family Fun Zone with information and activities geared toward youth with diabetes and those who want to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent the disease.
Leading health charity Diabetes UK is encouraging healthcare professionals to sign up for vouchers to give to children newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, so they can claim a free DVD starter pack. The starter pack, Type 1 diabetes: journey of a lifetime, has been created primarily to help meet the needs of young people aged between 10 and 14 who have been newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, and their families. However, the pack has also been designed to be useful to anyone recently diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes or as a refresher for those who have had the condition for a long time. The DVD includes an innovative animation of the body and explanation of what diabetes is as well as information on eating well, physical activity, advice from experts in the field and stories from children with Type 1 diabetes.
A new evidence review suggests that using a pump to deliver insulin continuously - instead of taking three or more daily injections - might result in better control of blood sugar for people with type 1 diabetes. "The findings of this review tell us that both continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion and multiple injections correct blood glucose levels. However, [continuous infusion] may be better for reducing harmful fluctuations in blood glucose, " said lead author Marie Misso, Ph.D. Type 1 diabetes - which used to be known as juvenile diabetes - results when the pancreas is not able to secrete enough insulin, causing the levels of glucose (or sugar) in the blood to rise.
Novo Nordisk receives US approval for Victoza® (liraglutide) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes Novo Nordisk announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted marketing authorisation for Victoza® for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in adults. Victoza® is the brand name approved in the US and Europe for liraglutide, the first once-daily human Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 (GLP-1) analogue developed for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. In the US, Victoza® is indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycaemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes. This provides for Victoza® to be used in monotherapy, as second-line treatment and in combination with commonly prescribed oral medications for diabetes.
A diabetes epidemic is affecting First Nations people, especially women in their prime reproductive years, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj090846.pdf. The incidence of diabetes was more than 4 times higher in First Nations women compared to non-First Nations women and more than 2.5 times higher in First Nations compared to non-First Nations men. The study looked at 8275 First Nations and 82 306 non-First Nations cases in Canada's province of Saskatchewan from 1980 to 2005. Rising rates of diabetes have accompanied an epidemic of obesity that may be associated with the loss of traditional lifestyles.
Now firmly established within the social media world - with over 10, 000 Facebook fans, over 2, 500 followers on Twitter, and many more supporters across other sites - we need our online supporters to help with our 'Get Serious' campaign. 'Get Serious', underlining the seriousness of diabetes, is all about strength in numbers - so we're aiming to get as many of our existing online supporters as possible to sign up and show their commitment to Get Serious about diabetes, to boost those numbers. Help make diabetes a priority "If everyone who supports us on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks signs up to Get Serious we will increase support for the campaign by thousands, " said Paul McDonald, Head of Communications at Diabetes UK.