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BY BENEDICT JEPHCOTE: Employers are being urged to re-examine how they treat people with diabetes after a poll revealed that around one in five people with diabetes have faced disciplinary action as a result of taking time off for the condition.

A survey of over 800 people with diabetes in the UK showed that 19 per cent had been disciplined at work for needing time off to manage the condition. (read more)

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Mixed results seen in cardiovascular outcome trials of diabetes agents

BY HEALIO: Although some of the leading safety trials of newer anti-hyperglycemic drugs in patients with type 2 diabetes have shown reductions in cardiovascular risks, others have yielded mixed results, according to a presenter at the Heart in Diabetes Clinical Education Conference.

“Results of the EMPA-REG Outcome and LEADER trials represent a clinical breakthrough representing the first two antidiabetic interventions [empagliflozin (Jardiance, Boehringer Ingelheim), an SGLT2 inhibitor, and liraglutide (Victoza, Novo Nordisk), a GLP1 receptor agonist, respectively] to unequivocally show cardiovascular risk reduction in type 2 diabetes,” Sanjay Kaul, MDFACC, FAHA, professor of medicine in the division of cardiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, told attendees. (read more)

Diabetes: Smart patch micro needles ‘to revolutionise’ care

BY BBC NEWS: Smart patches fitted with micro needles to deliver insulin could “revolutionise” treatment for diabetes sufferers, scientists have claimed.

The 0.7mm hollow needles would be less intrusive than standard needles by only perforating the surface of the skin.

The patch would monitor insulin levels and the micro needles deliver the dose.

Scientists in Swansea believe micro needles will change medicinal delivery in various ways, such as being attached to a syringe to administer vaccines.

Prof Owen Guy, director of the Centre of NanoHealth and head of chemistry at Swansea University, said combining the smart patch and the injection would be the ultimate aim. (read more)

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Partners of people with type 2 diabetes are more likely to improve their health

BY BENEDICT JEPHCOTE: The health of people who are in a relationship with someone who has recently been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is more likely to improve, according to a new study.

The research compared health records of more than 180,000 couples, paying particular attention to those who had a newly diagnosed partner.

Lifestyle quality is one of the key factors in the development of type 2 diabetes and those diagnosed with the condition are guided to manage their condition through improving nutrition and being more active. (read more)

Men’s Health study: Diabetes increases chances of erectile dysfunction

BY SUVARNA SHETH: A known link between erectile dysfunction and diabetes exists.  According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), studies estimate that 20 to 75 percent of men with diabetes experience sexual dysfunction.

A new observational study of 225 participants has found that 78% of diabetes patients had some form of erectile dysfunction (ED).  The prevalence of ED in the non-diabetes control group was 46%. (read more)