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Treatment of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes

Treatment of erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes William D. Alexander ARTICLE POINTS 1 ED is a common and important complication of diabetes, significantly affecting quality of life. 2 ED should be actively sought. It may be a marker for endothelial function and cardiovascular disease. 3 ED in diabetes is multifactorial in its causation. 4 […]

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Inhaled insulin therapy: where are we heading?

Inhaled insulin therapy: where are we heading? Stephen Gough The availability of insulin for the treatment of diabetes has transformed the care of people with this life-long chronic condition. Following the first use of animal insulin in 1922 there have been a series of significant developments both in terms of the type of insulin used […]

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Effectiveness of diabetes eye health education during retinal screening

Effectiveness of diabetes eye health education during retinal screening – Education Jan Heggie Introduction Diabetic retinopathy can be delayed or prevented by linking diabetic eye health with the importance of maintaining good glycaemic control. A multiple-choice questionnaire completed by 105 patients with diabetes, aged over 16 years, while attending a digital photographic eye-screening programme, showed […]

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Treatment of hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia: audit

Treatment of hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia: audit – Audit Kwok K.A. Lee KEY WORDS * Audit * Hypertension * Hypercholesterolaemia * Annual review Introduction In people with diabetes, hyperglycaemia, hypertension and hypercholesterolaemia are risk factors for the development of macrovascular complications. The beneficial effects of intervention and the rising prevalence of diabetes led one PCG to […]

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Empowerment: giving power to people with diabetes

Empowerment: giving power to people with diabetes Danny Meetoo Introduction Recent years have seen increasing calls for empowerment of both healthcare professionals and the people they serve. This article explores the concept of empowerment in the context of diabetes care. It discusses the limitations of the medical model with regard to empowerment, and the potential […]

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Innovative glucose therapies in diabetes care

Innovative glucose therapies in diabetes care Neil Munro Introduction In the face of a diabetes epidemic worldwide, researchers continue to seek new treatments for this complex condition. This article highlights some of the key therapeutic developments in improving glycaemic control–including glucose-lowering agents, new insulins, continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion, and inhaled insulins. In addition, it outlines […]

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Primary care implications of the new SMBG consensus statement

Primary care implications of the new SMBG consensus statement Roger Gadsby Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) provides significant benefit (Moore and McQuay, 2005), but there are no specific clinical guidelines for primary care teams on achieving good glycaemic control. In this article, Roger Gadsby discusses the recent consensus statement that aimed to provide a framework […]