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Diabetes care not good enough

14th December 2011

The National Diabetes Audit for England report has found the majority of deaths in patients with diabetes could be prevented with better care.

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The report found that females aged 15-34 with the condition had nine times the risk of dying at a young age than those who were not diabetic.

The danger of suffering a heart attack, kidney problems or having a limb amputated are higher for someone with diabetes.

The NHS Information Centre report found 50% of death certificates did not feature diabetes as a contributing factor in a patient's death.

Around 75,000 people with the condition die every year in England and this accounts for one in seven of all deaths.

The report estimated that there were 24,000 more deaths in diabetic patients than there were for people without the condition.

Looking at data collected for 2.5 million people, the report found 75% of "unnecessary" deaths were in people over the age of 65 with the condition.

Audit lead clinician Dr Bob Young, consultant diabetologist and clinical lead for the National Diabetes Information Service, said: "For the first time we have a reliable measure of the huge impact of diabetes on early death."

"Many of these early deaths could be prevented. The rate of new diabetes is increasing every year. So, if there are no changes, the impact of diabetes on national mortality will increase."

"Doctors, nurses and the NHS working in partnership with people who have diabetes should be able to improve these grim statistics." 

 

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Danny Haszard

Wednesday 14th December 2011 @ 13:49

Be aware of drugs that potentiate diabetes.

Eli Lilly Zyprexa Olanzapine issues linger.

The use of powerful antipsychotic drugs has increased in children as young as three years old. Weight gain, increases in triglyceride levels and associated risks for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The average weight gain (adults) over the 12 week study period was the highest for Zyprexa—17 pounds.

You’d be hard pressed to gain that kind of weight sport-eating your way through the holidays.

One in 145 adults died in clinical trials of those taking the antipsychotic drug Zyprexa.

This was Lilly's #1 product $5 billion per year sales,moreover Lilly also make billions more on drugs that treat diabetes.

Daniel Haszard Zyprexa activist and patient.


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