Breakthroughs in diabetes treatment

Mon, 10 Nov 2008
According to recent research carried out in Edinburgh, a team of experts have developed a system that could slash the number of people dying from diabetes related complications by 50 per cent.

Experts at the Royal Infirmary believe that a simple heart monitoring system combined with simple medication use could help to save thousands of lives throughout the UK.

Dr. Matthew Young reportedly commented: "By applying the principles of cardiovascular risk reduction, and by learning more about a patient's cardiac health, we were able to offer them a more specialised package of care. These improvements have halved this death rate to under a quarter of foot ulcer patients dying within five years of their ulcer. If this was repeated across Scotland it would prolong the lives of thousands of patients and tens of thousands in the UK as a whole."

The system could have a future for UK diabetes treatment . Dr. Young reportedly said: "The marked improvement in mortality in our patients occurred at a time when greater attention was given to glycaemic control, blood pressure and lipid management . Therefore it is most likely that the introduction of the aggressive cardiovascular risk management policy has contributed to the improvement in mortality observed."
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