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TIME TO TACKLE OBESITY?

There is strong public support for the government to address obesity after emerging

research suggests there is a link between obesity and adverse outcomes from Covid-19.

Obesity Health Alliance polling data shows 74% of people support the drive to address

obesity, which would include changes to how unhealthy food can be marketed and

promoted. 70% say this should now be more of a priority, considering the potential link

with Covid-19 complications. The poll also showed great public support for a national

plan to improve public health (79%), and more support for physical activity schemes

(78%). Currently, about a third of the UK population has a weight classed as obese or

overweight, which has major implications for individuals' wellbeing and productivity and

can add to pressures on the NHS.

Many of the suggested policies - such as a 9pm watershed on junk food adverts and

restrictions on unhealthy food promotions - were consulted on by the Government in the

first half of 2019. However, progress has since stalled.

Caroline Cerny, Alliance Lead at the Obesity Health Alliance said: "The government

can now feel confident that the game-changing policies needed to transform our

environment into a healthier one are not only evidence-based but also wanted by the

majority of people in the UK. We are now calling on the Government to push ahead with

a comprehensive plan to make it easier for us all to be healthier, now and in the future by

taking unhealthy food out of the spotlight."

Preliminary data from the US suggest that

many people with Type 1 diabetes who

contract Covid-19 can manage the illness

at home, and overall mortality is relatively

low, while hyperglycemia and diabetic

ketoacidosis (DKA) are common effects.

The study, conducted by the T1D

Exchange's Quality Improvement

Collaborative, includes data as of May 5

on 64 people from a total of 64 US sites,

including 15 T1D Exchange member

clinics and an additional 49 endocrinology

clinics. People with higher HbA1c levels

were more likely to be hospitalised with

worse outcomes, and those with a high

body mass index was a significant risk

factor. There were two deaths in the

preliminary report; however, both people

had comorbidities in addition to T1D.

Data were obtained for 33 patients

with Type 1 diabetes who tested positive

for Covid-19, and another 31 who

showed symptoms consistent with the

virus but hadn't been tested. For all 64

patients, the mean age was 20.9 years,

and two-thirds (65.6%) were aged 18

or younger. Overall, 60.9% were female.

Nearly half were white, a quarter Hispanic,

and 18.8% black.

Median HbA1c for the overall group

8%. Overall, six patients (9.8%) presented

with new-onset Type 1 diabetes after they

developed Covid-19. Hyperglycemia was

present in half of the patients overall. DKA

occurred in 19 people (30.2%). Overall,

34.9% of patients could manage Covid19 at home, while 22.2% of patients

overall were admitted to intensive care.

Including the small proportion of patients

sent home after being seen in emergency

or urgent care, overall roughly half were

not admitted to hospital. THE Findings

were published in Diabetes Care.

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T1 & COVID-19

AT HOME

Covid-19 guidance has been issued for NHS organisations on how to enhance their

existing risk assessments, particularly for at-risk and vulnerable groups within their

workforce. Produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), this includes NHS

workers returning to work and existing team members who are potentially more at

risk due to their race and ethnicity, age, weight, underlying health condition - such as

diabetes - disability, or pregnancy. The guidance will also help organisations identify who

is at risk of harm. It includes templates and examples that organisations can adopt, along

with specific guidance. To read the guidance CLICK HERE.

NHS WORKFORCE GUIDANCE

Dr Pratik Choudhary is moving from the diabetes care team at King's College London

to lead the clinical service for the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in Type

1 diabetes. Dr Choudhary's eminent research career centres around Type 1 diabetes,

focussing on hypoglycaemia and diabetes technology. As part of the move to the LDC

(Leicester Diabetes Centre) he will gain a professorship and will play a leading role in

redesigning how clinical care is delivered for Type 1 diabetes and generating new insights

into diabetes technology. Professor Melanie Davies CBE, Professor of Diabetes Medicine

at the University of Leicester and Co-Director of the Leicester Diabetes Centre said, "I

am thrilled that we have persuaded Professor Choudhary to join the Leicester Diabetes

Research and Clinical Team. He is recognised as one of the leading lights in Type 1 diabetes

and technology, known for his passion and enthusiasm to improve care."

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