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Retinal research

Biomarkers in the eyes could play a part in helping manage diabetic

retinopathy and potentially diabetes, says new research from the Indiana

University School of Optometry. The new retinal research has found that

changes within the eye can be measured earlier than previously thought with

specialised optical techniques and computer analysis. This may lead to the

early identification of people at risk for diabetes or visual impairment and

improve healthcare teams' ability to manage these patients.

Study co-author Ann E. Elsner, a Distinguished Professor at the IU

School of Optometry says, "Early detection of retinal damage from diabetes

is possible to obtain with painless methods and might help identify

undiagnosed patients early enough to diminish the consequences of

uncontrolled diabetes."

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetic eye disease, and the

study is part of the current widespread emphasis in the US on detecting

the condition through artificial intelligence applied to retinal images. The

researchers used data collected from volunteers with diabetes, along with

healthy control subjects. Additional data were also collected from a diabetic

retinopathy screening of underserved community members at the University

of California, Berkeley and Alameda Health. The study was supported by a

five-year $2.6m grant from the National Institutes of Health's National Eye

Institute. Read the study in the journal PLOS One.

Concern about

checks

The InDependent Diabetes Trust

(IDDT) charity has launched a

free booklet to raise awareness of

the importance of nine essential

health checks people with diabetes

are entitled to every year. The

routine tests include checking

blood pressure, cholesterol levels

and kidney function. These are

recommended by health watchdog

NICE to protect health and help to

prevent long-term complications of

both Type 1 and 2 diabetes.

According to the latest available

NHS data, in 2019/20 only 37.4%

of people with Type 1 diabetes had

received all of the checks, and it

was only 52.2% for those with Type

2 diabetes. IDDT says these figures

are now likely to be even lower, with

its helpline having been inundated

with calls since the outbreak of the

pandemic from people concerned

about not having access to

the checks.

In response, the IDDT has

published a new booklet, Diabetes

Care - Your 9 key checks, which

explains what the tests are and

why they are needed. The charity

formed in 1994 to fight for choice

of treatment for all. It now provides

a free, confidential helpline,

has published dozens of helpful

publications, stages events and

lobbies the government on behalf of

its members.

Click the pic to download

the booklet.

JDRF's 100

challenge

JDRF's 100 challenge is

a fundraiser for World

Diabetes Day to mark the

discovery of insulin 100 years

ago - a breakthrough that

has saved millions of lives.

The Type 1 charity is asking

people to get involved as a

group, with friends, family or

work colleagues. You can set

the challenges yourself and

be as creative as you like ¬¬-

as long as the number 100

features in your challenge

or activity.

By taking on a 100

challenge for JDRF, you'll

be helping to make a real

difference to the lives

of people affected by

Type 1 diabetes. You'll be

supporting research into

new treatments, like the

first downloadable Artificial

Pancreas app, now licensed

in the UK. Join in HERE.

Cals compulsory

The Government passed legislation in

July to make calorie labelling compulsory

for larger takeaways, chains and

restaurants.

Diabetes UK welcomed the news as

it will become easier to make healthy

choices about the food and drink we

consume away from home. The charity

has been calling for this policy as part of

its Food Upfront campaign since 2018.

Helen Kirrane, Head of Policy,

Campaigns and Mobilisation at Diabetes

UK, said: "This is an important step

forward in creating an environment

where making the healthy choice

becomes the easy choice. This legislation

brings large businesses such as cafes,

restaurants and takeaways more in line

with the food retail sector, as they'll

give people clear calorie information.

It will also encourage businesses to

make their menus healthier. This is an

important start, and we now need to

see the Government fully put in place

and build on the measures set out in the

Obesity Strategy to address rising levels

of obesity across the UK."

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