Diabetes mini web collection

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Monday, 14 November 2016

To support World Diabetes Day, a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation, we have made three of our diabetes papers from Transactions and International Health freely available until the end of November.

In their Editorial, Unnikrishnan and Mohan discuss the prevalent and increasing public health problem of diabetes in the tropics. Although there is now sufficient evidence to show that diabetes can be prevented (or at least delayed) in populations at-risk by the promotion of healthy behaviours, such as dietary modification and regular physical activity, the challenge facing developing regions of the tropical world is to adapt the lessons learned from these landmark studies and apply them to their populations in the most appropriate and cost-effective way.

In the clinical management of diabetes, doctors also need to address patients’ psychological wellbeing.  An original research article from Mngomezulu and Yang aimed to understand the quality of life and its correlates in outpatients with diabetes in Swaziland and found a high impact of diabetes on quality of life scores for anxiety and worry.

The global burden of diabetes and TB is immense. In 2015, WHO estimated that 1.4 million people died from TB and there were10.4 million new TB cases worldwide. The International Diabetes Federation estimated that 415 million adults have diabetes and the burden is expected to increase to 642 million by 2040. There has been renewed interest in the link between the two as the diabetes epidemic is growing globally and 70% of people with diabetes live in developing countries where TB is often endemic. A review paper from Harries et al discusses addressing diabetes mellitus as part of the strategy for ending TB.

Call for papers

Transactions and International Health are looking for further original research papers in diabetes. Why not submit your next paper to us?

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