Diabetes: Most NHS costs wasteful, says Diabetic Medicine

Photograph: Michelle Meiklejohn

The journal Diabetes Medecine has come out today stating that most NHS spending on diabetes is wasteful. It suggests that as much as 80% of the £9.8bn spent annually on diabetes is spent dealing with the complications that arise from diabetes and that this is preventable by improving education and regular health checks.

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The Tobacco Atlas

Image: Eriksen M, Mackay J, Ross H. (2012). The Tobacco Atlas, Fourth Edition. Atlanta: American Cancer Society and World Lung Foundation.

“The battle is far from being over. Unless the prevalence of smoking is reduced substantially, the number of smokers will increase in the world in the next several decades, mostly due to population expansion in low- and middle-income countries. Measures to tackle the epidemic remain seriously under-funded.”
Margaret Chan, Director-General, WHO, 2011

The Tobacco Atlas is a fantastic resource showcasing nearly every statistic connected with the effects of tobacco use. Since it was first published in 2002 much has changed in the world of tobacco control as it has for the Tobacco Atlas, which has gone from a printed book to a fact packed interactive website. The 2012 edition is out now and looking better than ever making it an even better tool.

To have a look at the Atlas click here


Exercise helps smokers to quit smoking, to remain smoke-free and to reduce the risk of death

Here’s an interesting 10 year study from Taiwan, which shows some significant benefits of exercise for quit rates and increased life expectancy:

“The study of 434,190 people who went through medical examination program at a private fee-paying company between 1996 and 2008 in Taiwan revealed that active smokers (those engaged in at least moderate activity) were 55 per cent more likely to quit smoking that those that were inactive. Furthermore, these active smokers were 43 per cent less likely to relapse than smokers that were inactive.

Physical activity among these subjects was also shown to increase life expectancy, even among smokers. Smokers that participated in physical activity had an increased life expectancy of 3.7 years and a reduction in all-cause mortality of 23 per cent – equivalent to levels achieved by ex-smokers with low activity levels. The results also demonstrated that active ex-smokers increased their life expectancy by 5.6 years and reduced their all-cause mortality by 43 per cent – equivalent to the levels seen in inactive non-smokers”

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15th World Conference on Tobacco of Health (WCToH) Singapore 17 – 24 March 2012

Photograph: Rita Platts

Cecilia Farren from GASP attended the world conference in Singapore this March.  It brought together more than 2500 participants from about 150 countries.  The aim of the WCToH is to renew commitment to fight the global tobacco epidemic set the agenda to carry forward tobacco control efforts.  This is a challenge as the participants are from countries with huge differences in tobacco control policies and commitments.  The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is common to all, but the enthusiastic implementation of the treaty is not universal. …to read the rest of this article click here »

Doctors turn on No 10 over failure to curb obesity surge

Doctors place renewed pressure on the Government over the failed strategy to tackle an
obesity epidemic in the UK.

“The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges demands “bold and tough” measures to put an end to the role of “irresponsible marketing” by major food and drinks firms in fuelling the crisis. It calls on the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, to ditch the government’s “inherently flawed” approach, which trusts the industry to voluntarily cut calories, reduce portion sizes and advise the public on healthy eating.”

To read the article in full click here to go to the Guardian website