Tag Archives: type 2 diabetes

From antidepressant prescription to tight glucose control: seven clinical controversies that keep on going

Some clinical stories become perennials – issues that never seem to get completely resolved and pop up year after year. What’s the betting we can see the end of any of these seven controversies in 2015? 1: Are antidepressants over-prescribed? To some, depression is under-diagnosed and under-treated. Others think we’re medicalising ordinary sadness. 2: Bariatric surgery for […]

Why the outrage over gastric bands?

The tabloid press was outrage by the possibility that ‘TWO MILLION obese Brits‘ could be offered bariatric surgery, after NICE guidelines recommended that weight loss procedures should be offered to people with diabetes and a BMI of over 35. The story was front-page news, with lurid estimates of the potential cost. But why the outrage? Leaving aside the […]

Eating and smoking

Overeating, an American study tells us this week, now causes more disability and death than smoking. It’s a depressing thought, although we can squeeze out some new year cheer that it’s partly because fewer people smoke than used to. So what can we make of news that giving up smoking actually raises the risk of […]