REPLAY: Testing and Treatment in Diabetes – Taken with a Grain of Sugar!


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We’re back this week with Kieran and Ashley to take another look at diabetes and sweet treats. Should current practice guidelines be taken with a grain of salt – or should I say – sugar? Listen to find out!

New drugs have popped up on the market for diabetes management, necessitating an update to practice guidelines in diabetes care. But which of the new drugs on the block are best? Ashley takes listeners through a discussion of a large observational cohort study, focusing on cardiovascular risk with a wide variety of combinations of newer and older agents for management of diabetes.

In medicine, thresholds have to be established to determine who is at risk. In pregnancy and gestational diabetes, an interesting question arises: who are these thresholds set to benefit – the mother or the baby? Kieran leads a fascinating discussion on a study examining the arbitrary thresholds for diagnosis of gestational diabetes in pregnancy, highlighting the focus on risk of fetal obesity, and not other potentially important maternal complications.

It wouldn’t be The Rounds Table without the weekly Good Stuff segment! First, Ashley shares a TED Talk on a new transgenic tobacco plant developed to produce human collagen. Next, have you heard of Louise DeLage? Kieran shares an Instagram campaign targeted at highlighting the normalization of alcohol abuse in young people.

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The Papers

1. DM: http://www.bmj.com/content/354/bmj.i3477

2. CAD & pregnancy: http://www.bmj.com/content/354/bmj.i4694

Good Stuff

1. Transgenic tobacco: https://www.ted.com/talks/oded_shoseyov_how_we_re_harnessing_nature_s_hidden_superpowers?language=en

2. Alcoholism Instagram campaign: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/06/shell-drink-to-that-fake-instagram-louise-delage-profile-highlights-alcoholism

Music Credits (Creative Commons)

In your Robotic Heart – Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/in-your-robotic-heart

Drive – Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/drive-fresh-upbeat-pop-background-music

Vintage Dream – Nicolai Heidlas https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas/vintage-dream-loungejazzy-background-music

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