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Optimising glycaemic control for patients starting insulin therapy

11 July 2007

Nursing Standard


The incidence of diabetes is set to rise dramatically in the next five years so there is a growing focus on ‘shared care’ for people with diabetes, involving...

Prescribing in type 2 diabetes: choices and challenges

06 October 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

There has been a significant increase in the choice of agents to control blood glucose levels recently. Although the National Institute for Health and Clinical...

Assessment and management of patients with diabetic foot ulcers

06 March 2013

Nursing Standard

Learning Zone

Diabetic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes. Patients need to be informed of the effects of poorly managed diabetes and appropriate care to prevent...

Hypoglycaemia: causes, risk factors and pathophysiology

19 June 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article examines the prevalence, symptoms, risk factors, management and prevention of hypoglycaemia in adults. Relevant research and government policies are...

Frequency of injection site assessment for lipohypertrophy in children and young people with type 1 diabetes

31 October 2019

Nursing Children and Young People


Children and young people with diabetes are at high risk of developing lipohypertrophy (LH) as a result of daily injections of insulin. LH is characterised by dense...

Structured diabetes education for children and adolescents

10 October 2012

Nursing Standard

A&S Science

The implementation of structured diabetes education for children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes has gained momentum in the past few years. This article reviews...

Empowering nurses to educate people with diabetes in correct insulin injection technique

29 November 2017

Primary Health Care

Evidence & practice

As diabetes becomes a global concern, an international congress of 183 diabetes experts from 54 countries has produced a set of international recommendations for...

Insulin safety: avoiding mistakes and reducing risk

26 January 2018

Primary Health Care


Insulin is a powerful glucose-lowering agent which can save lives and have a significant impact on quality of life and morbidity. However, it is a frequent source of...

Effective management of hypoglycaemia

26 July 2018

Nursing Standard


Hypoglycaemia is a potentially serious complication of diabetes mellitus in which an individual’s blood glucose drops to dangerously low levels. This can cause signs...

Understanding the principles of insulin use in type 1 and type 2 diabetes management

30 December 2020

Nursing Standard


The year 2021 marks 100 years since the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of insulin as a medical treatment for diabetes mellitus. Its discovery changed type 1 diabetes...