In the Proceedings of the International Medical Conference on Progress in Medical Practice and Education: Innovations for the Future and Beyond, London, 21 – 25 August 2015, London, UK
Diabetes: An Epidemic in the 21st Century by Maria Jana Kingsley-Godwin
Maria Jana Kingsley-Godwin informed conference that the objective of her study was to evaluate the public health issues and complications of diabetes in the changing World. She carried this study out by a systematic view of the literature and economic evaluation.
Conference was told that Maria carried out a systematic literature review of online databases such as Medline and EMBASE, visiting specialist library sources, journals, magazines, theses, grey literature, various published and unpublished materials and expert opinions.
The methods used by Maria involved questions on issues of diabetes which were formulated to undertake the critical review. The questions included: the causes of diabetes, epidemiology, prevention, prevalence, risk factors and cost of treatments for the different types of diabetes commonly found in the community. She told conference of the systematic review of the literature she performed; evaluating online databases, printed journals and articles, online journals, books, published and unpublished materials, theses, magazines, grey literature from 1966 to August 2015, and expert opinions on various clinical capacities. Overall, 3,456 sources that met the search criteria were identified. The data obtained was ranked in order of superiority and evidence grading levels in order to reach the best data for each question asked.
Conference was then made aware of the results. Diabetes was described as a lifelong condition that causes a person's blood sugar level to become too high in various texts studied. The general results found were:
Maria went on to inform conference that there are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in the UK. This is more than one in 16 people in the UK who has diabetes (diagnosed or undiagnosed). This figure has more than doubled since 1996, when there were 1.4 million. By 2025, it is estimated that five million people will have diabetes in the UK.
In conclusion Maria emphasised that the results, from the analysis already set out can be seen as:
Correspondence: Maria Jana Kingsley-Godwin, Author and Medical Writer, London, England, UK Website: www.mariajana.co.uk
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