Posted by : Posted on : 01-Aug-2019

Once - a day-diabetes pill

When I visited Perth in Australia earlier this week, I came across an interesting article in Monday’s edition of the Western Australian newspaper which I consider worth sharing with the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health officials, doctors at the National Referral Hospital (NRH) in Honiara and with readers of your newspapers.

Here is the article in full, from which I quote.

“Diabetes patients are to be offered a breakthrough one-a-day pill that flushes excess sugar out of the body, helping bring the condition under control.

“The tablet, which is taken in the morning, is the first new treatment to combat type 1 diabetes in almost 100 years.

“Forxiga is taken alongside existing diabetes drugs and is aimed at the hardest-to-treat forms of the condition.

“Experts hope the combination will reduce the risk of severe complications in the long term, including blindness and limb amputations. In the short-term patients are able to drop the dose of other drugs needed, meaning fewer side effects.

“They also lose weight.

Diabetes is a condition that causes high levels of sugar in the blood.”

In the Solomon Islands many Solomon Islanders are known to suffer from the condition putting their lives at risk and putting huge strain on the NRH and medical services.

I very much hope this reported medical breakthrough will help the Solomon Islands medical authorities’ better care for those suffering from diabetes.

Yours sincerely

Frank Short

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