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How to live a long and full life with diabetes

(Vienna, 2 June 2016) Around 600,000 people in Austria, or around 8% of the population, suffer from diabetes. Diabetics are twice as likely to have a heart attack or stroke than non-diabetics and have a greater risk of serious complications, such as losing their eyesight or kidney function. Female diabetics, in particular, represent a high-risk group for cardiovascular diseases and report a poorer quality of life than men. New treatments, individualized therapeutic aims and treatment concepts and the involvement of patients in their treatment are leading to a significant improvement in patients' quality of life and a reduction in late complications. Early detection of the risk of diabetes is particularly important, because, especially in the case of type 2 diabetes, it is possible to delay or prevent onset of the disease.

How this works and how people can learn to manage this chronic disease are explained by MedUni Vienna diabetes experts Alexandra Kautzky-Willer and Yvonne Winhofer in the new guide recently published by MedUni Vienna in collaboration with MANZ Verlag (www.manz.at). This guide is part of the "Health.Sciences" series and is entitled "Diabetes – vorsorgen, rechtzeitig erkennen und richtig behandeln" [Diabetes – How to prevent it, promptly recognize it and correctly treat it].

The MedUni Vienna experts also explain in a scientific but practical and patient-oriented way how to combat diabetes by making timely lifestyle changes and also how to live a long, full and active life with this disease and interpret its symptoms more accurately. On top of that, there are a lot of helpful tips about nutrition, exercise and diet plans and facts about drug treatments or avoidable complications.

Self-competence an important factor
The new concept of personalized diabetes treatment will help to improve the quality of life for diabetics in the future. "Nowadays we have a large number of drugs that not only help to lower blood glucose but, at the same time, also have added benefits in that they treat secondary diseases," says Kautzky-Willer. On top of that, target blood glucose values can be individually set and pathophysiological aspects considered on an individual basis in the course of treatment.

"But just as important in ensuring a long and full life with this disease is the individual's self-competence and their willingness to take an active part in tackling diabetes and its effects and to do everything they can to improve their own quality of life. Information to help with this can be found in our book," says Winhofer.

Diabetes – Vorsorgen, rechtzeitig erkennen und richtig behandeln
[Diabetes – How to prevent it, promptly recognize it and correctly treat it]
Alexandra Kautzky-Willer & Yvonne Winhofer; Health.Sciences series MedUni Vienna published by MANZ Verlag. ISBN: 978-3-214-00991-5, 174 pages, 2016, €21.90. Here is the link to online ordering: http://www.manz.at/list.html?isbn=978-3-214-00991-5

Book launch: Both authors will be at Thalia in Mariahilfer Straße 99, 1060 Vienna on Thursday 8 September 2016 (19:00 hours) to launch the book. Admittance is free and attendees will have the opportunity to talk to the diabetes experts.