Floods may affect glycaemic control: study

WHILE Queensland GPs will be watching their patients closely for vector-borne diseases and psychological illnesses in the coming months, they would also do well to pay close attention to their patients with diabetes, a new study suggests.

A UK study examined the HbA1c of more than 1700 patients with diabetes who lived in the city of Hull and the surrounding East Yorkshire region during the 2007 floods.

An analysis of patient records revealed that among the 296 patients directly affected by the floods, average HbA1c levels rose from 7