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Data Fabrication Could Be Rife In Drugs Trials

| June 30, 2017 | Comments (0)

These days, the gold standard of evidence-based medicine is the double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trial. If a drug or natural compound doesn’t show a positive effect in such a trial, it is unlikely to be approved as a conventional treatment. But a bombshell paper now claims the results and data of such trials may often be […]

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In Future, ‘Sugar Sponges’ Could Help Control Diabetes

| June 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

Conventional diabetes treatments are a pain, involving risks of hypoglycaemia and drug side effects, and the hassle of daily insulin injections. But now, Chinese scientists have come up with a different approach – a microscopic “sugar sponge” that mops up glucose when blood sugar levels are high and releases it when they are low. Researchers […]

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Broccoli Sprouts Could Help Manage Blood Sugar

| June 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

We all know that eating broccoli is good for us. And sprouted broccoli seeds have long been shown to contain anti-cancer and heart-healthy phytochemicals. But now scientists have discovered that these same natural substances could help to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. In a neat piece of detective work, an […]

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Most People Can’t Recognise Common Diabetes Symptoms

| June 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

To mark Diabetes Week, from Sunday 11 June to Saturday 17 June, the charity Diabetes UK carried out a poll of 2,000 adults.1 Most couldn’t recognise common diabetes symptoms that ought to prompt them to see a doctor. And the majority of those polled didn’t do well when it came to getting their five-a-day. When […]

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Trajenta Is Often A Dangerous Drug, Despite Findings In Mice

| June 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

The headline “Diabetes drug protects against heart disease” recently caught my attention, so I read on. It appears that Trajenta was found to prevent early markers of heart disease in mice. The trouble is, this drug is already known to help cause heart problems in humans, along with other dangerous side effects. Researchers at the […]

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Texts Are As Good As Drugs For Managing Type 2 Diabetes

| June 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

In a novel study, researchers have found that getting regular, supportive text messages improved the blood sugar control of people with type 2 diabetes just as well as medication. In three months, they saw their HbA1C levels – a measure of longer-term blood sugar control – drop from 80 to 69 mmol/mol (from 9.5 to […]

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Metformin Could Act By Altering Gut Bacteria

| June 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

The drug metformin is the mainstay of conventional type 2 diabetes treatment and has been in clinical use for the last 60 years. Despite this, scientists still don’t have a clear understanding of how it works. But a new study shows metformin may lower blood sugar through its effects on our gut bacteria. Researchers at […]

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What’s really driving the type 2 diabetes epidemic?

| June 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Type 2 diabetes has been in the news again, with Professor Melanie Davies, a diabetes expert at Leicester University, warning that the condition threatens to overwhelm the NHS. A staggering 10 billion pounds a year is spent on treating it – almost a tenth of the entire NHS budget. And, as charity Diabetes UK was […]

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Could Chocolate Help Prevent Dangerous Heart Flutter?

| June 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

Cardiovascular disease, a term that generally brings to mind heart attacks and strokes, is a well-known complication of diabetes. Which is why your doctor is likely to want to keep a close eye on your cholesterol levels and blood pressure. But atrial fibrillation, what’s that? Just a bit of a fluttering heartbeat, right? Wrong. Atrial […]

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Elderly Type 2 Diabetes Patients May Be Overtreated

| June 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

Elderly people with chronic illnesses often put a lot of faith in their doctor. And, if an old person dies from complications of their illness, doctors don’t want to think that they might have done more to prevent it. The result is that many older people are overprescribed medications – and suffer the side effects […]

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Stroke Cases Set To Rise, Boosted By Diabetes

| June 9, 2017 | Comments (0)

The incidence of strokes in the UK will rise by 44 per cent within 20 years, according to a new report from King’s College London. The Burden of Stroke in Europe predicts a rise from 43,000 strokes in 2015 to 62,000 in 2035, due to an ageing population and ever-increasing rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes.1 […]

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Yoga Shown To Improve Blood Sugar Levels After Just 10 Days

| June 7, 2017 | Comments (0)

Yoga is known to improve flexibility, strength, posture and mood. But did you know it could also help keep your blood sugar under control? Research shows people with diabetes who regularly do yoga have healthier blood sugar levels than those who don’t. And you could see the benefit in just 10 days, according to a […]

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Beer Could Be Worse For Your Waistline Than Sugary Drinks

| June 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

On a hot summer’s day, after mowing the half-acre prairie around my house (it doesn’t deserve to be called a lawn), I reckon I’ve earned a cold beer. But recent research suggests that glass of beer could have an expanding effect on my waistline. Of course, we know that people who habitually drink a lot […]

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Invokana Doubles The Risk of Foot Amputation

| June 2, 2017 | Comments (0)

Three years ago, I warned Real Diabetes Truth readers here that Invokana, a diabetes drug that had just been launched in the UK, could turn out to be the worst yet in terms of dangerous side effects. And now, my suspicions have been confirmed by EU and USA regulators, who have ordered that the drug must carry […]

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