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An Early Check For Gestational Diabetes – And Help From Green Tea

| May 22, 2017 | Comments (0)

Between five and ten per cent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes, which increases their risks of stillbirth, pre-eclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure) or a Caesarean delivery. As I mentioned here, while gestational diabetes usually goes away immediately after the pregnancy, that isn’t the end of the story. Around half the women who suffer from gestational […]

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Should Diabetics Fast During Ramadan?

| May 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

Next week, at sunset on 26th May, more than a billion Muslims across the world will start to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan – a central feature of which is fasting each day from sunrise to sunset. But, if you are Muslim and have diabetes, should you fast, and if so, what precautions should […]

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Reducing Salt May Not Lower Your Blood Pressure

| May 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

We have heard the same message for decades: “Too much salt can raise your blood pressure.” This mantra is repeated by NHS Choices, The British Heart Foundation, Diabetes Today and just about every other official source of dietary advice. But cutting down on salt probably won’t lower your blood pressure – and could even increase […]

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Chilli Peppers Reduce Gut Inflammation In Type 1 Diabetes

| May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Scientists have thought for some time that there must be a connection between gut health and type 1 diabetes (T1D). As I mentioned in earlier posts here and here, beneficial bacteria in the gut (known as the microbiome) appear to protect against the condition, while the frequent use of antibiotics increases the risk. Earlier this year, Italian researchers […]

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Childhood Obesity Multiplies Diabetes Risk By Four

| May 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

The UK has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity in Europe, with one in every three 10-year-olds being overweight or obese. And, as I mentioned in an earlier blog post here the Government’s childhood obesity strategy doesn’t look capable of changing this sad state of affairs any time soon. Of course, being overweight […]

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Temperatures Outside The Comfort Zone Improve Glucose Metabolism

| May 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

I must admit I don’t like the cold. A temperature somewhere in the mid-20s Celsius suits me just fine. But new research shows that getting a few degrees outside your usual comfort zone could have big benefits for your metabolism and cardiovascular health – for instance, by improving insulin sensitivity by more than 40 per […]

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Probiotics, Prebiotics­ And Now, Postbiotics Could Aid Blood Sugar Control

| May 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

Probiotics – supplements of live, beneficial bacteria that help to boost or balance your natural “microbiome” – have become a big success story. They not only help improve digestion and gut health but can also regulate the immune system and support physical and mental health in numerous ways. They may even help to prevent type […]

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Does Eating Meat Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

| May 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

As I wrote here recently, a healthy diet is key to preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. That means cutting right down on sugary and starchy carbohydrates and replacing them with green vegetables, low-GL fruits and healthy sources of fat and protein. But it seems that not just any kind of protein will do, as […]

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Online Tool Could Predict Metabolic Risk Better Than Your Doctor

| May 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

Doctors normally assess a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes by looking for five factors – obesity, high blood pressure, high blood fats, low HDL (good) cholesterol and high fasting blood sugar. People with three or more of these indicators are diagnosed as having metabolic syndrome. But this method of predicting […]

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Why diabetes raises heart attack risks

| May 1, 2017 | Comments (0)

It is common knowledge that having diabetes increases the risk of heart disease and heart attacks. Consistently high blood sugar levels are also known to damage blood vessels, contributing to heart disease. But exactly how sugar causes this damage has always been something of a mystery. Now, researchers have worked out what goes on when the small […]

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