Category: Diabetes News Views

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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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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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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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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NHS Restricts Blood Sugar Test Strips

| April 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

If you have diabetes, or even if you have been told you are “prediabetic”, keeping a close eye on your blood sugar is essential. A tiny drop of blood placed on a test strip and inserted into a blood sugar meter gives a quick reading of the glucose level. But, in the UK, the NHS […]

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Type 1 Diabetic Completes 350-Mile Arctic Race

| April 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

Sometimes we need a bit of inspiration to keep us going through the daily grind. And the story of a man with type 1 diabetes, who not only completed the world’s toughest super-marathon last month but also managed to finish second, should inspire us all. Roddy Riddle was fit and healthy, an ex-international road cyclist. […]

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How Far Should We Play God With The Pancreas?

| March 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that develops when the immune system attacks beta cells in the pancreas, which normally produce insulin. Although some people with type 1 diabetes may still be able to make a bit of insulin, it is insufficient to control blood sugar levels, so daily insulin injections are a lifelong […]

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Failing NHS Is Missing Heart Attack Signs

| March 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

In the last few months we have heard one gloomy announcement after another about the state of the UK’s National Health Service, the NHS. The Care Quality Commission or CQC – the body that regulates health and social care services in England – considers the whole system to have reached a “tipping point”. One more […]

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Pro-Statins Study Have Multiple Links With Big Pharma

| February 18, 2017 | Comments (0)

In my last blog post, I told you how Big Pharma is attempting to persuade doctors and patients alike that their statin drugs are safe, that their benefits outweigh the side-effects, and that they need to be prescribed more, not less. In a recently-published article in the prestigious American Journal of Medicine, two eminent medical […]

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The Statins Bandwagon Rolls On

| February 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

The debate over cholesterol-lowering statins for preventing heart disease has been rumbling on for years. As I wrote here, here and here, evidence shows that statins can cause type 2 diabetes, along with crippling muscle and joint pain, digestive problems, memory loss and premature ageing – and may even cause heart problems, too! Because of […]

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The Enzyme That Makes Exercise Healthy

| January 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

We all know exercise is great medicine for our bodies and minds. I listed some of its benefits earlier here. For people with type 2 diabetes, exercise also has the bonus of reducing insulin resistance and lowering both fasting blood sugar and glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels, as I mentioned here. And I reported in my […]

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Moderate Exercise May Improve Memory In Type 2 Diabetes

| January 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

It is a well-known fact that new gym memberships peak in the first week of January. And that half of the people who sign up stop attending about three weeks later. So, if you’re feeling bad that your New Year resolution isn’t working out quite as you had hoped, take some comfort from new research […]

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How Diet Fizzy Drinks May Befuddle Our Brains

| January 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

I mentioned in my last blog post how the UK government is hoping for some big health benefits from its sugar tax on the fizzy drinks industry, due to come into force next year. But what will be the real effects of switching from high-sugar drinks to artificially-sweetened diet versions? As I mentioned in earlier […]

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Will The Sugar Tax Really Deliver Any Health Benefits?

| January 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

The UK is due to introduce a levy on the soft drinks industry, from April 2018, linked to the sugar content of the products it markets. The idea behind the move is that cutting sugar intake, particularly by children, will go some way towards stemming the current epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Just […]

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