Category: Diabetes Risks

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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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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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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A Low-Glycaemic Diet Could Help Stop Eye Disease

| May 31, 2017 | Comments (0)

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of vision loss in adults over the age of 50. As its name implies, your risk of AMD increases as you get older, but it also increases if you have diabetes, particularly if your blood sugar is poorly controlled.1 Now, scientists have shown, in an animal study, […]

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Omega-3 Via Breastfeeding Could Cut Type 1 Diabetes Risk

| May 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

I mentioned in an earlier blog post here some steps that parents can take to reduce their children’s risk of developing type 1 diabetes. Now there is something else to add to that list – make sure your kids get plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, starting off by providing them via breast milk. Research suggests that breastfeeding […]

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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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Night Owls With Type 2 Diabetes Have Higher Depression Risk

| April 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

As I mentioned in my last blog post, people with diabetes are more likely to become depressed. Now, two new studies from Bangkok University show that people with type 2 diabetes who are night owls are at even higher risk of depression – and that night shift workers have poorer blood sugar control than people […]

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Depression – The Dark Side of Diabetes

| April 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

Having diabetes puts you at increased risk of becoming depressed. In part, this may be due to the effect your condition has on your quality of life and your hopes for the future. But in addition, the damage high blood sugar does to your brain can disrupt levels of neurotransmitters, so affecting your mood. It […]

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Why Older Women Don’t Need Statins

| April 7, 2017 | Comments (0)

As I have reported several times (see here, here and here), the medical establishment’s love affair with cholesterol-lowering statins shows little sign of ending, despite public disquiet about the side effects of these drugs and mounting evidence that they actually do little to prevent people dying from heart disease. It is well known that taking […]

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Does A Low-Gluten Diet Mean Higher Diabetes Risk?

| March 31, 2017 | Comments (0)

Gluten-free diets have become very popular and, as I explained in an earlier post here, there are good reasons why avoiding wheat and other gluten grains could be beneficial for blood sugar control. So, I was surprised to see a recent headline “Low gluten diets linked to higher risk of type 2 diabetes”. This referred […]

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How High Blood Sugar Can Promote Alzheimer’s Disease

| March 13, 2017 | Comments (0)

It is well known that diabetes patients are at an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, compared to people without the condition. In fact, as I mentioned here, some researchers feel that Alzheimer’s disease could be accurately described as type 3 diabetes, since it is a form of insulin dysfunction in the brain that has […]

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PCB Pollutants Could Cause Gestational Diabetes

| February 25, 2017 | Comments (0)

Certain pesticides can block melatonin receptors and play havoc with our body clocks and blood sugar levels, as I explained in my last blog post. And this is just one way in which artificial chemicals in the environment have been linked to diabetes and metabolic syndrome. I wrote here how hormone-disrupting pollutants can lead to […]

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Insecticides Could Increase Diabetes Risk

| February 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

Getting a good night’s sleep is important for preventing, and helping to control, type 2 diabetes, as I explained in a previous post here. And hormone-disrupting pesticides and other pollutants can also be a contributory cause of the condition, as I mentioned here. Now scientists have shown how these two risk factors can be connected, […]

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