Category: Diabetes Risks

Sugar Drives Ceramide Production In The Body

| December 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

In my last blog post, I reported on research linking body levels of fat-like substances called ceramides with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. But while scientists search for variations in our genes that cause us to overproduce ceramides, perhaps we should also be looking at what we eat. The liver has a mind-boggling array […]

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Fat-Like Ceramides Could Cause Type 2 Diabetes

| December 13, 2016 | Comments (0)

The popular view of type 2 diabetes, even in the minds of some medical professionals, is that it goes hand-in-hand with obesity. Of course, that is an over-simplification – thin people can, and do, get type 2 diabetes, too. As I mentioned here, your level of risk depends far more on how metabolically healthy you […]

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Too Much Calcium Linked To Type 2 Diabetes

| November 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Not long ago, we were being urged to get plenty of calcium in order to protect our bones. But now, not only does it seem calcium supplements make little or no difference to osteoporosis risk, they could potentially cause heart disease, as I reported in my last blog post. The damage too much calcium can […]

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That Calcium Supplement Could Be Damaging Your Heart

| November 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

I reported in an earlier blog post here on a review of scientific studies showing that taking calcium supplements did nothing to reduce the risk of bone fractures in people with diabetes. Now it seems that taking too much calcium could actually be dangerous – clogging the arteries and damaging the heart. People with diabetes […]

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US Doctors Could Be Seeing The Light On Statins

| November 19, 2016 | Comments (0)

Dear Reader, I was amused by Dr Malcom Kendrick’s 2014 blog post here, following a study showing fat consumption is not linked with heart disease. He likens the “cholesterol hypothesis” – i.e. dietary fat causes high blood cholesterol, which raises cardiovascular risks – to a dinosaur that has been shot in the head, but still […]

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Guess What? Study Shows Diet Is Better Than Statins

| November 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

I have warned of the risks associated with cholesterol-lowering statins many times on The Real Diabetes Truth over the last five years. These widely-prescribed pills lower cholesterol levels and – if you believe Big Pharma’s hype – are supposed to slash your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Yet, as I mentioned here, […]

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Can Intensive Blood Sugar Control Increase Your Death Risk?

| November 1, 2016 | Comments (2)

As I mentioned in a recent post here, when treating type 2 diabetes, doctors often aim to get blood sugar down to the target levels set out in national guidelines. Reaching these targets can easily become an end in itself. But the research I reported on in that earlier post showed that tight blood sugar […]

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How To Fight Infections Without Antibiotics

| October 1, 2016 | Comments (0)

As mentioned in my last blog post, antibiotics given to children could increase their risk of type 1 diabetes. Antibiotics are valuable for treating life-threatening bacterial infections, such as meningitis and pneumonia. But they shouldn’t be handed out for every sniffle or high temperature – and of course, they are useless against the viruses that […]

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Antibiotics Could Increase Type 1 Diabetes Risk

| September 27, 2016 | Comments (0)

I have talked before on The Real Diabetes Truth, here and here, about the way a healthy population of gut bacteria could help prevent type 1 diabetes. And how giving babies a probiotic supplement in their first four weeks of life could guard against this auto-immune form of the illness. Now, studies suggest the opposite […]

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Tight Blood Sugar Control Won’t Help Prevent Diabetic Complications

| September 20, 2016 | Comments (0)

Two years ago, I opened a blog post on The Real Diabetes Truth here with the words “Diabetes isn’t just about blood sugar control”. That is still my fervent view, even though tight control of blood sugar levels, through the use of prescription drugs, is the mainstay of conventional treatment. For instance, the latest guidelines […]

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Diabetes Drugs Could Damage Kidney Function

| September 10, 2016 | Comments (0)

People with type 2 diabetes are at risk of developing chronic kidney disease as a diabetic complication, due to high blood sugar levels damaging the blood capillaries in the kidneys that are vital to their filtering function. But recent findings suggest that this might not be the end of the story. Antidiabetic medications could also […]

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Chronic Kidney Disease May Cause Diabetes

| September 6, 2016 | Comments (0)

It is well-known that chronic kidney disease is one of the commonest complications of type 2 diabetes. In fact, diabetic kidney disease (also called diabetic nephropathy) is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease worldwide. Now though, researchers have discovered that the opposite is also true – having chronic kidney disease could itself cause type […]

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Obesity And Type 2 Diabetes

| August 27, 2016 | Comments (0)

As I mentioned in my last blog post, a new study of identical twins – while showing no link between BMI and heart disease – confirms the long-held view that being overweight or obese increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. But the relationship between diabetes and body weight is more complex than that. […]

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No Link Between BMI And Heart Disease

| August 23, 2016 | Comments (0)

Sometimes, I really have to feel sorry for doctors. Not very many years ago everything about heart disease seemed clear cut. Everybody (well, almost everybody) believed that eating saturated fats bumped up blood cholesterol levels, which led to furred-up arteries and an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. Now, we know that this […]

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