Category: Diabetes

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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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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Will A Bionic Pancreas For Type 1 Diabetes Soon Be A Reality?

| February 4, 2017 | Comments (0)

I reported in my last blog post on a development that is important for anybody with type 1 diabetes – the testing of a bionic pancreas that uses both insulin and glucagon, two hormones that keep blood sugar levels in balance. As I explained in my last post, insulin reduces blood sugar while glucagon raises […]

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New Device Uses Two Hormones To Control Blood Sugar

| January 31, 2017 | Comments (0)

People with type 1 diabetes, who are unable to produce their own insulin, have long had to rely on injected forms of the hormone. As anyone who has had to do it knows, injecting yourself with insulin may sound simple, but it comes with several potential problems. These include pain, bleeding or bruising at the […]

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Cut Out Diet Fizzy Drinks To Lose Weight?

| November 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

With so many people now overweight or obese, it is not surprising that the fizzy drinks market is flooded with ‘diet’ and ‘zero’ versions of popular beverages. But if you think that switching from a sugar-sweetened drink to one of these low-calorie or calorie-free options is going to help you lose weight or control your […]

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Childhood Muscular Fitness Could Prevent Metabolic Syndrome

| November 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

It is estimated that between a fifth and a quarter of adults in Europe and America have metabolic syndrome and consequently have increased risks of developing both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. More and more children and adolescents are also being found to have this condition.1 But new research shows that there could be […]

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Bitter Melon Compound Could Help Reverse Insulin Resistance

| October 29, 2016 | Comments (2)

In earlier posts here and here, I have written about the incredible benefits that certain herbs can have on controlling blood-sugar levels. One of the best natural remedies for diabetes is the bitter melon (Momordica charantia), which has been shown in clinical trials to be an effective antidiabetic agent and – unlike standard drugs – […]

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Chemical Pollutants Can Reduce Levels Of Vitamin D

| October 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

As I mentioned in my last blog post, we all need extra vitamin D, particularly through the winter period. But it isn’t only the lack of sunshine that can deplete your body’s stores of vitamin D, it’s also the chemical pollution we are all exposed to. Scientists have recently shown that higher levels of endocrine-disrupting […]

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Could Prickly Pear Help Combat Diabetes?

| October 15, 2016 | Comments (0)

I mentioned in my last blog post how an extract of Chilean maqui berries could help control blood sugar spikes after a meal. Another fruit with antidiabetic properties comes from the prickly pear cactus, or Opuntia. This desert plant has been cultivated for centuries in arid areas of the world, both as a food crop […]

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Silver Nanoparticles Could Help Foot Ulcers Heal

| October 4, 2016 | Comments (0)

Diabetic foot ulcers are one of the nastiest complications of diabetes and cause more hospitalisations than any other. They can take a long time to heal with conventional treatment and in some cases they could lead to the foot having to be amputated. But now researchers have discovered that a solution containing microscopic particles of […]

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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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Could Caralluma Help You Lose Potentially Dangerous Belly Fat?

| September 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

In my last blog post, I told you how animal studies suggest a herb called Caralluma fimbriata could help protect your kidneys and may also aid blood sugar control. So far, there have been only a few human clinical trials of this herb – but what they show is that it could help weight loss […]

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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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