Tag: "blood sugar control"

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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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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Mediator Drug Firm Guilty of Negligence

| December 24, 2016 | Comments (0)

In my last blog post, I told you about Dr Irène Frachon’s heroic effort to get the dangerous diabetes drug Mediator banned in France. But the withdrawal of Mediator wasn’t the end of the story – just the end of the first chapter. Because she was so horrified that no information about the drug’s deadly […]

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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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Curcumin Could Overcome Insulin Resistance Naturally

| May 17, 2016 | Comments (0)

Insulin resistance is a condition where the body cells fail to respond normally to the hormone insulin and so are unable (or less able) to take up glucose from the blood stream. It results in poor blood sugar control and is a factor in metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance is usually treated […]

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Don’t Stop Taking That Chromium Supplement

| January 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

I was intending to write this blog post on the subject of drug interactions, but instead I want to set straight the recent scare stories about chromium supplements that have appeared in the press. Many people use this essential mineral to help with blood sugar control and weight loss. So it was alarming to see […]

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A Diet High In Fibre Can Help Cut Your Diabetes Risk

| June 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

Back in 2012, nutritionist Martin Hum told our readers of the Real Diabetes Truth how a higher intake of dietary fibre can help control type 2 diabetes. In a previous study, researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina conducted a meta-analysis of the results of 15 separate clinical trials in which additional dietary fibre […]

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A Big Breakfast And Light Dinner Improve Blood Sugar Control

| April 9, 2015 | Comments (1)

There is plenty of advice on internet websites about what people with diabetes should eat. Like most of the stuff you find online, some of this advice is good, some bad. But it’s not only what you eat that can help to control your blood sugar – it’s when you eat it, too. After a […]

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Beat The Christmas Bulge With These Weight-Reducing Herbs

| December 11, 2014 | Comments (0)

At this time of year, it can be particularly difficult to keep our weight under control. The cold, dark and wet days make us crave more filling and comforting foods while the round of parties and seasonal meals means that keeping to a low-GL diet can be a real challenge. Of course, we should still […]

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Berries Help Control Weight And Blood Sugar

| February 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Anyone who has been to Scandinavia, or has simply visited an Ikea store, will know that lingonberries are something of a staple food in those northern lands. These distant relatives of the cranberry grow abundantly in the wild and are usually made into a tasty jam. Now, scientists have found that lingonberries may have an […]

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Tianqi And Other Chinese Herbs Block Progression to Type 2 Diabetes

| February 20, 2014 | Comments (4)

A new study has revealed that a traditional Chinese herbal preparation called Tianqi can slow or prevent the progression from pre-diabetes to a diagnosis of full-blown type 2 diabetes. This is the first time that a traditional Chinese herbal medicine has been tested in a conventional clinical trial for its blood sugar lowering effects. Traditional […]

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Air Pollution Can Cause Insulin Resistance And Diabetes

| June 27, 2013 | Comments (0)

You already know that what you eat and drink can affect your risks of metabolic syndrome, diabetes and obesity. But have you thought about what you breathe in? Surprisingly, scientists are discovering that air pollution might influence the development of insulin resistance and both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. As I pointed out in […]

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What’s The Verdict On Coffee Drinking And Diabetes?

| March 19, 2012 | Comments (5)

I remember being told some twenty years ago, by a friend who was a doctor, how coffee is bad for people with diabetes. He carefully explained that the caffeine in coffee stimulates the adrenal glands to produce the hormone adrenalin. This in turn causes the liver to convert some of its store of glycogen into […]

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Just Because You’re Thin, Don’t Think You Can’t Get Diabetes

| February 6, 2012 | Comments (1)

Almost everything I read about diabetes these days advises sufferers and those who want to reduce their risk of developing the condition to lose weight. The twin epidemics of diabetes and obesity are inextricably linked as far as the media are concerned. You could be forgiven for thinking that, if you are not overweight, you’ve […]

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