Tag: "insulin sensitivity"

Statins: More Likely To Give You Diabetes Than Prevent A Heart Attack

| July 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

That statin drugs come with diabetes as a side effect has been known for the last ten years and, in America (but not in the UK), statins have had to carry a warning to this effect since 2012. Now, researchers at McMaster University in Canada have uncovered a novel mechanism in the body by which […]

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Ginger Gets To The Root Of Type 2 Diabetes

| June 26, 2014 | Comments (1)

If you are looking for safe, natural alternatives to diabetes drugs, herbs and spices offer several effective options. A number of recent studies reveal that ginger is one such spice that helps to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels. In newly published research, patients with type 2 diabetes who took three grams of […]

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Exercise Reduces Visceral Fat In Type 2 Diabetes

| August 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

People with diabetes are often told to lose weight and that excess body fat is a bad thing. However, not all fat is created equal. Subcutaneous fat forms a layer under the skin and has different metabolic activity depending on where it is located. Having this kind of fat around your hips and thighs could […]

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Doctors And Patients Must Set Diabetes Care Goals Together

| May 30, 2013 | Comments (0)

The state of diabetes care in the UK is not good. If I were to give it a school report, it would say ‘fails to understand this subject and must make a huge effort to do better’. And that’s being kind. If you have read my blog posts for The Real Diabetes Truth on 23 […]

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Boosting Testosterone Could Benefit Men With Type 2 Diabetes

| April 25, 2013 | Comments (0)

Doctors have known for some time that men with type 2 diabetes tend to have lower than normal testosterone levels. Now, Australian researchers have started a two-year study to investigate whether giving men additional testosterone could help them to lose weight and avoid diabetes. Around 1500 Australian men who have been diagnosed as being pre-diabetic […]

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Aspartame: Raise Diabetes Risk By As Much As 56%

| March 21, 2013 | Comments (0)

Several large studies have linked the consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks with the global rise in obesity and diabetes and many of us now favour the sugar-free kind, which contain artificial sweeteners, like aspartame. However, a new study from France suggests that these “diet” drinks could actually make you more likely to develop type 2 […]

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Diabulimia: Abusing Insulin Can Prove Fatal

| February 15, 2013 | Comments (0)

In a recent blog post (The Real Diabetes Truth 10 January 2013), I reported on new animal research clarifying the mechanism behind earlier clinical findings that long-term insulin use by people with diabetes promotes weight gain. A high blood insulin level promotes fat storage and stops the body from breaking down fat, so people who […]

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Saturated Fat: Wrong Kind Of Fat When Pregnant Raises Baby’s Diabetes Risk

| February 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

Eating the right combination of fats – saturated fat, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat – is essential to having a healthy pregnancy. When a woman becomes pregnant, or when she plans to have a baby, she is likely to stop drinking alcohol, eat proper meals and take a supplement of folate. These actions help to ensure a […]

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Too Much Insulin Makes You Fat

| January 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

The results of a recent animal study have shown that obesity may result from chronically high insulin levels, not the other way around. These findings challenge the widespread view among doctors that rising insulin levels are a secondary consequence of obesity and insulin resistance. The new study, at the University of British Columbia, showed that […]

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Diabetics At Increased Risk Of Hearing Loss And Infertility

| December 20, 2012 | Comments (0)

If you have diabetes, you have probably been told about the common possible complications of the disease. These don’t make for very cheerful reading: cardiovascular disease (including diabetic myocardiopathy, a wasting of the heart muscle), diabetic retinopathy, neuropathy and nephropathy, diabetic foot ulcers and Charcot foot (see Real Diabetes Truth of 21 June) and an […]

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Sitting For Too Long Increases Diabetes Risk

| November 27, 2012 | Comments (0)

Many of us have jobs that require us to sit for much of the day. In addition, most leisure “activity” also involves sitting: television, computer games, car travel and even going to the cinema or theatre. Now, scientists at Leicester University have revealed that all that sitting actually increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease […]

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Study Shows Type 2 Diabetes Starts In The Brain

| November 14, 2012 | Comments (0)

Anybody with diabetes or metabolic syndrome knows that what they eat will affect their blood sugar and that if they eat too much of the wrong things they will put on weight. That much is common sense, but now scientists in New York have found how overeating could cause a malfunction in insulin signalling in […]

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Pumpkins: A Great Food To Fight Diabetes

| October 31, 2012 | Comments (1)

At this time of the year, children are excitedly preparing for Halloween and part of the fun is to carve pumpkins into a scary lanterns. But don’t throw away all that orange pumpkin flesh, because it could help you to avoid or better manage diabetes. A portion of pumpkin has a low glycaemic load (GL), […]

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Environmental Toxins Can Cause Diabetes

| October 17, 2012 | Comments (2)

Between 1983 and 2008, the number of people in the world with diabetes shot up from 35 million to 240 million, an almost seven-fold increase. While massive efforts have been made to develop and market new drugs to treat the disease (often putting profits before patients, as I explained in my last blog post), little […]

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