Tag: "sugar"

In Future, ‘Sugar Sponges’ Could Help Control Diabetes

| June 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

Conventional diabetes treatments are a pain, involving risks of hypoglycaemia and drug side effects, and the hassle of daily insulin injections. But now, Chinese scientists have come up with a different approach – a microscopic “sugar sponge” that mops up glucose when blood sugar levels are high and releases it when they are low. Researchers […]

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Your Muscles Can Taste Sugar, Too

| May 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

The taste buds on our tongues make eating a pleasure, but they also have a more serious role in indicating whether something is good to eat or not. The sensations of sweetness, saltiness and umami (glutamate) encourage us to consume carbohydrates, sodium and amino acids, while bitter and sour tastes deter us from eating potentially […]

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Insulin Pumps Could Benefit More People With Diabetes

| April 14, 2017 | Comments (0)

For people with type 1 diabetes and, increasingly, those with type 2 as well, daily multiple injections of insulin are a constant reminder of their condition and can restrict social or work-related activities. But there is another option. Insulin pumps, which regularly measure blood glucose levels and automatically deliver the right dose have been available […]

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How The Sugar Mafia Stitched Up Fat

| March 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

The UK’s public health minister, Nicola Blackwood, who is in charge of the Government’s childhood obesity strategy, was given a rough ride when she faced the Commons Health Committee last month. Not surprisingly. One in every three 10-year-olds is now obese or overweight and the UK has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity […]

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What You Can Do To Help Protect Your Child From Type 1 Diabetes

| February 11, 2017 | Comments (0)

I mentioned in my last blog post a study that shows people with type 1 diabetes have different gut bacteria from non-diabetics and a typical kind of inflammation in their gut. Another new review explains how the right balance of gut bacteria (the microbiome) is essential for the immune system to develop and function correctly […]

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How Diet Fizzy Drinks May Befuddle Our Brains

| January 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

I mentioned in my last blog post how the UK government is hoping for some big health benefits from its sugar tax on the fizzy drinks industry, due to come into force next year. But what will be the real effects of switching from high-sugar drinks to artificially-sweetened diet versions? As I mentioned in earlier […]

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Aspartame Artificial Sweetener Can Cause Weight Gain

| December 27, 2016 | Comments (0)

At this time of year, many of us are thinking about New Year Resolutions. And for some, that will include making an effort to lose a few (or more) extra pounds. Swapping sugar for a no-calorie sweetener may seem an obvious step in the right direction. But regular readers of The Real Diabetes Truth will […]

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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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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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Coca Cola And Pepsi Found To Fund 100 US Health Groups

| November 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

Study after study has confirmed that carbonated fizzy drinks, like those manufactured by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are a major cause of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The World Health Organisation, as well as governments of countries around the globe, have called for sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks to be taxed, as a part of efforts to reduce […]

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How Fructose Can Cause Type 2 Diabetes

| October 25, 2016 | Comments (1)

I have made my thoughts clear several times on The Real Diabetes Truth about the role of sugar, and in particular fructose, in driving the massive global epidemic of type 2 diabetes. A year ago, I wrote here about a study that showed sugar triggers metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance – not because it causes […]

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Chilean Maqui Berries To Help Lower Blood Sugar?

| October 11, 2016 | Comments (0)

People with diabetes are sometimes wary of eating fruit because they think it is too sweet and high in sugar. But, although all fruits do contain natural sugars, they also contain essential vitamins, minerals (especially magnesium) and a good mix of soluble and insoluble kinds of fibre. Eating fruit can help to lower the risks […]

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Junk Food Sports Sponsorship Damages Children’s Health

| July 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

With Euro 2016, the Rio Olympics and a full calendar of international tennis, cricket and cycling, this is another great summer of sport. Big events like these encourage children to take part in sporting activities and get fit. But they are also massive marketing opportunities for junk food and beverage companies. It has been questioned […]

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Sports Drinks Sector Fights Sugar Tax

| July 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

I wrote here in February this year about the UK government’s plans to introduce a sugar tax, as part of its attempt to tackle the obesity crisis. And sure enough, the tax – which is due to be levied in 2018 – was announced in the March budget speech. But, although this move has been […]

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