Tag: "type 1 diabetes"

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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Re-Thinking The Cause Of Type 1 Diabetes

| March 27, 2017 | Comments (0)

The conventional view of type 1 diabetes is that it develops when the immune system mistakenly attacks the beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin. Various theories have been put forward on the cause of this immune system malfunction, which appears to involve both genetic and environmental components. But what if the fault doesn’t […]

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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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Gut Bacteria Could Trigger Type 1 Diabetes

| February 7, 2017 | Comments (1)

I’ve been talking in my last two blog posts about the potential of an artificial pancreas to transform the lives of type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients. If you have T1D, you might be worried about passing on the condition to your children. This concern is quite natural, but latest research shows the risk of developing […]

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How Type 1 Diabetics Could Cut Down On Insulin Safely

| September 3, 2016 | Comments (2)

In type 1 diabetes, the insulin-producing cells (called beta-cells) in the pancreas don’t work. This auto-immune disease puts them under constant attack from the immune system, so their insulin output is small or non-existent. In my last blog post, I told you about new technology that holds out hope of a solution – although it […]

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Could This Be A Potential Breakthrough For Type 1 Diabetes?

| August 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

The search for a solution for type 1 diabetes has been going on for many years. In this form of diabetes, the immune system’s T-cells mistakenly attack the insulin-producing beta-cells in the pancreas, so that the sufferer is unable to produce sufficient insulin and needs to rely instead on injected insulin medication for blood sugar […]

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Does The Way We Define Diabetes Need To Change?

| April 9, 2016 | Comments (0)

In my last blog post, I warned how doctors may mistake a rare, genetic form of diabetes with the much commoner type 2, with damaging consequences for the patient. But, in fact, the whole way we think of diabetes may need to change, in order to tackle the current pandemic of diabetes-related disease. In a […]

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Survey Shows Widespread Vitamin D Deficiency

| March 22, 2016 | Comments (0)

It is no secret that vitamin D deficiency has reached pandemic proportions. A new, EU-wide study has revealed that, in the UK, 22 per cent of the population is deficient, a figure that rises to 43 per cent for non-white ethnic groups.1 But health problems due to low vitamin D levels are likely to affect […]

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Do You Really Need That Calcium Supplement?

| January 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

Having diabetes, and particularly type 1 diabetes, makes you more likely to break a bone if you fall. You may have been told that taking a calcium supplement will help to keep your bones strong as you get older. But a recent review study shows that increasing your intake of this mineral through dietary sources or […]

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Probiotics Could Help Prevent Type 1 Diabetes In Children

| December 26, 2015 | Comments (0)

If you knew you had a 27 day window-period to help prevent your new born child or grandchild from developing type 1 diabetes with a 100 per cent safe and natural alternative, surely you would grab the opportunity with both hands, right? Power of probiotics According to the results of a new study, published in […]

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Bacteria That Prevent Type 1 Diabetes

| September 10, 2015 | Comments (0)

I recently told you here about a harmful strain of bacteria that can cause type 2 diabetes. But bacteria aren’t all bad. It seems that the right kind of friendly bacteria in your gut could prevent type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease in which immune system cells attack insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas. And having […]

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Tresiba: Another Useless And Potentially Dangerous Diabetes Drug

| July 9, 2015 | Comments (7)

People with type 1 diabetes need to use insulin medication daily and, as I pointed out in an earlier post here, more and more type 2 diabetics are also being prescribed insulin. Developing new ‘insulin analogues’ – drugs that do the same job as insulin in the body – has become a major growth area […]

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Could The BCG Vaccine Reverse Type 1 Diabetes?

| July 2, 2015 | Comments (0)

If you are among the 350,000 or so people in the UK with type 1 diabetes, you will be encouraged to know that a cure could be getting closer. And, if successful, it won’t mean taking a new and potentially dangerous drug, just getting an annual vaccination. A research team at Massachusetts General Hospital in […]

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Is This Blood Pressure Medication A Cure For Type 1 Diabetes?

| December 4, 2014 | Comments (2)

The research people at the University of Alabama in the USA are very excited about their recent animal studies that suggest the blood pressure drug verapamil could have the unexpected effect of reversing type 1 diabetes. Using specially-bred mice that model human diabetes, they found that insulin-producing beta-cells in the pancreas are destroyed by a […]

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