Tag: "Type 2 Diabetes"

Broccoli Sprouts Could Help Manage Blood Sugar

| June 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

We all know that eating broccoli is good for us. And sprouted broccoli seeds have long been shown to contain anti-cancer and heart-healthy phytochemicals. But now scientists have discovered that these same natural substances could help to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. In a neat piece of detective work, an […]

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Metformin Could Act By Altering Gut Bacteria

| June 16, 2017 | Comments (0)

The drug metformin is the mainstay of conventional type 2 diabetes treatment and has been in clinical use for the last 60 years. Despite this, scientists still don’t have a clear understanding of how it works. But a new study shows metformin may lower blood sugar through its effects on our gut bacteria. Researchers at […]

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What’s really driving the type 2 diabetes epidemic?

| June 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Type 2 diabetes has been in the news again, with Professor Melanie Davies, a diabetes expert at Leicester University, warning that the condition threatens to overwhelm the NHS. A staggering 10 billion pounds a year is spent on treating it – almost a tenth of the entire NHS budget. And, as charity Diabetes UK was […]

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Elderly Type 2 Diabetes Patients May Be Overtreated

| June 12, 2017 | Comments (0)

Elderly people with chronic illnesses often put a lot of faith in their doctor. And, if an old person dies from complications of their illness, doctors don’t want to think that they might have done more to prevent it. The result is that many older people are overprescribed medications – and suffer the side effects […]

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Does Eating Meat Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

| May 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

As I wrote here recently, a healthy diet is key to preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. That means cutting right down on sugary and starchy carbohydrates and replacing them with green vegetables, low-GL fruits and healthy sources of fat and protein. But it seems that not just any kind of protein will do, as […]

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Night Owls With Type 2 Diabetes Have Higher Depression Risk

| April 21, 2017 | Comments (0)

As I mentioned in my last blog post, people with diabetes are more likely to become depressed. Now, two new studies from Bangkok University show that people with type 2 diabetes who are night owls are at even higher risk of depression – and that night shift workers have poorer blood sugar control than people […]

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Moderate Exercise May Improve Memory In Type 2 Diabetes

| January 24, 2017 | Comments (0)

It is a well-known fact that new gym memberships peak in the first week of January. And that half of the people who sign up stop attending about three weeks later. So, if you’re feeling bad that your New Year resolution isn’t working out quite as you had hoped, take some comfort from new research […]

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Will The Sugar Tax Really Deliver Any Health Benefits?

| January 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

The UK is due to introduce a levy on the soft drinks industry, from April 2018, linked to the sugar content of the products it markets. The idea behind the move is that cutting sugar intake, particularly by children, will go some way towards stemming the current epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Just […]

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Zinc could cut cardiovascular risks in type 2 diabetes

| December 6, 2016 | Comments (0)

It is quite common for people with diabetes to be deficient in the mineral zinc. It has been known for many years that high blood sugar causes more zinc to be lost in the urine. And low zinc status can increase insulin resistance, since zinc helps insulin bind to cells and move glucose from the […]

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Prevent Heart Failure – But Not This Way

| December 3, 2016 | Comments (0)

As I mentioned in my last blog post, heart failure can be a serious complication of type 2 diabetes and some antidiabetic drugs could increase the risk of it. So, when I noticed the headline “How to prevent heart failure in type 2 diabetes” on the Science Daily website, it sounded like great news. That […]

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Gliptin Drugs Raise Heart Failure Risks

| November 29, 2016 | Comments (0)

People with type 2 diabetes are at higher risk of congestive heart failure. So it is astonishing that some diabetes drugs are still prescribed when they are known to increase heart failure risk further – in some cases by as much as 42 per cent, as I reported here. Congestive heart failure happens when the […]

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Too Much Calcium Linked To Type 2 Diabetes

| November 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

Not long ago, we were being urged to get plenty of calcium in order to protect our bones. But now, not only does it seem calcium supplements make little or no difference to osteoporosis risk, they could potentially cause heart disease, as I reported in my last blog post. The damage too much calcium can […]

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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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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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