Behind the Headlines

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A 10-minute walk after every meal 'effective at controlling diabetes'

Tuesday Oct 18 2016

"Short stroll after meals better for blood sugar than walks at other times," says The Daily Telegraph. The story is based on a study which aimed to see whether taking a 10-minute walk after a main meal resulted in lower blood glucose levels...

Gut bacteria may be linked to 'dangerous' body fat

Monday Sep 26 2016

The BBC reports that: "The make-up of the bacteria found in human faeces may influence levels of dangerous fat in our bodies." The article is based on a UK study looking at faeces samples taken from twins, and various measures of obesity...

Fitness trackers 'don't help you lose weight'

Friday Sep 23 2016

“Fitness trackers may not help weight loss,” reports Sky News on a new trial which investigated whether using wearable technology helped people lose more weight compared to standard weight-loss programmes...

Diabetes drugs may be useful for Alzheimer's, mice research finds

Wednesday Jun 22 2016

"Drugs prescribed to treat diabetes could cure Alzheimer's disease" is the significantly over-hyped headline in The Daily Telegraph. What new research did find is that there seems to be shared biological processes between Alzheimer's and diabetes…

Report attacks official guidance on low-fat diets

Monday May 23 2016

"Low-fat diet bad for your health and cutting back on meat, dairy and eggs a disastrous mistake," the Daily Mirror reports. That is the main message of a controversial report attacking official UK guidelines on diet and weight loss…

Short bursts of intense exercise 'as good' as endurance training

Thursday Apr 28 2016

"Researchers have found that short bursts of intense exercise produce similar results to traditional longer-duration workouts," the Mail Online reports…

Global obesity rates expected to soar in next decade

Friday Apr 1 2016

"One-fifth of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025," The Guardian reports, while The Sun warns that the "UK's population to be fattest in Europe" by the same date. These are just some of the conclusions of a major…

Diabetes drug linked to increased bladder cancer risk

Thursday Mar 31 2016

"The anti-diabetic drug pioglitazone raises the risk of bladder cancer by 63 per cent," The Daily Telegraph reports. While the actual risk increase in real-world terms is small, the results may help inform prescription decisions…

Could a very low calorie diet 'cure' type 2 diabetes?

Tuesday Mar 22 2016

"Dieting for just eight weeks can reverse your diabetes," the Daily Mail reports. A small study of 30 people with type 2 diabetes found eight weeks on a very low calorie diet of around 600 to 700 calories a day, followed…

Just one hour of sitting down may increase diabetes risk by a fifth

Wednesday Feb 3 2016

"Every extra hour sitting down can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes by a fifth," the Daily Mirror reports. The paper reports on a study that looked at the effects of sedentary behaviour on type 2 diabetes risk…

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