Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Do artificial sweeteners raise diabetes risk?

Thursday Sep 18 2014

Artificial sweeteners may actually raise diabetes risk

"Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes, claim scientists," reports The Guardian. But before you go clearing your fridge of diet colas, the research in question – extensive as it was – was mainly in mice…

Missing breakfast linked to type 2 diabetes

Wednesday Sep 3 2014

Missing breakfast linked to type 2 diabetes

"Skipping breakfast in childhood may raise the risk of diabetes," the Mail Online reports. A study of UK schoolchildren found that those who didn’t regularly eat breakfast had early signs of having risk markers for type 2 diabetes...

Saturated fat in dairy 'may protect against diabetes'

Wednesday Aug 6 2014

Saturated fat in cheese and other dairy products may protect against diabetes

Saturated fat in cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products may protect against diabetes, report the Mail Online, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent. A study has found that people with higher levels of...

Study probes effect of NHS Health Checks

Friday Aug 1 2014

NHS Health Checks 'waste of time' study argues

"Health MOTs routinely offered to over-40s on the NHS may be a waste of time," the Mail Online reports. The report says researchers have found no difference in the prevalence of diseases such as diabetes in GP practices that offer NHS Health Checks…

Warning over waistline link to type 2 diabetes

Thursday Jul 31 2014

Warning over waistline link to diabetes

"Public Health England said there was a 'very high risk' of diabetes with waistlines over 40in (102cm) in men or 35in (88cm) in women," BBC News reports. A new report highlights the connection between obesity and diabetes, which can be life-threatening…

Study links shift work to increased risk of diabetes

Friday Jul 25 2014

Shift work linked to diabetes

“Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, a large international study suggests,” BBC News reports. The BBC reports on a review that searched the literature and found 12 studies including more than 225,000 people…

Protein may help control diabetes symptoms

Thursday Jul 17 2014

Protein may help control diabetes symptoms

"Diabetes could be cured 'in single jab'," is the misleading headline in the Daily Express. The news comes from an exciting new mouse study that found promising results for a treatment for type 2 diabetes. But the study did not show that it would cure…

Prediabetes label 'unhelpful', experts argue

Wednesday Jul 16 2014

Prediabetes unhelpful label experts argue

"Labelling people as having pre-diabetes is unhelpful and unnecessary, researchers claim," BBC News report. In an opinion piece in the BMJ, the authors argue that the term's usage achieves next to nothing in terms of practical clinical benefits…

Offer weight loss surgery to diabetics, says NICE

Friday Jul 11 2014

'Offer weight loss surgery to diabetics,' says NICE

"An expansion of weight loss surgery in England is being proposed to tackle an epidemic of type 2 diabetes," BBC News reports. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that obese people with type 2 diabetes…

'Bionic' pancreas could be used to treat diabetes

Monday Jun 16 2014

'Bionic' pancreas could be used to treat diabetes

"An artificial pancreas could allow thousands of diabetes patients to live normal lives," the Mail Online website reports. A UK study involving a device that “top-ups” blood sugar levels with insulin has proved successful in people with type 1 diabetes…

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