Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Diabetes increases heart attack risk by 48%

Monday Dec 10 2012

Diabetes increases heart attack risk by 48%

'People with diabetes 48% more likely to suffer heart attack' The Guardian reports and the Daily Mail adds 'people with diabetes also 65% more likely to have heart failure'. The stories are prompted by an audit into diabetes-related complications…

Syrup found in biscuits 'triggering global diabetes epidemic'

Wednesday Nov 28 2012

Syrup found in biscuits 'triggering global diabetes epidemic'

"Syrup found in biscuits, ice cream and energy drinks fuelling diabetes on a 'global scale'," reports the Daily Mail, highlighting that countries that use large amounts of fructose corn syrup...

Failings in diabetes care 'cost thousands of lives'

Tuesday Nov 6 2012

Failings in diabetes care 'costing thousands of lives'

'Diabetes care depressingly poor, say MPs' is the headline on the BBC News website. This is the damning verdict of a select committee report into standards of diabetes care in the NHS…

Having desk job 'doubles risk' of heart attack

Monday Oct 15 2012

Having a desk job 'doubles risk' of heart attack

'Sitting for long periods increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease and death' BBC News warns. The news is based on research assessing what impact sedentary behaviour had on health outcomes, with the results suggesting 'sofa – no so good'…

Could less sleep increase teen diabetes risk?

Monday Oct 1 2012

All night gaming sessions could increase teens’ diabetes risk

“Teenagers who stay up all night playing video games could be putting themselves at increased risk of diabetes,” the Daily Mail has reported. This story is based on a study that assessed sleep length and insulin...

Diabetes genes 'breakthrough'

Monday Aug 13 2012

'Hope for new treatments' after diabetes genes 'breakthrough'

“Scientists have discovered a clutch of genes that dramatically increase the risk of developing diabetes,” reports the Daily Express. The newspaper says the breakthrough “could help develop simple and cheap drugs to tackle...

Do heart benefits of statins outweigh diabetes risk?

Friday Aug 10 2012

Do health benefits of statins outweigh diabetes risk?

‘Heart benefits of statins outweigh diabetes risk’ reports the Telegraph. This is the finding of a large trial from the US. Good news for statin users or are statin advocates trying to ‘sugar the pill?’…

'Pump iron not insulin' – weightlifting reduces men’s diabetes risk

Tuesday Aug 7 2012

'Pump iron not insulin' weightlifting reduces men's diabetes risk

"Pumping weights five times a week can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by a third," The Daily Telegraph has reported. The news is based on the results of a large US study which found that men who performed weight training reduced their risk...

Can a diet of cheese 'beat diabetes'?

Tuesday Jul 24 2012

Can a diet of cheese 'beat diabetes'?

Just two slices [of cheese] a day could reduce risk of diabetes, claims the Daily Mail. The news is based on the results of a Europe-wide study that aimed to determine whether eating a diet high in dairy products...

'TOWIE lifestyle' link to type 2 diabetes

Tuesday Jul 17 2012

'TOWIE' lifestyle link to type 2 diabetes

“TOWIE girls watch out! Women who use nail varnish and hairspray ‘may have higher risk of diabetes’,” is the headline in the Daily Mail. The Mail’s focus on high-maintenance The Only Way Is Essex girls being at risk of diabetes seems...

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