Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Cannabis use may affect diabetes risk in the middle-aged

Monday Sep 14 2015

"People who use marijuana may be more likely to develop pre-diabetes than those who have never smoked it," The Independent reports after a US study found a link between long-term cannabis use and pre-diabetes…

Sugary drinks linked to 8,000 new UK diabetes cases a year

Wednesday Jul 22 2015

"Are sugary drinks causing 8,000 cases of diabetes every year?," the Daily Mirror asks, as a new study estimates they could cause thousands of type 2 diabetes cases in the UK, and millions in the US…

Heart attack, stroke and diabetes 'can shorten life by 23 years'

Wednesday Jul 8 2015

"Suffering from heart disease, stroke and type two diabetes could knock 23 years off life," The Daily Telegraph reports, covering the stark conclusion of a major new UK study. The good news is many chronic diseases, such as stroke, are preventable…

'Eat carbohydrates last' advice for diabetics

Monday Jun 29 2015

“Eating protein and veg BEFORE carbs…could help diabetics control their blood sugar,” the Mail Online reports. However, the advice is based on a very small study and the influence of food ordering really needs to be checked in much larger studies…

Could a smart insulin patch mean no more diabetic injections?

Tuesday Jun 23 2015

"A 'smart' insulin patch could replace painful injections to help millions of people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check," the Daily Mirror reports; though the technology has only been tested on mice...

Half a handful of nuts a day 'reduces early death risk'

Friday Jun 12 2015

'A handful of nuts can save your life, says new study' The Daily Telegraph reports. A new Dutch study found a link between daily nut consumption and a reduced chance of dying from a number of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease…

Overweight diabetics 'live longer' than slimmer diabetics

Monday May 11 2015

"Overweight diabetics are 13 per cent less likely to die prematurely than those of a normal weight or those who are obese," the Mail Online reports. Research suggests that the obesity paradox may be involved in diabetes…

Replacing sugary drinks with water may reduce diabetes risk

Friday May 1 2015

"Swapping orange squash for a cup of tea cuts diabetes risk," The Daily Telegraph reports. The news is based on a major UK study, involving around 25,000 adults...

Diet swap study highlights bowel effects of Western-style diet

Wednesday Apr 29 2015

"Diet swap experiment reveals junk food's harm to guts," BBC News reports. African-American volunteers were asked to eat an African diet, while Africans were asked to eat a typical American diet, and the effects on the bowel were striking…

Sedentary lifestyle, not watching TV, may up diabetes risk

Thursday Apr 2 2015

"Experts claim being a couch potato can increase the risk of developing diabetes," the Daily Express reports. A study estimated that each hour of time spent watching TV increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by 2.1% in high-risk people…

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