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Thursday Dec 4 2014
“Leafy vegetables contain chemical nitrate that improves heart health,” the Mail Online reports. In a recent study, researchers looked at the effects of a nitrate-rich diet on rats…
Tuesday Nov 25 2014
"Eating a small portion of yoghurt every day may reduce diabetes risk," The Independent reports. This news comes from a US study that assessed the eating habits of more than 100,000 people and then followed them up every four years, looking...
Monday Nov 24 2014
"Vegetable diet will beat diabetes: Meat-free lifestyle cures killer disease," is the typically overblown headline in the Daily Express. But researchers actually found a vegetarian diet led to a quite modest fall in only one measure of blood glucose…
Monday Nov 3 2014
'Weight loss surgery can dramatically reduce the odds of developing type 2 diabetes' BBC News report. A UK study found that having bariatric surgery reduced the risk of diabetes by around 80% in morbidly obese people...
Friday Oct 24 2014
"Sunshine can make you thin," claims the Daily Mirror, while the Daily Express splashed on its front page that, "Sunlight is key to fighting diabetes". Both are strong contenders for the title of the day's most inaccurate health headline...
Thursday Oct 23 2014
"Shift workers should avoid tucking into steak, brown rice or green veg at night," because these foods "disrupt the body clock," the Mail Online reports. But the research in question involved lab mice…
Friday Oct 10 2014
"Type 1 diabetes cure within reach after breakthrough," The Independent reports after researchers have managed to "coax" human stem cells into becoming insulin-producing cells…
Thursday Oct 9 2014
"Grapefruit juice 'could be the key to weight loss','' is the misleading headline in The Daily Telegraph, as mice fed a combination of a high-fat diet and grapefruit juice still put on weight. Though their blood sugar levels were lower than controls…
Wednesday Sep 24 2014
“Statins increase risk of diabetes but benefits are still worth it, say experts,” The Guardian reports. A large study found the medication lead to a modest increase in weight and subsequent diabetes risk…
Thursday Sep 18 2014
"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…
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