Behind the Headlines

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Diabetes costs predicted to rocket

Wednesday Apr 25 2012

Diabetes costs predicted to rocket

“Diabetes could ‘bankrupt’ the NHS in 20 years,” the Daily Mail has reported. The newspaper said that most spending on the condition is due to avoidable complications. A number of other newspapers...

Do night shifts 'give you diabetes'?

Thursday Apr 12 2012

Do night shifts 'give you diabetes'?

“Shift workers getting too little sleep at the wrong time of day may be increasing their risk of diabetes and obesity,” according to the BBC, which reported new research showing that changes to normal sleep can cause the body to...

Rice 'diabetes risk' overstated

Friday Mar 16 2012

Rice 'diabetes risk' overstated

New research has found that “eating white rice could raise your risk of type 2 diabetes” according to the Daily Mail. The starch-rich staple can potentially release high amounts of sugar into the blood...

Diabetes 'increases birth defect risk'

Monday Feb 6 2012

Diabetes 'increases birth defect risk'

“Diabetic mothers-to-be have high risk of giving birth to children with congenital abnormality,” The Guardian said today. The news is based on UK research that compared the rates of birth defects in women with and without diabetes. It found...

Does maternal diet up diabetes risk?

Monday Jan 9 2012

Does maternal diet up diabetes risk?

A bad diet during pregnancy raises an unborn child’s risk of developing diabetes in later life, The Daily Telegraph has reported. The newspaper said that a mother’s poorer diet in pregnancy reduces...

24,000 'excess' deaths from diabetes

Wednesday Dec 14 2011

24,000 'excess' deaths from diabetes

As many as 24,000 people with diabetes are dying unnecessarily each year, many of the papers have reported today. This shock statistic was a conclusion from the National Diabetes Audit...

'New diabetes pill' still years away

Wednesday Oct 5 2011

'New diabetes pill' still years away

“A daily pill that could treat or even cure diabetes is a step closer after scientists discovered how to reverse the condition,” reported the Daily Express. It went on to say that this “groundbreaking finding”...

Men 'develop diabetes more easily'

Wednesday Oct 5 2011

Men 'develop diabetes more easily'

Researchers may have discovered why men may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women, BBC News has reported. The broadcaster said that a new study has found men are...

Fatty food and 'trigger' for diabetes

Monday Aug 15 2011

Fatty food and 'trigger' for diabetes

The Daily Mail today reports that scientists have discovered how fatty foods “trigger” type 2 diabetes. It said that that the discovery may lead to a “cure” for the disease.

'Crash diets' studied for type 2 diabetes

Friday Jun 24 2011

'Crash diets' studied for type 2 diabetes

“A crash diet could end the misery of type 2 diabetes for millions of sufferers,” reported the Daily Mirror. It said a study has found that a “special 600 calories-a-day eating plan cuts fat in the pancreas and prompts insulin...

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