Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

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…

One in three adults in England 'has prediabetes'

Tuesday Jun 10 2014

One in three adults in England has 'prediabetes'

"One in three adults in England 'on cusp' of diabetes," BBC News and others report. The media reports are based on a study that estimated that 35.3% of adults in the UK now have prediabetes (also known as borderline diabetes)…

Two big meals 'better' than six snacks for diabetics

Friday May 16 2014

Two big meals 'better' than six snacks for diabetics

“Only eating breakfast and lunch may be more effective at managing type 2 diabetes than eating smaller, more regular meals,” BBC News reports. The report focuses on a small study which found that when people with type 2 diabetes ate two meals…

Upping coffee intake may reduce diabetes risk

Friday Apr 25 2014

Upping coffee intake may reduce diabetes risk

"Three cups of coffee a day could help keep diabetes away," The Independent reports. A US study has found a link between increased coffee intake and a small – but significant – reduction in type 2 diabetes risk…

Five-year 'death test' provides few answers

Wednesday Feb 26 2014

Five-year 'death test' provides few answers

A “death test” that supposedly predicts the chance of a healthy person dying in the next five years has been developed by scientists, The Daily Telegraph reports…

Is cooked meat linked to increased dementia risk?

Tuesday Feb 25 2014

How you cook meat could also affect dementia risk

'Cooking meat "may be dementia risk"' reports BBC News. It reports on a study in mice and humans that was looking at what are known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs), found in meat, and whether they are linked to development of dementia...

Diabetes claim for low-fat yoghurt not proven

Thursday Feb 6 2014

Low-fat yoghurt may cut diabetes risk

“Yoghurt is key to beating diabetes,” is the front page headline from the Daily Express. The news is based on a study looking at the association between dairy intake and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes…

Wine and chocolate may not 'beat diabetes'

Monday Jan 20 2014

Wine and chocs probably can’t beat diabetes

“Chocolate and red wine 'can beat diabetes’," is the misleading and potentially harmful headline on the Sky News website. The study it reports on was actually looking at specific compounds found in wine and chocolate…

Wii Fit may help people control diabetes

Thursday Dec 12 2013

Wii Fit may help people control diabetes

"Wii Fit games 'help control diabetes'," reports BBC News. People with type 2 diabetes are usually advised to change their lifestyle – including taking more exercise – to help control their blood sugar levels. In a novel randomised controlled trial…

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