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Study links shift work to increased risk of diabetes

Friday Jul 25 2014

Shift work linked to diabetes

“Type 2 diabetes is more common in people who work shifts, a large international study suggests,” BBC News reports. The BBC reports on a review that searched the literature and found 12 studies including more than 225,000 people…

Protein may help control diabetes symptoms

Thursday Jul 17 2014

Protein may help control diabetes symptoms

"Diabetes could be cured 'in single jab'," is the misleading headline in the Daily Express. The news comes from an exciting new mouse study that found promising results for a treatment for type 2 diabetes. But the study did not show that it would cure…

Prediabetes label 'unhelpful', experts argue

Wednesday Jul 16 2014

Prediabetes unhelpful label experts argue

"Labelling people as having pre-diabetes is unhelpful and unnecessary, researchers claim," BBC News report. In an opinion piece in the BMJ, the authors argue that the term's usage achieves next to nothing in terms of practical clinical benefits…

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...

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