Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

Reports of an 'end to daily diabetes jabs' are premature

Thursday Nov 26 2015

"The daily trial of insulin injections could soon be over for hundreds of thousands of people with type-1 diabetes," is the overoptimistic headline in The Times. A small study involving immune "T-reg cells" proved safe for participants…

One diet 'doesn’t fit all' – people 'metabolise food differently'

Friday Nov 20 2015

"No one diet fits all," the Daily Mail reports. Israeli researchers monitored 800 adults to measure what is known as postprandial glycemic response – the amount by which blood sugar levels increase after a person eats a meal…

Controversial 'sugar tax' report is finally published

Friday Oct 23 2015

"A sugar tax of up to 20 per cent is need[ed] on fizzy drinks and fattening snacks," the Daily Mail reports. It is one of eight recommendations from Public Health England designed to tackle the UK's love affair with the sweet stuff…

High blood pressure: does it leads to diabetes?

Thursday Oct 1 2015

"Study gives strongest link yet between blood pressure and diabetes," says The Guardian. At first glance these might be considered two unconnected conditions, but research over the years has led to diabetes being...

Smoking linked to raised diabetes risk – including passive smoking

Friday Sep 18 2015

"Passive smoking raises risk of type 2 diabetes," The Guardian reports. A major new analysis of previous studies found a significant association between exposure to tobacco smoke – including secondhand smoke – and type 2 diabetes…

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...

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