Behind the Headlines

Your guide to the science that makes the news

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…

Type 2 diabetes 'more likely' with high acid levels

Thursday Nov 14 2013

Acid-rich diet may up type 2 diabetes risk

“Eating too much meat ‘raises risk of diabetes’ even if they eat lots of fruit and vegetables too,” reports the Mail Online. The headline is based on the results of a 14-year study of more than 60,000 women in France…

Can sleeping too much cause chronic diseases?

Friday Oct 4 2013

Sleeping ten hours a day linked to chronic diseases

“People who get more than 10 hours a night have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity,” the Mail Online warns. The study this news is based on also found that those who don’t get enough sleep have an increased risk of disease…

Claim that antidepressants cause diabetes unproven

Wednesday Sep 25 2013

The research linking antidepressants with diabetes is inconclusive

"Happy pills are linked to a higher risk of diabetes," is the headline in the Daily Mail. The newspaper reports on a review that examined available evidence to see if there was a link between antidepressant use and type 2 diabetes…

Psoriasis drug tested as type 1 diabetes treatment

Monday Sep 23 2013

Psoriasis drug may also help treat type 1 diabetes

“Skin drug shows 'promising' results on type 1 diabetes,” reports BBC News. This story is based on a small trial of alefacept in people with newly diagnosed type 1 diabetes…

Fruit may lower diabetes risk while juice may raise it

Friday Aug 30 2013

Blueberries were most effective in reducing diabetes risk

“New diet to beat diabetes: Fresh fruit cuts risk by a quarter,” the Daily Express reports, while also warning that “drinking fruit juice actually increases the risk”. This report is based on three large studies of health professionals in the US…

Dogs 'warn diabetics' after smelling low blood sugar

Wednesday Aug 21 2013

Dogs 'warn diabetics' after smelling low blood sugar

“Dogs could be trained to warn diabetic patients when their blood sugar levels are about to become low,” The Daily Telegraph reports. The story comes from a study of 17 people with diabetes…

Claims blood test predicts lifespan are exaggerated

Wednesday Jul 10 2013

Blood test to predict lifespan claims hyped

The Mail Online promises us a “revolutionary blood test that could predict how long you'll live, what ailments you'll get – and how fast you'll age”. The Mail is not the only news organisation to make such elaborate claims…

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