Behind the Headlines

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Could a very low calorie diet 'cure' type 2 diabetes?

Tuesday Mar 22 2016

"Dieting for just eight weeks can reverse your diabetes," the Daily Mail reports. A small study of 30 people with type 2 diabetes found eight weeks on a very low calorie diet of around 600 to 700 calories a day, followed…

Just one hour of sitting down may increase diabetes risk by a fifth

Wednesday Feb 3 2016

"Every extra hour sitting down can raise your risk of type 2 diabetes by a fifth," the Daily Mirror reports. The paper reports on a study that looked at the effects of sedentary behaviour on type 2 diabetes risk…

A potato-rich diet before pregnancy could up diabetes risk

Wednesday Jan 13 2016

"Eating potatoes before pregnancy increases risk of diabetes," The Daily Telegraph reports. Researchers found a small, but significant, increase in gestational diabetes risk in mothers who ate a potato-rich diet before their pregnancy…

Sugary drinks linked to increased fat levels around vital organs

Tuesday Jan 12 2016

"People who consume sugary drinks are more likely to develop dangerous fat that becomes wrapped around internal organs," the Daily Mail reports after a US study found a link between the consumption of sugary drinks and increased visceral fat levels…

'Remixed' skin cells could lead to new diabetes treatments

Thursday Jan 7 2016

"End of injections in sight for diabetics after new discovery," says The Daily Telegraph. If you think you've read a similar headline before, you may be right – replacing insulin injections for type 1 diabetes has been a goal for many years...

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…

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