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Fatty food and 'trigger' for diabetes

Monday Aug 15 2011

The Daily Mail today reports that scientists have discovered how fatty foods “trigger” type 2 diabetes. It said that that the discovery may lead to a “cure” for the disease.

'Crash diets' studied for type 2 diabetes

Friday Jun 24 2011

“A crash diet could end the misery of type 2 diabetes for millions of sufferers,” reported the Daily Mirror. It said a study has found that a “special 600 calories-a-day eating plan cuts fat in the pancreas and prompts insulin...

Statins and diabetes risk

Wednesday Jun 22 2011

“High doses of statins could increase risk of diabetes,” the Daily Mail reported. The newspaper said that people taking intensive courses of statins, the cholesterol-lowering medicines, are 12% more likely to...

An insulin nasal spray for diabetes?

Wednesday Jun 15 2011

Researchers have developed a “nasal spray vaccine” that might stop children developing diabetes, the Daily Express has reported. The “remarkable breakthrough” can stop the body’s immune system from attacking insulin-producing cells...

Kidney damage 'reversed' in diabetic mice

Wednesday Apr 27 2011

BBC News has reported that “diet can ‘reverse kidney failure’ in mice”. It said that a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrate can repair kidney damage in diabetic mice. The research looked at...

Wrist size 'a marker of blood sugar'

Tuesday Apr 12 2011

“Big wrists could be a warning of heart danger for your child,” according to the Daily Mail. The news story is based on an Italian study that assessed whether children’s wrist circumference...

Tangerine chemical can protect against cancer

Friday Apr 8 2011

The Daily Mail reported today that eating tangerines could protect against heart attacks, diabetes and stroke, as well as staving off obesity. It said that researchers have identified a flavonoid chemical in tangerines called nobiletin.

Heart risks of diabetes drugs compared

Friday Mar 18 2011

BBC News reports that researchers have said that “a drug to treat diabetes, Actos, would be a "sensible alternative" to one which was banned last year”. It said that Avandia, also known as rosiglitazone...

Can a mother's diet give her child diabetes?

Tuesday Mar 8 2011

“A poor diet during pregnancy may increase the risk of a woman’s children and grandchildren developing type 2 diabetes in later life”, reported the Daily Mail. It said a study has suggested that mothers who eat unhealthily could “programme”...

More evidence for Mediterranean diet

Tuesday Mar 8 2011

Eating a Mediterranean-style diet “can reduce the risk of developing conditions such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure”, The Daily Telegraph has today reported. Mediterranean diets are typically high in...

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