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Type 1 diabetes associated with lower employment and earnings

Diabetes UK - 16/01/2018
Employment and earnings are lower between the ages of 30 and 50 years old in people who developed type 1 diabetes in childhood, according to a Swedish study. The study looked to explore how much difference child-onset type 1 diabetes made on employment and earnings later into adulthood. The study looked into how four different factors (education, occupation, family formation and health) may indirectly influence the findings. The study used data from the Swedish Childhood Diabetes Register (SCDR), which records information on people with type 1 diabetes aged under 15 years of age.

Speech recognition software could improve blood sugar control in type 1 diabetes

Diabetes UK - 16/01/2018
Speech recognition could help people with type 1 diabetes achieve better blood glucose levels after meals, according to new findings. A Polish study showed that people with type 1 diabetes on insulin pump therapy who used an automatic bolus calculator that recognised voice descriptions of meals had improved postprandial blood sugars. The VoiceDiab system comprises an Android-system smartphone with an app that communicates with three servers.

Woman pledges to drop type 2 diabetes medication after swimming 22 miles

Diabetes UK - 16/01/2018
A woman with type 2 diabetes has set her sights on swimming the same distance as the English Channel in a bid to raise money for charity. Jane Pack, from Potters Bar in Hertfordshire, has pledged she will swim 22 miles for Diabetes UK, and at the same time hopes to increase her fitness. Type 2 diabetes is normally associated with poor lifestyle and obesity, however it can be controlled or prevented by exercising and following a healthy diet. Jane, 54, underwent gastric bypass surgery last year, an operation that makes food eaten bypass most of the stomach and small intestine, so fewer calories

Experimental nerve treatment restores insulin sensitivity

Diabetes UK - 15/01/2018
An experimental treatment on a major nerve restores insulin sensitivity in rats, according to a new study. The treatment involves electrically stimulating the carotid sinus nerve which sits next to the carotid artery, the main artery of the neck.

64-year-old with type 2 diabetes lacing up his running boots for January challenge

Diabetes UK - 15/01/2018
A 64-year-old man has been running every day this month in a bid to put his type 2 diabetes into remission.

Lincolnshire hospitals open one-stop foot clinics for people with diabetes

Diabetes UK - 15/01/2018
New foot clinics have been introduced in Lincolnshire in a bid to reduce foot amputations in people with diabetes. The new initiative from Lincoln County Hospital and Pilgrim Hospital provides a one-stop foot clinic where patients can receive screening, scans, check-ups and treatment all in one visit. This type of delivery helps to reduce the time spent between appointments and for any diagnosed problems to be immediately treated. Mr Murali Subramaniam, a Vascular Surgeon on the team, said: "Time is so important in these cases and having to wait for a referral to the diabetes foot team or vasc

Diabetes linked with lower migraine risk

Diabetes UK - 12/01/2018
A new study shows that having diabetes is linked with a lower risk of suffering migraines. The news makes a welcome change from the usual news that links diabetes to higher rates of conditions. It is great to see that diabetes appears to confer some advantages. Migraine is a moderate or severe headache that presents as throbbing pain on one side of the head. It occurs in around one in five women and one in 15 men.

Pregnancy trends in women with diabetes observed in 15-year study

Diabetes UK - 12/01/2018
Women in Scotland with either type of diabetes are more likely to experience complications associated with pregnancy, research suggests. Funded by the Glasgow Children's Hospital Charity Research Fund, based at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow, the trial focused on nearly 814,000 birth across 15 years. Women with diabetes were more likely to give birth early at 37 weeks, and 68 per cent of those with type 1 diabetes needed theatre for delivery, followed by 60 per cent of women with type 2.

NHS intervention helps people with type 2 diabetes avoid increasing medication

Diabetes UK - 12/01/2018
A 16-week lifestyle intervention has shown to prevent people with type 2 diabetes increasing their dependence on medication, including insulin. A University of Glasgow study followed 23,208 people with type 2 diabetes which included a cohort who took part in the NHS' 16-week lifestyle programme. The lifestyle programme included a regime of a low-fat, low-calorie diet, exercise and behaviour change.

Cow's milk is not a cause of type 1 diabetes, suggests long-term study

Diabetes UK - 11/01/2018
A new study shows no evidence that cow's milk is a causal factor in type 1 diabetes. Researchers have been trying to work out what causes type 1 diabetes to develop for many years. It is difficult to work out what causes a disease to develop and what causes autoimmune diseases, like type 1 diabetes, remains one of the biggest challenges facing medical science. The idea that cow's milk may increase the risk of type 1 diabetes has been one of the more promising theories.

Major grant to develop childhood type 1 diabetes screening test

Diabetes UK - 11/01/2018
A type 1 diabetes screening test for children is being developed in a bid to try and prevent the condition. JDRF, which focuses on funding research to help eventually cure, treat and prevent type 1 diabetes and complications associated with condition, has provided a US diagnostic company with a grant of $700,000 (£519,000). The money will be used to find a way of testing young people for the condition using their saliva or blood.

Interactions between doctors and new type 2 diabetes patients could be improved

Diabetes UK - 11/01/2018
Initial consultations between healthcare professionals and newly-diagnosed patients with type 2 diabetes should be reviewed, according to New Zealand researchers. The recommendation comes following a study that found primary care clinicians tend to overwhelm patients with information following their diagnosis. These initial consultations "are often driven by biomedical explanations out of context from patient experience," say scientists from the University of Otago, Wellington. Additionally, patients perceived a time pressure during the consultations, while many patients found the delivery and

NHS hospital becomes first to ban sugar from its restaurant meals

Diabetes UK - 10/01/2018
A Manchester hospital has become the first in the UK to ban sugar from its restaurant to help tackle rising rates of obesity in the UK. Tameside hospital has removed all added sugar from its meals, with cheese and onion pies, apple crumble, high-sugar breakfast cereals and sugary drinks among the omissions. The move comes following concerns about obesity among NHS staff, and has been welcomed by campaigners.

Scots keen on measures to make food healthier, according to national survey

Diabetes UK - 10/01/2018
The majority of people in Scotland agree that food should be healthier, according to the Scottish Social Attitudes survey. The 2016 survey was sent out to a random sample of 1,237 people aged 16 and over. Forty questions were included in the obesity module of the survey. Currently, two thirds of adults in Scotland are overweight and 29% are obese. Nine out of 10 people agreed that cheap fast food is too easily available.

Drop in both insulin and leptin needed for fat burning to occur

Diabetes UK - 09/01/2018
Researchers have found that metabolism moves from using glucose to burning fat when there is a drop in both insulin and leptin levels. The study has been led by Gerald I. Shulman, professor of medicine, cellular and molecular physiology, and physiological chemistry at Yale University. The research could point towards improved understanding of how best to lose weight which could benefit many people with diabetes. Prior to the study, it was known that mammals can switch from burning carbohydrates, like glucose, for energy towards burning fat instead.

Long-term mortality investigated in all weight categories in type 2 diabetes

Diabetes UK - 09/01/2018
People with obesity and type 2 diabetes have an increased long-term mortality risk in all weight categories, a new study reveals, and this risk is strongest among those with the highest BMI. The findings are concerning, but research into healthy eating and getting regular exercise has shown that people can put their type 2 diabetes into remission and reverse obesity, which can greatly improve long-term health.

Fitbit makes move to create CGM systems

Diabetes UK - 08/01/2018
Activity tracker firm Fitbit has made a $6 million investment in a bid to link its devices to patches which monitor glucoses levels. San Francisco-based Fitbit has invested the money into an enterprise called Sano, which is looking for funding to further develop its coin-sized, glucose-monitoring sensors. If successful, this link-up would see patches created by Sano linked to Fitbit’s wristbands and watches to provide a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) system.

Tiny GLP-1 drug mini-pump performs strongly in reducing blood sugar levels

Diabetes UK - 08/01/2018
A nine-month trial shows that ITCA 650, a mini-pump that delivers a GLP-1 receptor agonist drug without requiring injections, has performed well in reducing blood sugar and body weight. ITCA 650, developed by Intarcia Therapeutics, uses the Medici Drug Delivery System which involves having a very small device implanted underneath the skin.

Scientists shrink white fat cells in bid to combat metabolic disease

Diabetes UK - 08/01/2018
US scientists have discovered how to shrink fat cells in mice fed a high-calorie diet, a finding which could have implications for tackling obesity and metabolic diseases.

Full fat milk improves cholesterol levels

Diabetes UK - 05/01/2018
A three-week crossover study shows that drinking full fat, whole milk led to improved cholesterol levels compared to drinking skimmed milk. For decades, skimmed and semi-skimmed milk has been advised as a way of reducing weight and helping to prevent heart disease. However, these guidelines were introduced before rigorous research was carried out to see if the theory was true. In recent years, research has been carried out to test whether eating low fat has scientific validity. So far, the research suggests that full fat dairy is no worse than low fat dairy and may be healthier.