Type 1 Diabetes: The Pancreas & Transforming Non-Beta Cells

What an incredible transformation: A protein that persuades normal pancreatic cells to make insulin could help people with type 1 diabetes avoid daily injections. Insulin keeps the amount of glucose in our blood at a safe level. But in type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys the beta cells in the pancreas that makes insulin.… Read More


Type 1 Diabetes: Sensor, Pump, Action!

Research Paper Title Home Use of an Artificial Beta Cell in Type 1 Diabetes. Background The feasibility, safety, and efficacy of prolonged use of an artificial beta cell (closed-loop insulin-delivery system) in the home setting have not been established. Methods In two multi-centre, crossover, randomised, controlled studies conducted under free-living home conditions, the researchers compared… Read More

Two Hours, Standing & Heart Health

Standing rather than sitting for two hours a day may have a positive effect on biochemical risk markers, including fasting blood glucose and lipid profile, a cross sectional study has shown (Healy et al., 2015). The participants were 698 Australian adults who wore activity monitors that judged posture and movement, for as long as seven… Read More

Are Diet & Exercise Effective in Prevention?

Programmes that promote dietary change and physical activity are effective in reducing the likelihood that people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes will do so, say new recommendations from the US Community Preventive Services Task Force (Pronk & Remington, 2015). The task force arrived at its recommendations after a systematic review of 53 studies… Read More

Cravings: Honey Trumps Money

Did your latest sugar hit leave you craving more? Well. it might depend on the type you consumed. Fructose, the sugar found in honey and fruit, appears to make our brains more responsive to images of food than glucose, and people who drink fructose-rich drinks are more likely to choose high-calorie foods over money prizes. Reference Luoa, S., Monterosso, J.R., Sarpelleh, K. & Page,… Read More

Is There a Link between Blood Glucose Concentrations & Pancreatic Cancer?

Research Paper Title Blood Glucose Concentration and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer: Systematic Review and Dose-Response Meta-Analysis. Study Question Does pre-diabetes, the precursor of type 2 diabetes, increase the risk of pancreatic cancer? Summary Answer There is a linear doe-response relation between fasting blood glucose concentration and the rate of pancreatic cancer for both pre-diabetes and… Read More

Diabetes & Cognitive Decline: Any Link?

People who have diabetes diagnosed in midlife have a higher risk of cognitive decline over the following 20 years than people with normal glucose levels, a prospective US study has shown. Type 2 diabetes has previously been associated with dementia risk, but until now evidence of a link to cognitive decline has been limited. Researchers… Read More