Archive - January 2016

7 reasons why your New Year’s resolution to lose weight could be failing

Losing weight is a cornerstone of New Year’s resolutions. It’s up there with quitting smoking and alcohol in terms of its popularity, but despite being made with the best of intentions it can seem impossibly hard to stick to by the end of January.

This is perfectly normal. Losing weight is not easy, but with patience and some good advice it is tremendously beneficial, especially if you have diabetes. When overweight people with diabetes lose weight it can lead to better blood glucose levels, increased energy and added motivation to stay on top of their diabetes management.

There are several reasons why you may feel your weight loss resolution is not working. Here are some tips that can help you remain positive and possibly look at losing weight from a different angle.

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Rob Kardashian’s type 2 diabetes diagnosis is an opportunity to increase diabetes awareness that is not being taken

You might have heard by now that Rob Kardashian has type 2 diabetes. As far as diabetes awareness goes, this is a mightily convoluted situation to unravel. Obviously, it is tremendously unfortunate that this man now has type 2 diabetes, but the media coverage of his diagnosis has now crossed the line from curious to quite ridiculous.

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Animals and diabetes: Sociable chimps less likely to get type 2, and other strange studies with human implications

The relationship between animals and diabetes has always been significant. The first type of insulin to be administered to humans to control blood glucose levels was animal insulin derived from cows and pigs, after all.

Animal insulin was gradually replaced by human insulin in the 1980s (animal insulin is still available on prescription), but in recent years a wave of stories has emerged detailing complex relationships between animals and the mechanisms of diabetes. The most recent of these is a study reporting that more sociable chimpanzees are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

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Trust me, I’m a doctor: Saccharin, stevia, and time-restricted eating

Wednesday’s edition of Trust Me, I’m A Doctor contained two very interesting segments for people with diabetes. The first concerned  sweeteners, and whether they might actually be worse for us than ordinary sugar.

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Mother calls for routine testing for type 1 diabetes after her son’s unexpected death

***UPDATE, 1 March 2016: Beth has today handed in her petition to the Senedd (the National Assembly of Wales). This article will be refreshed with the latest updates.

A mother has implored the NHS to introduce routine screening for type 1 diabetes after the death of her 13-year-old son.

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American Girl releases diabetes care kit for dolls in response to petition by 13-year-old girl

“I am declaring victory!” announced 13-year-old Anja Busse. In January 2014, Anja, who has type 1 diabetes, started a petition on Change.org requesting that American Girl, a retailer of dolls and toys, produce a “diabetes care kit” for their dolls. She wanted a doll that represented her and the thousands of other young girls with type 1 diabetes.

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