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UK hospitals are going to stop selling supersized chocolate bars and ‘grab’ bags of sweets to reduce rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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Childhood obesity rates are now 10 times higher than they were 40 years ago, and the World Health Organisation is calling for change to improve children's health.
A 7-year-old girl with type 1 diabetes has been banned from a school trip for pupils with 100% attendance because of a past hospital appointment.
The BBC Three documentary 'Diabulimia: The World's Most Dangerous Eating Disorder' is uncomfortable but essential viewing as awareness of the condition continues to spread.
There have been varied findings regarding meat consumption in recent weeks, so we investigated the truth about the health risks of eating meat, particularly red meat.
There have been varied findings regarding meat consumption in recent weeks, so we investigated the truth about the health risks of eating meat, particularly red meat.
Researchers have made a discovery which they believe reveals why a low-carb, high-fat diet has benefits for the metabolism and can prevent age-related diseases.
Fasting through breakfast lowers insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes, according to researchers, which could have long-term health benefits.
Fasting through breakfast lowers insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes, according to researchers, which could have long-term health benefits.
Johan Kotze, who has type 1 diabetes, has been completely off insulin for over a month. A C-peptide test even showed he is producing some of his own insulin. But how is this possible?
Processed red meat consumption may not actually be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes, according to Cambridge University.
A major new study finds that eating a low fat, high carb diet could increase the risk of early death, directly contradicting NHS dietary guidelines which advocate eating low fat.
A Mediterranean low-carb diet full of healthy fats has shown to be superior to a low-fat diet in lowering fat around the heart and reducing cardiovascular disease risks.
Low Carb Champion David Plant joined the Low Carb Program after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which he describes as the "best thing" he's ever done.
Low Carb Champion David Plant joined the Low Carb Program after being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, which he describes as the "best thing" he's ever done.
To celebrate reaching 250,000 members, we've dived into the forum and pulled out some of the top threads.
The forum has hit another milestone! Now at 250,000 members strong, the forum is growing more than ever.
A new immunotherapy approach has shown to be safe and successful in halting type 1 diabetes.
Two people with T1D have received a revolutionary implant which releases insulin to help control blood sugar rises. It is hoped the device could be a ‘landmark for progress’ in diabetes treatments.
Dan Feehely weighed 124kg when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After 9 months of following the Low Carb Program, he has come off medication and lost 48kg!
A man with type 1 diabetes who was called a “druggie scumbag” for injecting insulin at a bus stop is raising awareness of the condition by sharing his story.
Researchers say Google searches for diabetes risk factors and symptoms could help doctors monitor type 2 diabetes prevalence.
Scientists from Finland are testing a prototype type 1 diabetes vaccine on humans next year. Their aim is to be able to work out how to prevent children from developing the condition.
Cannabis contains compounds called cannabinoids, which can fight inflammation.
Leading doctors say cholesterol is no longer an important of predictor of type 2 diabetes. Instead they say insulin resistance is the biggest factor, and that healthcare funds should be redirected to better treat T2D.
One in four UK children develop DKA, a life-threatening complication, prior to type 1 diabetes diagnosis, a new report shows. JDRF has called for more to be done to reduce these rates.
Scientists say an intestinal virus could affect the development of type 1 diabetes.
"Something's changed, woken up," writes Diabetes Forum user SockFiddler. After a bout of keto-flu, and following guidance from forum members, she is now ready to take charge of her diabetes. She said: "I'm excited to see what comes next."
A puff of nasal glucagon has been shown to help adults with type 1 diabetes recover from severe hypos within 30 minutes.
A motion is being discussed this week at the British Medical Association conference to introduce health warnings on junk food packaging.
This month's American Heart Association statement on saturated fat drew the ire of the low-carb community. Remarkably it recommended replacing coconut oil, a low-carb staple, for highly-processed oils such as corn and canola oil. This is our response.
This month's American Heart Association statement on saturated fat drew the ire of the low-carb community. Remarkably it recommended replacing coconut oil, a low-carb staple, for highly-processed oils such as corn and canola oil. This is our response.
This weekend saw the amazing Public Health Collaboration (PHC) Conference for 2017, featuring guest speakers such as Dr David Unwin and Dr Jason Fung.
Doctors who see people with diabetes have been urged by a specialist committee to watch for the type of language they use - for example, not calling patients 'diabetic' - as it could impact their health.
This year Diabetes.co.uk is marking Diabetes Week by #RedefiningDiabetes and showing the world what diabetes really looks like. To get involved send us your #RedefiningDiabetes or #FacesOfDiabetes selfie and story on Facebook!
Wed 31 May is World No Tobacco Day. Smoking raises the risk of many health problems related with diabetes so it's good time to look at the benefits of quitting smoking.
With just two days until the 2017 General Election, we take a look at who’s saying what and assess each party’s policies regarding the NHS and other issues which could affect the diabetes community.
A Belgian biotech company, Imcyse, is ready to start human trials of a new type 1 diabetes vaccine, with results expected in 2018.
Wed 31 May is World No Tobacco Day. Smoking raises the risk of many health problems related with diabetes so it's good time to look at the benefits of quitting smoking.
Current, "unpleasant" eye injections could become a thing of the past, replaced instead with self administered eye drops, as a result of the research from the University of Nottingham.
Apple are one of the biggest contenders on the tech scene, and it seems possible that they may be making a step towards helping people manage and prevent type 2 diabetes.
This week tributes have been held for a 21-year-old student who died in his sleep after experiencing a severe hypo.
The NHS has announced that it is open for treating patients following the ransomware attack on its IT systems, and provided an update on planned treatment and outpatient appointments.
A device called the DRI BioHub has helped a 48-year-old woman with type 1 diabetes achieve insulin independence for 12 months.
This Mental Health Awareness Week we conducted a survey and found out which mental health problems are mostly commonly experienced most by the diabetes community.
Three leading health experts have reignited the debate about the link between fat, cholesterol and coronary disease in the BMJ, the world’s top medical journal.
Three leading health experts have reignited the debate about the link between fat, cholesterol and coronary disease in the BMJ, the world’s top medical journal.
Setting the thermostat just one degree centigrade lower to a "mild cold" could help improve insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes, scientists say.
Professor Tim Noakes has been found not guilty of misconduct, marking the end of a three-year on-off trial highlighting the politics of low-carb that was dubbed the “Nutrition Trial of the 21st Century”.
Tina Thorpe, a healthcare professional, lost a remarkable 20kg upon joining the Low Carb Program.
Leading low-carb expert Dr Eric Westman speaks about why fat is not to be feared and the success he has had in treating his type 2 diabetes patients with a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet.
Supermarket shopping can often feel a bit daunting, which is why we've put together a list of 17 healthy, low-carb foods
Test strips are being rationed for people with diabetes by the NHS, according to a new survey.
In one of the first randomised trials into low-carb eating for type 1 diabetes, those who ate a low-carb diet were shown to have better blood glucose levels compared to those who ate a high-carb diet.
More and more researchers and doctors backing a low-carb for treating diabetes.
Alfred E. Mann, who was 90 when he died last year, was a pioneer of medical research.
A 6-year-old boy called Max Apperley bravely called 999 when his mum, who has type 1 diabetes, suffered a severe hypo.
Daniel Darkes, branded 'Miracle Dan' by his friends, has flown to the US for tests after he was able to come off insulin injections to treat his type 1 diabetes.
The low-carb diet continues to be shown to be an “effective technique” in managing diabetes.
Our seasons are varied, just as our diet should be! Inject some excitement into your diet with the Seasonal Cookbook
Real Madrid footballer Nacho was told his “footballing days were over” after his childhood type 1 diabetes diagnosis
Diabetes Forum member Ray Burrows recently celebrated living 70 years with type 1 diabetes.
A diet that mimics the effects of fasting could repair cells which produce insulin.
Dr Salim Yusuf, the former President of the World Heart Foundation, has stated in a momentous lecture that increased carbohydrate intake is harmful.
The tragic news of the death of a thirteen-year-old boy who went missing without his medication has highlighted the potential dangers of living with diabetes
As we browse eBay for last-minute gifts, there can be a fair amount to ponder before Valentine’s Day.
Whether you're a lurker or you like to get involved, there are over 228,030 people in the Diabetes Forum and 1,099 blogs from 1,029 people for you to read right now.
A new study shows that treatment with the diabetes drug metformin could improve the mortality of older, healthy men with type 2 diabetes.
February signifies a new lease on life for some, free from the New Year pressures we are put under in January.
A multimillion pound type 2 diabetes research centre is coming to the UK.
Designer organs for humans could be one step closer. Scientists have grown mouse pancreases inside rats, which could be significant for people with type 1 diabetes.
When you come off your type 2 diabetes medication, it represents remission. But this isn’t strictly a cure.
Diabetes burnout can happen to the best of us. Diabetes management can often become overwhelming and this makes day-to-day stressors harder to deal with.
Eva Saxl is one of the all-time great diabetes pioneers. Having made her own insulin during World War II.
Some fruits can contain quite a surprising amount of carbohydrate. Then there are some fruits, like strawberries, that are quite low in carbs. Which fruits are the main carb offenders? Our comprehensive guide lists the healthiest fruits for people with diabetes.
The development of “smart” insulin capsules could lead to insulin being released automatically in response to high blood sugar levels.
Amanda Hey weighed 17 stone and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes just before her 40th birthday. She then made a vow. Within a year she had lost 7 stone and was told by her doctor that her diabetes was in remission and she no longer needs medication.
We’ve been blown away by the ever-expanding Diabetes.co.uk community in 2016. It was our busiest year yet for the Diabetes Forum!
Buying Christmas presents for people with can diabetes can be hard. Do you buy something completely unrelated to their diabetes?
It’s nearing Christmas party time. Have you had one already? We hate to be the ones putting a Scrooge on your fun time, but make sure you understand the effects of alcohol on your diabetes during the festive period.
Christmas is among the most difficult periods for people with diabetes to control their blood sugar levels.
With a month to go until Christmas, we have a big announcement: the launch of our FREE Christmas Cookbook 2016!
Dr Richard Bernstein is anything but “an ordinary diabetic”, but that is how he described himself in his book Diabetes Solution, which helped shape the low-carb diet.
Lenny-George Jones is only three years old, but he is responsible for saving his dad’s life.
An Australian doctor has been silenced for advocating the benefits of a low-carb diet.
This week we are celebrating as the Low Carb Program has won an award! The program won an award for Positive Social Impact at the Lloyds Bank National Business Awards 2016!
Today marks the day that the world focuses on diabetes: World Diabetes Day! Diabetes is a 365 day a year concern, and it is important to have a special day in which to pull in focus and push for advances in treatment, prevention, and a cure.
Almost half of all adults living with diabetes are unaware of the condition. That’s why the theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day (Monday 14 November) is “Eyes on Diabetes”.
Most know Frederick Banting and Charles Best as the co-creators of insulin. But one man was left fuming after he was dismissed in 1923 by the Nobel Prize committee.
This week, a London hospital came under fire after it was reported that a 26-year-old woman with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) died because her symptoms were mistaken for a hangover.
Today we are celebrating the first day of Diabetes Awareness Month, which will see healthcare organisations and individuals worldwide come together to bring attention to diabetes.
Last week, part three of the "Nutrition Trial of the 21st Century" began as Professor Tim Noakes continues to defend his advice about eating a low-carb diet.
Last week, part three of the "Nutrition Trial of the 21st Century" began as Professor Tim Noakes continues to defend his advice about eating a low-carb diet.
The sugar industry is under fire like never before. Pressure is mounting for there to be less added sugar in food and drink, and companies are scrambling to justify why their products contain so much sugar.
Most people with diabetes will likely attest to having a wound that takes an eternity to heal. This is quite common for people with diabetes.
Some people can be scared about getting their eyes checked, but it is an essential health exam for those with diabetes.
People with diabetes can experience discrimination. It’s a sad fact. And it can particularly affect people at work.
As little as we may want to admit it, summer is over, and the nights are drawing in. As the weather gets colder, we all need to be prepared for the war against man's most hated enemy: the common cold.
A Panorama documentary aired last night on the BBC, titled "Diabetes: The Hidden Killer." It discussed the damage that type 2 diabetes is causing to millions of people across the UK - but it didn't propose any answers.
Do you bant? That is to say, do you low-carb? It’s a little known fact that William Banting, the man behind the low-carb diet
As population trends change and grow, the NHS and GPs can sometimes be left playing catch-up. New evidence has indicated a trend which could be leading to people with type 1 diabetes being misdiagnosed.
Did you know you can connect with over 215,000 Diabetes Forum members when you're not at your PC?
Today, we’re encouraging everyone to keep our minds on our health as work and school kick into gear.
Reporting on diabetes is a very rewarding thing. We get to see all the exciting research being done and pass it on to the diabetes community.
Diabetes research is entering a purple patch, with type 1 and type 2 diabetes treatment avenues using remarkable science to improve management of the condition.
From the development of a smart insulin pen to wound healing, a variety of topics have been hot with the diabetes community this week.
With school starting again this week, it can be a testing period for families that have to consider diabetes every single day.
The paleo diet has been the subject of many summer studies, but what is it? And what significance does the research hold for people with diabetes?
There are many things other than doctor visits, medication and diet that can help control and improve diabetes control.
Last week was a busy one for the government, at least regarding health policy, and it’s most likely one that Prime Minister Theresa May will want to forget.
Young people all over the country will be collecting their A Level results on Thursday, and for many, it will mark a final milestone before they go off to university.
Family can be tremendously important for people with diabetes, whether they help to support you with your management or take your mind off the condition for a bit.
Family can be tremendously important for people with diabetes, whether they help to support you with your management or take your mind off the condition for a bit.
The 2016 Olympic Games begin on Friday, and people all over the world will feel inspired to get back into sport again. That’s what researchers hope, anyway.
The 2016 Olympic Games begin on Friday, and people all over the world will feel inspired to get back into sport again. That’s what researchers hope, anyway.
Blood glucose testing is one of the key tools we have to learn about our diabetes.
The school year is over, and while kids rejoice, parents take a considered breath and prepare for another summer of frolicking and vigilantly monitoring their activities.
Depending on your comfort levels, you will have likely either have enjoyed or despised the heat this week.
Hot weather can have a major effect on blood sugar levels: it can increase the risk of hypos for people on blood glucose-lowering medication, such as insulin, and hypos can be harder to spot in the heat.
As we reach the halfway point of 2016, we can only hope the rest of the year provides as many talking points within the diabetes community as the first six months have done.
The idea that saturated fat is linked with heart disease remains a very persistent belief despite the fact that the evidence supporting the notion has been shown to be grounded on very little fact.
...of sexual dysfunction and enjoy better sex! It sounds too good to be true but this is precisely the finding of a recent study ran by a team of Italian researchers.
There are a number of factors that can lead to difficult sleep, and diabetes can affect sleep in a number of additional ways.
So the country decided that they wanted to leave the EU. How does that affect people with diabetes in the UK? We take an in-depth look.
The race for faster insulin is on. At the American Diabetes Association’s 76th annual Scientific Sessions, Novo Nordisk unveiled a study showing results from trials into a new, faster-acting version of NovoRapid that they have developed.
Sunday marked the beginning of the annual Diabetes Week, which runs until Saturday June 18, and this year’s theme is about setting the record straight about diabetes.
A worrying report this week found that only 25% of children with diabetes aged 12 or older in England and Wales receive all seven recommended health checks each year. Around 70% of the children had type 1 diabetes.
The National Obesity Forum (NOF) and the Public Health Collaboration (PHC) both spoke out against the recommended national health guidelines, releasing a report stating that eating more fat and less carbs can protect health, despite the fact that the national guidelines say differently.
The National Obesity Forum (NOF) and the Public Health Collaboration (PHC) both spoke out against the recommended national health guidelines, releasing a report stating that eating more fat and less carbs can protect health, despite the fact that the national guidelines say differently.
We're celebrating 200,000 members of the Diabetes Forum and wanted to share some of the forum’s most inspirational success stories.
Thank you for being part of the community - and helping others improve their health, just by engaging with each other.
Stress can be problematic for people with diabetes because it can lead to changes in blood glucose levels.
This week, we are celebrating reaching the milestone of reaching 199,000 members on the Diabetes Forum!
Receiving diabetes check-ups from your doctor or healthcare professional is an essential part of diabetes care. Are you up to date with your check-ups?
This week, English researchers made a big research breakthrough when they solved a 20-year type 1 diabetes mystery.
Diet has been a big talking point in this week’s news, with beer, fructose and omega-3 fatty acids among the topics discussed in relation to diabetes.
A major Scottish study is investigating if metformin, a common diabetes drug, could prevent the development of type 1 diabetes.
Diabetes has a complicated relationship with sex: both men and women with either type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes can experience sexual problems, but good management can help reduce the risk of sexual complications.
This week researchers have shown that stem cells can be developed in the lab, then transplanted into mice where they mature into successful insulin producing cells.
Reports of a Starbucks customer who was shocked to receive his drink with 'diabetes here I come' written on the label went viral this week.
The European Commission announced last week that they will ask the DVLA to change their driving laws for people with diabetes.
With a quarter of the year gone (where did it go!), we take a look at the biggest stories of the past 90 days.
Looking for Easter leftover ideas or something totally different? We've got over 1,000 recipe ideas to make April tasty for all the family.
We examined the impact a sugar tax will have on people with type 1 diabetes and asked “is there cause for complaint?”. Ben took a look at how a sugar tax will effect the diabetes management of people susceptible to hypoglycemia.
A sugar tax was finally announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in the 2016 Budget. The tax will come into effect in two years' time and will apply to producers of sugary soft drinks, rather than consumers.
Type 1 diabetes has been on the agenda of many healthcare professionals across the UK this week, as London’s Imperial College hosted the first-ever Talking About Diabetes conference.
Pancreas transplants are a successful treatment for option for people with type 1 diabetes particularly those with kidney failure or life-threatening severe hypoglycemia.
If you didn't catch it last week, the BBC has drawn the ire of the JDRF after a throwaway comment on EastEnders caused offence to people in the type 1 diabetes community. We're launching an Advisory Panel today, too.
In more troubling news, a new study has found that people worldwide have limited access to insulin, despite it being listed as an essential medicine by the World Health Organisation.
In more troubling news, a new study has found that people worldwide have limited access to insulin, despite it being listed as an essential medicine by the World Health Organisation.
2016 has already seen its fair share of type 1 diabetes breakthroughs. Yet another one was reported on Friday as human trials began to assess if stem cell treatment could help people with type 1 diabetes come off insulin injections.
A group of doctors and dietitians have created the Public Health Collaboration (PHC), an initiative designed to combat obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Thursday saw a fascinating breakthrough: a British woman with type 1 diabetes underwent a pancreas transplant because of a serious needle phobia. Ms. Sue York describes the feeling as "incredible."
On Tuesday, there was a huge breakthrough: researchers from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MiT) managed to halt type 1 diabetes in mice for six months.
The state of diabetes care has again been called into question, this time by MPs from the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
One of week’s biggest stories so far was the news that the UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has revised its recommendations regarding screening for diabetic retinopathy.
The latest episode of the BBC's Trust Me, I'm A Doctor, which looked at sweeteners, and how they differ to ordinary sugar.
Good news for type 1s this week - we've had technological breakthroughs, successful petitions, and much more in between.
Over 40 charity organisations and three former health secretaries have called for a cross-party review into the future of the NHS and social care systems in England.
Stats have revealed the number of people with diabetes in the UK has hit four million for the first time.
2016 is already proving to be very interesting - with the ADA urging clinicians not to use the word diabetic to describe people with diabetes, among other guideline changes.
The story of Ernest Sterzer also went viral, who survived the Holocaust with T1D. So too did the letter to Crossfit and the story of Taylor, who is allergic to insulin - which all feature in 2015's top posts.
Last week was all about the cutting edge. We were treated to news of an alternative to insulin injections, and heard about a fascinating new purpose for Viagra. We were also introduced to type 4 diabetes.
An American study found that a low-carb diet led to greater weight loss than a low-fat diet and can be more effective for people looking to control their blood glucose levels. People with diabetes certainly fit into this category.
Most of us would like to get more exercise, but so few of us feel like we have the time. According to a new Canadian study, people with diabetes don’t need to worry about that - short bursts of high-intensity exercise could reduce HbA1c levels by as much as 0.8%.