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Obesity costing UK economy same as smoking

New research shows that the cost of obesity to the UK economy is now the same as smoking. The worldwide cost of obesity is about the same as smoking or armed conflict and greater than both alcoholism and climate change new research has suggested. The McKinsey Global Institute said obesity cost £1.3 trillion, or 2.8% […]

Type 1 diabetes- possible cure

The possibility of a cure for type 1 diabetes has recently taken a “tremendous step forward”, scientists have announced. The disease is caused by the immune system destroying the cells that control blood sugar levels. A team at Harvard University used stem cells to produce hundreds of millions of the cells in the laboratory. Tests […]

Weight lifting exercise reduces risk of type 2 diabetes new research finds

Weight training five times a week can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by a third and if combined with aerobic exercise can cut the risk by almost 60 per cent, a study has found.Even small amounts of weight training had an effect on type 2 diabetes, it was found, which is important for […]

Diabetes blood pressure control warning

Half of people with diabetes are failing to keep control of their blood pressure, risking “damaging” complications, figures suggest.The analysis of NHS data in England by Diabetes UK showed the number of people not hitting their target has been stuck at about 50% in recent years. High blood pressure increases the risk of conditions such […]

Inadequate NHS diabetes care causing patients harm

NHS diabetes care is ‘inadequate’ and some patients come to further harm due to poor care in hospital, a leading specialist says.Dr Gerry Rayman, national clinical lead for inpatient diabetes, warned many hospitals had no specialist diabetes nurse. He said many hospital patients had diabetes, and called the situation ‘quite alarming’. Diabetes accounts for 11% […]

Diabetes amputation rates show huge regional variation

Amputation rates for diabetes patients are 10 times higher in some parts of England than in others, according to a study highlighting the postcode lottery in diabetic care.Researchers say the figures highlight the importance of ensuring the right specialist care. The findings coincide with an NHS report putting the annual cost of diabetes-related amputations at […]

24,000 unnecessary deaths from diabetes every year

Up to 24,000 people with diabetes are dying unnecessarily every year, according to a new report.Most deaths could be avoided if they received better NHS care and if their condition was better managed, it said. The report into death rates, from the National Diabetes Audit for England, found that women with diabetes are nine times […]

Two day diet could reduce breast cancer risk

Women can lower their risk of breast cancer by 40 per cent by following a two day ‘life saver diet’ it has been claimed.Researchers at the University Hospital in South Manchester are claiming that observing a strict two day diet, rather than trying to constantly cut calories, is a more effective way to loose weight. […]

Knighthood honour for outstanding obesity expert- Prof Stephen Bloom

Professor Stephen Bloom, from Imperial College London who is described as an “outstanding clinical academic” and pioneer in the field of obesity and diabetes research has received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list.Prof Bloom is currently leading a research group investigating appetite control systems and gut hormones. Their discovery that oxyntomodulin reduces appetite […]

Low vitamin D linked to Type 2 diabetes risk

Children with low vitamin D levels are more likely to be at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a study suggesting a deficiency could help trigger the disease.Researchers found those with lower vitamin D levels were more likely to be obese and have higher degrees of insulin resistance, when the hormone becomes less […]