Scientists shed new light on preventative measures for diabetes

Small amounts of physical activity can offer health benefits that protect against insulin resistance, a precursor to type 2 diabetes and can result from a high-fat diet. That’s what findings published today in Experimental Physiology have shown. Their research also casts doubt on the previously held view that increasing the quantity of mitochondria – which are the tiny structures in cells that convert glucose and fats to energy – would help fix some symptoms of a high fat diet. The researchers found that the benefits from physical activity were not affected by the quantity of mitochondria when enhanced experimentally. (read more)

Tiny device helps diabetics monitor blood sugar continuously and discretely

A new development for people with diabetes could help prevent some of the consequences of the disease. It’s a tiny monitor that continuously reads a diabetic’s blood sugar.

For most diabetics, knowing your blood sugar and insulin levels means pricking your finger a dozen or more times a day. Even then, it’s tough to keep blood sugar under control. (read more)

This one simple step could save type 1 diabetics from a heart attack

As if a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes—the inherited type—wasn’t bad enough, it comes with the knowledge that your risk of heart disease will be 10 times higher than that of the general population. Now comes news that there may be a way to manage that risk: A small preliminary clinical trial has found that one additional injection of insulin three hours after higher-fat meals may protect people with type 1 diabetes from heart troubles. (read more)

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