BY LYNN ALLISON: Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and 31 percent of them use complimentary or alternative medicines, including supplements to manage their condition. Experts say that in many cases, supplements can help manage type 2 diabetes, the insulin-resistant form of the disease which is the most common in the United Sates.
“There have been countless studies on this topic,” says Dr. Jennifer Stagg, a leading expert on gene modification and author of Unzip Your Genes: 5 Choices to Reveal a Radically Different You. “Typically, when you have so many studies, you’ll find some are positive along with the negative. However when you take the time to read the papers to determine how they were conducted, some supplements stand out as offering the best evidence and the best safety record with glycemic control.” (read more)
BY DASHMIRA GANDER: Fasting diets have been hailed as a panacea for weight loss and good health in recent years, despite a lack of concrete evidence to back up such claims. Now, a new study on rats has suggested that fasting diets could increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes.
A team of Brazil-based scientists have warned that fasting every other day could affect how the body releases insulin, the hormone that helps the body to process sugars, raising the risk of diabetes. The team presented their findings at the European Society of Endocrinology annual meeting. (read more)
BY GILES SHELDRICK: Two-thirds of adults and a third of primary schoolchildren are overweight or obese.
Yesterday Helen Dickens, from the charity, said: “We know people with diabetes want more information but what’s interesting is better labelling influences spending habits as a whole.
“The public has an appetite to see better information about the food they’re buying. It’s not just good for the health of the public, it’s good for business as well. It’s time for Government to act and take this simple, bold step.” (read more)
BY LUKE ANDREWS: TYPE 2 diabetes symptoms include increased thirst and hunger, fatigue and unexplained weight loss. The condition develops later in life, often due to risk factors including being overweight, not exercising regularly or having a poor diet. Dropping this from your diet could reduce your risk of developing the condition. (read more)
BY RACHEL LEE: People with diabetes are being advised to immediately stop using a blood testing kit over fears it could give them false readings.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued the warning, which applies to specific lots of Accu-Chek Aviva and Accu-Chek Performa test strips, following a recent recall by the manufacturer.
Accu-Chek Inform II test strips have also been recalled but are supplied in the UK by Roche for professional use only. (read more)