BY MATTHEW BERNAT: Hundreds of people are fighting for type 1 diabetes research funding in Washington, D.C. today until July 10, including several celebrities who have the disease. Actor Victor Garber, basketball player Anthony Green and American Ninja Warrior Christina Martin are among the famous faces attending the 2019 Children’s Congress.
They are all urging Congress to renew funding for the Special Diabetes Program, which provides $150 million annually for type 1 diabetes research, for another five years. Learn more about these celebrity advocates below.
BY JACK WOODFIELD: Intermittent fasting could offer protection against type 2 diabetes by reducing accumulation of fat around the pancreas, German researchers have said.
Intermittent fasting comprises fasting for certain periods which can vary in length. One of the most well-known forms of structured fasting is the 5:2 diet, which involves using fasting to achieve a very low calorie intake on two days of the week. Alternative versions of fasting include limiting food intake to within an eight-hour window each day. (read more)
BY JACK WOODFIELD: An empathetic doctor could help reduce the risk of early death among people with type 2 diabetes, University of Cambridge researchers have said.
The research team wanted to investigate how GPs’ behaviour towards their patients can impact their health, and report that empowering positive behaviour change could be important for improving health outcomes.
Questionnaires were collected from 628 people, from across 49 general practices in the UK, a year after they were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. (read more)
BY CHRISTINE HAUSER: The 8-year-old son of Caly and Wade Watkins is an active and happy Utah boy, they say. He fishes in a pond, sometimes landing a catfish, which he throws back. He rides his dirt bike for miles. He pores over his schoolwork, which in second grade included mastering multiplication tables.
But at least four times a day, the Watkinses’s son, who has Type 1 diabetes, needs to test his blood sugar and take injections of insulin, including while in school. Last year, a disagreement over how his medical plan should be administered led the Jordan School District to bar the boy from attending classes, according to a lawsuit filed this month in Federal District Court. (read more)
BY ASHLEY IMLAY: Using mice, researchers from the University of Utah have discovered a treatment that could potentially prevent Type 2 diabetes in humans, according to a new study.
“We know that there’s a link between obesity and diabetes and heart disease. We think that the real problem, the real driver of disease, is not necessarily how much fat you have, but how much fat you store in the wrong place,” said Scott Summers, chairman of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at U. Health.
By targeting ceramides — a type of fat molecule — in the mice, researchers were able to keep obese mice healthy, long-living and free from diabetes. They say the research could be translated into a future drug to help prevent diabetes in people. (read more)