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Type 2 diabetes: Using coffee for ‘glucose control’

Type 2 diabetes: Using coffee for ‘glucose control’

One day, people with type 2 diabetes might be able to regulate their blood sugar by drinking tea or coffee, thanks to synthetic biology. Coffee could hold the answer to managing type 2 diabetes. Scientists at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have designed and tested a synthetic gene circuit that responds to beverage concentrations of caffeine. […]

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Type 2 diabetes: New pill could ‘mimic the effects of surgery’

Type 2 diabetes: New pill could ‘mimic the effects of surgery’

Researchers have engineered a material that temporarily coats the small intestine and reduces the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream during digestion. Scientists ‘envision a pill’ that ‘mimics surgery’ for people with diabetes. When they tested the material — which is called Luminal Coating of the Intestine (LuCI) — on rats, they found that […]

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Can you put on weight if you have diabetes?

Can you put on weight if you have diabetes?

Diabetes usually results in excess sugar in the blood, which can lead to serious health problems. Although people often associate diabetes with weight gain, the condition can also cause weight loss. Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight may not be easy, but it can improve a person’s health and should be a goal for people […]

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Type 2 diabetes: Intermittent fasting may raise risk

Type 2 diabetes: Intermittent fasting may raise risk

New research suggests that intermittent fasting may raise insulin levels, damage pancreatic cells, and increase the amount of abdominal fat. Intermittent fasting may be a popular diet, but it may also harm our metabolic health, suggests a new study. The so-called intermittent fasting diet has been gaining more and more traction among people who want […]

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Type 2 diabetes: Sexual orientation may influence risk

Type 2 diabetes: Sexual orientation may influence risk

A large-scale, 24-year-long study focuses on the incidence of type 2 diabetes among lesbian and bisexual women. It found that they are almost a third more likely to develop it. Lesbian and bisexual women may be up to a third more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, suggests a new study. The National Institutes of […]

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Are people with diabetes, obesity predisposed to stress?

Are people with diabetes, obesity predisposed to stress?

Individuals with obesity and type 2 diabetes or prediabetes have insulin resistance — which means that their bodies are unable to regulate blood sugar levels. But do these imbalances also mean that their emotional responses to negative stimuli are increased? Insulin resistance may contribute to rendering people with obesity and diabetes more prone to stress. […]

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How vitamin D protects against type 2 diabetes

How vitamin D protects against type 2 diabetes

Vitamin D deficiency may put people at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study now published in the journal PLOS ONE. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with type 2 diabetes. The study, which is the work of researchers at the University of California (UC), San Diego School of Medicine […]

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Type 2 diabetes: Late breakfast could drive obesity

Type 2 diabetes: Late breakfast could drive obesity

Going to bed later is linked with obesity in people with type 2 diabetes, and the main factor that drives this relationship is eating breakfast later. A new study unveils the link between breakfast and obesity in type 2 diabetes. This was the conclusion of a new study now published in the journal Diabetic Medicine. […]

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Diabetes: Belly fat gene increases risk

Diabetes: Belly fat gene increases risk

Excess weight is a known risk factor for diabetes. However, the latest study finds that where and how that fat is stored is just as important. The researchers identify and investigate a pivotal fat-controlling gene. A new study digs into the genetics of fat cells and their relationship with diabetes. According to the Centers for […]

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How estrogen therapy could prevent type 2 diabetes

How estrogen therapy could prevent type 2 diabetes

New research strengthens the idea that estrogen therapy could help to prevent type 2 diabetes following menopause, after it identified the mechanisms by which the hormone helps to control blood sugar levels. Researchers reveal how estrogen could help to prevent type 2 diabetes in women who are postmenopausal. In a study of postmenopausal mice and […]