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Breastfeeding linked to reduced type 2 risk in later life

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Women with gestational diabetes who breastfeed are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes in later life, researchers have said.A team from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) said they have found a direct link between breastfeeding and a lowered type 2 diabetes risk.The trial involved studying health data from more than 4,000 women who had been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, a condition that only occurs during pregnancy.Gestational diabetes is .

“Smart” insulin patch the size of a coin controls the level of sugar in the blood

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Scientists at three American universities have developed a miniature “smart” patch (patch) for injecting insulin, which is able to control and regulate blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, while delivering the necessary dose of insulin.The patch was developed by a group of researchers and bioengineers from the University of California, the University of North Carolina School of medicine, and the Massachusetts Institute of technology. It does not exceed the size of a regular .

Eating ultra-processed food is associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study from French researchers.

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Ultra-processed food, such as crisps, sausage rolls and pasties, are often high in calories and nutritionally poor. Previous studies have found a diet high in these foods to be associated with health problems such as heart disease, obesity and certain cancers.The most recent trial, carried out in France, involved more than 104,000 adults who did not have type 2 diabetes at the start of the study. The average of participants was 43 and the majority .

Depression could affect activity levels in type 2 diabetes, study suggests

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Having symptoms of depression is associated with reduced physical activity in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a study carried out by the University of Leicester.Physical activity is one of the key lifestyle changes recommended for people with type 2 diabetes. Depression is a relatively common mental health condition in people with type 2 diabetes.The research team were keen to investigate and analyse the effects of symptoms of depression on the amount of physical activity people with type 2 diabetes take.The researchers .

US researchers study link between sugar, insulin and cancer

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The work of a team of researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York state, has highlighted important links between glucose, insulin and many forms of cancer.The team is led by Dr Lewis Cantley, an eminent cancerresearcher whose ground-breaking work in this field began in the 1980’s, with his discovery of an enzyme known as phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K). In the years since, PI3K has been implicated in as many as 80% of cancers and is called a ‘master .

Hospital medication errors affect one in three people with diabetes

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A third of people with diabetes who are admitted to hospital experience a medication error during their stay, according to Diabetes UK.The figure is one of many laid out in the charity’s Facts and Stats update. The statistics can help to inform and improve diabetes care within the UK.The charity reports that a quarter of people with diabetes struggle to get the medication or equipment they need to manage their diabetes. A quarter of people are not prescribed the amount of test .

Vitamin C linked to reduced glucose levels in type 2 diabetes

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Vitamin C supplementation is associated with improved blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes, research suggests.A small Australian study, published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, reports that people with type 2 diabetes who took a vitamin C tablet two times a day reduced their blood glucose spikes after meals by 36%.The Deakin University research revealed people who took the vitamin C supplements spent almost three hours less a day with high blood glucose levels. A .

Research provides new insights into diabetic retinopathy risk

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People with diabetes could reduce their risk of diabetic retinopathy for every hour they achieve target blood glucose levels, research suggests.Chinese researchers reported the association following a study of 3,262 people with type 2 diabetes. A total of 780 people in the study had diabetic retinopathy before it began. On average, the participants were aged 60 years and had elevated average HbA1c readings of 74 mmol/mol (8.9%). They wore continuous glucose monitors for a three-day period and had their time measured in .

Heart disease risk is lower in frail people who exercise more, study suggests

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Doing exercise reduces the risk of older people developing frailty and can lead to a longer life, research from Spain has suggested.There have been calls for individualised care to be rolled out for older people with diabetes, who are more at risk of becoming frail. And previously, the benefits of physical activity have been shown to reduce falls and improve walking, balance and muscle strength.Exercise has also shown to be able to improve health for people with type .

Weight gain from childhood to adulthood could impact type 2 diabetes risk

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The rate of weight gain from childhood to adulthood could impact type 2 diabetes risk differently to having high body mass index (BMI) throughout life, research suggests.More and more children are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and efforts are being made to combat this trend. The government has made a series of proposals to challenge childhood obesity – which significantly increases the risk of type 2 – and cutting down on sugar and junk food has shown to be essential for physical and .