Metformin was originally developed from natural compounds found in the plant known as French lilac.
Metformin has been used to treat diabetes since the late 1950s. It is now on the World Health Organisation's List of Essential Medicines needed for a basic health care system.
Scientists thought they were closing in on one great new treatment but may have found another instead.
Prediabetes in a cup.
One in three people in the UK has prediabetes. A tax on sugary drinks is welcome, but long overdue.
The diabetes self-test: up to 16% of pregnant women are positive.
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It affects nearly one in five women, and half go on to develop type 2 diabetes. It's one of the great intervention opportunities that public health overseers keep ignoring.
Representatives of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries at a press conference in Atlanta, after a deal was reached.
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Before the last round of negotiations, only a handful of issues remained in the way of concluding the TPP. A potential deal-breaker for Australia was intellectual property protections for biologics.
Whether or not you feel inclined to eat depends on the balance of the activity between two sets of neurons.
Our bodies have a complex system to control food intake, driven by hormones. Hormone levels also change when we gain and lose weight.
Diabetes medications can have real benefits but there are still some nagging unknowns about their effects.
Here’s a clue: what you eat is just as important as the size of your meal.
We’ve all done it: enjoyed a delicious meal only to nod-off in a comfy chair for a while. A habit for some but unavoidable for others, what is it about food that can make us so sleepy?
To exercise or to avoid the risks?
Many diabetics avoid exercise because it upsets their insulin levels, and there is little medical advice on how to keep them safe. Here is an attempt to redress the balance.
Death rates from type 1 diabetes in UK males aged 15 to 24 have almost doubled since 2000.
Death rates for young men with type 1 diabetes in the UK have shot past similar figures for Western Europe. Greater focus on adolescents could save lives.
About 40% of type 2 diabetics become dependent on injecting themselves with insulin to deal with the surges in blood glucose that occur after meals.
Research published in the journal Nature Medicine on Monday by my team provides hope for a new approach to treating type 2 diabetes. In animal models of the disease, our treatment restores natural control…
Hard to resist?
Insulin is a hormone that helps control glucose (blood sugar) levels in the blood, which tend to increase after meals. People suffering from type-2 diabetes are resistant to the glucose-lowering effects…
Cooler temperatures increase the amount of heat-generating brown fat in people, according to research from Sydney being presented…
Researchers have discovered an enzyme which, when suppressed, promotes insulin secretion and reduces hyperglycaemia associated…
Cancer patients who are also diabetic may be up to four times more likely to die prematurely than those with cancer only…
Doesn’t have to be like this for too long.
Daily jabs of insulin are a painful reality for many with diabetes. That may change if researchers who have successfully…
Lowering insulin doses can have dangerous effects on the body.
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Many people around the world take insulin injections to manage their type 1 diabetes. Although it’s essential for their health, some dangerously manipulate their treatment to lose weight. Insulin is a…
The hypothalamus has a powerful effect on maintaining blood glucose levels independent of insulin. Since its discovery in…
Using insulin pumps to treat Type 1 diabetes in children is more effective at controlling blood sugar and causes fewer infections…
A new study suggests that mothers who breastfeed run a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s, with longer periods of breastfeeding…