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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. Jeff Fillmore/Flickr

Proposed new therapy aims to take the stress out of diabetes

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…
Diabetes education at the point for diagnosis is fundamental to people managing the illness well. Oskar Annermarken/Flickr

Know your disease: education is key to living well with diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is often referred to as the ticking time bomb because of its insidious onset and vague symptoms. But if it’s managed well, people with diabetes can avoid the complications that usually…
Ready, set, print me a reaction. Chaikom

Now you can turn your inkjet printer into a chemistry lab

If you stop and think about it for a moment, you will realise what an astonishing feat of precision engineering your colour printer is. It can take the primary colours – cyan, yellow, magenta and black…
The cat that got too fat. But let’s talk about you. Yukari

Ten things you didn’t know about fat

Our understanding of fats – including which ones are actually good for us – is evolving. We know for example that red meat and meat products, cakes and biscuits, which are rich sources of saturated fatty…

The metabolic benefits of chilling out

Cooler temperatures increase the amount of heat-generating brown fat in people, according to research from Sydney being presented…
Scottish diabetes rates have rocketed, but there are promising signs. Tom Wang

Scotland might slowly be turning the corner on diabetes

The number of people with diabetes in the UK has more than doubled over the past two decades, with more than 3.8 million people currently affected. Around 10% of them have Type 1 diabetes, which is caused…
Shiver me timbers. bmhkim

Shivering unlocks new way of fighting fat

Shivering is not an activity many of us enjoy. We do it because we are cold and uncomfortable. But perhaps the news that it could have some of the same benefits as moderate bouts of exercise will stop…

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