The pandemic has made it harder for diabetes patients to receive the ongoing care they need.
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World Diabetes Day on Nov. 14 marks an increase in diabetes deaths and new diagnoses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder care for chronic conditions.
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The present healthcare structure in Nigeria contributes to the suffering of people living with diabetes in the country.
“Fat cakes” are incredibly popular in cities and townships across sub-Saharan Africa. But they are also unhealthy because of their high carbohydrate content.
Labels are not the only tool needed in the effort to prevent noncommunicable disease.
It’s not clear how health claims could be substantiated, enforced or understood, but there are other ways to encourage healthy food choices.
A protein-rich shake is often the way many people try to get more of this nutrient into their diets.
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A food historian spent a month at the Library of Congress trying to answer the question of why we have historically been, and remain, so focused on dietary protein. Here is what she found.
Early detection of diabetes is important in setting treatment targets
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Targets for diabetes would improve healthy lives, reduce deaths, and be cost effective. But they should not be for managing diabetes alone; they must include treating hypertension.
Programs that promote more education could also improve longterm health.
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Mexican Americans who have more formal education than their parents are much less likely to have Type 2 diabetes, new research finds.
Low-carbohydrate diets have also been shown to help people achieve remission.
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Low-carbohydrate diets worked as well as meal-replacement diets in achieving remission.
Mobile health apps and gadgets could help doctors and patients treat chronic illnesses in real time.
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Connecting health apps to health care can enable better care for patients with chronic diseases, and it has the potential to lower skyrocketing US health spending.
A single brilliant insight is only part of the story of how diabetes became a manageable disease.
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A biomedical engineer explains the basic research that led to the discovery of insulin and its transformation into a lifesaving treatment for millions of people with diabetes.
Healthcare provision in South Africa is centered in hospitals.
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Patients shouldn’t be treated better simply because they can afford to pay more.
Healthcare worker, Boitsholo Mfolo, inside the digital x-ray truck at one of Africa Health Research Institute’s mobile screening camps in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
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South Africa needs a public health response that expands the successes of the country’s HIV testing and treatment programme to provide care for multiple diseases.
Our ancestors’ environment and diets, and the limits of our biology, have led to adaptations that have improved human survival through natural selection. But we remain prone to illness and disease anyway.
Evolutionary medicine uses our ancestral history to explain disease prevalence and inform care for conditions like Type 2 diabetes. It also challenges the bio-ethnocentrism of western medicine.
Unequal access to preventive resources such as healthy foods, a family doctor, health screening and health promotion programs put some groups at increased risk for chronic illness.
While the pandemic has focused the world’s attention on how to prevent infectious disease, many of the lessons learned from COVID-19 prevention can also be applied to chronic disease prevention.
Diabetes is a leading cause of death in the country.
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In 2019, 89,834 people died of diabetes. This number exceeds the capacity of Soccer City, the biggest football stadium in South Africa.
A person’s resting metabolism is very sensitive to temperature, and offices are often too cold for people.
Going back to work at an office? An expert explains how the relatively cool temperature many offices are kept at may affect your body – and your health.
Governments must take urgent action to prevent noncommunicable diseases from becoming an uncontrollable epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Sugar-sweetened beverage taxation offers a potential solution.
Appropriately designed taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages would result in proportional reductions in consumption.
Without reliable, local and timely data, countries will miss the potential of sugar-sweetened beverage taxation as a public health intervention.
Rwanda’s food policies focus on production to make sure people have livelihoods and enough nutritious food. Not much attention is given to overnutrition.
Tension between the government’s economic and public health priorities is preventing stronger fiscal measures to address nutrition-related noncommunicable diseases.