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Rigorous diet can put Type 2 diabetes into remission, study finds

Rigorous diet can put Type 2 diabetes into remission, study finds

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Some people with Type 2 diabetes were able to put the disease in remission without medication by following a rigorous diet plan, according to a study published today in the Lancet medical journal. "Our findings suggest that even if you have had Type 2 diabetes for six years, putting the disease into remission is feasible," Michael Lean, a professor from the University of Glasgow in Scotland who co-led the study, said in a statement. The researchers looked at 149 participants who have had Type 2 diabetes for up to six years and monitored them closely as they underwent a liquid diet that provided only 825 to 853 calories per day for three to five months. The participants were then reintroduced to solid food and maintained a structured diet until the end of the yearlong study. The researc...
Emotional toll of diabetes 'needs more recognition'

Emotional toll of diabetes 'needs more recognition'

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Many people living with diabetes are struggling with related emotional problems - an issue that needs support and recognition, a charity says.Diabetes UK surveyed 8,500 people about diabetes and how it affected their daily life.Three in five said their condition made them feel down. Of those in employment, 16% felt discriminated against at work - and 7% had not even told their employer about their diabetes.Clare (not her real name), 26, says she had to quit her job as a management consultant as a direct result of her diabetes.She was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 13. Despite being one of 4.5 million people affected by the condition in the UK, she says the "lack of understanding" she encountered in the workplace left her feeling "frustrated, anxious and stressed"."I was const...
Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

Type 2 diabetes plan targets those at high risk

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People with the very highest risk of developing type 2 diabetes are being prioritised for places on NHS lifestyle change programmes.Updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said this would cover 1.7m people in England.The programmes help people to change their diet and do more exercise.The guidance reaffirms that all adults over 40 should go and see their GP for a diabetes risk assessment.Adults with conditions such as obesity, stroke or high blood pressure and high-risk ethnic minority groups are also encouraged to go for an assessment.Weight loss helpLast year, NHS England and Public Health England developed an NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme in response to the guidance.This means that in many parts of the country those at high risk are referre...
Drinking a few times a week 'reduces diabetes risk'

Drinking a few times a week 'reduces diabetes risk'

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People who drink three to four times a week are less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who never drink, Danish researchers suggest.Wine appears to be particularly beneficial, probably as it plays a role in helping to manage blood sugar, the study, published in Diabetologia, says.They surveyed more than 70,000 people on their alcohol intake - how much and how often they drank.But experts said this wasn't a "green light" to drink more than recommended.And Public Health England warned that consuming alcohol contributed to a vast number of other serious diseases, including some cancers, heart and liver disease."People should keep this in mind when thinking about how much they drink," a spokeswoman said. 'Better effect'Prof Janne Tolstrup, from the National Institute of Public Health...