People with diabetes living considerably longer

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The risk for diabetics to die prematurely decreases sharply. A new international study shows that mortality has halved in just over a decade. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg led the project, based on data from more than ten million people in Canada and the UK.

The results for people living with diabetes are striking. Between 1996 and 2009, the proportion of early deaths among people with diabetes has fallen considerably and in Great Britain even more than halved.

Three cornerstones to reduce mortality of diabetes

“There are three cornerstones of diabetes care to reduce mortality”, says Marcus Lind, PhD at the Sahlgrenska Academy:
-Good blood pressure treatment.
-Careful treatment of cholesterol levels
-Keeping blood sugar levels below 6.5 HbA1c.

Alarming diabetes growth statistics

In parallel with the positive numbers indicate research also statistics that worry. The prevalence of diabetes has paradoxically doubled in Canada and the UK in the years 1996-2009.

The increase of people who are diagnosed with diabetes type 1 and 2 are expected to continue. Today, over 347 million people worldwide have diabetes, but the World Health Organisation predicts that more than half a billion people will have the disease by 2030.

The greatest increase is type 2, and it is largely due to lifestyle factors such as obesity and less physical activity, says Marcus Lind. If you’d like to lower the risk of getting diabetes type 2, make sure to increase the physical activity and eat healthier with less carbs.

Source: Sahlgrenska Center for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (

Man Aged 89 is Recognised as the Longest Survivor with Type 1 Diabetes

Spencer Wallace, 89 was awarded with a medal from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston for living over 80 with type one diabetes and may be the longest survivor with type 1 diabetes.

Mr. Wallace had been diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 7 and has been injecting himself with insulin ever since to stay alive.

Dr. Ruth Weinstock, medical director of the Upstate Joslin Diabetes Center in Syracuse said: ”It’s extraordinarily unusual for someone who developed diabetes more than 80 years ago to still be with us,”

Dr. Ruth Weinstock added: ”He should be an inspiration to some of our children and young adults who develop type 1 diabetes to know it’s possible to live a long, healthy life,”

Wallace revealled his secrets for staying so healthy with type 1 diavetes saying that he included alot of physical activity in his life and by watching his weight. Some activities he does included playing golf and walking. He even added that another secret of his was drinking 11 1/2 ounces of scotch whisky every evening.


Drugs taken to protect the heart can increase the risk of diabetes

According to researcher in Canada some drugs that are taken to protect the heart can actually increase the risk of developing type-2 diabete

The study of 1.5 million people found that by taking powerful statins can increase the risk by 22% compared to weaker drugs.

But experts say that all the benefits of taking statins outweigh any risks of diabetes.

The study compared 1.5 million people over the age of 66 with the different statins that they were taken and the effects.

Their report said: “We found that patients treated with atorvastatin, rosuvastatin, or simvastatin were at increased risk of new onset diabetes compared with those treated with pravastatin.

“Clinicians should considers this risk when they are contemplating statin treatment for individual patients.

“Preferential use of pravastatin… might be warranted.”

Prof Risto Huupponen and Prof Jorma Viikari, from the University of Turku, in Finland, said: “The overall benefit of statins still clearly outweighs the potential risk of diabetes.”

But agreed that different statins should be targeted at different patients.

They said: “The most potent statins, at least in higher doses, should preferably be reserved for patients who do not respond to low-potency treatment, but have a high total risk of cardiovascular disease.”


Air Pollution may Increase the Risk of Insulin Resistance

A new study from Diabetologia children that are exposed to air traffic pollution could increase the risk of insulin resistance which can lead to diabetes when they become adults.

Research on almost 400 10 year old’s found that by living close to a major road increased their resistance per 500m.

the research also found that children who had a higher BMI had a larger effect.

Joachim Heinrich, who led the research at the German Research along side Elisabeth Thiering said: ”Although toxicity differs between air pollutants, they are all considered potent oxidisers that act either directly on lipids and proteins, or indirectly through the activation of intracellular oxidant pathways,

“Oxidative stress caused by exposure to air pollutants may therefore play a role in the development of insulin resistance.”

But Prof Jon Ayres an expert in environment and respiratory medicine argued that the results were not clear cut saying: “As the authors point out, their measurements of fasting blood insulin levels and estimations of air pollution levels were not taken at the same time.

“Therefore, these results should be regarded with caution, and a larger and methodologically more secure study needs to be done to confirm the possible link between air pollution from traffic emissions and insulin resistance in children.”

Millions Unaware That They may be at risk of Developing Diabetes

New research has shown that two-thirds of people living in Britain are unaware that by having a large waistline can increase your chances of developing diabetes.

Diabetes UK say that people who have an average
BMI but have a large waistline are more at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Women who are more than 31.5in and men that have a waistline bigger than 35in are significantly increasing their chances of developing diabetes.

Almost 4million people in britain have the condition and it has been predicted that by the year 2035 6.25 million will have developed the condition and is likely to cost the economy around £40billion.

Diabetes UK chief executive Barbara Young said: “The fact that awareness of some risk factors for Type 2 diabetes is so low is worrying. We are particularly concerned that people might think they do not have anything to worry about just because their body mass index suggests they are in the healthy weight range.

“If the current rate of increase continues, the number of people with diabetes is expected to rise by 700,000 by the end of the decade, with Type 2 accounting for most of this rise. This would be a health disaster, an increase unsustainable for the NHS.”


Drinking At Least one Soft Drink Daily can Increase Risk of Diabetes

A new study has found that by drinking at least one soft drink every day such as coke can increase the risk of diabetes by a fifth.

Researchers say that consuming one can every day can increase the chances of developing diabetes by 22% compared to drinking a soft drink just once a month.

Also when taking BMI into account the findings only dropped slightly still proving that it will increase the risk despite your BMI.

350,000 people were question about their diet in the UK and Europe including the consumption of soft drinks.

The scientists, led by Dr Dora Romaguera, from Imperial College London, wrote in the journal Diabetologia: “This study corroborates the association between increased incidence of Type-2 diabetes and high consumption of sugar-sweetened soft drinks in European adults.

“Given the increase in sweet beverage consumption in Europe, clear messages on its deleterious effect on health should be given to the population.”



Green Coffee Beans can Help Control Sugar Levels

According to new research green unroasted coffee beans could help people with type 2 diabetes and shows that an extract from these beans can help lower blood sugar levels and reduce weight.

The research which was conducted by Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania and found that participants who consumed the green coffee extract over 22 weeks lost around 10% of their body weight.

They then tested males and females who had an average weight and did not have diabetes and found that the green coffee extract had lowered the level of blood sugar of each participant.

In a statement Vinson explained : ”A simple natural pill or capsule that would both help control blood sugar and foster weight loss at the same time would be a major advance in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

“Our own research and studies published by other scientists suggest that such a treatment may, indeed, exist.”


5 Ways to Lower Cholesterol for Diabetics and Non-Diabetics

High cholesterol is an increasing problems for both people with diabetics type 1, type 2 and non-diabetics. Luckily there are many different ways to lower blood fat (lipids) in your blood.

What is Cholesterol and when is it bad?

Cholesterol is a type of fat found in all of us. You may be familiar with the term blood cholesterol but what you might not be aware of is that all types of blood fat are not bad. HDL (high density lipoprotein) can actually prevent against certain types of heart disease. Low levels of protective HDL cholesterol increase your Read more »

Diabetic man Living Healthy With Four Kidneys and Three Pancreases

A diabetic father is living healthy whilst bizarrely having four kidneys and three pancreases inside himself.

Carl Jones aged 32 originally needed a transplant to when his original organs failed and four years later the replacements stopped working and surgeons had opted not to remove what was already there because it would help his body cope with the drama.

Carl Jones said: “It’s mad having all that inside me – I’ve got enough organs for a small family,

“The only bad thing is it makes it hard for me to lose weight because I’ve got all that in the front of my stomach.”

The man from Carmarthen, south Wales also added: “I can only give all my thanks to the people who donated their organs. I may have four kidneys and three pancreases but they have all the heart.”

New Long Acting Insulin From Novo Nordisk Approved by EU

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The European Commission have granted Novo Nordisk approval for the long acting insulin Tresiba (insulin degludec) and Ryzodeg (insulin degludec/insulin aspart) across all European Union member states for diabetic patients. The new treatments from Novo Nordisk can reduce diabetic complications and allow fewer injections according to the company, which if true might be sensational news for many people with diabetes. Both Tresiba and Ryzodeg will be available in EU within 3-12 months, depending on where you live. The new long lasting insulin is already available in Japan.

What is different with Tresiba?

This new insulin is long acting and have demonstrated a lower risk of overall hypoglycaemica or low blood sugar as we often call it. It’s also shown successful reductions in HbA1C. During of this insulin can last beyond 42 hours, which is over around 18 hours longer than insulin from the nearest competitors. Both Tresiba and Ryzodeg will be available for type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients within 3-12 months. Among the most promising news with this insulin treatment is that it might reduce HbA1c Read more »