Type 2 Diabetes - MOPH Qatar Diabetes Newsletter - 28th Feb 2018

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Diabetes type 2 - FIVE signs that you may have high blood sugar and should see a GP

Diabetes type 2 is caused by the pancreas not producing enough of the hormone insulin. Without enough insulin, sugar stays in the blood and isn’t converted into fuel for the body. Having high blood sugar levels can lead to hyperglycaemia, a condition that triggers the main symptoms of diabetes. These are the five main diabetes symptoms that you should be aware of. “If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, talk to your doctor,” said medical website Healthline. “They may recommend that you be tested for diabetes, which is performed with a basic blood draw.”
28th Feb 2018 - Express.co.uk

Can You Inherit Type 2 Diabetes? Supercomputers Identify Rare Gene That May Increase Your Risk by 200 Percent

The study authors used supercomputers at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center to look for clues in hundreds of databases of medical and genetic data on people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers compared genetic data of people who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes — and, in some cases, found similarities in rare genes. One of the previously unknown genetic links to type 2 diabetes was a rare variation in the X chromosome, which caused a 200 percent increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in men, they found. (They didn’t see the same association in women because men only have one X chromosome, while women have two, so issues with that X chromosome are more likely to cause effects in men.) Mercader says this is significant because there are only a few genes that increase the risk of type 2 diabetes so significantly on their own.
27th Feb 2018 - Everyday Health

Some choice words for diabetes

The Bigger Picture campaign uses spoken-word poems and music videos to highlight the impact of type 2 diabetes on communities. Health experts and arts educators have teamed up to try a novel approach to preventing the condition in young people. The campaign, called The Bigger Picture, aims to get teenagers and young adults to view the diabetes crises in their communities not just as a medical problem related to poor diet and a lack of exercise but as a social justice problem tied to stress, poverty, violence and limited access to healthy and affordable foods.
27th Feb 2018 - The Independent

Novo Nordisk study highlight benefits of new type 2 diabetes therapy

Novo Nordisk has announced headline results from a new clinical study showing the effectiveness of semaglutide in the treatment of adults with type 2 diabetes. The PIONEER 1 study represents the first phase IIIa trial investigating the efficacy and safety of the GLP-1 analogue compared with placebo in 703 people with type 2 diabetes, with a total of ten trials taking place as part of this study programme. The primary objective of the study was achieved, with significant and superior improvements in long-term blood sugar levels observed for all three doses of oral semaglutide. Moreover, the 14 mg dose of oral semaglutide also demonstrated superior weight loss benefits.
26th Feb 2018 - Zenopa

Exercise during pregnancy could protect against type 2 diabetes and hypertension

A supervised exercise program during pregnancy reduces insulin levels and blood pressure, according to new findings. Three women in the control group were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes compared to none in the exercise group. In the exercise group 46.4% reported continuing to exercise more often compared to only 25% in the control group. The researchers believe exercise interventions such as these could help to lower the risk of type 2 diabetes and hypertension during the postpartum period, but added that further research is required to validate their findings.
26th Feb 2018 - Diabetes.co.uk

Type 2 diabetes symptoms: Three ways to lower your blood sugar through diet

TYPE 2 diabetes is a condition where the body can’t control the amount of sugar in the blood. Symptoms range from urinating more often than usual to blurred vision. The best form of treatment is regular exercise and eating the right things - here are three changes recommended you should make to your diet.
26th Feb 2018 - Daily Express

Younger type 2 diagnosis linked to cardiovascular disease

Developing type 2 diabetes earlier in life increases the risk of heart disease by 60 per cent, according to an Australian study. However, those with an early diagnosis of the condition were less likely to die from cancer down to “more frequent contact with the health system” helping early diagnosis, the study by the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute also suggested. The data of 743,709 Australians with type 2 diabetes registered on the National Diabetes Services Scheme between 1997 and 2011 were examined during the research published in Diabetologia.
24th Feb 2018 - The Diabetes Times

Young adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes at increased risk of later heart attack: study

A study of nearly 750,000 Australians diagnosed with type 2 diabetes between 1997 and 2011 found the earlier the diagnosis, the higher their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) or stroke. During this 15-year period, those diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 years earlier than someone of the same age had a 30 to 60 per cent increased risk of death from any cause and from CVD respectively. With the number of adolescents being diagnosed with diabetes increasing across the globe, the concerning findings have prompted calls for more “aggressive” intervention and prevention.
23rd Feb 2018 - The New Daily

Type 2 diabetes symptoms: Why you should never ignore feeling thirsty

Type 2 diabetes symptoms include passing more urine than usual and feeling tired all the time. If the condition is left untreated, a number of other health problems can follow, so it’s important to recognise all the signs - including feeling very thirsty.
23rd Feb 2018 - Express.co.uk