Diabetes

Drinking 100 percent fruit juice has no effect on blood sugar levels, news research finds

19 Jan 2018 --- One hundred percent juice does not have a significant effect on fasting blood glucose, fasting blood insulin, or insulin resistance, according to new research. The findings are consistent with previous research indicating that 100 percent fruit juice is not associated with an increased risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes and support a growing body of evidence that 100 percent fruit juice has no significant effect on glycemic control. The study was conducted on behalf of the Juice Products Association and published in the Journal of Nutritional Science.

Bayn Europe sets up subsidiary in China for sugar reduction

15 Jan 2018 --- Bayn Europe AB has signed a joint venture agreement with real estate development company HuaHe International Asset Management Ltd. to introduce sugar reduction to the China market. Both partners have agreed on a cooperation model and mutual commitments for the set-up of the joint venture. Under the agreement, Bayn is to hold 65 percent of equity and HuaHe 35 percent. 

Junk food: US federal tax for manufacturers is legally and administratively viable, finds analysis

11 Jan 2018 --- A US federal tax on junk food is both legally and administratively feasible, according to researchers at New York University College of Global Public Health and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

A potential explanation for winter weight gain – Fat cells are sensitive to sunlight: study

11 Jan 2018 --- A breakthrough study by University of Alberta researchers has shown that the fat cells that lie just beneath our skin shrink when exposed to the blue light emitted by the sun. According to the researchers, the insufficient sunlight exposure people living in a northern climate get eight months of the year may be promoting fat storage and contribute to the typical weight gain some of us have over the winter.

Camelina oil shown to improve blood lipid profile

09 Jan 2018 --- The use of camelina oil reduces overall and LDL cholesterol levels in people with impaired glucose metabolism, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The study, published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, analyzed the associations of camelina oil, fatty fish and lean fish with lipid and glucose metabolism, and low-grade inflammation. 

Infant nutrition: Hydrolyzed casein formula does not reduce incidence of type 1 diabetes 

05 Jan 2018 --- Baby formula in which the cow's milk proteins have been split does not prevent type 1 diabetes in children with genetic risk for this disease, according to the results of the TRIGR Study published this week shows. Accordingly, there is no evidence to revise the current dietary recommendations for infants at high risk for type 1 diabetes.

NHS England to ban sale of sugary drinks in hospitals

05 Jan 2018 --- NHS England has banned the sale of sugar-sweetened drinks in hospitals, effective July this year. The ban has been written into the updated Standard Contract for hospitals which was posted on the healthcare provider’s website on Wednesday. A number of organizations and lobby groups have lauded the move, although the British Soft Drinks Association noted that while sugar intake from soft drinks has been falling, obesity levels have been increasing over the past years.

Sugar's role in global health crisis deserves more attention: BMJ essay

04 Jan 2018 --- The idea that sugar could be a fundamental cause of the global obesity and diabetes epidemics, with health effects that go beyond just empty calories, deserves more serious consideration, argues journalist and author Gary Taubes in an essay published in The BMJ today. Sugar and the potential harmful effects of its consumption have come under intensifying scrutiny in recent times, with sugar taxes being implemented, or at least debated, in a number of countries this year and consumers increasingly opting for low sugar products. According to Taubes, efforts to improve our knowledge of the harmful effects of sugar should receive priority and consumers should be dissuaded from consuming it until uncertainties have been resolved. 

“100 calorie snacks, two a day max”: Public Health England launches campaign around children’s snacking

03 Jan 2018 --- Public Health England (PHE) has launched a new Change4Life campaign with the slogan “100 calorie snacks, two a day max,” which aims to encourage parents to choose healthier snacks than the ones they currently buy for their children. Selected UK supermarkets have announced their support for the campaign, while health pressure group Action on Sugar calls for more stringent action, pointing to the responsibility of food and beverage manufacturers to help prevent the overconsumption of sugar.

Nuritas raises €16m in Series A funding

21 Dec 2017 --- Nuritas has announced the close of a circa €16 million (US$19 million) Series A funding round led by Chicago-based Cultivian Sandbox Ventures. This brings the total invested to date to approximately €25 million, the company reports. The latest round of funding will support Nuritas’ global growth to address and solve many of the most pressing health issues of the day, including the diabetes epidemic. 

Diet low in specific amino acids may be the key to weight loss

21 Dec 2017 --- Many individuals try to lose weight by dieting – but reduced-calorie diets are notoriously difficult to maintain. New research published in the Journal of Physiology indicates that lowering consumption of specific building blocks of proteins (amino acids) may combat the metabolic problems that occur in diabetes and obesity.  In a mouse study, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found that lowering the consumption of specific types of amino acids called branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) improved metabolic health, even when overall calories were not reduced.

Type 2 diabetes starts in liver, find University of Geneva scientists

28 Nov 2017 --- Scientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) in Switzerland have unraveled the factors linking obesity and insulin resistance, as well as the key role played by the liver in the onset of the disease. By deciphering how the protein PTPR- γ – which is increased in the context of obesity – inhibits insulin receptors located at the surface of liver cells, the researchers’ findings in Nature Communications open the door to potential new therapeutic strategies.

Extremely low-calorie diet found to reverse Type 2 diabetes in study

13 Nov 2017 --- A very low-calorie diet can rapidly reverse Type 2 diabetes in animal models, suggests a new study from a Yale-led research team in the US. If confirmed in people, the insight provides potential new drug targets for treating the common chronic disease, note the researchers, whose study is published in Cell Metabolism.

Diabetes prevention and management under industry spotlight ahead of World Diabetes Day 2017

13 Nov 2017 --- World Diabetes Day falls tomorrow on November 14, and this year’s edition spotlights women with the disease and their “right to a healthy future.” Companies and organizations including Nestlé and the International Sweeteners Association (ISA) are marking the day by contributing to the fight against obesity and standing with women with diabetes as they try to manage the condition effectively.

Wholesome: Large-scale study underpins the health benefits of whole grains

03 Nov 2017 --- Exchanging refined grain products – such as white bread and pasta – with whole grain varieties causes overweight adults to eat less, lose weight, leading to a decrease in the amount of inflammation in their bodies. These are some of the findings of Danish study headed by the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. The study supports the scientific basis for the dietary recommendations of many countries to choose whole grains.

Plant-derived berberine could slow diabetes-related decline, research suggests

02 Nov 2017 --- Researchers studying the natural, plant-derived compound berberine have linked its anti-inflammatory activity and ability to regulate levels of stress-response proteins including sirtuin to berberine’s positive effects on memory loss and impaired learning. In addition to improving diabetic encephalopathy and slowing central nervous system degeneration, berberine was also associated with better lipid metabolism and decreased fasting glucose in aging diabetic mice.

Omega 6 rich diet linked to significantly reduced Type 2 diabetes risk

12 Oct 2017 --- The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes could be significantly reduced by eating a diet rich in omega 6 polyunsaturated fats, a new study suggests. These findings, published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, shed new light on the potential health benefits of omega 6, which is found in bean and seed oils such as soybean and sunflower oils and in nuts. They also support clinical recommendations to increase dietary intake of omega 6 rich foods.

Gut microbiota’s activation of MAIT lymphocytes could hold key to Type 1 diabetes prevention

10 Oct 2017 --- The onset of Type 1 diabetes is preceded by modification of MAIT lymphocytes, which are activated by intestinal flora, according to scientists from the Cochin Institute (CNRS/INSERM/Paris Descartes University) and their colleagues from AP-HP Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital in Paris. The MAIT lymphocyte cells – associated with mucosae and able to recognize elements of the microbiota – could, therefore, serve as new biomarkers for early detection and prevention of the illness. The researchers' findings are published in Nature Immunology.

DuPont soybean oil causes less obesity and insulin resistance, but may harm liver: study

06 Oct 2017 --- Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have found that while a genetically-modified (GM) soybean oil used in many restaurants induces less obesity and insulin resistance than conventional soybean oil, its effects on diabetes and fatty liver are similar to those of conventional soybean oil.

CK Nutraceuticals partners with Kunpoong to distribute chitosan oligosaccharide

28 Sep 2017 --- South Korea’s Kunpoong Bio Co. Ltd., a global operator in the chitosan oligosaccharide market, has appointed Toronto-based CK Nutraceuticals (CK) as its exclusive North America sales, marketing and distribution partner for its Go2Ka1 ingredient (branded as KitoMax in North America).

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