Frederick Banting’s search for insulin

Frederick Grant Banting’s career in medicine did not get off to an auspicious start. According to the Canadian Encyclopedia, Banting, born on 14 November 1891 and raised on a farm near Alliston, Ontario, about 100 kilometres north of Toronto, entered the University of Toronto in 1910 with thoughts of becoming a Christian minister. Failing in … Continue reading Frederick Banting’s search for insulin

Do you both need to go walkies more?

Here’s some more fuel for “dog or cat” debate. Researchers have found that people who own a dog with diabetes are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes themselves – but there appears to be no such risk for cat owners. Previous studies have suggested a link between adiposity (being severely overweight) in dogs and … Continue reading Do you both need to go walkies more?

Super pea could reduce diabetes risk

Don’t turn your nose up at wrinkled peas: they could be a life saver. A new study has found that a natural mutation in smooth green peas that causes them to become rather shrivelled looking could help control blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Researchers in the UK say these … Continue reading Super pea could reduce diabetes risk

Yet more evidence these are good for you

You just can’t ignore the fact that fruit, vegetables and grains are good for you. The latest reminder comes from two studies in the same edition of the British Medical Journal showing that even a modest increase in consumption is associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In the first study, a … Continue reading Yet more evidence these are good for you

Insulin may benefit from working at a snail’s pace

New diabetes treatments may be based around making human insulin that acts more quickly by being more snail-like. Australian and US researchers have developed a modified form of insulin, called Mini-Ins, that mimics the fast-acting venomous insulin produced by predatory marine cone snails. It has demonstrated significant promise in laboratory models, rapidly lowering blood sugar … Continue reading Insulin may benefit from working at a snail’s pace

A sugar tax and warnings on soft drinks

It might cost us more but we’re are generally okay with a sugar tax on soft drinks, shows a new survey of Australian consumers. However, how much we support it depends on the money being used for health programs. The results of the survey found that more than three-in-four Australians support a range of measures … Continue reading A sugar tax and warnings on soft drinks