DiabetesChoices Daily Digest Sept 9 2011

Welcome to the DiabetesChoices round-up of diabetes and diet news and research, updated every weekday. Today: more on slimming clubs research, exciting new find for JDRF, encouraging retinopathy findings and working out at work …


NHS verdict on slimming club research

The team at NHS Choices News analyse the study into the effectiveness of slimming clubs – Weight Watchers in this particular paper – and conclude that it was well conducted and likely to be reliable, although more research is needed into the long-term results and cost-effectiveness of commercial slimming programmes. DiabetesChoices reported the research yesterday.

New-look resource for type 1

MyGlu is a new registry of people with type 1 diabetes in the USA, which aims to  provide social networking, opportunities to find out about and take part in trials and a resource of data about type 1 diabetes. It has been launched by the Helmsley Charitable Trust and is currently in beta testing. The launch is reported on the DiabetesMine blog.


Key new finding for type 1 diabetes

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) has announced two ‘exciting’ new discoveries: working with the pharmaceutical company Roche, JDRF-funded scientists have identified a previously unknown protein that controls how insulin-producing beta cells grow in the pancreas, and a chemical that can encourage this growth. More information is on the JDRF website.

Eye care improving?

A study published in the journal Diabetes Care suggests that in Finland at least, diabetic retinopathy may be on the decline. Researchers analysed records of nearly 4,000 people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between 1939 and 2005 and found that the incidence of severe retinopathy (requiring laser treatment to the eyes) 20 years after diagnosis was much lower in people who were diagnosed more recently.

Work out while you work

Setting aside time for exercise in work hours may help boost productivity and atttendance levels, according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Researchers in Sweden asked staff in dental practices to reduce their working hours by 2.5 per week; half of the practices used this time for compulsory exercise while half had free time. A third group worked normally as a control. Although all three groups improved productivity, the exercise group reported feeling more energetic and productive.

And finally …

Step out on September 25

ITV’s Walk4Life Day takes place on Sunday 25 September. Organised in support of the Department of Health’s Change4Life programme, the day will feature walking events taking place round the country and will celebrate the launch of Walk4Life Miles – newly designated mile-long walking routes in parks, along footpaths and along canals, marked with distinctive yellow waymarkers showing the start and end. There will be 2,012 of them across England by 2012.

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