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Type 2 diabetes: Five genetic 'clusters' may explain evolution
Researchers have identified five clusters of genetic variants that may explain the different evolution of type 2 diabetes in different individuals. (Medical News Today)

Can people with type 2 diabetes stop taking metformin?
Metformin treats type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. It is generally a safe and effective medication. However, metformin can cause side effects, and a person may be able to control their blood sugar by making lifestyle changes involving diet and exercise. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Non-insulin drugs for treating type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes prevents the body from responding to insulin correctly, leading to high levels of blood sugar. Some people require insulin injections, but others can manage the condition with oral or other injectable medications. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Is it safe for a person with diabetes to eat sweets?
People with diabetes need to know how the food and drink they consume affects their blood sugar levels. However, it is a common misconception that they must avoid all sweets or sugary foods. A person with diabetes can still have sweets, as part of a healthful meal plan, or if combined with exercise. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Blocking this protein may keep obesity, diabetes at bay
Deleting the RNA-silencing protein Ago2 in mice's livers changed the animals' energy metabolism and prevented obesity, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. (Medical News Today)

Natural ways to improve insulin sensitivity
Low insulin sensitivity can cause blood sugar levels to become too high and may lead to type 2 diabetes. Natural ways of improving insulin sensitivity include exercising more, getting enough sleep, eating a diet rich in saturated fats and soluble fiber, and taking certain dietary supplements. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What is a random glucose test?
Diabetes occurs when a person has too much glucose in their blood. Doctors can diagnose diabetes with a random glucose test. A person can have this test at any time during the day and does not need to fast beforehand. For a reliable diagnosis, the doctor will usually repeat the test on another day. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Just 6 hours of sleep loss increases diabetes risk
It is well-known that sleep is important for good health. The latest study demonstrates that losing just a small amount might increase diabetes risk. (Medical News Today)

What carbs should you avoid?
Many people avoid eating carbohydrates to help them lose weight. However, some carbohydrates are beneficial and can be healthful when included in the diet. Carbohydrates can be simple or complex, and each type has a different effect on the body. Learn more about how to eat carbohydrates healthfully here. (Medical News Today)

Eating whole grains can prevent type 2 diabetes
Adding whole grains — such as rye, oats, maize, and corn — to your daily diet can significantly lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

What can I eat on a no-carb diet?
Many people reduce carbohydrate intake to help them lose weight. Carbohydrates are important macronutrients, but cutting them can help people to lose weight by making it possible to reduce calories and improve feelings of fullness. Alternatives to carbs can make it easier to stick to a low-carb diet. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Exotic fruit may help fight obesity
An Amazonian fruit called camu camu may offer a new way to tackle obesity. Rich in phytochemicals, the fruit may also benefit the microbiome. (Medical News Today)

How do you kill food cravings?
Resisting the urge to eat can be difficult, especially when a person is following a new diet or trying to cut out certain foods. Carbohydrates and sugars can be particularly hard to resist because they release serotonin in the brain. However, several strategies can help to stop cravings. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are symptoms of type 2 diabetes in children?
Type 2 diabetes is becoming increasingly common in children, and this is linked to a rise in obesity. However, the condition can be difficult to detect in children because it develops gradually. Symptoms, treatment, and prevention of type 2 diabetes are similar in children and adults. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle?
People living a sedentary lifestyle spend too much time engaging in behaviors that expend very little energy. A sedentary lifestyle can cause severe health issues, including cancer, diabetes, and poor cardiovascular health. Solutions include doing more exercise. Learn about the effects of a sedentary lifestyle here. (Medical News Today)

Could a natural sugar protect against diabetes?
In a mouse study, a natural sugar was found to reverse some of the changes seen in metabolic syndrome. These are early but fascinating results. (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes: Poor sleep slows wound healing
A new study concludes that mice with type 2 diabetes whose sleep has been disturbed heal significantly slower than similar, well-rested mice. (Medical News Today)

Which foods lower blood sugar?
Eating a varied, nutritious diet is beneficial for everyone, but is especially important for people with diabetes. In this article, learn which foods can help keep blood sugar levels in check, including oatmeal, cold-water fish, whole wheat bread, legumes, and sweet potatoes. (Medical News Today)

Ways to get rid of dark underarms
The skin under the arms can sometimes become darker in color than the rest of the body. Dark underarms are often the result of acanthosis nigricans (AN), which has several causes. These include hormonal disorders, genetics, and obesity. Treatments include home remedies, medication, and laser therapy. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Targeting one enzyme could treat cancer, diabetes, and obesity
A study into the enzyme PI3KC2A reveals its role in internal cell signaling processes, the disruption of which can lead to cancer, obesity, and diabetes. (Medical News Today)

How eating mushrooms may improve blood sugar control
A common mushroom can alter gut bacteria and the production of blood sugar, a new study shows. How does this happen, and what are the wider implications? (Medical News Today)

Prediabetes: Being a 'night owl' may lead to weight gain
Having a preference for evening activities, as well as sleeping at different times in the weekdays and weekends, may lead to weight gain in some people. (Medical News Today)

What are monk fruit and stevia?
Monk fruit and stevia are natural, plant-based sweeteners. The products tend to contain few, if any, calories, carbohydrates, and sugars, and people use them as alternatives to sugar, honey, and other sweeteners. Here, we describe what monk fruit and stevia are and how to choose between them. (Medical News Today)

Can you have hypoglycemia without diabetes?
Hypoglycemia occurs when a person's blood sugar levels drop too low. It can cause dizziness, confusion, and loss of consciousness, among other symptoms. While diabetes is the most common cause of hypoglycemia, it can result from other medical conditions. Learn about them here. (Medical News Today)

How red blood cells harm cardiovascular health in diabetes
It takes people with type 2 diabetes longer to recover from cardiovascular injury. They are also more exposed to it. But why? New research investigates. (Medical News Today)

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