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Weekly News Roundup 14/01/11

There’s always lots of media attention surrounding diabetes and this week has been no different. One study that got my attention was diabetic men are prone to damaged sperm! The study of a whopping 27 men suggested there was more DNA damage to sperm in those with diabetes. They are therefore concerned about the impact this will have due to the increase in diabetes. Can we really have a study that clarifies anything on just 27 people!? I can say that I wont be losing any sleep over this study.

Another study in Diabetes Nursing aid the risk of type 2 diabetes may be reduced by drinking a moderate amount of alcohol rather than a low amount. This study at least followed 38,031 men! I am sure there are different risks of drinking too much alcohol but a very interesting study. I suppose we can take out of this the fact that most of us do drink moderate amounts of alcohol and it shouldn’t increase our diabetes risk.

The figures out of the US this week has said that diabetes has more than doubles in 10 years, in 1996 the number of people with diabetes in America was 9mn and in 2007 this rose to 19mn. We just need to hope the UK will not follow suit on this.

On some good notes there is a new type 2 test that involves a straight forward clinical assessment and a non fasting blood test to test for type 2, this was created by a team of diabetes researchers in London. This will hopefully make testing for type 2 faster and easier.

Even more good news for type 2′s this week is Diabetes UK-funded researchers have uncovered the function of a molecule called ‘AS160’ and its role in promoting the uptake of glucose into muscle tissue in response to insulin. The new findings reveal more about how the body regulates blood glucose levels. The research, led by Professor Carol MacKintosh and Dr Kei Sakamoto at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation Unit in Dundee, has shown that the AS160 molecule functions as a key molecular switch that helps to attract the GLUT4 molecules to the cell surface in response to insulin. Therefore a drug that mimics the function of AS160 could potentially help to lower blood glucose levels by accelerating the uptake of glucose into muscle cells.

That’s all for now – until next time x