This article provides an in-depth look at the role of carbohydrates in obesity, impaired glucose regulation and type 2 diabetes. Foods containing carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet for both the general population and those with, or at risk of, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. However foods and drinks high in ‘free sugars’ should be restricted.
Type 2 diabetes can be reversed with intensive medical treatment using medications and lifestyle therapies, according to a new study. Up to 40% of study participants were able to stay in remission three months after stopping diabetes medications.
Detailed results from the FOURIER cardiovascular outcomes trial on evolocumab were presented at a late-breaking oral presentation at the American College of Cardiology meeting in Washington DC recently. This is the first major outcomes study to be published for a PCSK9 inhibitor – a new class of cholesterol-lowering medicines.
Never a week goes by without carbohydrates hitting the headlines, with heated debates raging over low carb diets for weight loss to sugar as “the new tobacco”. Sorting fact from fiction is hard for health professionals and patients alike. In this article we go behind the headlines to explore the truth about carbohydrates in a healthy diet.
The British Heart Foundation is pressing for a renewed focus on improving the diagnosis and management of familial hypercholesterolaemia, and adoption of a nationwide cascade screening programme for first-degree relatives. The article includes best practice tips for busy primary healthcare professionals.
This Back to Basics feature is a wallchart describing the functions of a healthy liver – the largest organ in the body. It carries out more than 500 tasks essential for life. This wallchart accompanies details on the new NICE guideline on non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
A new study questions the feasibility and value of primary care screening for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The PIPETTE study is the first UK study of PAD prevalence for nearly a decade.
Low socioeconomic status is linked to significant reductions in life expectancy and should be considered a major risk factor for ill health and early death in national and global health policies, according to a new study of 1.7 million people.