Diabetes In The 1960s

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Diabetes, Cholesterol, Bp: Normal Is No Longer Normal

Pre-diabetes On 10 June 2014 there were global headlines about a ‘condition’ called pre-diabetes. From the Mail telling us that “A third of adults have ‘borderline’ diabetes – but most don’t know: Rising tide of obesity means number who have ‘pre-diabetes‘ has trebled since 2006″ to the Huffington Post proclaiming “Most People In England Have Borderline Diabetes, New Study Reveals“. One third was never most people when I did proportions, but anyway. Here is the summary of the study and findings from a journal web site and here is the original (full) article. A quick review of the article should have made the media far more challenging, instead of just taking the press release headlines: 1) The study used data already gathered for Health Survey England (HSE), which started in 1991. The number of adults involved in the HSE, from whom blood samples were taken, was 7,455 in 2003; 6,347 in 2006 and 1,951 in 2009. I can’t find the numbers for 2011, but they are likely to be small if the trajectory continues. There are over 40 million adults in England. Using 2009 as a guide, projections on this concept of ‘pre-diabetes’ have been made based on 0.0048% of the Continue reading >>

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  1. qtoffer

    Sugar industry paid scientists to blame saturated fat instead of sugar for CHD in 1960s

    Article in today's NY Times about a manuscript in today's JAMA Internal Medicine. Research and nutrition policy in the 1960s and 1970s was largely shaped by sugar industry trade groups. No surprise here. As a PhD biochemist and former vascular biology researcher, I'm always skeptical of any new research involving diet or heart disease. Always follow the money by identifying the research lead sponsor. My PhD advisor accepted funding from the Tobacco Institute because her research shifted blame for cardiovascular risk away from cigarettes.

  2. Nan OH

    Many forget that just because a university did the study/research and published their findings; some one paid for it. There are popular books by doctors that do have some valid science but they still make money from the sale of the books or video programs/seminars. Most websites have paid sponsors.

  3. CalgaryDiabetic

    That is why some of the research should be Govt funded. Although in this case because of big corn, Govt was on the side of HFCS and any research showing that it was sugar and not fat would not have been funded by them either.

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