Diabetes and COVID-19: your questions answered


Associate Professor Spiros Fourlanos, Head of The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Diabetes and Endocrinology Unit answers your questions on COVID-19 and diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes – Is Bitter Melon Helpful at Lowering Blood Sugar?

When dealing with Type 2 diabetes, diet and exercise are the two most important areas you will need to focus on in your journey to lower your blood sugar. A lot of changes will have to be made in your lifestyle, especially with regards to what you eat. One of the options you may come across when looking for diabetes helpful foods is bitter melon. It is not only known for its distinctive flavor and appearance, but it may also have a positive effect on your health.

Type 2 Diabetes – Having Had Gestational Diabetes Raises Risk for Certain Cancers

Scientists at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital and Chang Gung University in Taiwan found a higher-than-average risk of particular cancers in women with a history of Gestational diabetes or pregnancy-related diabetes. Their study was published in February of 2019 in the British Medical Journal. A total of 47,373 women with Gestational diabetes and 943,199 women with healthy pregnancies were admitted to the study and followed for three years. Women with a history of Gestational diabetes had more than twice the risk of developing cancer as women without such a history.

Type 2 Diabetes – Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Suitable for People With Diabetes?

Researchers at Capital Medical University in Beijing, China, looked at one hundred and one people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and who had decided to undergo gastric bypass – Roux-en-Y. The aim was to discover which people with diabetes would benefit most from the procedure. Their results were reported on in the journal Obesity Surgery in February of 2019.

Type 2 Diabetes – Five Simple Dietary Changes You Can Make to Improve Your Blood Sugar

Making changes to your diet can be hard, and it can be intimidating. You may not know where to start and all of the recommendations you find online can make things super confusing. The good news is improving your Type 2 diabetes can be done with just a handful of simple yet very effective dietary changes. Let us take the confusion out of which foods you should and should not enjoy by talking about five simple yet effective dietary changes you can make to improve your blood sugar levels.

Type 2 Diabetes – A Medication for Rheumatoid Arthritis Improves Diabetes

Molecules involved in inflammation, such as interleukin-1 (IL-1), have been implicated in Type 2 diabetes. The implication has led researchers at the Universities of L’Aquila and Catanzaro in Italy to wonder whether existing medications that lower interleukin-1 might be useful for treating Type 2 diabetes. Their study, reported on in February of 2019 in the journal Medicine (Baltimore) looked at people who had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and who were being treated with anakinra, (Kinaret), a drug used to treat several inflammatory diseases.

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