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In this report

Urbanisation, poor diet and failure to exercise have led to record levels of obesity, fueling a diabetes epidemic

Spread of city life destroys myth of western illness

Obesity as a result of changed lifestyles is helping to generate a global epidemic

Researchers find hope in link with dementia

There is a far higher risk of Alzheimer’s in people who are diabetic and there is work being done to understand why

insulin-producing beta cells produced at Harvard University
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Regenerative medicine offers life-changing treatment

Progress is being made in stem cell therapy

Link between two ailments comes under fresh scrutiny

Diabetics are at a far higher risk of contracting tuberculosis

A doctor and nurse at the Ramakrishna Mission take blood pressure of the poor, ill with diabetes
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Steps are afoot to supply affordable treatments to the developing world

Millions of poor people still lack access to the life-saving insulin

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Cases are on the increase, yet millions remain undiagnosed

The 2014 edition of the World Diabetes Atlas estimates that there have been a further 5m cases of diabetes including 4m that are undiagnosed

Reliable facts in short supply for advice on what to eat

As obesity rates have risen faster than expected so has incidence of the disease

A cure for type 1 diabetes may prove elusive but great strides have been made

A Harvard team has created insulin-producing beta cells in the laboratory

Fitness programmes can be an exercise in futility

The failure to encourage people to adopt a healthy diet is proving a public health nightmare

A better range of gadgets makes life easier for those living with the disease

Usability and greater accuracy are crucial to regulating blood sugar levels

UK’s failure to manage diabetes leads to complications

Britain’s failure to manage diabetes leads to complications

A tax on sugary drinks helps – a little

Children are getting the pathology for the disease 30 years early