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Alex Ryan

Tweet Share A few months ago Holly Rose wrote a blog about going on holiday with Type 1 diabetes, and it got me thinking about the effects travelling though different time zones can have on glycaemic control. Normally the body responds to circadian rhythms, a roughly 24-hour cycle which affects the levels of several hormones,…

Tweet Share I recently attended the Endocrinology Society symposium ENDO2015 out here in San Diego. A lot of the conference was for clinicians, and people who see patients, but it was still really interesting. I spent a good deal of my time learning about new things and areas I was unsure of, but there was…

Tweet Share Happy New Year! And with that it’s time to make your resolutions. After overindulging over the holidays, it’ll come as no surprise that a lot of people choose to start getting healthy, by eating better and exercising more. We’ve covered food last month, so I’m going to focus on the exercise in this…

Tweet Share I tend to veer from anything labelled a ‘superfood’ as it’s very subjective, and there are no specific criteria for the definition. However, the American Diabetes Association has published a list of diabetes superfoods. At first appearance it seems to be a sensible list of fruits, vegetables and other good things, but if…

Tweet Share With the 2014 Nobel Prize winners being announced last week, I thought I would take a look back at a couple of winners that are close to all of our hearts; Dr Frederick Grant Banting, and Professor John James Rickard Macleod. In 1923, a single year after publishing their data, they were awarded…

Tweet Share Last week I attended a seminar by Professor Maike Sander, titled ‘Deconstructing development to construct islet cells from stem cells’. It’s a bit of mouthful, but sounds interesting right? And it really was. I know stem cells are a hot topic, and in theory they hold so much potential. But unfortunately, a lot…