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Is it possible to reverse Type 2 diabetes?

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

Most doctors only address the symptoms, but the disease can be beaten into remission. However, it requires losing a lot of weight – and keeping it off

Type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition that can lead to heart disease, nerve damage, kidney disease and blindness. However, it is possible to beat it into remission. The pancreas can begin again making insulin, the hormone that regulates levels of glucose in the blood. The liver can reassert itself as the body’s reservoir for glucose and stop pumping out unwanted sugar. And many people who have been taking tablets to control their type 2 diabetes can potentially throw them away. This is good for the NHS, because 5% to 10% of people have type 2 diabetes. However, to beat it, you would need to lose about 10% of your body weight – and keep it off.

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Google Maps must improve if it wants cyclists to use it

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

Cyclists don’t just want the fastest route they want the safest or quietest – and information on bike parking would be a bonus

We all have different ways to navigate when lost – whether asking a stranger for help, consulting an old-school map or simply following our nose.

But on a bike, the stakes are higher. One wrong turn and you’re in gridlocked traffic, with two lanes between your bike and the nearest pavement. In this moment, cyclists can be divided into two types: the few who stay calm and embrace getting lost, and the rest of us, who turn to a navigation app.

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Minister’s call for cyclists to behave is more headline-grabbing hypocrisy

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

A Highway Code prompt aimed solely at cyclists – not to the road users that caused more than 99% of deaths on UK roads last year – has nothing to do with improving safety

On Friday, transport minister Jesse Norman wrote to cycling leaders asking them to remind their members to follow the Highway Code. The letter came less than 48 hours after the announcement of a review on whether the law should be changed to tackle dangerous cycling.

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Extreme kit testing: which gear is best for 24 hours of non-stop running?

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

Running round and round in circles for a full day and night? The things Adharanand Finn will do in the service of the running blog …

Many years ago, I worked as a writer for Which? magazine, and often had to visit its testing laboratory in Milton Keynes. Without giving away any secrets, they test things vigorously at Which?. There were rooms for overheating microwave ovens until they exploded. There were sound labs peopled with experts sitting with their eyes closed. They had a bumpy treadmill-type thing for testing baby buggies to see how they performed over hundreds of miles.

I thought of all this when I signed up, in a moment of madness, to the Self Transcendence 24-hour track race in Tooting. I would be a human guinea pig, I thought, running around in circles for hundreds of laps, testing out running products to see if they could really stand the heat. This was Which? magazine-level product testing. Like the Duracell bunny, I could be the ultimate kit tester, for a day.

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What happens if you turn off the traffic lights?

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

When Amsterdam removed signals from a busy junction, it made journeys faster and interactions more pleasant. Now the approach is being copied across the city

On a foggy Monday morning in May 2016, 14 Amsterdam officials, engineers and civil servants gathered nervously at Alexanderplein – a busy intersection near the city centre with three tramlines – where many people were walking, driving, and, as in any Dutch city, riding bicycles. With a flip of a switch, the traffic controls were shut off for all transport modes, in all directions.

This live pilot project came about as a result of the rapid growth in cycling in some Amsterdam neighbourhoods. Nearly 70% of all city centre trips are by bicycle, and more space is needed on the bike networks. Traffic designers are deviating from standard design manuals to accommodate this need. Among the tactics being used are the removal of protective barriers, altering light phases, reducing vehicular speed limits and designating entire corridors as “bicycle streets”. Designers have created their own toolbox of solutions for other Dutch cities to use.

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A new cycling law won’t make roads safer and could postpone laws that could | Peter Walker

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

Of the about 400 pedestrians killed a year in the UK an average of just two are hit by a bike. Enforcing speeding limits on the other hand could help prevent 250 deaths

So there is to be an “urgent” review into whether the law should be changed to target dangerous cycling. This follows a campaign by Matt Briggs, whose wife, Kim, was killed when she was struck by a bike ridden by the now-jailed Charlie Alliston.

The first thing to stress is that I understand completely why Matt Briggs feels the way he does. I’ve talked to him, and appreciate why charging Alliston under an 1861 law was unwieldy and caused long delays. Briggs is a thoughtful, intelligent man and I wish him well.

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The ötillö – home of one of the world’s fastest-growing endurance sports

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

Swimrunning – a race that alternates between swimming and running – began life in Sweden, invented by a handful of thrillseekers looking for a challenge. The most-recent ötillö saw 148 teams take part

From the sky, the Stockholm archipelago looks benign. More than 30,000 islands spread off the Swedish coastline in the Baltic Sea. In the Summer, they’re the islands of love, packed with holidaymakers. Today, it’s early September and the weather is a little rough: winds, swell and constant rain.

I’m on a safety boat, following the progress of one of the world’s toughest adventure races, the ÖtillÖ (“ö till ö”, or island to island), where participants racing as a team of two must run and swim across 26 of the islands, from Sandhamn to Utö. A total of 75km, if you manage to navigate the currents and rocks in a straight-ish line.

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How was your weekend running?

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

Racing, claiming piles of medals or running in circles for half the weekend? As always, come and share your weekend experiences below the line

Well that was a busy weekend! Five races, five medals and only one lot of tears. I spent most of Saturday and Sunday in sunny south-west London, for the Richmond Runfest. Saturday morning was the Kew Gardens 10k, a wonderful opportunity to run on the quiet and beautiful paths of the gardens before they are open to the public (free entry to all your support crew too!). Having no goal but to run it reasonably hard, I really loved the experience. The route was necessarily a little twisty but as with the half marathon I did the next day, because the race sets off in separate waves, the course is never congested. It’s also superbly put together, combining the ‘feel’ of a smaller, local race with the organisation of a big one.

The afternoons races were slightly more fraught. Traffic meant we arrived, panting, a whopping nine minutes before my poor 8 year old’s race – and this was the first time she’s ever done one where children run without parents alongside. Her face wobbled but she held it together very bravely and was hopefully cheered up rather than mortified when I managed to run bits of the outside of her marked course with her, calling encouragement. The five year old was rather less stoic (cue total meltdown) but the lovely organisers let me run with her after the rest of the kids in her race were off, so at least she got her bling ..

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What’s your favourite road to cycle on?

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

As Guardian writers pick their favourite bike routes, we’d like to hear about your own most enjoyable rides

Our writers have been sharing their favourite cycle routes and roads – at least, those they’re happy to tell other people about. We’d love to hear your own suggestions.

Related: ‘Pure inspiration’: our writers pick their favourite cycle rides

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Pregnant refugees must have access to better care, say doctors

Oct 2nd, 2017 by

Exclusive: charity Doctors of the World call for greater pre- and post-natal care after finding inadequate treatment for vast number of health problems

Pregnant refugees who have fled across the Mediterranean to Greece are at risk of harm to themselves and their babies because they are not routinely given the care they need before, during and after the birth, say doctors.

A report from the charitable organisation Doctors of the World calls for pre- and post-natal care for refugee women across the whole of Europe as well as safe delivery, arguing that it is not only humanitarian but also cost-effective.

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