Asparagus – the trendy vegetable that also "fights diabetes"

Asparagus is latest weapon in the fight against diabetes as study reveals it controls blood sugarHigh doses of asparagus extract had a significant effect on insulin production in tests UK consumption of asparagus is at record levels of around 8,000 tonnes a year<br> <p> | <strong>UPDATED:</strong> 17:31 GMT, 21 November 2012 </p> <br> <img src="http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/11/21/article-2236322-137AAC1D000005DC-350_233x334.jpg" width="233" height="334" alt="Culinary cure It appears asparagus could have a vital role to play in combating Britains looming diabetes crisis" class="blkBorder" /> <p class="imageCaption">Culinary cure It appears asparagus could have a vital role to play in combating Britain's looming diabetes crisis</p> <p>Asparagus could be a powerful new culinary weapon in the fight against diabetes.</p><p>Scientists have found regular intake of the increasingly popular vegetable keeps blood sugar levels under control and boosts the body&#8217;s production of insulin, the hormone that helps it to absorb glucose.</p><p>UK consumption of asparagus has soared in recent years to record levels of around 8,000 tonnes a year.</p><p>As well as its delicate flavour, it now appears it could have a vital role to play in combating Britain&#8217;s looming diabetes crisis.</p><p>Type two diabetes, which accounts for 90 per cent of all diabetes cases, is emerging as a major health burden.</p><p>According to the charity Diabetes UK, at the current rate of increase, the numbers affected will rise from around 2.5 million to four million by 2025 and five million by 2030.</p><p>More than a million people are already affected by the condition but do not realise they have it, perhaps because they do not recognise symptoms, such as fatigue, thirst, frequent urination, recurrent thrush and wounds that are slow to heal.</p><p> </p><p>Left untreated, type two diabetes can raise the risk of heart attacks, blindness and amputation.

Fat-busting super diet pill could help beat obesity by preventing those hunger pangs

Fat-busting, super diet pill could help beat obesity by preventing those hunger pangsScientists in the US have found the secret to fighting the flab may lie in the brainA gut-shrinking drug that targets the receptor controlling hunger could be available within months | UPDATED: 19:12 GMT, 9 June 2012 Enlarge Fat-busting: Scientists believe a drug could be developed to tackle obesity by targeting hunger pangs in the brain A super diet pill aimed at curbing fat people's appetites could soon be a reality thanks to boffins who have found the secret to tackling obesity may lie in the brain.

Two thirds of children are left dehydrated because they do not drink enough at breakfast

Two thirds of children are left dehydrated because they do not drink enough at breakfast | UPDATED: 23:07 GMT, 2 May 2012 Nearly two thirds of children are not drinking enough at breakfast time to be properly hydrated, according to a study.

Lack of sleep to skipping breakfast: The less-known factors that can give you diabetes

Lack of sleep to skipping breakfast: The less-known factors that can give you diabetes More than a million people are affected by type 2 diabetes and don’t even know it. And the risks they face are high: left untreated, the condition can raise the risk of heart attacks, blindness and amputation. Shocking new figures suggest 24,000 people die every year in England because of poorly managed diabetes.

Woman with kidney failure defies doctors to have a baby despite risk to her own life

Woman with kidney failure defies doctors to have a baby despite risk to her own lifeAlison had already lost one baby at 24 weeks as a result of her kidney disorderShe spent six days a week on dialysis during her 30-week pregnancy A woman on kidney dialysis has risked her life to give birth to a healthy baby girl. Doctors usually advise women not to try for a child if they are suffering from kidney failure as only a handful of British women on dialysis have ever successfully had a child