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The diabetes researchers - season 3

Diabetes researchers are published in a collaboration between the seven Steno Diabetes Centers. All podcasts are in Danish. 

Episode 1: Football prevents diabetes in the Faroe Islands

Ball games are good for oxygen uptake, blood pressure and bones – and so it reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. You can learn more about this in this first episode of Diabetes Researchers. Magni Mohr, who in addition to being a professor of occupational physiology and affiliated with Steno Diabetes Center Faroe Islands, is also a professor of football at the University of Southern Denmark, talk about the beneficial effects of football.

Episode 2: Medicines for heart and kidney disease. 

Sotagliflozin is a medicine for people with type 2 diabetes that improves blood sugar and blood pressure. The medicine also reduces the risk of worsening of heart vessels and kidney diseases. And now a new study suggests it may have the same beneficial effects on the heart and kidneys of people with type 1 diabetes. Listen to Elisabeth Stougaard, doctor and PhD at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen tell much more in this second episode of The Diabetes Researchers.


Episode 3: Targeted treatment for cardiovascular disease

People with diabetes are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, but there is a big difference in how big the risk is. Researchers are working to become better at deciding which prevention is best for the individual, so that the amount of cardiovascular disease is reduced, and so no one should take more medication than necessary. Kristian Funck, doctor and PhD at Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus, talks about how to perhaps in the future better offer targeted treatment for cardiovascular disease in the third section of the Diabetes Researchers.

Episode 4: Sleep apnea and diabetes in Greenland

Sleep apnea is a disease that causes poor sleep, and people with severe sleep apnea are often exhausted. The disease can also cause high blood pressure, fibrillation and blood clots in the brain and heart. There is effective treatment for sleep apnea – but not in Greenland. Nor is the prevalence of sleep apnea known among people with diabetes in Greenland, but that is changing now. Listen to Mads Mose Jensen, reserve doctor and PhD at Steno Diabetes Center Greenland, who is a researcher in this fourth episode of the Diabetes Researchers.


Episode 5: Diet and exercice for nursing home residents with overweight and diabetes

Nearly every fifth resident in the care centers has diabetes, and some of them also live with obesity. It is important to provide a framework that allows healthy living so that diabetes does not worsen due to too little movement or too energy-dense food. A new research project investigates how care centres can offer the right diet and a healthy environment for residents with diabetes. Tenna Christoffersen, Associate Professor at the University College Absalon and PhD student at Steno Diabetes Center Sjælland tells about this in the fifth episode of the Diabetes Researchers.


Episode 6: Causes of bone fractures

A frequent late complication of diabetes, which is however not so well-lit, is the risk of fractures. The reason for the increased risk of fractures has not yet been determined, but studies suggest that diabetic nerve damage, among other things, can have an impact. A research team is now investigating the link and other causes of bone fractures in people with type 2 diabetes. Julie Nielsen, doctor and PhD student at Steno Diabetes Center North Jutland gives an exciting insight into the research in episode six of the Diabetes Researchers.


Episode 7: Who benefits from sensors?

There are several ways to measure your blood sugar when you have type 1 diabetes. Most people know the finger dot measurement, but some find that it is difficult to control diabetes control when blood sugar is measured with the finger dot method. Many also know the sensor that not only provides a snapshot of one's blood sugar, but also shows whether blood sugar is rising or falling.
How many people use the sensor? Can everyone with type 1 diabetes benefit from it? This gives Karoline Schousboe, PhD and consultant at Steno Diabetes Center Odense an insight into this episode seven of the Diabetes Researchers.

Episode 8: Diabetes in the Faroe Islands

Ten years ago, it was investigated how widespread type 2 diabetes was in the Faroe Islands. The results of the study have since been used for information and training of doctors – just as new diabetes research in the Faroe Islands stands on the shoulders of the project from 2013. Learn more about what was actually discovered back then – and how to find out how many people either have type 2 diabetes or have precursors to the disease. You can hear Jens Andreassen, chief physician at the medical department and responsible for the diabetes outpatient clinic at Steno Diabetes Center Faroe Islands, talk more about this in this episode.

Episode 9: Healthy upbringing prevents diabetes

A healthy weight in the adolescent years can prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes in adult life. But many attempts to halt the rise in obesity among children and adolescents from the most socially challenged families have failed. New project rethinks everything and lets children and their parents help design a community where it is easier to live healthy. Listen to Jane Nautrup Østergaard, program manager at Steno Diabetes Center Aarhus and with a background in public health science, talk more about this in episode nine of The Diabetes Researchers.

Episode 10: Can you replace insulin with a pill?

People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin in precise amounts many times over the course of a day. This is difficult, and therefore it is now being investigated whether you can replace some of the insulin to be taken with a pill. Listen to Pernille Emilie Petersen, doctor and researcher at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen, share the exciting research in the field in the tenth section of The Diabetes Researchers.

Episode 11 - Overall Treatment of Diabetes and Other Diseases

People with diabetes and one or more other chronic diseases are often treated in several places. It can be frustrating because the treatment can become incoherent, and they may find themselves with much of the responsibility for the treatment themselves. What is good for one disease is not always good for the other. It can even lead to a worsening of the disease.

But is it possible to combine the treatment for people with diabetes into one place with one team working together in the so-called multidisciplinary teams? Listen to Jonas Dahl Andersen, physiotherapist with a master's degree in clinical science and technology and PhD student at Steno Diabetes Center North Jutland in this episode tell more about multidisciplinary teams.


Episode 12 - Smart screening for diabetic eye disease

Diabetic eye disease is a serious sequelae of diabetes, and if it is not detected and treated in time, it can lead to vision loss and blindness. Many people with diabetes are examined for diabetic eye disease, although they are not at high risk of developing the disease. Conversely, there is sometimes a long waiting period for those who should be examined and get into treatment quickly.

So how do you find the people most in need of investigation and treatment? Stine Byberg, senior researcher and team leader at Steno Diabetes Center in Copenhagen and currently associated with the Steno Center in Greenland, will try to answer that in this episode.