The Health Scientist Podcast

Ep.11 Nicola Guess: Nutritional strategies in type 2 diabetes remission

Dr. Nicola Guess is a senior lecturer (associate professor) at the University of Westminster, research fellow at King’s College London and head of nutrition at Dasman Diabetes Institute in Kuwait. She holds a PhD from Imperial College London. Her primary research interests are in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. She is a recognised world-expert in the effect of nutrition on the pathophysiology of type 2 diabetes.

Dr Nicola Guess is a 2018 National Institute of Clinical Excellent (NICE) scholar investigating meal provision for inpatients with diabetes; a member of the NICE expert committee; a member of the Diabetes UK Clinical Study Group, which sets the agenda for research for the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes in the UK; a Winston Churchill Travel Scholar investigating approaches to type 2 diabetes prevention in the UK and China; a Diabetes UK Academic Health Partnership Fellow investigating the role of diet in the prevention of type 2 diabetes; a member of the NICE guidelines committee for type 2 diabetes prevention in the UK; and the director of Kings College London courses on diet and diabetes.

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In this episode we cover:

  • Nicola's reason for getting into diabetes research
  • What type 2 diabetes is and what causes it
  • The role of beta-cell dysfunction and insulin resistance in diabetes
  • The role of insulin in health and maintaining blood glucose
  • Different risk rates of diabetes in different populations
  • Lifestyle factors which can contribute to type 2 diabetes
  • The difference between remission and reversal of diabetes
  • Low-carbohydrate diets and their potential in the management of diabetes
  • How rate of weight loss may be important for restoring beta-cell function
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