Metabolic disorders on Twitter: Diabetes leads mentions in August 2019

19 September 2019 (Last Updated September 20th, 2019 08:44)

Pharmaceutical Technology lists the top tweeted terms on metabolic disorders in August 2019, based in data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform.

Metabolic disorders on Twitter: Diabetes leads mentions in August 2019
Diabetes led Twitter mentions in metabolic disorders in August 2019.

Pharmaceutical Technology lists the top tweeted terms on metabolic disorders in August 2019, based in data from Global Data’s Influencer Platform.

The top tweeted terms are the trending industry discussions happening on Twitter. Global Data uses proprietary algorithms to analyse key words and key individuals in order to perform a deeper analysis of what the key individuals in the industry are discussing on Twitter.

1. Diabetes – 727 mentions

Results of a long-running clinical trial on the effect of lifestyle changes following the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes were published recently. The trial found that small reductions in alcohol intake in the first year could increase life expectancy.

Reducing alcohol intake by only two or more units a week was associated with lowering the risk of cardiovascular diabetes.

The trial also found that lowering the daily calorie intake by at least 300kcal was associated with reducing the risk of all-cause mortality.

Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes also trended on Twitter during the month, with mentions of 100 and 94, respectively.

2. Heart disease – 676 mentions

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition appointed by the UK government, has advised adults to reduce the risk of heart disease by not  consuming more than 10% of saturated fat in their daily calorie intake. The committee also recommended to replace the use of saturated fats with unsaturated fats such as those found in fish and olives.

However, the guidance was criticised as being outdated by NHS cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra.

3. Bariatric Surgery – 176 mentions

Bariatric or weight loss surgery is a set of procedures performed on individuals who suffer from obesity. The surgery is considered as a treatment option for people with body mass index (BMI) more than 40kg/m².

Many patients hesitate to undergo the surgery due to possible harmful side effects following the procedure. However, surgeons and researchers have been trying to instil confidence about its safety and effectiveness.

Ali Aminian, MD recently presented a comparison of the clinical outcomes of approximately 2,500 diabetes patients that underwent bariatric surgery, with those of more than 10,000 with usual care, at ESC Congress 2019.

4. Insulin – 106 mentions

Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that helps the body use sugar for energy, and also to store sugar for release when blood sugar levels are low.

People with cells that are resistant to insulin can suffer from high blood sugar levels which can cause complications over time.

A research article published recently mentions that hydroxychloroquine improves insulin resistance associated with obesity by regulating lipid metabolism.

5. Metabolic Syndrome – 92 mentions

An estimated 20-25% of the world’s adult population suffers from metabolic syndrome. This is a medical term for a commonly found combination of diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure. People who suffer from metabolic syndrome are at greater risk of heart disease and strokes.