Friday, December 28, 2007

Blood Glucose Control and Diabetic Management

Small amounts of vinegar (approx. 20 mls or two tablespoons of domestic vinegar) added to food, or taken along with a meal, have been shown by a number of medical trials to reduce the glycemic index of carbohydrate food for people with and without diabetes. This has also been expressed as lower glycemic index ratings in the region of 30%

Sources: Liljeberg H, Bjorck I. Delayed gastric emptying rate may explain improved glycemia in healthy subjects to a starchy meal with added vinegar. Eur J Clin Nutr. 1998;64:886-893,
Leeman M, Ostman E, Bjorck I. Vinegar dressing and cold storage of potatoes lowers postprandial glycemic and insulinaemic responses in healthy subjects. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2005;59:1266-1271,
Johnston CS, Kim CM, Buller AJ. Vinegar improves insulin sensitivity to a high carbohydrate meal in subjects with insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care. 2004;27:281-282

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

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New Study Shows Benefits of Omega3's

A new study published in Health Day magazine Health Day, finds that young people at risk for developing Type 1 Diabetes may be able to prevent its onset with the use of foods rich in Omega 3's. Visit the site for more.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Go Here to Check the Glycemic Index of Your Foods

If you have diabetes or at risk of becoming diabetic you should definitely be aware of and plan your meals with the glycemic index of foods in mind.

Glycemic index (also glycaemic index, GI) is a ranking system for carbohydrates based on their effect on blood glucose levels. It compares available carbohydrates gram for gram in individual foods, providing a numerical, evidence-based index of postprandial (post-meal) glycemia. The concept was invented by Dr. David J. Jenkins and colleagues in 1981 at the University of Toronto.

On of the most informative sites about your glycemic load of foods is found at The site is published by a former "big pharma" executive, so you know its credible.

You should check out the glycemic index for management of other health conditions such as weight management, lowering the acidity of your body and other related health conditions

Also check out our Lens at: for more tips on managing your dietary sugar intake.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Ginseng and Diabetes

A recent study by Canadian and Korean researchers found that Korean red ginseng (Panax Ginseng) improves glucose and insulin regulation in some people with Type 2 diabetes.

Source, "Korean Red Ginseng Shown Safe and Possibly Useful in Treating Type 2 Diabetes" by Heather S Oliff, PhD, and Mark Blumenthal, Herbalgram, 2007

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Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Connection Between Thiamine (Vitamin B1) and Diabetes

Researchers at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, have discovered that deficiency of thiamineVitamin B1 - may be key to a range of vascular problems for people with diabetes. They have also solved the mystery as to why thiamine deficiency in diabetes had remained hidden until now.

The University of Warwick researchers, led by Professor Paul Thornalley, have shown conclusively that diabetic patients are thiamine deficient in blood plasma. They were also able to solve the mystery of what was happening to thiamine in diabetic patients and connect it more closely to vascular complications in diabetic patients.

The team found that thiamine concentration in blood plasma was decreased 76% in type 1 diabetic patients and 75% in type 2 diabetic patients.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Diabetics Face Sleep Apnea More

Healthy Day reported on July 30, 2007 about a National Sleep Foundation study that showed that 36 percent of type 2 diabetics suffer from sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea occurs when impaired breathing due to collapsed airways triggers multiple nighttime awakenings. the report found that men, particularly those over the age of 62, were more than twice as likely as women to experience interrupted sleep.

The researchers recommend that clinicians screen patients with type 2 diabetes for obstructive sleep apnea.

The report said The National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than 18 million people suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, although the majority of people have not been diagnosed with the disorder. Obstructive sleep apnea is related to a multitude of health risks, including heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, sexual dysfunction and an increased risk of car accidents.

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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Avandia Meeting Monday

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration will meet Monday to discuss Avandia a diabetes medication. They will also discuss the safety of Actos a diabetes drug, reported the USA Today.

They will hear from Steven Nissen of Cleveland Clinic whose study touched off a firestorm about the safety of the two drugs. The panel could recommend no change up to withdrawal of the drugs from the market. Glaxo-Kline continues to hold steadfast their drugs are safe.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Cornell U Study Says Selenium Could Promote Diabetes

Researchers at Cornell University have found that, "higher than normal amounts of selenium, an antioxidant, could promote type 2 diabetes. Mice administered the selenium enzyme developed the precursors of diabetes at a much higher rate than did control mice.

Selenium could damage cell membranes and genetic material and lead to the development of cancer and heart disease.

Xingen Lei, associate professor of animal science at Cornell, said,"Although antioxidants are beneficial for health, too many may be harmful and we need to be more cautious in making recommendations to supplement the diet with them". Lei said more research is needed before people blindly supplement their diets with antioxidants like selenium.

You can read the full report in the June 15 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or the Cornell, or a report on the Cornell study at:

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Water, Water Everywhere!

The risk of dehydration is higher for diabetics, and even greater when running high blood sugars on a hot summer day. High glucose levels trigger the body to draw extra water from the cells to flush out the glucose, which is then excreted in urine. This process requires the body to use its stored fluid. High blood sugars combined with sweating and inadequate fluid intake can quickly lead to dehydration or even severe hydration (dangerous).
As the dog days of July are upon us, here are a few reminders on staying hydrated:
Try for eight cups of fluid per day, even more when hot and sweaty.
Any non-caffeinated fluid counts. Water is terrific, but you won't get busted by the Dehydration Police if you sip on decaf iced tea or another sugar-free favorite.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Avandia Linked to Bone Fractures in Men

This from

"A small clinical study suggests that the diabetes med Avandia may increase the risk of bone fractures in men as well as women. This analysis of 32 patients' data follows a 2006 study that suggested Avandia was linked to fractures in older female diabetics. Critics of the study say that the study group is too small and the data too old to be accurate. (The Times) UPDATED 2007-07-03"

Friday, June 29, 2007

Soda Not Good For Diabetes reports that some scientists believe that the unceasing demands a soda habit places on the pancreas may ultimately leave it unable to keep up with the body's need for insulin – eventually leading to diabetes. While no studies have definitively proved this, the daily consumption of soda does contribute to other problems, such as obesity – a leading cause of diabetes.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Almonds Can Be Beneficial for Diabetes

Almonds are a great all around health food. They are low in carbohydrates and high in heart-healthy unsaturated fats. The skin of almonds contains a lot of antioxidants which protect from the ravishes of free radical damage that people with diabetes might be more subject to.

Studies have found that almonds may play a role in mediating blood sugar spikes after high carbohydrate meals.

Additionally almonds are rich in protein, calcium, vitamin E, arginine (an amino acid that aids blood flow), iron and zinc.

There are many ways to prepare and eat almonds. Carry a few in your lunch and use as an after dinner snack. Enjoy.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Fiber Facts - by Anne Ehmer

Summary: Fiber plays a very important role in a healthy diet. Fiber is found in plants, and dietary fiber –the kind of fiber we eat- comes to us inside the fruits, vegetables and grains we eat

Fiber plays a very important role in a healthy diet. Fiber is found in plants, and dietary fiber –the kind of fiber wheat- comes to us inside the fruits, vegetables and grains wheat. Fiber provides no calories, as it cannot be digested by humans. Why is it so important then?Fiber adds bulk to the diet. This bulk aids digestion by making food move faster through the system; not only preventing constipation but preventing the absorption of unhealthy substances as well. Fiber also protects the intestinal wall. With this function in mind, fiber helps to prevent diabetes, heart disease and diverticulitis, which sometimes develops into colon cancer.

Fiber makes you feel full faster and keeps you satisfied for longer, a priceless function when you are trying to control your weight.

Older children, teenagers and adults should aim to have 20-35 grams fiber per day. Fresh fruit, vegetables and cereals should be introduced to younger children, but without counting grams. The amount of food young children should eat in a day doesn’t allow to reach this level of fiber in their diet.

The way to ensure adequate fiber intake is to eat a variety of foods, including more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, cereals, and dried beans and peas. If you are not having enough, add fiber to your diet gradually. Water aids the passage of fiber through the digestive system, so drink plenty of fluids. Take a few weeks to build up the amount of fiber in your diet to avoid discomfort. When you don’t peel fruits and vegetables, you are actually getting some more fiber. Cooked food may actually increase your fiber intake by decreasing the volume of the food that you eat. Eating fiber rich food is beneficial, no matter if it is cooked or raw.

There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber attracts water and turns to gel during digestion, slowing it. Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, peas, and some fruits and vegetables. Soluble fiber has been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol, which can help prevent heart disease. Insoluble fiber is found in foods such as wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains. Insoluble fiber seems to speed the passage of foods through the stomach and intestines.

Eating too much fiber in a short period of time can cause bloating and cramps. This usually goes away once the natural bacteria in the digestive system get used to the increase in fiber in the diet. This is the reason to take some weeks to reach the recommended amount of fiber. It has been mentioned that too much fiber may interfere with the absorption of minerals such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and calcium. As high fiber foods are usually also rich in minerals, this should not take your sleep away. However, consider this effect in the case of young children.

If you swallow a sharp object by accident –a little piece of broken glass, for instance- eat artichokes and asparagus -bread also helps. Their bulky fiber will wrap the object helping it to go through without causing injure.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Avandia Dangers Exposer Takes the Hit

This excerpt is from a report on the Weblo Do Fraga blog

A series of drug-safety scandals has led many on Capitol Hill to question whether the Food and Drug Administration has failed to strike the right balance between speed and safety. A clear sign of this imbalance, these critics say, is the increasing number of F.D.A. drug-safety officers who say they have been punished or ignored after uncovering dangers of popular medicines.
The latest to suffer this fate is Dr. Rosemary Johann-Liang, 42, who recommended more than a year ago that the diabetes drug Avandia carry the agency's strongest possible safety warning for its effects on the heart.

Dr. Johann-Liang spent Friday sadly winding down her nearly seven-year career at the F.D.A. She turned in her BlackBerry, laptop and office key, and she went to the agency library to make sure she had no overdue books. She wished her colleagues well.
A pediatrician and expert in infectious diseases, Dr. Johann-Liang joined the agency in December 2000 and rose through the ranks. For four years, she reviewed drug applications as a medical officer and then team leader.
Two years ago she became a deputy division director in the agency's office of surveillance and epidemiology, the group that examines the safety of already-marketed drugs.

In February 2006, one of her safety reviewers, Lanh Green, went to her with a problem. The agency's Office of New Drugs had asked Ms. Green to determine whether eye problems that sometimes resulted from taking Avandia and a similar drug, Actos, were a serious issue. But Ms. Green noted that visual deficits were just one part of a drug-induced swelling problem that could lead to weight gain, ankle swelling and, if left untreated, heart failure.
Alerts about some of these problems were scattered throughout the two drug's labels. Ms. Green suggested consolidating them and highlighting the heart risks with a boxed warning, the agency's most severe. After a week long review, Dr. Johann-Liang agreed.
There's no doubt these problems are caused by these drugs, and there's no doubt that patients are continuing to suffer bad outcomes, Dr. Johann-Liang said.
A week later, top officials from the new drug office walked by Dr. Johann-Liang's office and into the office of her boss, Dr. Mark Avigan, she said. Nearly an hour later, she said, the door opened, the officials left and Dr. Avigan called her in.

"Mark told me that they were upset with our recommendation," Dr. Johann-Liang recalled. "They decided to act like the review never happened."
Dr. Avigan took over the supervision of the safety review of Avandia and Actos and told Dr. Johann-Liang that she could no longer approve strong safety recommendations without his say-so, she said. Over the next year, she was increasingly excluded from crucial safety reviews and meetings, which contributed to her decision to leave the agency on Friday, she said.
In an interview, Dr. Avigan said that he did not intend to punish Dr. Johann-Liang.
"My view was simply that when there were conversations going on about important safety issues that were likely to garner a lot of attention, that I needed to be in the loop," he said.
On Wednesday, the F.D.A. commissioner, Andrew C. von Eschenbach, announced that the agency had asked for boxed warnings on Avandia and Actos, more than a year after Dr. Johann-Liang's recommendation.

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Health Benefits of Cinnamon - Cinnamon and Diabetes

Health benefits of Cinnamon – Cinnamon and Diabetes

Cinnamon is one of the oldest remedies used in traditional Chinese herbalism. It was traditionally used for many health conditions. Cinnamon and diabetes prevention has a longstanding connection.

Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of the shoots of a tree (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) that grows predominantly in India, China, and Ceylon.

Cinnamons unique healing abilities come from three basic types of components in the essential oils found in its bark. Cinnamon is so powerful an antioxidant that, when compared to six other antioxidant spices (anise, ginger, licorice, mint, nutmeg and vanilla, cinnamon prevented oxidation more effectively than all the other spices (except mint) and the chemical antioxidants.

Cinnamon can help normalize blood sugar by making insulin more sensitive. The cinnamon and diabetes connection with blood sugar balance have in the past been overlooked until recently.

You can add the cinnamon to your coffee before brewing, tea, orange juice, oatmeal, cereal or just about anything you eat. Cinnamon pills are also available, and can be found easily via an online search.

If you decide to use cinnamon and are diabetic, I would advise notifying your physician and monitoring your blood sugar levels. To get the maximum health benefits of cinnamon, you want to make sure you only use the Cinnamomun cassia form of cinnamon.

Based on past studies, it seems that cinnamon may lower blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with Type 2 diabetes.

In the future, you are likely to see more research about cinnamon and diabetes.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

FDA Knew About Avandia Dangers 5 Years Ago


Public Citizen, (, a national non-profit public interest organization reported today that the US Government as far back as 2002, knew about the potential of Avandia to lead to heart failure.

Public Citizen was able to secure a FDA memorandum, (, from Health and Human Services Team Leader and Drug Safety Evaluator, Lahn Green to David Orloff, Director of Metabolic and Endocrine Drug Products at HHS that warned of the connection between rosiglitazone, commonly known as Avandia(registered trademark) and congestive heart failure.

Yet we the public (victims?) are just finding out about the dangers of the drug today. In a war, the fatalities that one comes to expect is known as an, "acceptable risk". Apparently, the government was willing to wait five years and create an acceptable risk of death by not fully advising patients of the potential risks of Avandia. What other chemicals approved by the FDA are killing us today with their full knowledge and acquiescence. Is the profit and kickback motive that strong?


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Monday, May 21, 2007

Wonder Drug Avandia in Question

CBS, the Associated Press and other news sources reported today that Avandia the diabetes, "wonder drug", may not be so wonderful after all.

Although Glaxo Smith Kline, the developers opf Avandia, say the benefits outweigh the risk, the New England Journal of Medicine reports that people taking Avandia to help lower their blood sugars may face a 43% higher chance of heart problems, and a 64% higher chance of cardiovascular problems while taking the drug.

It is reported that last year the Avandia developer changed the medicine's label to reflect this higher risk. They are recommending that patients who take Avandia not stop taking the drug on their own because of possible uncontrolled rises in blood sugar. Such patients should confer with their doctors.

We agree with the advice that patients not cease taking Avandia. However, people have to begin to put pressure on their doctors to recommend natural treatments for diabetes and other chronic conditions. We simply are getting tired of revelation after revelation about these chemically manufactured "cures".
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Natural Ways To Treat Diabetes by: Gray Rollins

Diabetes is a disease caused when the body does not properly produce insulin. Seven percent of the population in the United States has diabetes. There are two types of the disease. Type one diabetes is where the body does not produce insulin and type two is where the body resists insulin. The majority of people diagnosed with this disease have type two. Symptoms of diabetes include extreme thirst, hazy vision, excessive hunger, weight fluctuation, fatigue and frequent urination. Diabetes is often controlled with insulin and prescription drugs, but diet and exercise play a large part in the ability to control the disease. There are also herbs that can help reduce the effects of diabetes.

Ensure a healthy diet by concentrating on foods such as vegetables, grains, fiber and legumes. These foods will help regulate sugar in the blood stream. Avoid junk food and foods that contain sugar such as cakes, cookies and other sweets. Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine should also be avoided to maintain a nourishing diet.
Exercise helps promote good health and combats against the negative effects of diabetes. It is important to exercise regularly and keep an appropriate weight. People who are inactive or overweight have a higher risk factor for diabetes and are prone to suffer from more side effects caused by the disease. It is especially important to exercise to build muscle. Starting a weight program will increase muscle mass which will increase sensitivity to insulin.

There are many herbal remedies recognized for their therapeutic properties of treating diabetes. They are commonly found in pharmacies and grocery stores and can be a great natural remedy. Prickly pear cactus has shown positive results in the treatment of this disease and was recently recognized by the International Diabetes Center as a viable natural remedy. Bitter Melon has been used for years in Asia, Africa and South America for treatment. Garlic will reduce sugar levels and is a healthy way to add flavor to food while benefiting from its curative traits. Other common herbs are ginseng, psyllium, fenugreek, bilberry, dandelion and burdock.

Vitamin supplements are frequently used to help treat diabetes with the most commonly recommended ones being vitamins B6, C and E. Also, zinc, selenium, alpha lipoic acid, chromium and vanadium are commonly used. Rather than take individual supplements, some patients opt for a multivitamin to add to their diet.

Diabetes is a disease that affects a large portion of the population. The risks associated with it are serious but can be controlled with lifestyle change. Ensuring a well balanced diet and good exercise routine will help in preventing side effects. Also, proper use of herbs, vitamins and natural remedies will help prevent the necessity for more traditional means of medication.

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Monday, May 7, 2007

Gymnema Sylvestre Gum

Whether or not one has diabetes many people have a difficult time controlling their sugar cravings. Sugar, especially refined sugar can have a number of negative effects on the body. For those with diabetes sugar can be particularly damaging. A rare Indian herb known as Gymnema sylvestre gum may reduce sugar cravings in those with and without diabetes.
Known as gurmar in its native India, gymnema sylvestre is a tropical plant of the milkweed family. Its ancient Sanskrit name means "sugar destroyer." It is a totally natural substance that has been used for years
Gymnema leaves have been used for centuries in the traditional Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine. The term "destroyer of sugar" is traditionally used for Gymnema because chewing the leaves will abolish the taste of sweetness. After chewing gymnema sylvestre gum, sweet foods and drinks can’t be tasted because it temporarily blocks sweet receptors on the tongue. The effects of gymnema sylvestre last about thirty minutes. Participants in studies tended to consume fewer sweet-tasting foods and drinks after using gymnema sylvestre.

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