Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks

Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney RisksMonday, Nov. 3, 2008; 1:00 PMCopyright © 2008 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.MONDAY, Nov. 3 (HealthDay News) -- Eating fish twice a week may help reduce the risk of kidney disease in people with diabetes, according to a British study of more than 22,000 adults, including 517 with diabetes.The participants' fish consumption was determined using dietary and lifestyle questionnaires. People with diabetes who ate less than one serving of fish per week were about four times more likely (18 percent) to have protein in their urine than those who ate at least two servings of fish per week (4 percent)."Protein in the urine is one of the earliest signs of kidney disease," noted study co-author Dr. Amanda Adler, of the Medical Research Council epidemiology unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.The study was published in the November issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases.Adler and her colleagues suggested the "unique nutrient composition of fish" may benefit kidney function by enhancing blood glucose control and improving plasma lipid profiles.People who consume fish may have other lifestyle factors that reduce their risk of having protein in the urine (albuminuria), but the study design attempted to account for that possibility, Adler said."Diet is a relatively simple lifestyle change to make, and the benefits could be significant," Dr. Kerry Willis, senior vice president for scientific activities at the U.S. National Kidney Foundation, said in a foundation news release.In addition to eating fish, other measures that help lower the risk of albuminuria include tight control of glucose, keeping blood pressure under control, quitting smoking, and following a diabetic diet as prescribed by a doctor, according to the kidney foundation.More information
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Friday, October 24, 2008

Salba Proven to Decrease CVD Risk Factors in Type 2 Diabetic

Salba Plant

There is growing evidence that whole grains may play an important role in the prevention of chronic disease. Major health agencies studies around the world, including the Food and Drug Administration–suggest a strong inverse relationship between increased consumption of whole-grain foods and reduced risk of diabetes and CVD . Populations that consume three or more servings per day may benefit from the heart protective benefits of whole grain.

The main sources of whole grains in the diet are bread and breakfast cereals, which are relatively nutrient-depleted foods due to aggressive industrial processing.

Salba is a new generation of whole grain produced by Salba Corporation, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Salba is a white-color variety from the original herbaceous plant Salvia hispanica L., which is _90% black grain and is known as a “running food” and used as both food and remedy by the ancient Aztecs. Salba is a pleasant-tasting grain that can easily be incorporated into a variety of baked products or just sprinkled onto yogurt, salad, soup, etc. With its rich nutrient composition, compared with most whole grains currently recommended, Salba represents the highest known whole-food source of dietary fiber and then-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA),_-linolenic acid (ALA), in nature. In addition, it is an exceptionally rich source of vegetable protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, and antioxidants (i.e., total antioxidant capacity is 70 per gram of Salba). As all these nutrients have been implicated in lowering CVD risks, and as they occur naturally in Salba, we hypothesized that simple addition of Salba to conventional treatment may reduce CVD risk factors when added to the diet of individuals with well-controlled type 2 diabetes.

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Faster Walks Benificial for Diabetics

In an article published in the journal Diabetes Care, researchers asked diabetics who took daily walks to pick up their pace by 10%. At the end of the 12-week study period, researchers concluded that those diabetics who followed the faster walking regimen for 30 minutes each day lost a significantly higher amount of weight and enjoyed healthier blood sugar maintenance.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Arsenic Exposure Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

Arsenic exposure linked to type 2 diabetes

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exposure to low-to-moderate levels of inorganic arsenic in drinking water and food may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study released Tuesday, which found that individuals with diabetes had higher levels of arsenic in their urine compared to individuals without diabetes.

High chronic exposure to inorganic arsenic is a documented risk factor for diabetes, but the effect of lower levels of exposure is unknown, Dr. Ana Navas-Acien, from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, and colleagues note in the Journal of the American Medical Association for August 20.

The researchers examined urine samples taken from 788 U.S. adults 20 years or older.

They found that subjects with type 2 diabetes had 26 percent higher total arsenic levels than subjects without diabetes. The likelihood of diabetes occurrence was more than 3.5-fold higher in subjects with higher urine arsenic levels relative to those with lower arsenic levels in urine.

The primary sources of inorganic arsenic are contaminated drinking water due to naturally occurring arsenic in rocks and soils, and food, the researchers point out. In the U.S., roughly 13 million people live in areas where the concentration of inorganic arsenic in the public water supply exceeds EPA-established standards, primarily in the West, Midwest and Northeast regions. Dietary intake of inorganic arsenic in the U.S. ranges from 8.4 to 14 micrograms per day for various age groups.

"Given widespread exposure to inorganic arsenic from drinking water worldwide, elucidating the contribution of arsenic to the diabetes epidemic is a public health research priority," Navas-Acien and colleagues conclude.

Drs. Molly L. Kile and David C. Christiani, at Harvard University School of Public Health in Boston, advise in a commentary published with the study: "It is prudent to minimize arsenic exposure while its effect on metabolic diseases continues to be researched."

SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, August 20, 2008.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Natural Foods and Supplements Can Keep Your Vision Healthy

Nearly everyone who has diabetes is concerned at some time or other about managing their sight. Whole Foods Market magazine offers some helpful natural ways to stave off eye disease that seems to accompany aging. Below are some tips on eye health:

Diabetic Retinopathy - usually a complication of advanced diabetes where blood vessels of the are damaged.
  • Follow a low-fat diet, as recommended by the American Diabetes Association
  • Some animal trials suggest that a 2 percent increase in omega-3 fatty acids could cut disease severity in half.
  • In addition researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that users of vitamin C and E had decreased risk of diabetic retinopathy.

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Monday, May 12, 2008

I came across a great online magazine I thought I would share with you. The magazine is called the Diabetic Gourmet. If you want to treat your family to some tasty and fun meals check this mag out. It is free, has a monthly giveaway, a recipe article archive, forums, contests, tools and calculators and much more. Take a look.

PS: I don't get any revenue from the magazine. I just think it is a great user-oriented resource.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Eggs may Raise the Risk of Mortality in Those With Diabetes

THURSDAY, April 10 (HealthDay News) -- A new study suggests that consuming more than six eggs a week seems to raise the risk of dying from all causes.

And diabetics seem to face an even higher mortality risk, according to the study that was limited to men.

Djousse and his team analyzed egg consumption and mortality data among more than 21,000 men who had participated in a Physician's Health Study that explored heart disease and cancer prevention among American male doctors.

Participants ranged in age from 40 to 86. Over an average of 20 years, all the doctors completed annual written questionnaires on daily egg consumption, stroke and heart attack incidence, diabetes status, cholesterol levels, alcohol and smoking habits, and general dietary information.

Overall, egg consumption wasn't found to be associated with heart attack or stroke risk. And consumption of up to six eggs a week also wasn't found to be associated with a higher risk of death from all causes.

Even more striking was the finding that mortality risk was much higher among those doctors with diabetes. Consuming seven or more eggs a week doubled their risk of death from all causes, compared with diabetic doctors who ate just one egg each week.

The findings were published in the April issue of
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and elevated LDL ("bad") cholesterol is a prime risk factor for cardiovascular trouble. And while eggs are rich in cholesterol -- and circulating cholesterol is related to the risk of cardiovascular disease -- the relationship between dietary cholesterol and blood cholesterol is complex.

On the other hand, eggs are a source of minerals, folate, B vitamins, protein and monounsaturated fats -- all of which have the potential to lower overall risk. And it's one of the cheapest sources of protein as well. There are some good things in the yolk as well.

To explain the finding on diabetic men, the researchers theorized that diabetics might somehow convert dietary cholesterol more readily into blood cholesterol than people without diabetes.

In an accompanying editorial published in the journal, Dr Robert H. Eckel, a professor of physiology and biophysics at the University of Colorado and co-chair of both the Cardiometabolic Health Congress and the Committee on Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases, echoed some of McNamara's comments and called for more research to validate the study findings.

For additional information on nutrition and diabetes, visit the American Diabetes Association.

My note: The article mentions that egg whites are one of the best sources of protein. Personally, I eat egg whites with just a bit of yolk for coloring. Or you can just scramble egg whites and spinach in olive oil or one of the new omega-3 margarines.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Tea May Help Diabetes. More Research Scheduled.

DRINKING tea could help combat diabetes, Scottish scientists claim. The potentially therapeutic properties in black tea have been discovered by scientists at the University of Dundee.
Green tea too has long been held to possess various health benefits.

Dr Graham Rena, of the university's Neurosciences Institute, said his team's research into tea compounds is at a pre-clinical, experimental stage, but added: "There is definitely something interesting in the way these naturally occurring components of black tea may have a beneficial effect, both in terms of diabetes and our wider health."

People with diabetes should continue to take their medicines as directed by their doctor, Dr Rena said.

He added: "This is something that needs further research and people shouldn't be rushing to drink masses of black tea, thinking it will cure them of diabetes – we are still some way from this leading to new treatments or dietary advice."

They have discovered that several black tea constituents, known as theaflavins and thearubigins, mimic insulin action.

"What we have found is that these constituents can mimic insulin action on proteins known as FOXOs," said Dr Rena. "FOXOs have previously been shown to underlie associations between diet and health in a wide variety of organisms including mice, worms and fruit flies. The task now is to see whether we can translate these findings into something useful for human health."

Source: The Scotsman Digital Archive


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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Stevia and Diabetes

Stevia is a genus of about 150 species of herbs and shrubs in the sunflower family (native to subtropical and tropical South America and Central America. Stevia commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sugar substitute, stevia's taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar.

With its extracts having up to 300 times the sweetness of sugar, stevia has garnered attention with the rise in demand for low-carbohydrate, low-sugar food alternatives. Stevia also has shown promise in medical research for treating such conditions as obesity and high blood pressure. Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, even enhancing glucose tolerance; therefore, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to diabetics and others on carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Rebiana is the trade name for a stevia-derived sweetener being developed jointly by The Coca-Cola Company and Cargill with the intent of marketing in several countries and gaining regulatory approval in the US and EU. You can find stevia in most health-food stores and some supermarkets.

Safety Concerns. Stevia is sold in the U.S. as a dietary supplement and not as a food or food additive. In 1994 the USDA gave permission to manufacturers to market stevia as a food supplement. SOme foreign studies have found decreased sperm production in mice after being administered stevia, however there is no evidence that stevia is harmful to humans.

  1. ^ PubMed research articles related to treatments of obesity
  2. ^ PubMed research articles on stevia's effects on blood pressure
  3. ^ PubMed articles on stevia's use in treating hypertension
  4. ^ Curi, R; Alvarez M, Bazotte RB, Botion LM, Godoy JL, Bracht A (1986). "Effect of Stevia rabaudiana on glucose tolerance in normal adult humans". Braz J Med Biol Res 19 (6): 771-4.
  5. ^ Gregersen, S; Jeppesen PB, Holst JJ, Hermansen K (January 2004). "Antihyperglycemic effects of stevioside in type 2 diabetic subjects". Metabolism 53 (1): 73-76.
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Reduce Mid-section Weight for Improved Diabetes Management

Diabetes Care reports that diets rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFA) may help manage midsection body weight thus reducing the severity of type 2 diabetes.

Foods that are MUFA rich include:

Olives and olive oil (Extra virgin is best)
Canola oil
Nuts and nut oils (peanut, walnut)
Seeds and seed oils (sesame, flaxseed)
Grape seed oil
Soybean oil

For maximum diabetes management, get plenty of exercise to help with midsection body weight reduction.

Monounsaturated fats (MUFA) Help Manage Diabetes

Diabetes Care reports that a diet rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFA) may help reduce mid-section body fats better than carbohydrate-rich diet. Maintaining a lower mid-section weight is a major factor in successfully managing Type 2 diabetes.

Foods that contain MUFA's include:

Olives and olive oil (Extra Virgin works best)
Canola oil
Nuts and nut oils (peanut, walnut)
Seeds and seed oils (sesame, flaxseed)
Grape seed oil
Soybean oil

Doctor's also recommend increasing exercise to reduce your midsection.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Vitamin E May Help Reduce Diabetes Risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A daily dose of vitamin E may help delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in people at high risk of the disease, preliminary research suggests.

Researchers in New Zealand found that high-dose vitamin E appeared to temporarily improve insulin resistance -- a precursor to type 2 diabetes -- among 41 overweight adults.

"These results suggest that vitamin E could have a role to play in delaying the , in at-risk individuals," Dr. Patrick J. Manning and colleagues at the University of Otago in Dunedin report in the journal Diabetes Care.

The researchers found that at both the three- and six-month marks, plasma peroxides, which are markers of oxidative stress, had fallen in the vitamin E group. After three months, blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity had also improved, but the gains did not remain through the sixth month.

On the other hand, the researchers found, there was a lasting decline in blood levels of alanine transferase liver enzymes, elevations of which have been tied to a heightened diabetes risk. The liver, the authors note, plays a key role in sugar and insulin metabolism, and is the main site of insulin clearance from the blood.

According to Manning's team, vitamin E may boost insulin sensitivity and decrease diabetes risk in a number of ways, including by reducing oxidative stress to cells and by improving liver function

SOURCE: Diabetes Care, September 2004.

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Zinc May Provide Benefits in Treating Diabetes

Scientists at Notre Dame* and at the U. of Illinois have discovered that zinc has an insulin-like effect on the manifestation of diabetes.

Insulin, they note, promotes the transport of glucose and amino acids (proteins) and decreases the breakdown of muscles while healthfully enhancing their buildup.
“.... failure to enhance glucose transport, " they say, "into insulin-sensitive cells is a hallmark of diabetes [emphasis added.] They have found that zinc enhances this glucose movement.

NOTE: 15 milligrams (mg.) is the recommended daily intake of zinc. More than 25 mg. may be deleterious.
*Source : The Journal of Nutrition, May 2001, by Drs. Xiao-han Tang and Neil F. Shay, U. of Notre Dame, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Notre Dame, IN 46556, and Dept. of Animal Sciences, U. of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, respectively.

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