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Dark cocoa has been linked to a reduction in risk factors for diabetes such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Dark cocoa has also been shown to lower insulin resistance in diabetics.
It’s believed that the health benefits arise from the polyphenolic flavonoids in cocoa – antioxidants with the potential to prevent heart attacks which are also found in fruits, vegetables, tea, coffee and wine.
Most commercial chocolate is high in sugar and fat, offsetting its possible health benefits, so more research is needed about the risk/benefits ratio of eating a regular dark chocolate bar.
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The International Diabetes Association (IDA) has taken the position that bariatric (weight loss) surgery should be considered early on as a cost-effective treatment option to avoid serious complications in type 2 diabetics who are moderately or severely obese.
The IDA 2011 position statement was released around the same time that the FDA expanded the approval of the Lap-Band Adjustable Gastric Banding System procedure for use in a wider range of obese patients, including diabetics. Read the full article
It’s hard enough to cope with parenting an adolescent, and if you throw juvenile diabetes into the mix it may feel impossible. Educate yourself; make a plan with your diabetes team, and keep the lines of communication open between you and your child, and you can go back to disagreeing about things like dating and borrowing the car.
Signs and Symptoms
Because of the changes your child will experience with puberty, the signs and symptoms of diabetes in children may be difficult to recognize, so regular check-ups are important. Type 1 diabetes usually shows up at 10 to 12 years of age in girls and around 12 to 14 years of age in boys, but may present earlier or later. Some of the symptoms of juvenile diabetes are: Read the full article
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Researchers have discovered a hormone pathway that they are hopeful may eventually lead to new type 1 diabetes treatments to replace insulin therapy. Currently, America’s approximately one million type 1 diabetics rely on multiple insulin injections per day to control their blood sugar.
The pathway involves a hormone with insulin-like characteristics called fibroblast growth factor 19 (FGF 19). Unlike insulin, FGF 19 does not cause excess glucose to be stored as fat, also raising the prospect of a new anti-obesity treatment.
To read the whole story, click here >Science Daily<.
A group of parents of children with diabetes who formed a non-profit foundation in 1970 called the Juvenile Diabetes Research Association (JDRA) has raised almost 1.5 billion for diabetes research, and is close to their goal of developing an artificial pancreas.
In 2006, the JDRA funded a consortium of engineers, mathematicians and diabetes experts to collaborate on computer programs for a possible artificial pancreas. In early 2010, the JDRA hired Animas Corporation, a provider of high tech insulin pumps, to assist in the development of the automated insulin delivery system.
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Part of the challenge of living with diabetes is eating well without feeling deprived. The American Diabetes Association has some helpful tips to “diabetize” your favorite family recipes so they can remain part of your lifestyle. Among their suggestions:
1) Reduce sodium.
2) Reduce saturated fat.
3) Pump up the vegetables.
4) Increase fiber.
5) Reduce portion size
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It’s hard enough to cope with parenting an adolescent, and if you throw juvenile diabetes into the mix it may feel impossible. Educate yourself, make a plan with your diabetes team, and keep lines of communication open between you and your child, and you can go back to disagreeing about things like dating and borrowing the car.
Signs and Symptoms
Because of the changes your child will experience with puberty, the signs and symptoms may be difficult to recognize, so regular check-ups are important. Type 1 diabetes usually shows up at 10 to 12 years of age in girls and around 12 to 14 years of age in boys, but may present earlier or later. Some of the symptoms of diabetes in children are: Read the full article
If you have experience with feline diabetes you know how hard it can be to watch your furry family member suffer through weakness, vet appointments, diet changes and, possibly the most challenging of all, insulin injections. Knowledge of proper cat insulin injection techniques can make your life and your cat’s life easier. If you have any questions or concerns talk to your vet.
Prepare the Insulin
- Start by filling the insulin syringe slightly more than your cat’s dose
- Tap the insulin syringe to remove air bubbles
- Slowly push the plunger until you have the correct dosage of insulin in the syringe
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In a rare development that all insulin dependent diabetics should be aware of, Johnson & Johnson has recalled around 384,000 cartridges for its Animus Insulin Pump.
To date, twenty-two injuries have been reported as a result of faulty insulin pump cartridges leaking at the side where the plunger is. The leaks can result in the diabetic using the cartridge receiving a lower insulin dosage than they intended. Read the full article
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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are “one step closer to developing effective, FDA-approved treatments for obesity”, according to Matthew Hayes, PhD, of the University’s School of Medicine. The researchers say current type 2 diabetes medications may hold the clue for new anti-obesity drugs.
Hayes and his team are the first to identify the body mechanisms that produce the feeling of being full, or satiety. This mechanism helps explain why type 2 diabetes medications which target a hormone for insulin production called GLP-1 often promote weight loss, presumably by causing diabetes patients to feel fuller and eat less.
Read the whole story here>Science Daily<.