Cranberries continue to impress scientists with their whole body health benefits as evidenced by the profusion of cranberry studies presented at the 2015 Experimental Biology conference in Bostonlast week. The research buoyed the tart fruit’s reputation for supercharging well-being and spotlighted the cranberry’s emerging role in helping to maintain blood sugar levels, a finding that could provide promising news for the future management of risks of diabetes. Cranberries and Managing Diabetes Given cranberries are naturally low in sugar, fat-free and a good source of fiber, researchers from the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University joined forces to determine whether cranberry consumption could improve […]
Type 2 diabetes is a growing epidemic across the United States, particularly in those 50 and older.
In the past few decades, more information has come to light about the role of viruses and bacteria in the development of certain diseases. Now researchers have been able to create type 2 diabetes (T2D) in lab animals just by exposing them to this skin superbug. If you, or a loved one, have type 2 diabetes, you’ll want to know about these new findings… Targeting A Skin Superbug Could Prevent/Treat Type 2 Diabetes In the last few decades, medical researchers have learned that cervical cancer is actually caused by certain strains of the human papilloma virus. Stomach ulcers are now […]
Berberine is a yellow compound found in several different plants including barberry, goldenseal, phellodendron and Oregon grape. Berberine has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and immune enhancing properties, but in recent years, much research has been published around its role in protecting against cardiovascular disease as well as treating diabetes and insulin resistance. How does It work? Berberine activates a specific enzyme called adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, or AMPK. AMPK is also sometimes called the “metabolic master switch” because it plays an important role in regulating metabolism in the body. Increased AMPK activity benefits the body in so many ways. For those with […]
Patients who reverse their diabetes and then keep their weight down can remain free of the condition, research has found. The study found even those who have had Type 2 diabetes for up to 10 years can reverse their condition after adopting a very low calorie diet. Professor Roy Taylor, a world expert on the condition, which affects two-and-a-half million people in the UK and is increasing, published his findings in the journal Diabetes Care. The Professor of Medicine and Metabolism at Newcastle University has previously shown patients with Type 2 diabetes who successfully lose weight can reverse their condition […]
A major risk factor for development of heart diseases, strokes and diabetes is lower in people who live at higher altitudes, says a new study that suggests that something as simple as the geographic area in which you live contribute to your risk of developing these diseases. “We found that those people living between 1500 to 7536 feet, had a lower risk of developing Metabolic Syndrome than those living at sea level (zero to 396 feet),” said Amaya Lopez-Pascual, who conducted this research as part of her PhD thesis at University of Navarra, Spain. Metabolic syndrome is the medical term for the […]
After understanding the health benefits of a cup of tea, a study finds that drinking tea can prevent diabetes.
The June 14, 2017 issue of Science Translational Medicine published the finding of an ability for sulforaphane, a compound that occurs in broccoli and other vegetables, to lower the liver’s production of glucose. By comparing gene signatures for diabetes with the potential ability of 3,852 compounds to affect these genes, Anders Rosengren and colleagues identified sulforaphane as having the highest overlap. “A large number of genetic variants and tissue gene expression profiles (“disease signatures”) have been associated with complex polygenic diseases over the last decade,” the authors explain. “One potentially interesting approach is to use genetic and gene expression data […]
Need help fighting diabetes? The good news is that diet plays a major role in positively affecting health outcomes with this disease. Think beyond the blood sugars when assessing dietary management of diabetes – fat, fiber, and nutrients play a role in diabetes, cardiovascular and kidney health. Here is the ultimate Foodtrients® list of the top 50 foods for diabetes with a holistic view of the many factors related to this common disease. 1. Almonds Nuts go beyond being a fantastic snack; they provide a balanced source of protein, fiber and unsaturated fat for people with diabetes. This disease puts […]
Gary Taubes, journalist and author, argues that sugar could be a fundamental cause of the global obesity and diabetic epidemics, with detrimental effects on the human body. Bringing the matter to forefront, Taubes emphasises that “we must do more to discourage consumption while we improve our understanding of sugar’s role” which according to him goes beyond just empty calories. Taubes further writes that it has long been suspected by the doctors that sugar is a fundamental cause of obesity and type 2 diabetes. But until recently, the ideas of fat consumption and total energy balance have taken over the debate […]