Thursday, June 03, 2010

Are Your Weight Issues Tied to Insulin Resistance?

Frequently, a new client will walk into my office knowing he or she needs to lose weight, get in shape and improve their health. Perhaps they feel sluggish and are hungry a good part of the day, and nothing they do makes a difference. Multiple diet regimes, exercise programs, lose-weight-quick gimmicks—they’ve tried them all and are just fed up.

With no visible results, many are still searching for the root of the problem, which could actually be insulin resistance. Not until the last 10 years did many health care professionals really understood what it is and its impact on the body. It affects metabolism, hunger levels and zeal for life, and if untreated, can turn into diabetes.

A Key That Won’t Turn
Simply put, insulin is the key that unlocks the cell for sugar to get in, which in turn enables your body to use the food you consume. However, somewhere along the line, the key either gets stuck or has difficulty getting into the lock. Or, if it does get in, it can’t turn the lock, hence the term “resistant.” If your body develops a resistance to insulin, you are not able to utilize the food you take in, which can increase your fatigue and your cravings for ever-increasing amounts of carbohydrates.

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Jun 03, 10 • Diabetes News

Diabetes fundraiser kicks off next week

A year ago, Savannah raised more than $100,000 in the fight against diabetes.

Now the local chapter of the American Diabetes Association is looking to top that number.

Tuesday marks the opening of fundraising season as the ADA holds its Kickoff Celebration for its annual Sunsplash Outdoor Fitness Festival in September.

Taking place at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa, the kickoff is geared for those interested in taking part in the ADA’s annual drive to help fund its research, advocacy, programs and services to the more than 30,000 people in Chatham County living with diabetes.

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Jun 03, 10 • Diabetes Support Blog

Half doses of diabetes drugs can prevent disease

Low doses of two diabetes drugs can prevent the disease without causing the most common side-effects, Canadian doctors reported on Wednesday.

Taking half a dose of GlaxoSmithKline’s diabetes drug Avandia combined with metformin reduced by two-thirds the risk that patients would go from having high blood sugar—pre-diabetes—to full type-2 diabetes, the researchers reported in the Lancet medical journal.

Fourteen percent of the patients treated with the drugs developed diabetes after four years, compared to 39 percent of those given placebo, the researchers found.

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Jun 03, 10 • Diabetes News

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Diabetes Dude

Approximately 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in people aged 20 years and older each year.  While the specific cause of type 1 diabetes is not know, making type 1 diabetes nearly impossible to prevent, you can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes through a healthy lifestyle.  By changing your diet, increasing your level of physical activity, and maintaining a healthy weight, you can stay healthier longer and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes

Noah is a 9 year old boy who has type 1 diabetes.  Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5-10% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease. With the help of insulin therapy, even young children with type 1 diabetes can learn to manage their condition and live long, healthy, happy lives. 

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May 31, 10 • Diabetes Support Blog

Diabetes walk attracts hundreds

The whistles that kept breaking out at Guelph Lake Conservation Area Sunday morning were greeted with hearty cheers.

Every time a whistle blew it meant that somebody had registered for the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes with at least $1,000 in pledges to go towards the fight against Juvenile Diabetes.

About 300 participants took advantage of a great cause and some great weather to walk a five-kilometre loop at Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

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May 31, 10 • Diabetes Support Blog

Caring for Canines: The Diabetes Diet

Defeating diabetes in a dog is much like coping with it for a human, maintaining a diet that healthily balances glucose and insulin.

When a human or canine is unable to regulate its blood sugar levels, it has diabetes. This illness is quite difficult to live with. When untreated in canines, it can trigger liver, kidney, or heart disease, as well as induce blindness or a coma. Its symptoms include weight loss despite an increase in thirst and appetite, more frequent urinations, and lethargy.

In the case of humans with diabetes, a specific diet needs to be followed, and blood sugar levels need to be monitored. In dogs, insulin therapy, including its natural alternatives, is a more common approach. However, the best approach is preventive maintenance, which can be done through a proper diet.

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May 31, 10 • Diabetes News

New Brunswick Diabetes Cost Model provides a wake-up call

In a speech given today in Fredericton, the Canadian Diabetes Association released preliminary data from a diabetes cost model developed for the province of New Brunswick. The New Brunswick Diabetes Cost Model found that both the cost and prevalence of diabetes in the province are at dramatically high levels and it is expected that this burden will continue to elevate over the next decade.

“To understand the true impact diabetes has on our province, it is important that New Brunswickers know the actual costs of diabetes,” said Peter McDougall, Chair of the Canadian Diabetes Association’s National Advocacy Council. “We estimate that the current economic cost of diabetes in New Brunswick to be $347 million annually. If left unchecked, it will rise to $427 million by 2020.”

“While the economic burden alone is staggering, the human cost of the disease in the province is even more troubling,” said McDougall. It is estimated that in New Brunswick, there are currently 65,000 people that have been diagnosed with diabetes (8.6% of the population), and this will rise to 88,000 (10.9% of the population) by 2020. This challenge becomes magnified when we consider that the rate of those with undiagnosed diabetes in New Brunswick has been estimated to be as high as 30%. 

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May 31, 10 • Diabetes News

New Home For Diabetes Resource Centre

The BVI Diabetes Resource Centre has a new headquarters and it was officially renamed the Dr. Jana Downing Diabetes Resource Centre and opened on Friday.

Dr. Downing died last year.

President of the BVI Diabetes Association, Bennet Smith speaking with BVI Platinum said given the service Dr. Downing provided, they found it fitting to rename the centre in her honour.

Smith said she had many diabetic patients who would all sing her praises.

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May 31, 10 • Diabetes News

Dieting may not be enough to avoid Type 2 diabetes

Sarcopenia is the lack of skeletal muscle mass and strength, especially in obese people and older adults. It has been assumed that sarcopenia elevates the risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) conducted an analysis to ascertain the effect of sarcopenia on insulin resistance which may be the root cause of Type 2 diabetes and blood glucose levels in both obese and non-obese people.

In order to conduct a cross-sectional analysis the investigators scrutinized the data on 14,528 people collected from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey III. The result declared the association of sarcopenia with insulin resistance in both obese and non-obese individuals. A correlation between sarcopenia and high blood-sugar levels appeared only among obese people.

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May 31, 10 • Diabetes News

Friday, May 28, 2010

Charges brought in diabetes case

In a case that could test the limits of the law and personal responsibility, a Bear Valley Springs man faces felony charges in a deadly crash prosecutors blame on his uncontrolled diabetes.

Prosecutors charged Leonard Campos, 59, with manslaughter and reckless driving.

Campos could have done more to control his diabetes that caused him to slip in a semi-conscious state and crash at the intersection of Cummings Valley Road and in August 2009, killing 64-year-old Peggy Mikkelsen, prosecutors allege.

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May 28, 10 • Diabetes News
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