I thought I’d start today’s post with a thank you. I am very appreciative that you choose to read this little blog. Our goal is that you leave feeling encouraged, empowered and hopeful for the future. Diabetes can be controlled and you can do it.
It’s Friday, so let’s get to the news…
A Complex Story Behind Genes, Environment, Diabetes and Obesity. “While it is well known that there is a strong genetic basis to both diabetes and obesity, and that they are linked, Australian researchers say that there are many rare genetic variants involved, which will pose a significant challenge in the quest to develop effective therapies.” Our bodies are very complex mechanism; they are a virtual chemical factory that is unique to each one of us. Research is beginning to show why this is true. And, this research is still in the early stages. Very interesting article.
Chia – a new miracle food? “Chia seeds are a new-found, welcome addition to the American diet. You may have noticed their presence in healthy drinks or perhaps found them floating in smoothie. But why are we chia obsessed all of a sudden?” Just in case you missed my post earlier this month, give the complete article a read. Is chia part of your diet?
Lifetime cost of Diabetes. “A recent report published in theAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine breaks down the costs of living with type 2 diabetes over the course of a lifetime. The dollar amount is eye-opening, and so are the differences in costs between men and women.” Eye-opening? They are astounding, if you don’t control Diabetes. If money is a motivator for you, you will be charging forward after reading this article.
Type 2 Study Looking for Volunteers. “If you’ve been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes within the past five years, then you may be eligible to help researchers test treatments in a study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).” You can help others by participating in the study, if you live near any of the centers they list. They are testing the effectiveness of drugs when combined with Metformin. Volunteer and help others!
Type 2 Diabetes from a Virus. Really? “Over the course of the experiment, Mike developed type 2 diabetes. And not only did we get to pretty much watch this happen in real time, but we also got to see that it might have been caused in a totally unexpected way—a respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection. To my knowledge, this is the first time the progression to type 2 diabetes has been seen to be caused by a virus and also seen in such detail.” Another must read.
Healthy Diet Tied to Lower Risk of Kidney Disease. “People with diabetes who ate a diet consistent with general health guidelines and high in fruit, vegetables, fiber and unsaturated fat were less likely to develop kidney disease than unhealthy eaters, in a new study.” It would seem that if you are eating a healthier diet as part of your plan to control Diabetes, you may have a much lower risk of kidney disease. Sounds like a bit of common sense. Now, there is research behind it.
That’s certainly not all of the news…there is so much going on every week! Incredibly exciting. Take a look to see for yourself.
As always, thank you for reading.