It’s already Friday! Can you believe that? Better get to the news before Friday passes me by…
The Health Insurance Marketplace and People with Diabetes. “Starting on October 1, 2013, individuals and families have a new opportunity to buy health insurance through a Health Insurance Marketplace (Marketplace) available in every state.” There is so much being written about the changes that are coming in healthcare, but I have not seen much directed at those of us with Diabetes. This article from the ADA is a good place to start.
The Effect of Whole Grain Foods on Diabetes and Obesity “Researchers assessed the impact of whole grains on the risk of type 2 diabetes, obesity and body weight measures, and cardiovascular disease in human studies as the basis for establishing an American Society for Nutrition (ASN) position….” A lot of folks write about how a healthy diet includes whole grains – even I did this last week. Finally, there is some real research to support the recommendation. Someone is finally putting their grain where their mouth is…(was that as bad as it looks?). Read about the study and find out there are even more benefits to whole grains!
Coffee and tea may contribute to a healthy liver… “An international team of researchers led by Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and the Duke University School of Medicine suggest that increased caffeine intake may reduce fatty liver in people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).” This is not a reason to go out and have a double large coffee drink with two extra shots of espresso! There is so much being written about caffeine that it’s interesting to see folks put some science behind it. Yes, I do like my science! Read about the study!
Artificial Sweeteners: To Use or Not To Use? “There has been a lot of negative publicity going around about diet sodas and artificial sweeteners recently. A controlled, clinical trial from the Washington University School of Medicine and a series of epidemiological studies are seeking to change the public’s and health care community’s take on the safety and efficacy of these calorie-free additives.” Controlled clinical trial…music to my ears. Here’s the deal, if you don’t need to use an artificial sweetener, why put it in your body? But, I do understand that folks need the artificial sweetener thinking it helps with weight loss and controlling Diabetes. Hmmmm. Read what the study found…might change your mind.
Ask Joslin: Varying Blood Sugar Readings “Food intake, although a large component of blood glucose variability, is only one factor affecting your glycemic control. Exercise or physical activity is another. However, even when changes in physical activity and medications aren’t a part of the equation, there are many other factors that play into making your blood glucose a moving target.” Blood sugar, glucose, readings still drive me a bit nuts. I know about where I should be when I chack, and when I am not, my first thought is there’s a meter problem. No, there’s not – something changed within me. Read this article from Joslin, the oldest Diabetes research center in America, to learn more.
Oh, there’s more news, and you know where to find it.
As always, thank you for reading.