News & Views

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Welcome to Friday!  Regular readers know it’s time for another edition of News & Views.  News and Articles of interest to those who have Diabetes.  There’s a lot of news this week, so let’s get to it.

Eating Out? Best and Worst Choices.   “Between oversized portions and the dizzying number of menu options, eating out can wreak havoc on your waistline, not to mention your overall health.”  We have choices when eating out that go beyond the safety of salads.  Good article done with photos.  I learned that before diagnoses I made 100% poor choices!

Why is Type 2 Diabetes an Increasing Problem?  “Type 2 diabetes is responsible for more than three million deaths each year and this number is increasing steadily. The harmful genetic variants associated with this common disease have not yet been eliminated by natural selection.”  Scientific study to determine why Diabetes is spreading worldwide with an emphasis on studying DNA.  Okay, not the most interesting reading, but it is valuable and important information.  There needs to be more study in this area.  Who knows where it could lead?

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Many Type 2’s Never Warned About Threats to Vision  “More than half of adults with type 2 diabetes who are at risk of vision loss from their condition have not been advised by their doctors of the danger.”  Vision loss is one of the complications that uncontrolled Diabetes can cause.  An annual eye exam that includes dilation or taking a photo of the retina is absolutely necessary.  What is even more necessary is to control your Diabetes so the the chances of vision loss are greatly reduced.

Weightlifting cuts’Risk of Diabetes in Women “Women who pump iron in the gym cut their risk of developing diabetes, say researchers.”  This is from a study our of the UK and reminds me of something a female co-worker said earlier this week.  “I can’t believe how many more calories I burn lifting weights than in a strong cardio workout.”  Just a reminder: You don’t have to go to a gym to lift weights; you can do it at home.  Weights can be pretty inexpensive.  You can also get the benefits of resistance training from push-ups, pull-ups, and crunches.  By the way, this may also apply to males!

Top Tech on the Horizon for 2014  “Take a peek into the future of diabetes care with seven in-development products poised to make waves in the diabetes world. All except BlueStar were unavailable in the United States as of Oct. 1, 2013—the cutoff date for inclusion in this guide.”  A lot of these are for our Type 1 Cousins, but what they get first, we Type 2’s might benefit from later.  And, you have to be impressed with how folks are taking technology to make the life of a diabetic easier.  Techies, eat your hearts out!

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Getting Enough Protein? Look at These 16 Snacks.  “According to the CDC, Women over 19 need 46 grams of protein a day, and men over age 19 need 56 grams of protein a day…Not sure if you’re meeting your minimum? Then you probably aren’t.”  Another article in pictures.  I love my snacks and got some new ideas from this article.  Heck, there are foods shown I can include in more of my main meal planning!

Carb Guide for Type 2’s.  “Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet. But carbs also raise your blood sugar. When you have type 2 diabetes, it’s important to aim for a balanced carb intake. It can seem confusing and a little overwhelming at first, but don’t be discouraged.”  When I started to control Diabetes I did not know the difference between a calorie and a carbohydrate.  This is valuable information presented well.

The Link Between Diabetes and Depression  “Depression is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes, and type 2 diabetes is a risk factor for depression. Patients with both conditions fare better when both conditions are treated at the same time.”  Diabetes can effect the entire body.  Doesn’t it make sense to treat the entire body and mind, if necessary?  Of course, it does. A study from the University of Pennsylvania proved it.  Interesting reading.

Researchers Debunk Obesity Paradox for those with Type 2 Diabetes.  “For people with Type 2 diabetes who had hoped that their love handles might serve some purpose by reducing their risk of premature death, Harvard researchers have some bad news: The “obesity paradox” does not exist.”  Last line of the article: “The maintenance of a healthy body weight should remain the cornerstone of diabetes management,” they concluded.”  Weight control and maintenance are supremely important in your War On Diabetes.  Know your BMI – where it is and where it should be!  Talk with your doctor to make that determination.

See?  I wasn’t kidding; there is a lot of news!  You can find even more here.

As always, thank you for reading and sharing.

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I am not a doctor or health professional. I am just a guy who is working everyday to control Type 2 Diabetes. My goal is to offer hope, help and solutions for day-to-day living for the diabetic. The disease can be controlled. It can be managed. And, you can do it!

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One comment on “News & Views
  1. beetleypete says:

    Good selection as usual Phil.
    In the UK, we have a lot of attention paid to potential eyesight problems for Diabetics. In this area, there is a mobile unit that goes out to the smaller villages, where patients get annual checks, with the same equipment as that used in the larger hospitals.
    Have a good weekend, and regards from England. Pete.

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