Carrying too much belly fat is strongly linked to diabetes and heart disease especially for women
Recent research shows that carrying visceral fat, the fat stored around the organs in the belly and around the intestines, appears to be a significant risk factor for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, particularly in women.
Researchers from Uppsala University studied more than 325,000 participants taking part in UK Biobank. It was found that visceral fat is a possible causal risk factor for hypertension (high blood pressure), heart attack/angina, type 2 diabetes, and hyperlipidemia (when the blood has too many lipids).
The findings have been published in Nature Medicine.
A new large-scale European study has found that carrying visceral fat, which is the fat stored around the organs in the belly and around the intestines, appears to be a major risk factor for developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease, especially among women. Carried out by researchers from Uppsa…
How can diabetes cause joint pain? Symptoms and treatment
Some individuals with diabetes may find that they experience joint pain.
A helpful recent article from Medical News Today discusses some of the various ways in which diabetes can cause joint pain, possible treatment options, and more.
Diabetes can lead to joint pain by affecting the muscles, skeleton, and nervous system. It also has links with two types of arthritis. Learn more here.
Diabetes could raise cancer risk because of how high blood sugar levels affect DNA
Recent research shows that diabetes could possibly raise the risk of cancer due to how high blood sugar affects DNA.
Researchers studied tissue and mice with diabetes. It was found that a higher level of blood glucose seems to spike how much damage DNA suffers. Further, DNA strands became more prone to breaking, and high blood sugar possibly stood in the way of it being repaired. This, the team thinks, could lead to what is known as genomic instability: mutations that are characteristic of the majority of cancers.
Further research is needed to understand the possible occurrences of this in humans. The research was presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) Fall 2019 National Meeting & Exposition.
Scientists studied tissue and mice to find out more about the link between the conditions.
What to Do About Hard-to-Control Type 1 Diabetes, Aka Brittle Diabetes
Have you ever heard of “brittle” diabetes?
The concept was introduced in the 1930s, and essentially described Type 1 diabetes that seemed to be chronically unstable.While there’s no standardized definition for brittle diabetes, it generally refers to blood sugar levels that quickly swing from low (hypoglycemia) to high (hyperglycemia). It is also known as labile diabetes.
A recent article from U.S. News and World Report discusses difficult-to-control type 1 diabetes, some possible causes, and more.
Learn about the symptoms and causes of this severe form of diabetes.
Diabetes – what it is, what it is, what are some treatments.
A helpful resource from Mayo Clinic gives information regarding this condition, possible causes, diagnosis, treatments, and more.
A small study shows that taking vitamin D supplements may help diabetes
Recent research from a small study shows that taking vitamin D supplements may help to slow the progression of type 2 diabetes in those who have recently been diagnosed, or those with prediabetes.
Researchers at the Université Laval in Quebec, studied 96 participants who were either newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes or at high risk of developing the disease. Half were randomly assigned to receive a high dose of vitamin D3 (5000iu) once a day for six months, while the other half were assigned to receive a daily placebo.
The researchers measured markers of insulin function and glucose metabolism before and after the six months. It was found that taking vitamin D supplements appeared to significantly improve the action of insulin in the muscle tissue of participants after six months.
It is emphasized that further research is needed to confirm and understand the findings. The findings have been published in the European Journal of Endocrinology.
A Plant-Based Diet Can Reduce Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
A recent article from Healthline discusses how a plant-based diet may help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, especially in individuals who are pre-diabetic.
Experts say not all plant-based diets are the same. They offer specific advice on how to get the most out of your nutrition plans.
Staying Healthy With Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes can affect numerous parts of the body, from kidneys to the heart, and even eyes. A recent article from WebMD discusses some tips for staying healthy with type 2 diabetes.
You have a lot of power to determine what your future with type 2 diabetes looks like. Here are questions to ask your doctor to stay healthy.
Apple offers a diabetes monitor in stores
Apple is expanding further into the health space. The company has designed, and has begun to launch, a blood glucose monitor that can sync with a mobile app.
The company is also designing a subscription service for testing strips to be used with the device.
The introduction of the $69.95 monitor is a prime example of how Apple is increasingly breaking into the health space by making the iPhone and Apple Watch a key hub for people’s personal health.
Diabetes self-management tips
A recent article from Medical News Today discusses some important tips for self-management of diabetes. Make sure to also follow the plan set by you and your doctor!
A person can manage their diabetes by making healthful changes to their diet, exercising frequently, and regularly taking the necessary medications. Here, learn about these self-management strategies and more.
Vitamin D supplements may not prevent type 2 diabetes
A recent study has shown that vitamin D supplements may not necessarily help to prevent type 2 diabetes.
Researchers gathered data from a diverse group of over 2,000 individuals. The scientists divided them into groups that took either 4,000 IU of vitamin D or a placebo pill daily. It was found that 293 out of 1,211 participants in the vitamin D group developed diabetes. Meanwhile, 323 out of 1,212 in the placebo group developed it. In the end, the difference was not statistically significant.
The findings have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and were presented at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting in San Francisco, CA.
A large-scale new trial of over 2,000 adults found that taking vitamin D supplements does not help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.
What's the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes?
We often receive questions about type 1 versus type 2 diabetes. What is the difference? What are the symptoms?
An article from Healthline helps to explain the differences between the two, and more. Remember to consult your doctor with any questions you may have!
Do you know the difference between type 1 and type 2 diabetes? We’ll explain how these conditions are similar and how they are unique.
Diabetes Can Put Your Liver at Risk: The Mediterranean Diet May Help
A recent article from Healthline discusses research showing that individuals with type 2 diabetes are more at risk of developing complications related to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and some steps that can be taken to lower this risk.
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a chronic condition that affects between 30 and 40 percent of American adults. This condition can lead to scarring or cancer in the liver, and in some cases liver failure.
Diabetes leg pain: Treatments and home remedies
A recent article from Medical News Today discusses leg pain in diabetics, possible causes, treatments, and more. Do you experience leg pain?
If someone with diabetes experiences leg pain, it may be a sign of diabetic neuropathy. Neuropathy is a serious complication. Learn about the possible treatments and home remedies here.
Diabetes and the pancreas: Insulin, complications, and function
Have you ever wondered about the role the pancreas plays in diabetes?
A recent article from Medical News Today discusses the pancreas, insulin, and more.
The pancreas plays a strong role in diabetes because it produces insulin and helps regulate blood sugar levels. In this article, we look into the links between diabetes and the pancreas.