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A new way to generate insulin-producing cells in type 1 diabetes

By Susan Gammon, Ph.D.

A new study by researchers at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute (Sanford-Burnham) has found that a peptide called caerulein can convert existing cells in the pancreas into those cells destroyed in type 1 diabetes—insulin-producing beta cells. The study, published online July 31 in Cell Death and Disease, suggests a new approach to treating the estimated 3 million people in the U.S., and over 300 million worldwide, living with type 1 diabetes. “We have found a promising technique for type 1 diabetics to restore the body’s ability to produce insulin. By introducing caerulein to the pancreas we were able to generate new beta cells—the cells that produce insulin—potentially  freeing patients from daily doses of insulin to manage their blood-sugar levels.” said Fred Levine, M.D., Ph.D., professor and director of the Sanford Children’s Health Research Center at Sanford-Burnham. The study first examined how mice in which almost all beta cells were destroyed—similar to humans with type 1 diabetes—responded to injections of caerulein. In those mice, but not in normal mice, they found that caerulein caused existing alpha cells in the pancreas to differentiate into insulin-producing beta cells. Alpha cells and beta cells are both endocrine cells meaning they synthesize and secret hormones—and they exist right next to one another in the pancreas in structures called islets. However, alpha cells do not normally become beta cells. –

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Uchek app tests urine for medical issues

By Jane Wakefield, Technology reporter

A smartphone app that uses a phone’s camera to analyse urine and check for a range of medical conditions has been shown off at the TED (Technology, Education and Design) conference in Los Angeles.

Uchek tests for 25 different health issues and could help diagnose and treat diseases in the developing world.

Increasingly mobile health is being talked up as a lifesaver in such areas.

The app is the brainchild of TED fellow Myshkin Ingawale.

“I wanted to get medical health checks into users’ hands,” he told the BBC.

Urine can be tested for the presence of 10 elements – including glucose, proteins and nitrites.

These can be used to pinpoint a range of conditions including diabetes, urinary tract infects, cancers, liver problems as well as being used to keep track of general health.

Users need to collect their urine and dip a standard test strip into it. ….

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Rice, potato & Banana increase the blood glucose level more than sugar

The glycemic index (GI) is an exciting, new approach to preventing obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Sugar makes our blood glucose rise. It’s, but so does a potato and the slice of bread too. Science has proven that all carbohydrates raise the blood glucose levels. Especially, rice and potato increase the blood glucose twice than sugar. The knowledge of glycemic index will help us sort out that how the foods affect our blood glucose levels. 5 grams of potato increase blood sugar level more than the 5 grams of sugar. Rice, potato and corns have properties to increase the body weight. Glycemic index of 100- Sugar, white bread and white bread products, ripe banana’s Glycemic index is greater than 100.

Rice, corn flakes, ice- cream, fried potato – Glycemic index 90 to 99

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Diabetes: Pancreatic Transplant

A pancreatic transplant involves replacing some or all of a diabetic person’s faulty islets of Langerhns cells with healthy ones that will produce insulin. Recently researchers have made important progress since the mid- 1990s in transplanting islet cells from donated pancreases into people with severe type 1 diabetes.

The Edmonton Protocol

1995 researchers working in Emonton, Canada, reported an important advance. They had extracted islet cells from donated pancreases from people who had died and injected them into the liver. The technique – now called the Edmonton Protocol is surprisingly simple and can be carried out under local anesthetic. Using a fine needle, the cells are injected into the main blood vessel of the liver. After the transplant, people are usually able to go home within 24 hours.

Living with diabetes

Living with diabetes means that you are probably much more conscious than other people about the importance of a varied diet, and better educated about the effect that nutrition has on your blood glucose levels and your overall health. Many health care professionals think that as long as you are eating a proper diet there is no need for additional vitamins or minerals. But even people who eat a balanced diet may benefit from supplements .. because we can’t always eat the way we should. Micro nutrients is the term used to describe the various vitamins and minerals that our bodies need in small quantities to perform very specific functions. Micronutrients can help control our rate of metabolism, which in part means how effectively your body converts sugars and other carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables into energy.

Studies have investigated a variety of these micro nutrients in an effort to determine how helpful these might be in controlling or preventing diabetes, but results are inconclusive and more research is necessary. If your physician knows for certain that you have a deficiency in a particular vitamin or mineral, then additional supplements might be beneficial – but it is often difficult to determine the deficiency. Studies have looked at such things as vitamin B deficiency) which may be a factor in poor glucose tolerance), vitamin E deficiency and the risk of developing diabetes, and chromium and its role in reducing blood glucose.

One interesting thing about vitamins and minerals is that when taken individually, they often don’t work as well as when they are taken in combination with others- a team effort, so to speak. This makes once-daily multivitamins a good solution, since they usually contain 100% of the recommended daily allowance of each. As a person living with diabetes, nutritional considerations are very important. Zinc, vitamins and trace minerals are helping to diabetes.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which body cannot properly store and use glucose- the body’s energy source. Body uses insulin to tap into energy. People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin or produce too little. Those with Type 2 diabetes can’t use the insulin the body makes. Diabetes is one of the fastest growing diseases in all over the world today and more than 1 million new cases are diagnosed every year.

Fiber helps prevent diabetes, constipation, colon cancer, hemorrhoids and obesity

Fiber prevents constipation, colon cancer, hemorrhoids, heart disease, and obesity. Fiber contributes to a feeling of fullness and lowers the glycemic index of your meal. It helps prevent insulin resistance/ diabetes. Whole wheat bread, fresh fruits and vegetables are the good source of fiber. Drink 8 to 10 glasses of fresh crystal clean water daily.

Diabetes-II: The Consequence of Obesity

Diabetes- 2 is one of many diseases linked to obesity. Cut sugar, wheat, rice and potato products and lose weight. Eat fresh green leafy vegetables and 8 to 10 glasses of clean fresh water and yogurt every day. It may help to slow Diabetes- II. For good health healthy lifestyle and diet is important. You can not buy your health by pills, you should earn it through healthy choices. From doctors you can only receive symptomatic relief for your conditions.

Diabetes- II

Diabetes- II or Insulin Resistance

Diabetes 2, in some conditions called insulin resistance and it is a main risk factor for developing diabetes-2, heart disease and kidney diseases. It is possible to reverse insulin resistance through low Carbohydrate diets, exercise and weight loss. Fat cells are very resistant to insulin. Through exercise and weight loss they become sensitive to insulin. Though Diabetes- 2 is multi-factor disease but most of the time more than 70% of diabetics are insulin-resistant. Low Carbohydrate diet not only help reduce Insulin resistance that but low Carbohydrate diet also prevents you from Cholesterol and triglycerides. Stop consuming sugar, drink tea without sugar and milk, reduce refine carbohydrates such as white bread, cake, cookies, candies etc. Eat washed fresh raw vegetables and fruits. Drink 8- 10 glasses clean crystal clear water and walk half an hour daily.

Diabetes

Watch for the Warning Signs

If you have any of these warning signs, it may be a signal that you should be tested for diabetes:

-extreme and unusual thirst, – frequent urination, -unusual hunger, – unexplained weight loss or gain, – blurred vision, frequent or recurring infections, – cuts and bruises that are slow to heal, -tingling or numbness in the hands and feet, – trouble getting or maintaining an erection.

Are You at Risk?

There is no known way to predict who will develop diabetes, but here are some factors that increase a person’s risk of developing type 2, including:

-being age 40 or over (although there is an increasing trend toward the development of the condition in younger people), – being overweight, especially when the excess weight is around the middle (ofter referred to as an “apple-shaped” body), – having high blood pressure or heart disease, – having a family member who has diabetes, -giving birth to a child weighing more than 4 kg (9 lbs), – having high levels of cholesterol or other fats in the blood, – having impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose (identified by testing), – (darkened patches of the skin), or schizophrenia, – being of Aboriginal, Asian, South Asian, or Hispanic descent.

Movers and Shakers

Active minds and active bodies never grow old- Lee Salk

Some people are movers: they simply love to be active. Some people are shakers: they sake their hands as they sit and watch the movers. Regular and appropriate activity reduces insulin resistance in the body. These changes can help lower high blood pressure, improve your total fat levels, elevate HDL ( good cholesterol) and lower LDL (bad cholesterol), reduce risk for onset diabetes and decrease your weight and risk for heart disease. In all likelihood an active lifestyle will have synergistic effect.

Fast facts

Diabetes is a chronic disease that has no cure. It is a leading cause of death all over the world. If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications, including: Heart disease, Kidney disease, Eye disease, Problems with erection (impotence) and nerve damage.

DIET CHART

AN IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT DIET

apples

Protects your heart

prevents constipation

Blocks diarrhea

Improves lung capacity

Cushions joints

apricots

Combats cancer

Controls blood pressure

Saves your eyesight

Shields against Alzheimer’s

Slows aging process

artichokes

Aids digestion

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Guards against liver disease

avocados

Battles diabetes

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

bananas

Protects your heart

Quiets a cough

Strengthens bones

Controls blood pressure

Blocks diarrhea

beans

Prevents constipation

Helps hemorrhoids

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Stabilizes blood sugar

beets

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Protects your heart

Aids weight loss

blueberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Boosts memory

Prevents constipation

broccoli

Strengthens bones

Saves eyesight

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

cabbage

Combats cancer

Prevents constipation

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Helps hemorrhoids

cantaloupe

Saves eyesight

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Supports immune system

carrots

Saves eyesight

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Promotes weight loss

cauliflower

Protects against Prostate Cancer

Combats Breast Cancer

Strengthens bones

Banishes bruises

Guards against heart disease

cherries

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Ends insomnia

Slows aging process

Shields against Alzheimer’s

chestnuts

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

chili peppers

Aids digestion

Soothes sore throat

Clears sinuses

Combats Cancer

Boosts immune system

figs

Promotes weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

fish

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Supports immune system

flax

Aids digestion

Battles diabetes

Protects your heart

Improves mental health

Boosts immune system

garlic

Lowers cholesterol

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

kills bacteria

Fights fungus

grapefruit

Protects against heart attacks

Promotes Weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

grapes

saves eyesight

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Enhances blood flow

Protects your heart

green tea

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps stops strokes

Promotes Weight loss

Kills bacteria

honey

Heals wounds

Aids digestion

Guards against ulcers

Increases energy

Fights allergies

lemons

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Stops scurvy

limes

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Stops scurvy

mangoes

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Regulates thyroid

aids digestion

Shields against Alzheimer’s

mushrooms

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Kills bacteria

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

oats

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

prevents constipation

Smoothes skin

olive oil

Protects your heart

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

Smoothes skin

onions

Reduce risk of heart attack

Combats cancer

Kills bacteria

Lowers cholesterol

Fights fungus

oranges

Supports immune systems

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Straightens respiration


peaches

prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

aids digestion

Helps hemorrhoids

peanuts

Protects against heart disease

Promotes Weight loss

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Aggravates
diverticulitis

pineapple

Strengthens bones

Relieves colds

Aids digestion

Dissolves warts

Blocks diarrhea

prunes

Slows aging process

prevents constipation

boosts memory

Lowers cholesterol

Protects against heart disease

rice

Protects your heart

Battles diabetes

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

strawberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

boosts memory

Calms stress


sweet potatoes

Saves your eyesight

Lifts mood

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones


tomatoes

Protects prostate

Combats cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart


walnuts

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

boosts memory

Lifts mood

Protects against heart disease

water

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Conquers kidney stones

Smoothes skin


watermelon

Protects prostate

Promotes Weight loss

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

wheat germ

Combats Colon Cancer

prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

improves digestion

What can I do to help cure diabetes?

You can do a lot! Most people don’t realize how important their effort can be in helping to cure diabetes. The main reason that so much progress has been made in the last 50 years. There are statistics to prove that diabetes causes much suffering and loss of time.

The results of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) show that you can live a healthier life with diabetes by keeping blood glucose levels near normal. Modern advances in self-testing by Gluco Meter and treatment make this possible.