type 2 diabetes
- September 1st, 2013
Sugar metabolism is a beautiful thing. Here’s how it works: Food is converted into blood sugar (glucose). The pancreas secretes insulin, a hormonal messenger that tells cells to take in glucose. Cell membranes are then activated to allow sugar inside cells, where little power plants convert it into energy.Protecting metabolic health and avoiding diabetesBy Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
- July 1st, 2013
Seven in 10 people with type 2 diabetes also have sleep apnea—and decreased sleep quality equals worsening glucose control. Four in 10 people with hypertension have sleep apnea, including 80 percent of people who do not respond to hypertensive medications.
- July 1st, 2013
Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute have found that brain damage in Alzheimer’s disease is linked to the overactivation of an enzyme called AMPK. When they blocked this enzyme in mice, the neurons were protected from the loss of synapses typical of the early phase of Alzheimer’s.
- April 1st, 2013
Diabetes is a debilitating disease, and we see the effects on our bodies ranging from obesity and chronic fatigue up to blindness and even amputation.Cooking, eating, and exercising to protect your cell healthBy Steven Joyal, MD
- March 1st, 2013
The American healthcare system is openly in crisis. The public feels this and frustrations for many people have reached a boiling point. The crisis has two main drivers, which are closely interrelated.The problem and the way outBy Jeffrey Hendricks, MD
- February 1st, 2013
Black tea consumption has been mathematically linked to a low prevalence of type 2 diabetes, according to data collected in 50 countries all over the world. In recent years, a great deal of interest has focused on the health benefits of green tea, which is thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.
- January 1st, 2013
Eating mindfully, or consuming food in response to physical cues of hunger and fullness, is just as effective as adhering to nutrition-based guidelines in reducing weight and blood-sugar levels in adults with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests.
- September 1st, 2012
Increased levels of selenium in the body may be associated with a 25-percent reduction in the risk of type-2 diabetes, says a new study from Korea and Harvard.
The results from the study showed that increasing levels of selenium in toenails were associated with lower risks of diabetes according to Diabetes Care.
- August 1st, 2012
Your doctor says that your fasting blood glucose (FBG) is “normal,” but nonetheless, a concentration of 90 mg/dL is above last year’s result. He sends you home with a clean bill of health; should you dismiss this as casually as your doctor did?Insulin resistance is your body's early warning system. Look for it to find out if diabetes has its foot inside the door.By Craig Gustafson
- July 1st, 2012
Part of truly appreciating our human experience is enjoying the sweetness of life—a perfectly ripe peach, a fresh slice of homemade bread, or a scoop of chocolate ice cream. However, at a time when we have access to the world’s rich variety of sweet delicacies more than ever before, the number of people with difficulties metabolizing sugar in their bloodstream soars.A Mind-Body Approach to DiabetesBy Sheila Patel, MD