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Ambient Temperature Affects Risk Of Gestational Diabetes

Ambient temperature affects risk of gestational diabetes

Ambient temperature affects risk of gestational diabetes


Ambient temperature affects risk of gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes is a transient type of diabetes that develops mid-pregnancy.
Research out of Canada suggests that the weather - or, more specifically, ambient temperature - affects your risk of developing the condition.
The hotter it is, the greater the likelihood.
Endocrinologist, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michaels Hospital, Toronto
Norman Swan: Hello, and welcome to this week's Health Report with me, Norman Swan. Today, how psychological biases in your doctor can be a barrier to offering you the best care. Plus some solutions where you can play a role. Knowing when to worry and went to worry less when you're thinking and memory might be off the pace; new research findings. Important genetic findings in a devastating form of heart disease. And how one unexpected effect of climate change could be an increased prevalence of women who develop diabetes during pregnancy, gestational diabetes. A very large Canadian study has linked gestational diabetes to outdoor temperatures, with cold climate being best. The lead researcher was endocrinologist at the University of Toronto, Gillian Booth. Welcome to the Health Report.
Norman Swan: So you'd better just tell us a bit more about this cold-induced thermogenesis and why you think it might be linked to gestational diabetes.
Gillian Booth: Well, there are has actually been a growing body of research showing that cold, which we know can activate brown fat, that helps us acclimatise to cold and make energy and heat, that it actually can improve insulin s Continue reading

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Diabetes and Air Travel: 6 Tips and Tricks!

Diabetes and Air Travel: 6 Tips and Tricks!


Packing is a combination of art and science. I really dont like to check luggage. Besides the cost, there is the added delay when checking in at the airport, the risk of the airline losing the bag, and worst of all, the interminable wait at the conveyor belt upon arrival (you can tell, Im a very patient guy). So Ive become very good at consolidating my stuff. For short flights where small jets with tiny overhead space are common, a canvas duffel-type bag is ideal. That way, you wont have to turn your carry-on bag over for checking at the last minute. For longer flights (or trips that last more than a couple of days), learn to maximize the space in your carry-on bag and personal carry on. These days, the personal carry-on can be almost as large as your carry-on bag; it just has to be able to fit below the seat in front of you.
Whether you check a bag or not, be sure to pack two complete sets of everything you need to manage your diabetes for the length of the trip. Two meters with strips & lancing pens, two sets of insulin, two sets of batteries, two bottles of glucose tablets, two sets of pump supplies, and so on. Put one set in your personal item bag, and the other set in your carry-on luggage (or your checked luggage). That way, if one of your bags in lost, stolen or confiscated, you have the other as a fall-back.
When it comes to getting through security with minimal hassles, I have one word for you: PRECHECK. If you fly more than once or twice a year, TSAs precheck service is well worth the time and investment. But be sure to enter your precheck ID (also called a KT Continue reading

Plants vs. diabetes: Toledo man reverses diagnosis by adopting vegetarian diet

Plants vs. diabetes: Toledo man reverses diagnosis by adopting vegetarian diet


Plants vs. diabetes: Toledo man reverses diagnosis by adopting vegetarian diet
Norm Baird inspects a chair rung in his Toledo-area workshop. An avid woodworker, Baird has been able to spend longer hours pursuing his hobby after reversing his Type II diabetes diagnosis.
TOLEDO As a former Type II diabetic, Norm Baird admits that he used to abuse dairy. For years, the retired engineer enjoyed eggs and loved yogurt. He used to cut off little pieces of cheese to nibble on as he passed through his kitchen. His diet resembled a typical Americans: high in sugar, processed foods, meat and scant on vegetables.
But the silver-haired Toledo resident and cancer survivor no longer looks like a dairy abuser, having shed about 65 pounds and his diabetes diagnosis after adopting a plants-based diet in February 2016.
The 72-year-old is one of a small but growing number of people who have opted to go vegan or near-vegan as a first-line treatment for chronic weight- and diet-related illnesses such diabetes.
With more than two-thirds of American adults considered to be overweight or obese, diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the country. The number of people with Type II diabetes is expected to double by 2030, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Washington, Cowlitz County ranks 10th among the states 39 counties in prevalence of the disease. About 13 percent of Cowlitz residents are living with the condition, according to a chronic disease report by the Washington State Department of Health. Thats more than a third higher than the statewide ave Continue reading

Medtronic's Diabetes Segment Generating Excitement

Medtronic's Diabetes Segment Generating Excitement


Medtronic's Diabetes Segment Generating Excitement
Medtronic's Diabetes Group is the smallest, but fastest growing segment in the company's portfolio. Investors are excited about its prospects due to the 670G insulin pump.
The 670G device is the first insulin pump for diabetes patients that is integrated with its sensors. This drastically reduces some of the drawbacks of using insulin pumps.
The Diabetes Group segment is expected to grow significantly as Medtronic iterates on the 670G. Longer-term, the segment could potentially double in size as Medtronic becomes a larger diabetes player.
Medtronic ( MDT ) is a pure-play medical device company. The company is a mid-single digit revenue grower driven by product segment innovation, international growth, and acquisitions. Profitability is further boosted by integration of their acquisitions and growth within their high-margin segments. They also generate strong free cash flow and aim to return 50% of that to investors.
As a quick overview, Medtronic is split up into four segments: the Cardiac and Vascular Group (CVG), the Minimally Invasive Group (MITG), the Restorative Therapies Group (RTG), and the Diabetes Group (DG). CVG is the largest segment at 35% of sales. The MITG and RTG business are slower segments that have historically grown in the low-single digits. DG is the smallest, but fastest growing, segment and is arguably the most promising one among all of them. This is the segment I'll zoom in on in this article.
For those who are unfamiliar, let's first talk about diabetes and survey the available treatments. B Continue reading

Broccoli Compound Could Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes

Broccoli Compound Could Help Treat Type 2 Diabetes

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Some people don't like to eat their vegetables, but for obese people with type 2 diabetes, broccoli could hold the key to slowing, and potentially reversing, the disease, according to a new study.
Scientists used both computational and experimental research to zero in on a network of 50 genes that cause symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes. They also located a compound called sulforaphane — which is found naturally in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbages — that could turn down the expression of those genes, according to the findings, published today (June 14) in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
In the study, the scientists gave sulforaphane to obese patients, in the form of a concentrated broccoli sprout extract. They found that it improved the patients' systems' ability to control their glucose levels and reduced their glucose production — two symptoms of diabetes that can lead to other health problems, including coronary artery disease, nerve damage and blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"It's very exciting and opens up new possibilities for the treatment of type 2 diabetes," Anders Rosengren, an assistant professor at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, told Live Science. [Science You Can Eat: 10 Things You Didn't Know About Food]
Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of diabetes, affects more than 300 million people globally. For those with the disease who are obese, the excess fat in the liver makes the body less sensitive to the hormone insulin, which can make it diffi Continue reading

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