BioHub Offers New Hope To Diabetes Sufferers

BioHub Offers New Hope to Diabetes Sufferers

BioHub Offers New Hope to Diabetes Sufferers

For more than 24 million Americans, diabetes is a harsh part of everyday life. The disease is particularly prevalent among the Latino community, and Hispanic adults are almost twice as likely as white non-Hispanics to be diagnosed with diabetes.
Countless researchers have been working tirelessly for years trying to find a possible cure for the disease, which seems to be on the upswing. According to a 2010 report from the Centers for Disease Control, 1 out of 3 adults in the United States could be diagnosed with diabetes by the year 2050. An answer to many people's prayers, however, may be around the corner.
On March 5th, researchers under the leadership of Dr. Camillo Ricordi at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami announced a medical breakthrough, a biologically-engineered organ that would mimic the pancreas in creating the precise amount of insulin the body would need at any given moment, thereby controlling the patient's blood sugar levels. Called the "BioHub," it was described as "the closest medical science has gotten to a cure" for Type 1 diabetes, the variety also known as juvenile diabetes because most patients develop it either during their childhood or teen years.
In the mid-1980s, Ricordi invented a device that was capable of extracting islets, or the cells that produce insulin, from a donated, healthy pancreas. The cells could then be transplanted into the patient's liver. The body's immune system, however, would eventually kill the foreign cells. The only workaround was for the patient to take anti-rejection drugs, causing several side eff Continue reading

Rate this article
Total 1 ratings
And I'm Diabetes Free Now

And I'm Diabetes Free Now

I Followed Dr.'s Orders
Rob Kardashian has made an incredible turnaround in his fight against diabetes ... he's telling his family he's no longer diabetic ... TMZ has learned.
We're told Rob says he's in remission and his doctor told him he doesn't have to take medication for his type 2 diabetes.
He was hospitalized last December for his diabetes, which doctors warned could put him in a diabetic coma if he didn't maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Rob's been eating healthy and exercising regularly since he began dating Blac Chyna... but he's not fully in the clear.
We're told doctors warned him his diabetes could come back if he falls off the wagon again. Continue reading

The Diabetes Dawn Phenomenon: Why It Happens, What To Do

The Diabetes Dawn Phenomenon: Why It Happens, What To Do

How frustrating to wake up in the morning with elevated blood sugar when all you did was dream about eating a piece of cheesecake.
A seemingly spontaneous rise in blood glucose during the early morning hours – experienced by many people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes – is called the dawn phenomenon, or dawn effect.
The dawn phenomenon is actually the body’s response to an aspect of its own natural rhythms.
Why It Happens
The human body, with its wired-in wisdom, releases hormones such as cortisol, catecholamines, and growth hormone during the early morning hours. These hormones help maintain and restore the body’s cells, and they trigger the liver to release glucose. The rising glucose is meant to be regulated by circulating insulin.
Many people with diabetes do not have enough circulating insulin during predawn hours to regulate this end-of-night surge in blood sugar, so they are greeted on waking by the rising sun and an elevated morning glucose reading.
What to Do About It
A recent research study suggests that taking basal insulin in the evening is the only effective solution to the dawn phenomenon. However, if you are not currently taking insulin, consult with your doctor, and consider trying one of these possible dawn effect solutions:
Exercise late in the day. Being active closer to bedtime may lower your blood sugar while you sleep.
Adjust your medication(s). Talk to your physician about tweaking your medication(s) to counter the higher morning readings.
Eat breakfast. When you eat breakfast, your body will tell the predawn glucose-stimulating hormones to gi Continue reading

The Probiotic Used to Combat Stubborn Fat, Diabetes, and Depression

The Probiotic Used to Combat Stubborn Fat, Diabetes, and Depression

If you’re familiar with probiotics, you may also be familiar with the fact that there are many different strains of beneficial bacteria. One strain,Lactobacillus rhamnosus, may not be one you’re as familiar with, but it still holds some very impressive health benefits. This strain, among all the others, exist in what is called our “mircobiome,” which basically consists of the microbial genes that reside in your system. Good bacteria and bad bacteria live here, but it’s the helpful kind that keeps the harmful variety in check.
The Benefits of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
Studies involving the Lactobacillus strain of bacteria suggest supplementation could lessen feelings of anxiety or ease symptoms of depression. Combining these probiotics with prebiotics also show significant benefits in mood health. [1][2] One study suggests taking L. rhamnosus might counteract weight gain and diabetes, and there’s a lot of research examining the benefits as a treatment for gastrointestinal issues like irritable bowel syndrome. [3] Another study suggests a link between good bacteria and seasonal allergies, particularly with hay fever. [4]
Now, one cool thing about L. rhamnosus is that it can stay happy in rough conditions. Anyone who has ever had acid reflux knows how stomach acid can cause discomfort. Well, this probiotic strain actually thrives in anacidic stomach. [5] If you’re looking for something to strengthen your overall immune function, L. rhamnosus could help there. A promising study suggests this strain could be just as helpful as an antibiotic for treating urinary tract Continue reading

Diabetes and De-stressing: Three Easy Yoga Poses

Diabetes and De-stressing: Three Easy Yoga Poses

All illnesses, including diabetes, are exacerbated by stress and muscular tension, so we need simple ways to incorporate relaxation into our lives.
Here is a series of three calming yoga poses that can easily be sandwiched between tasks at home, or in the office.
Three Relaxing Yoga Poses
The first pose calms and balances the mind. The second gets our energy moving and releases tension in the shoulders, spine, and heart area. The third pose melts away anxiety and stress.
Naturally, you will check with your doctor before engaging in a new type of exercise if you are out of shape, have spine or joint difficulties, or chronic illnesses.
1. Equal Standing Pose (Tadasana)
Stand tall with toes pointing forward, and feet hip-distance apart - your weight distributed evenly.
Unlock your knees by bending them - very slightly; put the palms of your hands together in front of your heart area.
Close your eyes; take five slow, deep breaths.
2. Hands To Sky (Urdhva Hastasana)
From the Equal Standing pose, inhale and stretch your arms straight up from the shoulders, palms facing each other, and fingertips pointing to the sky.
Spread the fingers wide; look straight ahead, or slightly upward if it feels comfortable.
Hold the pose as you take five slow, deep breaths.
3. Forward Fold (Uttanasana)
From the Hands To Sky position, exhale as you bend forward from your hips, keeping a slight arch in your back as you fold to avoid lower back strain.
Rest your hands on the floor, or on your shins, or the backs of your thighs, or clasp opposite elbows with your hands. Let the tension drain from your h Continue reading

No more pages to load

Popular Articles

  • Hope of cure for arthritis, MS and diabetes as Stanford makes stem cell transplants safe

    Hundreds of thousands of people could be cured of autoimmune diseases like arthritis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes and lupus after scientists discovered how to make stem cell transplants safe. Autoimmune diseases trigger the body into attacking itself but transplants of bone marrow stem cells from healthy donors have been shown to reset the immune system and reverse fatal conditions. However docto ...

  • 'Smart' insulin hope for diabetes

    Scientists are hopeful that "smart" insulins which are undergoing trials could revolutionise the way diabetes is managed. Instead of repeated blood tests and injections throughout the day to keep blood sugar in check, a single dose of smart insulin would keep circulating in the body and turn on when needed. Animal studies show the technology appears to work - at least in mice. Scientists plan to m ...

  • Type 1 diabetes breakthrough using stem cell research raises hope for cure

    Scientists believe they have made a major advance in the quest to find an effective treatment for type 1 diabetes. Using human embryonic stem cells as a starting point, they have for the first time been able to create human insulin-producing beta cells equivalent in almost every way to normally functioning beta cells in the kind of large quantities needed for cell transplantation and pharmaceutica ...

  • Reversing Diabetes: Hype or Hope?

    There have been many books and articles written on the topic of reversing diabetes. Is it really possible to make diabetes go away? Let's Define Reversal When we speak of reversing diabetes, what do we mean? Some articles claim that type 2 diabetes can be completely reversed within 30 days and type 1 diabetes can be improved. Another argues that "unclogging" the pancreas can reverse a diagnosis of ...

  • Immune Cell Discovery Could Offer Hope for Type 1 Diabetes

    Recent findings from the University of Manchester suggest certain molecules could help cure the inflammatory response associated with type 1 diabetes. T cells, which are crucial for fighting off infection and protecting the body from foreign invaders, attack the body's own tissues when there is an autoimmune disease present. Regulatory T cells help to stop this process, and researchers have identi ...

  • ‘Hidden History’: Legacy of Diabetes Care at City of Hope

    City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute is committed to developing a cure for type 1 diabetes within six years, fueled by a $50 million funding program led by the Wanek family. But it's natural to wonder: Why would a cancer center be the recipient of such a transformative gift? Believe it or not, City of Hope — widely known as a center for cancer care and research — is the ho ...

  • Diabetes reversal hope

    - Drastic & sustained weight loss through diet control can lead to long-term remission: Doctors New Delhi, Sept. 13: Some patients with diabetes may reverse the disease and celebrate long-term remission through drastic weight loss, a team of British doctors said today, challenging the conventional management of diabetes practised for decades. The doctors said there is significant evidence that ...

  • Diabetes Awareness Luncheon Offers Valuable Education for All

    Members of Hospital’s Clinical Team Will Focus on Prevention, Management of Disease Carthage Area Hospital invites the public to attend an educational luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 15, that will empower guests with information on the risks for diabetes, tips to prevent the disease and how those living with it can thrive. The free luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carthage Elks Lodge, ...

  • Blood glucose testing offers little value to some Type 2 diabetes patients: study

    When Margaret DeNobrega was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, she meticulously monitored her eating habits and blood sugar levels. The 68-year-old would write down what she ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner, pricking her finger to test her glucose levels before and after each meal. "I used to test before my meals, so I would know what my blood sugar was at, and then I would test two hours af ...

Related Articles