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Chew On This: Scientists Develop GM Purple Rice That Can Cut Cancer, Diabetes Risk

Chew on this: Scientists develop GM purple rice that can cut cancer, diabetes risk

Chew on this: Scientists develop GM purple rice that can cut cancer, diabetes risk

There have been many attempts to produce genetically modified purple rice in the past.
You may soon be buying genetically modified purple rice in your local supermarket. Chinese scientists have created genetically modified purple rice that can reduce the risk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic disorders. Researchers developed approach capable of delivering many genes at once and used it to make rice endosperm - seed tissue that provides nutrients to the developing plant embryo - produce high levels of antioxidant-boosting pigments called anthocyanins.
“We have developed a highly efficient, easy-to-use transgene stacking system called TransGene Stacking II that enables the assembly of a large number of genes in single vectors for plant transformation,” said Yao-Guang Liu of the South China Agricultural University. “We envisage that this vector system will have many potential applications in this era of synthetic biology and metabolic engineering,” said Liu. To date, genetic engineering approaches have been used to develop rice enriched in beta-carotene and folate, but not anthocyanins. Although these health-promoting compounds are naturally abundant in some black and red rice varieties, they are absent in polished rice grains because the husk, bran, and germ have been removed, leaving only the endosperm.
Previous attempts to engineer anthocyanin production in rice have failed because the underlying biosynthesis pathway is highly complex, and it has been difficult to efficiently transfer many genes into plants. To address this chall Continue reading

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Following the Paleo Diet with Diabetes

Following the Paleo Diet with Diabetes

Following the Paleolithic, or Paleo, diet is no more difficult than following a traditional diabetes diet, unless you consider the absence of some food options a difficulty.
A strict Paleo diet excludes dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils and refined sugar – foods that were unavailable to humans prior to domestication of animals and crop cultivation. Advocates of the Paleo diet believe that humans have not yet genetically evolved to properly process the foods introduced to our bodies with the advent of agriculture.
The Paleo diet includes the foods our hunter-gatherer predecessors consumed: fish, lean meat, fruits, vegetables, roots, eggs, nuts and healthy oils (e.g., olive, flaxseed, coconut).
Paleo and Diabetes
Research about the effects of the Paleo diet on those with type 2 diabetes includes generally small, short-term studies. However, the diabetic study participants generally reduced their A1Cs, diastolic blood pressure, body mass index, weight and waist circumference. The evidence suggests that hunter-gatherer foods improve glucose tolerance, lower insulin secretion and raise insulin sensitivity.
Investigators suspect the weight loss associated with the Paleo diet indicates meals high in protein, fruits and veggies are more satiating than a typical diabetes diet, so fewer calories are consumed.
What people on the Paleo diet must watch out for are deficiencies in calcium and vitamin D in the absence of dairy products, and ingesting increased environmental toxins from eating more fish.
Most significant for diabetics is that a diet based on protein and fat Continue reading

Canadian Parents Who Let Their Son Die of Diabetes to Make God Happy Sentenced to Life in Prison

Canadian Parents Who Let Their Son Die of Diabetes to Make God Happy Sentenced to Life in Prison

Even though Alex Radita was diagnosed with diabetes at age 3, his parents did nothing for him. Emil and Rodica Radita refused to accept the diagnosis, which also meant they refused to treat it. Over the next dozen years, as Alex’s condition worsened, he still didn’t get any insulin.
He eventually died at the age of 15. He weighed only 37 pounds.
What would prompt parents to ignore medical advice and let their son suffer like this? When the trial began, the assumption was that it was their religious beliefs — in part because they had certain Bible verses in their home that suggested their were putting their son’s life in God’s hands:
The assumption was confirmed days later. The parents were members of the Romanian Pentecostal Church, and their actions were in line with the church’s teachings:
Alex Radita died and was resurrected by God the day before paramedics found his severely emaciated body in his family’s home, his parents told church members in the hours before 911 was called.
Everything about this story is disturbing — but the headline is clear: These parents let their child die because they put his life in God’s useless hands instead of letting credible doctors take care of him.
At least there’s some justice in this case. In a Calgary court on Friday, a judge found the Raditas guilty of first-degree murder:
Neither parent showed any emotion or had a comment during sentencing.
Justice [Karen] Horner sentenced them to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.
“Your actions in starving your son Alex to death are beyond comprehension. Yo Continue reading

How to Detect Diabetes Symptoms

How to Detect Diabetes Symptoms

There are no standard symptoms for diabetes, which is one of the reasons why it can be difficult to identify. Once your doctor is considering a potential diagnosis of diabetes, there is a test that can be run to determine if that is an accurate diagnosis. However, the test is not commonly administered unless there is suspicion of diabetes.
The earlier diabetes is identified and treated, the less likely the patient is to develop complications. Therefore, it is helpful to know how to detect diabetes symptoms.
Symptoms of Diabetes – Type I
Type 1 diabetes is the type that a person is born with. Their insulin system never works right, meaning that their body does not respond to hunger or thirst correctly, either through over-stimulating or under-stimulating. Common symptoms of type 1 diabetes are:
Unusual or extreme hunger or weight loss
Unusual or extreme thirst or urination
Unusual or extreme fatigue
Unusual or extreme irritability
Symptoms of Diabetes – Type II
Type 2 diabetes is the type that develops over time. Originally termed "adult-onset diabetes," that term is no longer in wide usage since so many teenagers and even children are now developing it. While there are often no symptoms of type 2 diabetes, the following symptoms should prompt medical follow up:
The symptoms of type 1 diabetes
Blurred vision
Slow healing of cuts or bruises
Frequent or recurring skin, bladder, or gum infections
Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Symptoms of Diabetes Complications
If you already know that you have diabetes, you should be alert for symptoms of diabetic complications. Continue reading

This is the Most Amazing and Adorable Diabetes Dog I Have Ever Seen!

This is the Most Amazing and Adorable Diabetes Dog I Have Ever Seen!

When Type 1 Liam’s blood sugar levels are out of whack, his dog Max gives him a warning! Trained by Canyon Crest K9 Training Center, Max has saved Liam’s life various times when he senses his blood sugar levels are too high or low.
Watch this amazing pup notify Liam of his elevated blood sugar levels during a training session at the gym. What an amazing dog! Continue reading

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