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Gene That Makes People Behave Like Idiots When Drunk Could Also Protect Against Diabetes

Gene That Makes People Behave Like Idiots When Drunk Could Also Protect Against Diabetes

Gene That Makes People Behave Like Idiots When Drunk Could Also Protect Against Diabetes

A genetic mutation that has been found to cause people to act outrageously when they’re drunk also appears to lower the risk of certain metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity. Peculiarly, the mutation has so far only been found in Finnish people, and is thought to affect around 100,000 people in the Nordic country.
The mutation in question inhibits the production of serotonin 2B receptors. Since serotonin is a key regulator of mood and behavior, the absence of this receptor unsurprisingly leads to an inability to control one’s actions, and has been blamed for some of the violent, reckless, and downright stupid conduct of some people when drunk.
In a new study appearing in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, scientists from the University of Helsinki reveal how carriers of this mutation also have higher insulin sensitivity (IS) and lower insulin resistance (IR) than non-carriers. Insulin is a hormone that facilitates the transportation of glucose from the bloodstream into body cells. As such, when cells become insensitive or resistant to insulin, this process grinds to a halt, leading to a rise in blood sugar levels and potentially type 2 diabetes.
The researchers recruited 98 Finnish men, all of whom had been diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder (ASPD). Of these, nine were found to carry the mutation – called HTR2B Q20* - while 89 did not. The study authors then measured the serum glucose and insulin levels of all participants in order to calculate IS and IR indices, discovering that the mutant group was much better off on both measures.
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All About That Bass? Well These Girls Are All About Diabetes Awareness!

All About That Bass? Well These Girls Are All About Diabetes Awareness!

Sadly 15,000 children are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes every year, and 15% of people with Type 1 are kids. While there are numerous organizations dedicated to the research and support of diabetes, this group of girls took a different approach! Can you guess what it is?
These girls, ages 7-9, decided to take the song “All About That Bass” and rewrite it to help raise awareness. Their video is a brilliant, and adorable, way to help both kids and adults talk about diabetes.
It’s importance to raise awareness about Type 1 because unfortunately there are a lot of uninformed people out there that just do not understand. We could not think of a better way to spread some knowledge then a popular song sung by these girls who know more about it then most.
Take a look at their adorable video and share it with a friend to raise awareness!
If you want more information on the girls and their experience, take a look here! Continue reading

Top 9 Alkaline Foods That Fight Cancer, Pain, Gout, Diabetes And Heart Disease

Top 9 Alkaline Foods That Fight Cancer, Pain, Gout, Diabetes And Heart Disease

Are you trying to go alkaline too?
If you are in the midst of the alkaline process, it helps a lot when you know which foods to consume to stay alkaline as long as possible.
A general rule of thumb is that you can eat these 9 foods without worrying about the acidic side effects they might have – although some of them are more alkaline than others.
Let’s make this clear: It is not necessary to eat only alkaline foods in order to get your body’s pH levels at an alkaline level.
On the contrary, a certain percentage of foods consumed can be acidic, but it is best if they are natural, whole foods like fruits for instance.
1. Almonds
It is no wonder that almonds are alkaline nutriment since they consistently rank on the list of healthiest foods to eat.
And did you know that most nuts and seeds are considered acidic unless they are sprouted?
However, there are some nuts that are neutral, or just slightly alkaline, such as almonds.
Top stats (per 100g):
Calcium – 27%
Iron – 25%
Protein – 44%
2. Amaranth
Although the great majority of people are NOT familiar with this grain, it does make a great addition to any alkaline-streamed diet regime.
Today the amaranth is valued worldwide. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization have fostered amaranth’s use since 1967 because wherever it is eaten there is no trace of malnutrition!
The amaranth has more protein compared with wheat and it is higher in the amino acid lysine than other grain sources of protein.
Distinguished botanists note that the amaranth belongs to a remarkable group of photosynthetic super performe Continue reading

Diabetes Self Care: 10 Ways to Soothe Dry, Itchy Skin

Diabetes Self Care: 10 Ways to Soothe Dry, Itchy Skin

Not only is dry skin uncomfortable, but scratched or cracked skin is also susceptible to bacterial and fungal infections – common medical complications for those with diabetes.
Although eating well and managing your blood sugar is the first line of defense against dry skin, it is often not enough. Taking lukewarm baths or showers using mild, unscented soaps and shampoos may mitigate but not prevent rough, flaky skin.
One remedy is migrating to a more tropical climate where the air is heavy with moisture year-round. If that is not an option, try one (or more) of the following ideas to help soothe and rehydrate your dry skin.
10 Ways to Soothe Dry Skin
Make a point of getting plenty of healthy fats in your diet, including omega-3 fatty acids. Excellent sources of omega-3s are flaxseeds and flaxseed oil, eating fatty fish such as salmon, fish or krill oil supplements, walnuts, tofu, chia seeds, fresh basil, and spinach.
The ideal time to moisturize the skin is after a bath or shower, while the skin is still moist. Frequently recommended lotions are Lubriderm, Cetaphil, Gold Bond, and Curel. For severely dry skin thick, greasy emollients are an option including Aquaphor, Vaseline, Crisco, and SBR Lipocream. Moisturizers containing lactic acid (e.g., Amlactin, Lac-Hydrin) or urea (e.g., Urix, Crmol) may help. Bear grease is likely effective too, but hard to find on store shelves.
During the cold, dry months humidify your home, particularly the rooms where you spend most of your time such as the bedroom and family/living room.
Extra virgin olive oil can help soften dry skin and Continue reading

Low Magnesium May Play Key Role in Insulin Resistance and Diabetes

Low Magnesium May Play Key Role in Insulin Resistance and Diabetes

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body. If you don’t have enough of it, your body simply cannot function at its best. Insufficient cellular magnesium levels set the stage for deterioration of proper metabolic function that typically snowballs into more significant health problems.
As reported by GreenMedInfo,1 researchers have now detected 3,751 magnesium-binding sites on human proteins, reflecting how important this mineral is to a great many biological processes.
For example, magnesium plays a role in your body’s detoxification processes and therefore is important for minimizing damage from environmental chemicals, heavy metals, and other toxins.
Even glutathione, considered by many to be your body’s most powerful antioxidant, requires magnesium in order to be produced.
Magnesium also plays roles in preventing migraine headaches, cardiovascular disease (including high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes), sudden cardiac death, and even reduces death from all causes.
This important mineral is required by more than 300 different enzymes in your body, which play important roles in the following biochemical processes, many of which are crucial for proper metabolic function:
Creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy molecules of your body
Proper formation of bones and teeth
Relaxation of blood vessels
Action of your heart muscle
Promotion of proper bowel function
Regulation of blood sugar levels
Low Magnesium Levels Consistently Found in Those with Elevated Insulin
In just the past year, there have been several significant studies ab Continue reading

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