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Is Broccoli A Secret Weapon Against Diabetes? Extract Of The Vegetable May Help Patients Regulate Their Blood Sugar Levels

Is broccoli a secret weapon against diabetes? Extract of the vegetable may help patients regulate their blood sugar levels

Is broccoli a secret weapon against diabetes? Extract of the vegetable may help patients regulate their blood sugar levels


Research has found eating or drinking broccoli in the form of juice could help
Controlling diabetes is a huge expense for the NHS around 10% of its budget
Lifestyle changes in particular controlling obesity - helps stop the condition
Broccoli could be key to treating diabetes as a compound in the vegetable helps to lower blood sugar levels.
Research has found that eating or drinking broccoli in the form of juice could help stop type 2 diabetes.
Controlling diabetes is a huge expense for the NHS around 10 per cent of its total budget affecting 3.9 million people.
Lifestyle changes in particular controlling obesity - is an important way to stop the disease.
But in the short term for many, there are problems with existing drug treatments.
Research has found eating or drinking broccoli in the form of juice could stop type 2 diabetes
Metformin a blood-sugar lowering drug most commonly used for the condition -cannot be taken by around 15 per cent of sufferers because of its effect on their kidneys.
Professor Anders Rosengren, of Lund University Diabetes Centre in Sweden, said: 'Since sulforaphane has very few side effects and can easily be provided as a broccoli shake or drink - for example - it has the potential to become an important compliment to existing treatment options for type 2 diabetes.
'We will now work to make broccoli sprout extract available to produce as a functional food.'
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Fighting sickle cell disease using a type 2 diabetes medication

Fighting sickle cell disease using a type 2 diabetes medication


Dr. Vivien Sheehan, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor and Texas Childrens Cancer and Hematology Centers
Sickle cell disease and the blood disorder beta thalassemia affect more than 180,000 Americans and millions more worldwide. Both diseases can be made milder or even cured by increasing fetal hemoglobin (HbF) levels, but current treatment to ramp up HbF is limited in its effectiveness. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Childrens Cancer and Hematology Centers have discovered a gene, FOXO3, involved in controlling fetal hemoglobin production and were able to target the gene and turn on fetal hemoglobin levels in patient samples in the lab using the diabetes drug metformin. This offers promising new treatments the first new drug treatment for sickle cell disease in 30 years and the first ever for beta thalassemia.
It was a major breakthrough to show that a common drug already in use for type 2 diabetes could be a treatment for sickle cell disease by inducing fetal hemoglobin, a type of hemoglobin that doesnt become sickle shaped but is usually turned off in infancy, said Dr. Vivien Sheehan , assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor and Texas Childrens Cancer and Hematology Centers and lead investigator of the research. This is an exciting example of collaborative, bench-to-bedside research that has now resulted in a clinical trial that is already enrolling patients.
Sheehan launched this research as a clinical fellow at Baylor College of Medicine in 2011 with the goal of identifying new drug targets to help sickle cell patients make more f Continue reading

Running well with Type 2 Diabetes  a personal story

Running well with Type 2 Diabetes a personal story


Diabetes Ireland > Running well with Type 2 Diabetes a personal story
Running well with Type 2 Diabetes a personal story
Brda Cormack is running the Dublin marathon for Diabetes, having been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at 35 years old. She is based in Canada. She recounts her personal story of Type 2 Diabetes below.
I never thought that I would become diabetic. Im young, physicallyfit and healthy. I was soupsetwhen I found out. Whats worse is that Im type two and completely different from the stereotype of a Type 2.
There is no educational support or support groups here in Canada that are applicable to my situation. All of the information on Type 2 discusses diet and exercise however I already exercise 2 4 hrs a day so my diagnosis really didnt make any sense and was incredibly disheartening
Photo:Brda at 32km in Edmonton Marathon 2015
But, Im a pretty determined person so I decided to turn a negative into a positive.To change my frame of mind,I began considering what else have I might haveput limits onor hadnt considered possible before the diagnosis. My first thought was running. My aunt in Kildare is a formermarathon runner. (22 under her belt I believe) I remember her taking me out for a 6 milerun at 16 years old with her running group and it was brutal! I admired her but never in a million years considered running one myself. So, I decided running a marathon would be a positive place to focus my energy and I signed up for my first marathon that same year.
Im not fast. Running long distances and maintaining blood sugar levelsis incredibly difficult. An Continue reading

Diabetes Mellitus Expanded Evaluation [Hot Topic]

Diabetes Mellitus Expanded Evaluation [Hot Topic]


Diabetes Mellitus Expanded Evaluation [Hot Topic]
Andrew McKeon M.D. is Co-Director of the Neuroimmunology Laboratory, Professor of Neurology, and an Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota
Hi, Im Matt Binnicker, the Director of Clinical Virology and Vice Chair of Practice in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic. Did you know that more than 29 million Americans live with diabetes, and it remains one of the leading causes of death in the United States? Well, because of the significance of this disease, its important that we identify patients as early as possible, and in this months Hot Topic, my colleague, Dr. Andrew McKeon, will provide you with valuable information regarding the utility of antibody testing for the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. I hope you enjoy this months Hot Topic, and I want to personally thank you for allowing Mayo Medical Laboratories the opportunity to be a partner in your patients healthcare.
In this Hot Topic presentation, I am going to discuss the diabetes mellitus evaluation in serum, which has been updated to include the Zinc Transporter 8 Antibody (ZnT8 Ab).
My name is Dr. Andrew McKeon. I am a Co-Director of the Neuroimmunology Lab and Professor of Neurology, Associate Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Although we are primarily a neuroimmunology lab, we also have a long-standing commitment to serological diagnoses in type 1 diabetes.
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5 Steps for Managing Diabetes on Campus

5 Steps for Managing Diabetes on Campus


Tips for making college a safe and healthy home away from home
Well before you get to college, find a diabetes care team near campus. Your current pediatrician or endocrinologist may know of nearby doctors, nurses, and diabetes educators. Or reach out to your local American Diabetes Association office for referrals, says Paul Madden, MEd, the Associations director of type1 and type2 diabetes programs.
Plan to get to know the folks at your campus health centerand make sure they get to know you, Madden says. Students, not their parents, should call ahead of their move to introduce themselves as someone with diabetes. Then, within a couple days of school starting, visit the health center and share information about your diabetes, such as medication and insulin dosages, and perhaps bring backup insulin vials or pens to store there. This serves two purposes, Madden says: If you run low on insulin in your dorm room, it may be easier to walk to the health center than get to a pharmacy. It also makes you a familiar face with your care team on campus.
The people you live withroommates, resident advisers, and resident directorsshould know you have diabetes, says Christina Roth, CEO and founder of the College Diabetes Network, an online and in-person network of college students and alumni with diabetes.
Its wise to teach your roommates to administer glucagon in an emergency. Alternatively, Madden suggests telling them, If I cant safely drink something sweetnot alcohol!please call the health center or 911. Help them understand (and remember) by printing and distributing diabetes Continue reading

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