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Marijuana Users Less Likely To Develop Diabetes

Marijuana Users Less Likely to Develop Diabetes

Marijuana Users Less Likely to Develop Diabetes

People who use marijuana are less likely to be obese or develop diabetes, according to a new study from the Conference of Quebec University Health Centers.
Marijuana users have lower fasting insulin levels and a lower rate of insulin resistance, researchers reported in the Journal of Obesity.
“In this large cross-sectional adult survey with high prevalence of both substance use and obesity, cannabis use in the past year was associated with lower BMI, lower percentage fat mass, lower fasting insulin, and HOMA-IR (insulin resistance),” the authors wrote.
Medical benefits?
The study, which included 786 Inuit adults between the ages of 18 and 74, found the association between marijuana use and lowered diabetes risk to remain even after controlling for factors like gender, age and body mass index.
The findings corroborate a 2013 study that showed cannabis users had lower insulin levels than non-users.
In the currently study, marijuana users had an average BMI of 28.6, while non-users had an average BMI of 26.8.
Marijuana alters the processes involved in appetite, metabolism and the insulin response, but researchers aren't yet sure exactly how this occurs.
"Cannabis use was associated with lower BMI, and such an association did not occur through the glucose metabolic process or related inflammatory markers," the authors concluded.
Source: Daily Caller, CNN
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Diabetes-Friendly Mac and Cheese Recipes

Diabetes-Friendly Mac and Cheese Recipes

Macaroni and cheese isn't just for kids. These yummy cheesy pasta recipes are perfect for people with diabetes and those without.
Macaroni and cheese isn't just for kids. These yummy cheesy pasta recipes are perfect for people with diabetes and those without.
Macaroni and cheese isn't just for kids. These yummy cheesy pasta recipes are perfect for people with diabetes and those without.
Macaroni and cheese isn't just for kids. These yummy cheesy pasta recipes are perfect for people with diabetes and those without. Continue reading

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Wraps

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Wraps

Smoked salmon and cream cheese has to be one of the most iconic breakfast/brunch combinations. The flavors of punchy smoked salmon and delicate cream cheese match perfectly with sharp onion and fragrant herbs.
Our favorite brunch place in Santa Monica closed last year after being in business for almost 60 years, so we haven’t been going out for brunch nearly as much as we used to, and we’ve missed their delicious smoked salmon platter. So we thought, “Why not make it ourselves?” It’s super easy to make, after all.
There is no cooking involved — you just assemble the ingredients and have an awesome breakfast ready in under 10 minutes!
The only difference between this and the traditional brunch platter is that I’ve swapped the bagel with a low carb tortilla, turning it into a wrap. This not only makes it handier to eat (you can actually eat it in the car if you like), it also brings the carbs down, turning a Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Wrap into a perfectly healthy breakfast.
I like to add some flavor to the cream cheese by mixing in herbs. The classic herb to use with salmon is dill, but I actually think that basil and smoked salmon is an even better flavor combination.
I used dried basil this time because I always have that in the kitchen, but finely chopped fresh basil would, of course, be even better.
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Vaccine will cure diabetes: Scientists close to finding new wonder drug

Vaccine will cure diabetes: Scientists close to finding new wonder drug

Launching the project today, they believe the research will result in an effective vaccine to combat Type 1 diabetes.
Dr Alasdair Rankin, Diabetes UK’s director of research, said: “This research is hugely exciting because it has the potential to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands of people living with Type 1 diabetes, as well as leading us towards a longed-for cure.”
The vaccine would work in harmony with other treatments that reduce damage to insulin-producing cells in the pancreas.
In the first of four new studies, Professor Mark Peakman at King’s College London will lead the UK trial of a prototype vaccine for children and teenagers living with or at high risk of Type 1 diabetes.
At the same time Professor Colin Dayan at Cardiff University will develop a UK-wide network to enable more Type 1 “immunotherapy” trials to take place – and to train the experts who will lead them.
Professor Desmond Johnston of Imperial College London will continue work to identify those newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes so that more people can be offered the opportunity to take part in clinical trials.
Dr Tim Tree, also at King’s College London, will set up a network of specialist laboratories to study the impact of the trials, investigating how different treatments work.
The studies, funded by £4.4million from Diabetes UK with support from Tesco and co-funding from the JDRF diabetes research charity, are being launched at Diabetes UK’s conference in London, which starts today.
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Can Stem Cells Prevent Diabetes Vision Loss?

Can Stem Cells Prevent Diabetes Vision Loss?

As the leading cause of blindness in adults, diabetic retinopathy is a type of eye disease that can often go undetected and untreated until it's too late.
Yet using stem cell research, a team from the University of Virginia School of Medicine found that stem cells from donors who don't have diabetes could be an effective way to treat and prevent vision loss caused by the blood sugar condition.
The findings will now help researchers determine what to look for when "harvesting" a patient's cells so treatments can be most effective in reversing and preventing eye damage.
"It answers a vital question: If we're going to carry this therapy forward into clinical trials, where are we going to get the best bang for the buck?" said Dr. Paul Yates, ophthalmologist and researcher at UVA.
From liposuction to a cure?
Hoping to harvest fat-based cells taken from liposuction procedures, researchers believe they can halt the process of vision deterioration in patients who have diabetic eye disease.
Diabetic retinopathy affects more than an estimated 100 million people and, besides blindness, can cause long-term damage that requires laser therapy or frequent injections into the eyeball to manage the condition.
Researcher Shayn M. Peirce said the FDA's encouragement of vision-related stem cell research is propelling forward much-needed research into this area.
"There's huge room for improvement on the standard of care, and the number of patients in this demographic is increasing by the day, dramatically, so the need is only going up," Peirce said.
Source: UVA
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