Study: More Black Tea, Less Diabetes

Study: More Black Tea, Less Diabetes

Study: More Black Tea, Less Diabetes

Green tea this, and green tea that, but black still accounts for 90 percent of tea sold in Western countries. Is it doing anything for us?
PROBLEM: Green tea has a lot of simple flavonoids called catechins. They're what's most implicated when we read about green tea improving/preventing diseases. When tea oxidizes and becomes black, the types of flavonoids change. There are fewer simple catechins and more complex theaflavins and thearubigins. (Real words, I promise. I think the people who came up with them read a lot of Tolkien.) These complex flavonoids haven't been studied as much.
METHODOLOGY: Researchers in Geneva, London, and Paris compared black tea consumption with data from the World Health Survey on respiratory and infectious diseases, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and type 2 diabetes in 50 countries.
RESULTS: "The black tea vector was negatively correlated with the diabetes vector -- and was not correlated with any of the other four health indicators."
CONCLUSION: Places where people drink more black tea have significantly lower rates of type 2 diabetes.
Is it because of the black tea? Given the biochemical effects of flavonoids on the pancreas suggested by previous research (protecting/regenerating pancreatic beta cells, which can be depleted in type 2 diabetes), it could be. Other research hasn't found flavonoids to be protective against insulin resistance, though. So, we need more info.
Black tea consumption didn't seem to be related to any of the other aforementioned badness (respiratory, cardiovascular, or infectious diseases; or cancer).
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Patient Files: Type 1 diabetes

Patient Files: Type 1 diabetes

Award-winning playwright Simon Vinnicombe’s baby son George was just six months old when he fell gravely ill with a shock diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. He talks to PharmaTimes about life with the disease and his hopes for a cure
Can you describe the events that led to George’s diagnosis?
George got a tummy bug. My wife and I had the same thing. Only George never seemed to quite shake it. He wasn’t really at one hundred percent for about two weeks, and then, finally, he woke up one morning with restricted breathing. We just thought he had a chest infection. The doctor thought the same thing, but, as a precaution, said we should go to A&E. Around five hours later I was told George was going to die.
How did he develop the condition?
It’s an autoimmune condition. He did have exactly the same virus as Tracy and I, but something caused his immune system to attack his pancreas. Now George requires insulin twenty-four hours a day.
What does a typical day caring for George involve?
His blood sugar is monitored using a CGM (Continuous blood glucose monitor), which gives us a guide to the glucose levels in his blood. This alarms when his blood sugars go too high (hyper) and when they go too low (hypo). We also need to give him blood test to ensure that data is accurate. I would say that we check his blood, administer some form of medication as many as forty times a day. We wake on average, seven times a night to treat him. George has a base level of insulin which delivers different amounts of medication every hour of the day. He also needs insulin for the times that he eats. A Continue reading

Do Vitamin D Supplements Help with Diabetes, Weight Loss, & Blood Pressure?

Do Vitamin D Supplements Help with Diabetes, Weight Loss, & Blood Pressure?

Most studies on vitamin D may not be all that useful, the body likely did not evolve to use vitamin D to help prevent diseases that we’re interested in. The whole point of using vitamin D to regulate all sorts of processes in the body has likely little to do with preventing cancer or heart disease, as cancer and heart disease were not a major driving force in our evolution. We have to consider first what is most likely the role of vitamin D and then consider what the most likely health benefits could be and then consider how to best test such ideas. It seems to me that the whole point of making gene expression depending on the amount of Sun exposure, has likely to do with fine tuning the body to the available food resources.
An animal whose calcidiol levels are dropping may have to survive a harsh winter a few months later. But at the time the calcidiol levels are dropping it may still be autumn the temperature may be high and there may still be plenty of food around. But the calcidiol levels tell the animal that harsh conditions are ahead, so it may be a good idea to save energy, invest a little less in maintaining optimal physical fitness and divert energy to build up some fat reserves. In the tropics where there s no winter, there may be prolonged drought periods; many animals burrow underground and then their calcidiol levels will also go down.
So, this suggests that high vitamin D levels will make it easier to maintain optimal physical fitness. There are some research results that are consistent with this idea, e.g.:
“Our findings suggest that vitamin D levels are Continue reading

4 Promising New and Upcoming Clinical Trials for Type 1 Diabetes

4 Promising New and Upcoming Clinical Trials for Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is a disease where your own immune system mistakenly attack your “pancreatic islets”- small clusters of cells in the pancreas that contain insulin-producing “beta” cells.
There is currently no cure for Type 1 Diabetes, although it can be managed. Type 1 diabetics must carefully time when and what they eat, monitor their blood glucose by pricking their fingers, and routinely inject themselves with insulin. This life-long struggle can be very annoying for patients. Furthermore, even with careful management, long-term complications generally develop over time. These complications include kidney failure, damage to the retina, heart disease, and foot ulcers. This highlights the need to find better ways to manage the disease.
In this article, we have summarised 4 clinical trials for Type 1 Diabetes. We explain the scientific reasoning behind each treatment and what the current findings are (including any potential side effects).
We did not receive any money from any of the following companies to write this article, nor did they ask us to publicise them. The trials are here because they stemmed from solid scientific research.
Before taking any actions, please consult your healthcare provider to determine whether or not you might benefit from these treatments.
1) The “T-Rex” study (T-regulatory cell therapy), Caladrius Biosciences, USA
What is the scientific basis of the study?
The name of the clinical trial is a pun on T-regs, short for “T-Regulatory cells”, which are a type of white blood cells involved in your immune system. T-regs distingui Continue reading

The Best Snacks To Eat If You Have Diabetes

The Best Snacks To Eat If You Have Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most debilitating diseases, inflicting an estimated 415 million people worldwide. It greatly affects your ability to enjoy many different kinds of foods, not to mention you can’t eat anything containing sugar. So what does a diabetic person snack on, keeping in mind that almost all packaged snacks are high in ‘bad sugar’ content? It’s imperative for a diabetic to keep their blood sugar levels in check and eat a balanced diet.
It’s important to prepare healthy and balanced snacks in addition to the 3 big meals of the day because you have to keep your glucose levels in line. Reaching for a candy bar or a pack of chips instead of a healthy salad or smoothie will make your glucose and sugar levels fluctuate and effectively send you to the hospital.
The following is a compilation of the healthiest and tastiest snacks for diabetics from around the world. They will be sure to suit every palette because they are packed with good sugar, protein and fiber that will keep your blood sugar levels in check and you healthy:
Homemade Popcorn – Store bought popcorn, in one of those microwavable bags, is full of additives and artificial flavoring that is extremely bad for you. Make your own popcorn by mixing one tablespoon (14 grams) of Canola Oil and ½ cup (75 grams) of popcorn kernels in a pan with a lid. According to Health magazine, if you crave a little more flavor in your homemade popcorn, add a pinch of salt, garlic powder or a little parmesan cheese.
Protein Rich Smoothies – Smoothies are a perfect combination of the best of fruits and vegetables Continue reading

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