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Why The Most Powerful Treatment For Diabetes Turns Out To Be Surgery

Why the Most Powerful Treatment for Diabetes Turns Out to Be Surgery

Why the Most Powerful Treatment for Diabetes Turns Out to Be Surgery

Surgery that shortens intestines gets rid of the illness, and new evidence shows the gut—not simply insulin—may be responsible
When I began training as a surgeon about two decades ago, I was eager to treat tumors, gallbladder stones, hernias and all other conditions within reach of a scalpel. Surgery seemed like a direct solution to some serious problems.
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American Diabetes Association Promotes Plant-Based Diets

American Diabetes Association Promotes Plant-Based Diets

In its 2017 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, the American Diabetes Association maintains that a plant-based eating pattern is an effective option for type 2 diabetes management and encourages clinicians to always include education on lifestyle management. Continue reading

Scary Diabetes Stats to Torture You Before Turkey Day

Scary Diabetes Stats to Torture You Before Turkey Day

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With Turkey Day mere hours away at this point, you’ve probably already got buttery mounds of mashed potatoes, savory stuffing, herb-basted turkey, and creamy pumpkin pie on the mind. Now, we love America’s most glutenous holiday as much as the next guy, but with November also being National Diabetes Awareness Month, we’ve got to level with you: America has a bit of a weight problem.
To run the numbers on this issue, we turned to WalletHub, who just recently released their 2017 round-up of America’s Fattest States, along with an interesting infographic breaking down some of the most surprising and interesting facts and statistics about diabetes in the United States. To say America is struggling with its weight is not to say our great nation has made no strides in obesity and diabetes research: the American Diabetes Association has invested nearly $800 million in research since 1952 (funding nearly 5,000 diabetes research projects during that time), the Joslin Diabetes Center enjoys a $40 million annual research fund, and the estimated funding for diabetes research from the National Institutes of Health in 2017 is over $1 billion. There are currently 351 federally funded scientists out there doing crucial research into diabetes causes, prevention, and treatment, and 99% of scientists funded by the ADA continue diabetes research for 5 or more years.
Still, even with so much great work from scientists, medical institutions, and other organizations, diabetes can seem somewhat abstract to those without any firsthand experience with the disease. On the s Continue reading

Five Common Grain Myths

Five Common Grain Myths

There’s a good chance that, at one point or another, you’ve wondered about eating certain foods. If you have diabetes, foods that contain carbohydrate (also known as carb) come to mind. And one type of carb food that never fails to spark debate is grains. There’s the camp that disparages most grains, in general, proclaiming that they’re bad for diabetes because they’ll send your blood sugars sky-high. On the more moderate side of things, the argument is that refined grains are to be avoided, but whole grains are OK (in limited amounts). And then there’s the rest of the folks who feel thoroughly confused. Is it OK to eat pasta? What the heck is farro, anyway? Read on to learn more.
Whole grains defined
According to the Oldways Whole Grains Council, a whole grain has “all three parts of the original grain — the starchy endosperm, the fiber-rich bran, and the germ.” The bran is the outer layer of the grain; the germ is the “embryo,” which contains B vitamins, vitamin E, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fat, and the endosperm is the germ’s food source that contains carbohydrate, protein, and some vitamins and minerals. Once a food manufacturer starts stripping away any part of a whole grain, it’s no longer, well, whole. Now it’s refined. And that’s when the grain starts to lose many of its healthy attributes.
Whole-grain myths
People who have diabetes should avoid all grains and grain foods. This particular fallacy stems from the fact that grains contain carbohydrate. Carbohydrate (in many people’s minds) is bad. They raise your blood sugar, rig Continue reading

Medications that actually help with Type 2 Diabetes

Medications that actually help with Type 2 Diabetes

Medications that actually help with Type 2 Diabetes
As we saw in our previous post, standard medications such as insulin, sulphonylureas, metformin and DPP4’s can reduce blood glucose but do not reduce cardiovascular disease or death. Yes, your sugars will be lower, but no, you will not be healthier. Whether you take the medications or not, you will suffer the same risk of kidney disease, heart disease, stroke and death. So why take these medications at all? Well, that is a good question, for which I do not have a good answer.
But why don’t these drugs work? It gets back to understanding what, exactly, insulin resistance is. High insulin resistance leads to high blood glucose, which is called type 2 diabetes. But it can be most easily understand as overflow of sugar (both glucose and fructose) in the body. Not just the blood, mind you. The entire body.
Our body is like the barrel in the picture. As we eat glucose and fructose, it can hold a certain amount. Glucose may be stored as glycogen in the liver or turned into fat via de novo lipogenesis. However, if the amount coming in far exceeds the amount going out, soon, the storage capacity of the barrel and will spill out.
We have two compartments for the glucose. In our body, and in our blood. If our body is full, incoming glucose spills out into the blood, which is now detectable as high blood glucose.
So, what happens when your doctor prescribes insulin? Does it get rid of the sugar from the body? No, not at all. It merely takes the sugar in the blood, and shoves it into the body. Sure, the blood has less glucose, but Continue reading

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