Our take on the most interesting Diabetes news stories from January, 2016
Deep Fried Food that helps fight Type 2 Diabetes!
Vegetables deep fried in virgin olive oil are actually better for you than when boiled or eaten raw. According to “Food Chemistry“, a scientific journal, anti-oxidants, micro nutrients and phenols present in the olive oil penetrate the vegetables. Therefore, the vegetables become more nutritious for you! The added nutrients just happen to be critical in reducing the risk of cancer and Type 2 diabetes. It is important to note that the vegetables were fried in olive oil only, no added water. Adding olive oil to water for boiling the vegetables did not increase the nutrition of the vegetables.
A California Food Pharmacy Opens for Diabetics
The Samaritan House Health Clinic, in Redwood City, California, is the site of a very different kind of pharmacy. Called a food pharmacy, low income people can, with a doctor’s prescription, get food at this very special pantry. The food pharmacy is for low income people with diabetes. The food pharmacy is located in the same location as as the health clinic, and the food is donated by the Second Harvest Food Bank. For now, this is a pilot program which expects to provide healthy food to 100 diabetes patients. This is a win for patients and the community. Second Harvest estimates that about 1/3 of the people they serve are diabetic, and treating diabetes with food is much less expensive than treating worsening diabetes patients due to poor food choices.
And the Diabetes Capital of the World is…
India! India is home to over 50 million people with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes sufferers in India also face enormous challenges due to problems with early detection and diabetes management. It is estimated that 3.4 million Type 2 diabetics die in India each year. Unfortunately, there are cultural reasons that patients are resistant to regular check-ups which makes the detection and management of diabetes difficult.
Closing in on a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes
Scientists and researchers from prominent institutions including Harvard and MIT have developed a method of transplanting insulin producing cells into Type 1 diabetics without having the immune system of these patients attack the new cells. They have achieved this by coating, or encapsulating, the cells with a material derived from algae that makes the new cells invisible to the body’s immune system. So far, this method has proved effective for over 6 months at a time in mice. The success in rats, and the publication of the findings in the journals Nature Medicine and Nature Biotechnology, may indicate that human trials aren’t far behind. Because Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, is genetic and not caused by weight gain or lifestyle, this therapy offers great hope to the roughly 1.5 million Americans with the disease.
Puberty and Gestational Diabetes
New findings from the Nurses’ Health Study II indicate that women who begin having menstrual cycles younger than their peers have an increased incidence of gestational diabetes. Previous findings had already shown a link between early menstruation and Type 2 diabetes. Women who began having menstrual cycles at 11 years of age had a 39 percent higher risk of experiencing gestational diabetes than women whose cycles started at age 14. Dr. Liwei Chen of Clemson University indicated that women who fall into this higher risk category manage their weight prior to pregnancy. As 92% of the nurses were white, no conclusion regarding racial risk factors could be reached.