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Diabetes reversal: Is it the calories or the food?

BY DR. MICHAEL GREGER: Diabetes reversal, not just treatment, should be a goal in the management of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be reversed not only with an extremely low calorie diet, but it can  also be reversed with an extremely healthy diet. Could it be because an extremely healthy diet is also low in calories?

Study subjects lost as much weight on a green, leafy vegetable-packed plant-based diet as those who were on a semi-starvation diet based on liquid meal replacements. So, does it matter what we’re eating as long as we’re eating few enough calories to lose 15 pounds a month? (read more)

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Pharma’s influence on diabetes prescribing: good or bad?

BY LAURIE SCUDDER & MATTHEW L. MINTZ: Most physicians know about the Open Payments system, commonly referred to as the Sunshine Act, which requires pharmaceutical companies to report any payments they make to physicians. In Washington, DC, drug makers are forced to be even more transparent, reporting money given to all healthcare professionals as well as that spent on advertising. In a recent interview, Susan Wood, PhD, a health policy analyst at George Washington University, reported on an analysis of data from that system, AccessRx, which found a correlation between pharma spending and a dramatic rise in the use of newer, more expensive drugs to treat patients with diabetes. (read more)

 

Blind cave fish beat back diabetes symptoms that would kill people

BY VIVIANE CALLIER: For months fish that live in dark caves in Mexico go without food. They have gone far longer—millennia—without light, evolving to lose their eyes and skin pigments.

Now researchers have discovered these strange creatures have another oddity. To survive their food-scarce environment, the fish have evolved extreme ways of turning nutrients into energy. These features create symptoms like large blood sugar swings that, in humans, are precursors of type 2 diabetes. But in the fish these changes are adaptations, not a disease. These cave fish lead long and healthy lives. (read more)