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Top Diabetes News of Today

BY HEALTHDAY NEWS: Eating speed can affect changes in obesity, body mass index (BMI), and waist circumference in patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a study published online in BMJ Open.

Yumi Hurst and Haruhisa Fukuda, PhD, both from Kyushu University in Japan, used commercially available insurance claims data and health checkup data to identify 59,717 Japanese men and women diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. BMI was measured, and food-related lifestyle habits were assessed at health checkups. The primary exposure of interest was eating speed.

Using a generalized estimating equation model, the researchers found that eating slower inhibited the development of obesity. (read more)

Running for his life: Diabetic who got off couch eyes 3,000-mile run before 60th birthday

BY RUTHIE ROBISON: Crossing the finish line of a 223-mile relay race as a solo runner is quite an accomplishment very few athletes achieve in a lifetime.

Add Type 1 diabetes to the mix, and it seems like a feat nearly impossible. Nearly.

Don Muchow, a former Greenwood resident and Type 1 diabetic, completed Texas’ Capital to Coast Relay, spanning from Austin to Corpus Christi, in October as a solo participant.

The 56-year-old, who has been running for more than 10 years, said during a race of endurance, he’s learned one important lesson that has helped with his success.

“You can’t push past the disease,” he said. “You can push past the pain and the sleep, but diabetes always wins. You just have to accept that and play by those rules.” (read more)

HealthWatch: Exercise App to Control Diabetes

BY CHELLY BOUTOTT: Scientists say they’ve come up with a way to show type two diabetics just how exercise can help them maintain healthy blood sugar levels. And the new technology is not only educational but also motivational; it’s getting patients moving, too!
Edwin Espinel has managed his type two diabetes mostly with diet for more than 13 years. He’s active but was surprised how much exercise affects his blood sugar.

“I knew it would help me, but I didn’t know that it could actually bring down my glucose level almost immediately,” Espinel explained.

Bryan Gibson’s team at the University of Utah developed this interactive program to show type two diabetics the big impact exercise can have. (read more)

Immune cell location could help explain type 1 diabetes development

BY JACK WOODFIELD: A new discovery regarding the location of immune cells could help researchers understand the progression of type 1 diabetes.

Scientists from across Europe found that people with and without type 1 diabetes have similar numbers of certain immune cells which target insulin-producing cells, but only people with type 1 diabetes have more of these cells located in their pancreas.

These immune cells, known as CD8+ T cells, are thought to function in the final stages of the beta cell destruction which characterises type 1 diabetes. (read more)

Ketogenic Drinks Improve Glycemia and Insulin Sensitivity

BY MEDSCAPE: A ketone supplement, taken as a so-called ‘keto drink’ half an hour prior to consuming glucose, reduces glycemic response and improves markers of insulin sensitivity without affecting insulin secretion, show data from a small randomized cross-over study in healthy volunteers.

According to the authors, led by Étienne Myette-Côté, PhD candidate, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan, Kelowna, Canada, “ketone monoester supplements could have therapeutic potential in the management and prevention of metabolic disease.” The article was published onlineFebruary 15 in the Journal of Physiology. (read more)