BY YELLA HEWINGS-MARTIN PHD: A new study shows that cheese improved insulin sensitivity in prediabetic rats, but industry funded the research.
According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), 30.3 million adults in the United States live with diabetes, and the condition is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.
In type 2 diabetes, a person’s body is unable to properly use insulin to absorb sugar from the blood into cells.
Cheese loaded with fat and salt is a contentious subject when it comes to diabetes and health in general.
BY CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION JOURNAL: Children and youth of mothers who had gestational diabetes during pregnancy are at increased risk of diabetes themselves, according to new research published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal).
Early detection of diabetes is important in children and youth, as many—about one-quarter—are diagnosed when seeking care for diabetic ketoacidosis, a potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes. (read more)
BY YELLA HEWINGS-MARTIN PHD: New research suggests that chemicals in purple corn can reduce inflammation and insulin resistance in a mouse cell model.
Eating a healthful diet is a cornerstone of the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes. Fruit, nonstarchy vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes are all on the list of foods that the American Diabetes Association (ADA)recommend.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and the latest ADA recommendations advise that individuals work with a healthcare professional to determine which foods help them control their blood sugar levels. (read more)
BY LAUREN WICKS: Cardiovascular disease and diabetes are two leading causes of death in the US, responsible for over 715 thousand deaths in 2016 alone, yet both are preventable and reversible. And one of the major risk factors for both of these chronic diseases is a poor diet, partially due to excessive sugar consumption. This is something the FDA is hoping to address by making changes to nutrition labels that give consumers better access to the exact amount of added sugar they’re eating.
The FDA mandated labeling added sugar content on all packaged foods and beverages back in 2016, and the rule is supposed to go into effect by January 1, 2020 for the biggest food manufacturers, and January 1, 2021 for everyone else. But will that new label make much of a difference? (read more)
BY HEATLHLINE: A common diabetes drug used to help control blood sugar levels has now been found to lower the risk of kidney failure, according to a new study.
Diabetes is a leading cause of kidney failure. About 1 in 4 adults with diabetes has some form of kidney disease.
The new study tested the drug canagliflozin, which is sold under the brand name Invokana, to see if it could lower the risk of kidney disease when used alongside standard treatments.
Experts welcome this and other medications that target the complications of diabetes, but warn that high costs may limit wider access to these drugs. (read more)