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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Link Between Probiotics and Obesity

Researchers from Mayo Clinic Arizona and Arizona State University examine the role that bacteria in the human gastrointestinal tract play in regulating weight and the development of obesity. Known as gut microbiota or probiotics, the trillions of bacteria that populate the human gastrointestinal tract perform a variety of chores. These “friendly” microbes help extract calories from what we eat, help store these calories for later use, and provide energy and nutrients for the production of new bacteria to continue this work.

Several animal studies suggest that gut microbiota are involved in regulating weight and that modifying these bacteria could one day be a treatment option for obesity.

Read more about the link between probiotics and obesity.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Red Wine & Tea Help Regulate Blood Sugar in Type 2 Diabetics

Levels of blood glucose rise sharply in patients with type 2 diabetes immediately following a meal. Red wine and tea contain natural antioxidants that may slow the passage of glucose through the small intestine and eventually into the bloodstream and prevent this spike, which is an important step in managing this disease.

Antioxidants, called polyphenolics, such as resveratrol, found in the wines may play a role in inhibiting alpha-glucosidase and slowing the passage of carbohydrates into the bloodstream.

One of the main challenges in managing diabetes is keeping blood sugar levels as normal as possible with few major fluctuations, which can prevent the disease from contributing to heart disease and high blood pressure as well as damaging the eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels.

Read details of this red wine and tea boood sugar regulation in type 2 diabetes study.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Extra Vitamin D in Early Childhood Cuts Adult Diabetes Risk

Vitamin D supplements in early childhood may ward off the development of type 1 diabetes in later life.

The results showed that children given additional vitamin D were around 30% less likely to develop type 1 diabetes compared with those not given the supplement. And the higher and the more regular the dose, the lower was the likelihood of developing the disease.

Read details on this vitamin D diabetes risk study.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Are Dangerous Blood Clots Lurking in Your Legs?

They kill 300,000 people a year — but most of them could be prevented. They strike more than a million people every year, most of them out of the blue — and half without causing symptoms.

“They” are blood clots that form in the veins of the lower body, and sometimes break off and travel to the lungs, where they can be deadly. In the legs and pelvis, they’re called DVTs, short for deep-vein thrombosis. If they break off and travel to the lungs they’re called PEs, for pulmonary embolisms.

Hospitalized patients are one of the highest-risk groups for DVTs and PEs, as are those who have a spinal cord injury or other paralysis, says Wakefield.

View details on this blood clot prevention protocol.