Autophagy and its affects on cleaning up cells

Autophagy is a hot topic. Yoshinori Ohsumi’s 2016 Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine converted the medical world’s previous whispers and murmurings about Autophagy and fasting into a full-blown conversation. Ohsumi discovered how our body degrades and recycles its cellular components. Autophagy for short. Researching how to use 7 days fasting having type 1 diabetes. Other ideas: The 15-Day Plan to Reset Your Body Along with some motivation to move towards your new eating and living. Now we invite you to stand with us – leave the past behind, step into a new day, and ‘Burn the Ships’. Read more »

Excess fat promotes for increased insulin that, in turn, promotes for even more fat..

Insulin resistance is a common feature in patients who are obese or who have metabolic syndrome or type 2 diabetes. Insulin-resistant patients require higher than normal amounts of insulin to maintain normal blood glucose concentrations. The development of insulin resistance is complex, and many of its mechanisms are poorly understood. However, a common denominator in insulin-resistant patients is excess fatty . Read More     Read more »

Visceral Fat and Diabetes – How to Lose Visceral Fat?

Subcutaneous fat that lurks beneath the skin as “love handles” or padding on the thighs, buttocks or upper arms may be cosmetically challenging, but it is otherwise harmless. However, the deeper belly fat — the visceral fat that accumulates around abdominal organs — is metabolically active and has been strongly linked to a host of serious disease risks, including heart disease, cancer and dementia. You don’t even have to be overweight or obese to face these hazards if you harbor excess fat inside your abdomen. Even people of normal weight can accumulate harmful amounts of hidden fat beneath the abdominal wall. Furthermore, this is not fat you can shed simply by toning up abdominal muscles with exercises like situps. Weight loss through a wholesome diet and exercise — activities like walking and strength-training — is the only surefire way to get rid of it Read more »

Cure for Type1 Diabetes?

BOSTON (CBS) – Researchers at Mass General Hospital announced a breakthrough in treating Type 1 Diabetes. In a long-term study released Thursday, patients in a clinical trial had their blood sugar levels restored to near normal, with lasting results. Patients in the trial received two doses of the bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine, an inexpensive vaccine that is widely used to prevent tuberculosis. Results were not immediate, but after three years, every patient, “showed an improvement in HbA1c to near normal levels – improvement that persisted for the following five years,” MGH said in a news release. “This is clinical validation of the potential to stably lower blood sugars to near normal levels with a safe vaccine, even in patients with longstanding disease,” said Dr. Denise Faustman, director of the MGH Immunobiology Laboratory, and the study’s senior author. “It’s the first trial showing long-term reversal of diabetes,” Faustman told the Boston […] Read more »

Blood Sugar Testing Advances

A hand-held device would measure levels of the chemical acetone in someone’s breath. Acetone levels rise when blood sugar levels rise, and acetone is responsible for the sweet, fruity smell on the breath of people with diabetes who have high blood sugar levels. What hasn’t yet been proven is whether or not blood sugar levels reliably rise and fall with acetone levels, according to the study’s lead researcher, Ronny Priefer, a professor of medicinal chemistry at Western New England University in Springfield, Mass. I do blood sugar testing each day and this would make life so much easier and provide an almost real time testing since no pricking are necessary. Source – http://www.newsday.com/news/health/needle-free-breathalyzer-for-daily-diabetes-testing-shows-promise-1.6430533 Read more »

HSCI researchers discover hormone that spurs beta cell production

After my sobering discussion with my physicians assistant, I started to do more research on the longer term affects of diabetes and the pancreas ability to stop producing insulin over time…in that type 2 over time starts to look exactly like type1.  The body quits producing insulin.  I ran across this article and was excited. “If this could be used in people,” said Melton, Harvard’s Xander University Professor and co-chair of the University’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, “it could eventually mean that instead of taking insulin injections three times a day, you might take an injection of this hormone once a week or once a month, or in the best case maybe even once a year.”   http://www.hsci.harvard.edu/newsroom/potential-diabetes-breakthrough Read more »

How insulin affects blood sugar

Understand how insulin normally works in the body and what happens when you have diabetes. Regulate sugar in your bloodstream. The main job of insulin is to keep the level of sugar in the bloodstream within a normal range. After you eat, carbohydrates break down into sugar and enter the bloodstream in the form of glucose, a sugar that serves as a primary source of energy. Normally the pancreas responds by producing insulin, which allows sugar to enter the tissues. Storage of excess glucose for energy. After you eat — when insulin levels are high — excess glucose is stored in the liver in the form of glycogen. Between meals — when insulin levels are low — the liver releases glycogen into the bloodstream in the form of sugar. This keeps blood sugar levels within a narrow range If your pancreas secretes little or no insulin (type 1 diabetes) or […] Read more »