Honey is a sweet food made by bees from the nectar of flowers. This substance is composed of a complex mixture of water, carbohydrates and other minor compounds such as proteins, vitamins and minerals. It has been used for thousands of years by humans and for many good reasons.
Cortes, Vigil, and Montenegro (2011) looked at the benefits of honey to human health and their findings are enough to make anyone want to hug the nearest honey bear. For example, honey can help us with the aging process by improving our defenses against oxidative stress. Consumption of honey can help stabilize the free radicals in our bodies that cause cell damage and death.
Honey can also help the immune system. Honey has been known to trigger a response to infection and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Its antimicrobial capacities have even caused some to recommend it for wound care.
Insulin resistance, diabetes and obesity are increasing around the world. One of the most exciting thing...
The effect of a gene that increases the risk of heat disease is even stronger in people with diabetes who have poor blood glucose (BG) control, according to a new study.
Previous studies had shown that nondiabetic people with two copies of this gene, located on chromosome 9p21, had higher rates of coronary artery disease than those who didn't. So the researchers wondered what this would mean for people with diabetes.
They found that the level of BG control was crucial. People with diabetes who had two copies of the gene along with poor BG control had a fourfold increased risk of heart disease compared with diabetic people without the gene and with "better BG control." Those who had two copies of the risky gene with better glucose control had an increase of only twofold.
People without the gene had no increase in heart disease even with poor BG control.
"We are entering the age of personalized medicine, in which the genetic profile will help doctors decide the best therapy for each pa...
So, summer is here. Sunshine. Flowers. Yada. Yada. Yada. All that good stuff we miss all winter long. With the sunshine, however, often comes a bit of change in blood sugars and insulin needs. I once met this incredibly athletic teenager who found herself in the hospital at the start of every new sport season from episodes of hypoglycemia at its most extreme. She and her mother seemed baffled…I was baffled as to why the severe lows were so mysterious to them. For any diabetic (especially the new ones) and her parents, it’s really important to realize that simple changes in activity and diet can have a major impact on the amount of insulin your body needs. If you’re starting a new sport that meets for practice every day, you will inevitably have to adjust your insulin levels. And when the sport ends — guess what — you may need to increase them. Endocrinologists are great for suggesting how much you should increase or decrease your insulin —but you have to a...
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