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.
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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...
Sorry to hear that you have joined us! Type 2 diabetes is a lot to live with, but it is really manageable! And if you are depressed, I can understand. Being depressed is pretty common with us, especially right after a diagnosis. In fact, if you take care of yourself, you will be healthier and happier than you ever were. That paradox is something many of us experience. Controlling diabetes may not be easy, but the list of things that you need to do is a short one: 1. Exercise daily. Most of us prefer to walk. But for people with leg problems, swimming may be the best alternative. You almost certainly have a nearby health club that you can join. 2. Eat less. Eating fewer calories improves our blood glucose even before we have any weight loss. And losing weight is usually a beneficial side effect of eating less. Almost everyone with type 2 diabetes (myself included) is overweight. I know how hard it is to get down to the right weight, but every pound you take off gives you better contro...
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