Sunday, August 31, 2014

Gretchen Becker's Posts

Insulin Resistance and Bears

If you read popular science magazines, you’ve probably seen the recent research about hibernating grizzly bears and insulin resistance. You can see a few articles here, here, here, and here. This story clearly appeals to science magazines and gives them a good chance to publish cute photos of fat bears dozing.   The abstract of the... Read moreChevron

Are Gut Bacteria Controlling What We Eat?

Are the bacteria in our gut calling the shots when it comes to what foods we eat? Do we crave cookies because cookies are what the bacteria want to eat?   It sounds weird, but there’s growing evidence it might be true.   It’s been known for some time that obese people have different bacteria in their gut than skinny... Read moreChevron

Soft Food and Insulin Resistance

Does the texture of the food you eat affect your insulin resistance? A recent study suggests that it does.   These researchers fed male rats soft pellets or regular pellets for 14 weeks and then examined a number of factors, including insulin resistance and glucose tolerance.   The authors said it had previously been shown that... Read moreChevron

Better Food on a Budget

A recent blogpost said that people with diabetes need to eat organic food.   I agree that it’s healthier both for us and for the environment to eat organic food. But organic food is more expensive than conventional food, so what is a person with a limited income to do?   Here’s one suggestion. Buy the more expensive food,... Read moreChevron

High Insulin Levels in Nondiabetics

Many of us think that using insulin before it’s necessary will help to “rest” our beta cells so they’ll last longer.   But now comes a research paper showing that excess insulin actually causes diabetes in nondiabetic mice fed a chow diet. The chow diet is the normal diet given to mice unless you want to fatten them... Read moreChevron