The news services have been busy describing the recent finding that people with a rare mutation are protected from getting type 2 diabetes, even when they’re obese.
The mutation affects a gene involved with zinc uptake into beta cells, and when the gene is knocked out, both insulin secretion and insulin clearance are affected. The... Read more
New research suggests that body shape is more important than body mass index (BMI) in predicting mortality.
We’ve known for some time that if you’re overweight, an “apple shape,” meaning extra fat around the middle, is worse for your health than a “pear shape,” meaning the extra weight is on your hips... Read more
Many of us use the artificial sweetener sucralose (Splenda) when we want something sweet. It’s also used in a lot of commercial products like diet soft drinks and the daVinci flavored syrups.
Sucralose was approved for use in the United States in 1998. It consists of sugar molecules in which a few groups have been substituted with... Read more
Many diets rely on nutrient percentages to guide us in what we eat.
For example, although nutritional recommendations seem to be slowly morphing from the low-fat, high-carbohydrate mantra of 15 years ago to a healthy-fat, unprocessed carbohydrate mantra and may go even further to recommend low-carbohydrate diets in the future, and... Read more
Most of us with type 2 diabetes realize that our relatives are increased risk compared with the general population. And, knowing how inconvenient it is to have diabetes, we would like to help ensure that our relatives don’t get this disease.
How best can we do this?
The earlier people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, the... Read more