Last week I got to stay home from work for three days and play with my sweet little daughter! It was a wonderful break from my busy workweek routine. However, one good thing about my regular routine is that I eat a regimented diet that keeps my blood sugars level. On the weekends I go with a plan of "management indulgence" where I eat more carbohydrates, but I'm prepared to cover it with extra insulin. For some reason, being home during the week threw my eating, and therefore my blood sugars, all out of whack!
It started on Tuesday when Sienna and I visited my office. My coworkers wanted to see her and then we headed out shopping for new clothes for our growing girl! I needed a place to feed Sienna lunch and figured I get myself something to eat too. We stopped at a semi-fast food place that serves semi-healthy Asian food. I wisely skipped the white rice, however the chow mein that came with my chicken entrée was covered in a very syrupy sauce. Plus, the breaded...
So you don’t have diabetes. Should you still be worried about having an elevated risk of Alzheimer’s disease? A new study out of the University of Arizona suggests that you could still have reason for concern.
The study looked at whether elevated blood sugar levels in people who do not have diabetes might indicate higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. The link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease already has been studied.
The researchers used a specific type of positron electron tomography (PET) imaging technique to produce three-dimension images of metabolic activity in the brain. As part of the study, researchers used the PET imaging to look at fasting serum glucose (blood sugar) levels that study participants experienced after several hours of not eating.
The researchers analyzed data on 124 adults who were cognitively normal and did not have diabetes. Each of these participants had a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. They ranged in ...
Most scientists won’t admit it, but some of them are a lot like journalists. Some people in both groups seem to get their jollies and make their reputations by debunking the work of others.
Cinnamon is now important enough for glucose control that the debunkers have jumped on it. A group of five scientists in Maastricht, The Netherlands, carefully studied the effects of cinnamon and found that it doesn’t work.
They found that “Cinnamon supplementation does not improve glycemic control in postmenopausal type 2 diabetes patients ”. The Journal of Nutrition published their research in its April 2006 issue.
Specifically, they contradicted “ Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes ” by Richard A. Anderson and his associates at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland and in Peshawar, Pakistan. Earlier I have written about Dr. Anderson’s work on this blog and my website.
The Dutch scientists used the same type of cinnamon, cinnamomum cassia (...
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