For the first time, I'm really noticing the effect of stress on my blood sugar control. This has been Sienna's first week of daycare, and we're both adjusting to the new situation. From what I've been told, it's perfectly normal for babies to have a difficult time when they first start daycare. Plus, Sienna is at the prime age for separation anxiety, so she gets very upset as soon as she realizes I'm gone. Although Sienna is perfectly fine and well cared for, she's not able to fully understand that mommy will return. It's going to take awhile for her to be familiar with her caregivers and the new surroundings. In the meantime, she's upset and so am I. It's so heartbreaking to leave while she's crying and know that I'm the one that can easily calm her fears. The bond between mom and child is so intense. Even though I'm not consciously thinking about her every minute, on some level my mind and body are tense while we're separated. When I pick her up in the evening, and hold...
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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