Researchers have found a link between hydroxychloroquine and a decreased risk of developing type-2 diabetes . Hydroxychloroquine has been in use for approximately 50 years. It was first developed as an anti-malaria drug, and then as treatment for rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and other rheumatic diseases. In type-2 diabetes, the formerly healthy body either stops producing enough insulin or no longer uses insulin effectively. Type-2 diabetes is associated with obesity and for years was also referred to as "adult-onset" diabetes until recent years when the numbers of children with type-2 diabetes have begun to soar along with the growing levels of childhood obesity. Of the nearly 21 million Americans that have diabetes, most have type-2 diabetes. Many people with rheumatoid arthritis also have risk factors for diabetes, such as being overweight and having a sedentary lifestyle, but the actual number of people with RA who develop diabetes is lower than expected. The r...
Fat is bad, right? I'm not talking about the fats we eat
here. I mean the fat on your body. The less fat, the healthier you are.
Everyone knows that.
But maybe everyone is wrong.
New research in the laboratory of C. Ronald Kahn at the Joslin Diabetes
Center suggests that some fat, namely subcutaneous fat, may actually be healthy
and may protect people from getting metabolic diseases like diabetes .
There are two basic classes of fat in the body: brown fat
and white fat. Brown fat seems to serve as a heat source, and this is an
important function in many animals. For example, newborn lambs have brown fat
around their kidneys, and when they're born in subzero weather, this fat is
burned to produce heat and keep them from freezing to death.
I used to breed my sheep, and if I found a dead recently
born lamb, I could look at the kidneys to see if they contained brown fat. If
they did, the lamb had probably been stillborn. If the brown fat was gone,
Are you the type of person who
recognizes a need, say for new casual shoes, and then spend hours upon
hours shopping for just the right pair? Do you obsess over finding the best
shoes at a great price that fit perfectly and look stylish? Then,
after making a choice do you worry that you could have gotten a
better pair or a cheaper price and thus don't ever truly enjoy the shoes.
Or, do you run into the store and find the first pair that fit your criteria
and happily leave with your purchase?
I've been reading a book, The
Paradox of Choice that outlines the difference between maximizers and
satisficers. Maximizers are illustrated by the first
scenario. These individuals have a difficult time in modern society
because they insist on only choosing the "best" option from the many
hundreds they face each day. Satisficers, on the other hand, recognize
that "good enough" is good enough and quickly make choices regarding
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