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Type 2 Diabetes - Cashew Seed Extract might Improve Insulin Sensitivity

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers from the University of Montreal in Canada along with the Université de Yaoundé in Cameroun tested several different extracts from the cashew tree to see which part of the plant might help to improve insulin response for type 2 diabetics. The researchers found that cashew seed extract showed some potential at improving insulin response which can help in lowering high blood sugar levels in a person with type 2 diabetes. The study was be published in the journal of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.

In the study, the researchers tested the leaves, barks, apples, and seed extracts that derived from the cashew tree to see if it would help improve insulin response. The cashew tree is native to northeastern Brazil and in other countries that are in the southern hemisphere.

The researchers found only the cashew seed extract showed a significant improvement in blood sugar absorption with the muscle cells. All the other extracts of the cashew plant didn't show this benefit. They believe that there is an active ingredient in the seed extract that could be helpful in treating insulin-resistant type 2 diabetes.

Diabetic Retinopathy – Two Therapies could slow down Eye Disease Blindness

Diabetic Retinopathy – Two Therapies could slow down Eye Disease Blindness

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(Best Syndication News) - The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Eye Study, which was funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, have found two therapies that might slow down the progression of diabetic retinopathy. This eye disease is the most common reason for working adults to go blind or having significant vision loss in America. The study results were published in the June 29th online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) and will also be presented at the 70th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association.

The ACCORD study included 10,251 adults with type 2 diabetes who were at especially high risk for heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death. The study looked into three different intensive treatment plans that were being tested to lower the risk for cardiovascular risk factors caused by diabetes. They had a subgroup involved in the Eye Study which included 2,856 participants from the ACCORD study which they documented the diabetic retinopathy progression over a four year time period.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery helped Type 2 Diabetes reduce Insulin Resistance

atric Weight Loss Surgery helped Type 2 Diabetes reduce Insulin Resistance

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(Best Syndication News) - A recent study found that bariatric weight loss surgeries offered a measurable improvement of insulin sensitivity for Type 2 diabetes patients compared to diabetics that just followed a low-calorie diet. The results were presented by the researchers at the Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Researchers from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, found that weight loss by diet alone did not show the same amount of short term benefits of improved insulin sensitivity compared to those Type 2 diabetes patients that had underwent gastro bypass surgery.

Type 2 diabetes develops because of insulin resistance which then causes a build up of glucose levels in the blood. In this study researchers compared type 2 diabetes patients that followed a low calorie diet compared to those that underwent Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Roux-en-Y is the most commonly performed weight loss surgeries by decreasing the size of the stomach and rerouting the digestive tract to the small intestine. Type 2 diabetic patients often will achieve normal blood glucose levels after undergoing gastro bypass surgery. Some patients might not even need to take medications to treat type 2 diabetes after having the gastric bypass procedure.

Low Carb Diet offers more Weight Loss than Low Fat for Obese Woman with Insulin Resistance

Low Carb Diet offers more Weight Loss than Low Fat for Obese Woman with Insulin Resistance

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study found that obese women that had insulin resistance were able to lose more weight on a low-carb (more of a reduced carbohydrate) diet compared to a low-fat diet of the same number of calories. The study was be presented at the The Endocrine Society's 92nd Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Insulin resistance is one known risk factor for developing Type 2 diabetes. Insulin resistance makes it difficult for the body to use the glucose made available in the blood stream, which then lead to high blood glucose levels that can cause damage. Most physicians recommend their patients eat a low-fat diet for losing weight. This study funded by Jenny Craig found that out of the 45 obese women participants ranging in age from 18 to 65 years of age the group that had the most weight loss over a twelve week time period were those assigned to a lower or reduced carbohydrate diet. The insulin resistant women on the low carb diet lost 3.4 pound more compared to those on the low-fat diet. Both groups were given the same amount of calories to eat each day.

Weight Loss Programs may help reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Weight Loss Programs may help reduce Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - According to a study published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine's May issue people could reduce their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes by attending a group weight loss program such as Weight Watchers. In their study, they found that people that attended Weight Watchers dieting program for 6 months for at least 2/3 of the meetings lost weight but also had improved their fasting glucose and insulin levels.

While the study was relatively small with 61 overweight or obese men and women attending the Weight Watchers program for 6 months, the more the participants showed up for the meetings, the more success with weight loss and their glucose and insulin levels improved. The Weight Watchers program instructed the participants on eating a low calorie diet, exercising and meet weekly as a group to offer encouragement to each other. The participants that attended at least 20 out of 24 meeting lost an average of 14 pounds and had the best improvement on glucose and insulin levels. Increase glucose and insulin levels are directly related to a person's risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

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