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Substance Found in Red Wine and Grapes May Slow Aging – Resveratrol Helps Diseases Related to Obesity – Diabetes – Heart Disease

Substance Found in Red Wine and Grapes May Slow Aging – Resveratrol Helps Diseases Related to Obesity – Diabetes – Heart Disease

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Although research has only been done on mice, researchers say that the substance called resveratrol may extend the lifespan for humans even in people with unhealthy lifestyles. David Sinclair said that “Mice are much closer evolutionarily to humans than any previous model organism treated by this molecule, which offers hope that similar impacts might be seen in humans without negative side-effects.” Sinclair is the Harvard Medical School associate professor of pathology and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Labs for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging.

Resveratrol increased the lifespan of obese mice. The researchers found that the drug reversed nearly all of the changes in gene expression patterns found in mice on a high calorie diets. These gene expressions are associated with diabetes, heart disease, and other significant diseases related to obesity.

Planning For Travel With Diabetes And Insulin

Planning For Travel With Diabetes And Insulin

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Travel can be a lot of fun, but it takes some advance planning. People with diabetes have to plan a little more. Here are a few things to keep in mind about your insulin when you head out for that dream vacation.

Your Blood Sugar

When you are traveling, it is important to monitor your blood sugar more closely. This means checking your blood sugar every four hours when you are awake. Travel can be stressful, which can raise your blood sugar level. Don’t treat your blood sugar without monitoring it, and monitor it to make sure that you are giving the correct dosages of medication and/or insulin.

Insulin Storage

Keep your insulin with you when you travel, in your carry-on or purse. Insulin needs to stay in a fairly moderate temperature zone, and as such, cannot go with your luggage in the depressurized compartment. Also, if there were ever a baggage handling mishap, you would want your insulin to be with you: if your bags end up in Minneapolis-St. Paul’s when you are in Sao Paulo, you want to make sure you have your insulin.

Type 2 Diabetes – FDA Approves New Class Drug DDP-4 Inhibitors - Januvia

Type 2 Diabetes – FDA Approves New Class Drug DDP-4 Inhibitors - Januvia

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Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Januvia (sitagliptin phosphate). Januvia is a first of its kind from a new class of drugs called DDP-4 inhibitors. This new drug will help aid the body to lower elevated blood sugar levels.

FDA approved Januvia for prescription for patients with type 2 diabetes who also are following a diet and exercise program to help improve blood sugar levels. It can be used alone or in a combination with two other medication, metformin, or PPAR PPAR (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma) agonist. It can be added if the other medication along with diet and exercise do not supply enough blood sugar control.

Diabetes, your Teeth, and Gums

Diabetes, your Teeth, and Gums

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Diabetes can lead to many complications, some of them very severe. This means that the effect that diabetes has on your teeth can often be completely overlooked. Diabetics are at a higher risk for periodontal disease (diseases of the mouth) than most people.

Having high blood sugar means that your teeth and gums are at a higher risk, because germs multiply in high-sugar environments. This means that the first step to protecting your teeth is to lower your blood sugar and to maintain a constant blood sugar level. The difficulty is that if you already have some gum disease, it can be another stress that leads to high blood sugar levels. This can be an overwhelming cycle, but luckily you can stop it.

Sertoli Cells May Hold Key for Type 1 Diabetics

Sertoli Cells May Hold Key for Type 1 Diabetics

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Were it not for the Sertoli cell, none of us would ever have been born. It is the testicular Sertoli cell which keeps the human body’s immune system from destroying a man’s sperm. This same cell might create an immunologically protective environment for transplanted pancreas islets and could provide new hope for Type 1 diabetics whose bodies reject those transplants.

Sernova Corp (TSX: SVA), which holds more than 20 patents related to the therapeutic use of Sertoli cells, is currently researching how to prevent islet cells from being killed off by immune-suppressing drugs. Current islet transplant procedures require the use of these anti-rejection drugs to prevent the body’s immune system from destroying the transplanted islet cells.

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