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Type 2 Diabetes and Excessively Low Blood Glucose may Increase Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke

Type 2 Diabetes and Excessively Low Blood Glucose may Increase Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke

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The aggressive intervention of lowering blood glucose below the current recommended standards in adults with type 2 diabetes may be at a higher risk for heart attack or stroke deaths.

A clinical trial called, ACCORD (Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes) study is being conducted in North America by The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health of 10,251 participants, there was more deaths in the intensive treatment group than the standard treatment group. This has prompted the halt of the intensive treatment group 18 months earlier because of the current data. They will continue collecting data for the standard group for the remainder of the study and those in the other group will now be receiving the standard treatment as well.

Insulin may play role in Aging associated with Klotho Gene

Insulin may play role in Aging associated with Klotho Gene

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[Best Syndication] New understandings have been discovered with Klotho hormone and how insulin levels help to increase the levels of this anti-aging gene which is believed to extend life span in rodents and humans. Insulin is a hormone that is usually thought of with diabetes. But the researchers found that insulin also increases significantly the amount of Klotho that is secreted. Researcher, Carmela Abraham, a professor of biochemistry and medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) reported the relationship of insulin with Klotho in the current week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The researchers discovered that insulin regulates the secretion of Klotho. They first observed that Klotho levels in the brain decrease with aging. That further lead them to discover Klotho which is a protein that is found on certain cell membranes and is also found in serum and cerebrospinal fluid. The researchers suggest that the release of Klotho from the cell membrane is probably caused by an enzyme that causes the Klotho to be free to enter into the serum and cerebrospinal fluid.

Vitamin D levels linked to Telomere Lengths and Aging

Vitamin D levels linked to Telomere Lengths and Aging

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[Best Syndication] A new study has found that vitamin D has long-term effects on reducing inflammation which could help slow the aging process. The study was first published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The study was of 2,100 female twin pairs ranging in age from 19 – 79. The study focused on measuring genetics and found that the higher the vitamin D levels, the better the genes measured for lifelong aging and chronic stress. The genetic marked measured is called leukocyte telomere length (LTL). The more vitamin D levels the longer the LTL. The telomere length was a 5 year difference compared to those with the highest levels of vitamin D to those with the lowest levels.

Other studies have shown that when telomeres were shortened there was an increased risk for heart disease. This could be because of the chronic inflammation and is considered one key feature in the aging process.

Eat Less Sugar and you might live Longer – Worm Study on Longevity and Glucose

Eat Less Sugar and you might live Longer – Worm Study on Longevity and Glucose

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[Best Syndication] A study with worms showed that as they aged they had a more difficult time processing the simple sugar glucose. Researchers blocked the worms ability to eat glucose and the worms lived up to 20 percent longer. Sugar and carbohydrates break down to the simple sugar glucose and is used in our body to provide us with the primary source for energy. The study was first reported in the October issue of Cell Metabolism.

Since the study was conducted on worms, the excessive dietary intake of glucose food sources could be suggested for humans as well. In theory if humans faired the same as the worms there would be a direct link to a reduced lifespan and eating too much glucose producing foods, like carbohydrates and sugar.

Kids Who Ate More Omega-3 Less Likely Type-1 Diabetes – Fatty Acid Reduced Risk Autoimmune Response

Kids Who Ate More Omega-3 Less Likely Type-1 Diabetes – Fatty Acid Reduced Risk Autoimmune Response

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(Best Syndication) Researchers in the US say that Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and some vegetables can lower the risk of diabetes autoimmunity, a precursor to type-1 diabetes. Type-1 diabetes is caused when the body’s own immune system starts attacking the pancreas.

The research was conducted at the Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes and the Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center (UCDHSC) School of Medicine and involved 1,770 children in the Diabetes Autoimmunity Study in the Young (or DAISY for short between 1994 and 2006).

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