Goji Berry Juice Benefits for Diabetes

How can Drinking Goji Berry Juice Help Diabetics?

Goji Berries have been extensively used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for more than 2000 years. Goji berries are tender, orange-red, edible berries that belong to the Lycium barbarum and Lyceum chinese species. These tiny berries are cultivated in various parts of Asia including the Himalayan regions of Mongolia, Nepal Tibet and parts of China. Goji berries must be picked very carefully and dried at low temperatures to preserve their nutritional value. However, goji berries can also be blended into juice, eaten raw, or cooked.

Nutrients in Goji Berry Juice

benefits of goji juice for diabetesFat-free, low in calories, rich in antioxidants and a good source of fiber, some of the benefits of goji juice include the ability to help you manage your weight effectively,  experience better digestion and the ability to help you fight various diseases.  The Chinese use goji berries to treat health problems such as cancer, diabetes, hyperlipidemis, thrombosis, immune system disorders, male infertility, hepatitis, and age-related eye disorders. Their anti-oxidant and anti-ageing properties are also highly rated and these barriers can be used to nourish the blood or as tonic for the lungs, liver and kidneys. Goji berries are also rich in amino acids, beta carotene, polysaccharides, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, flavonoids, vitamins A, C, E, B6, and B1, trace minerals, iron, calcium, zinc, potassium and selenium.

Goji Berry Juice Benefits for Diabetics

  • Goji Berries and Eyesight

It is very important for diabetics to stay on top of their eye health. This is particularly because high glucose levels can easily destroy the small blood vessels that are responsible for supplying oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the eyes. Goji juice is rich in a compound known as Taurine which helps protect the eyes from diabetes-related vision loss. On the other hand, Zeaxanthin, an antioxidant in goji berries may be very helpful in protecting the retina by absorbing high-energy blue light.

  • Goji Berries are Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants help prevent damage of our cells by polluting molecules and free radicals in our bodies. Gogi berries contain the highest level of antioxidants in the superfood world with up to 10 times more antioxidants than blueberries. These antioxidants prevent the development of atherosclerosis (blood vessel disease), cancer, and other diabetes-related conditions.

  • Goji Berries and Blood Glucose

Goji juice is rich in polysaccharides which improve insulin response and help balance blood sugar. They also contain betaine which prevents vascular damage and fatty liver disease which are often seen in people with diabetes. Moreover, antioxidants protect the heart from disease by lowering blood cholesterol levels. Gogi juice has a high fiber content which reduces the risk of high cholesterol and cardiac arrest.

According to MedlinePlus, clinical studies on the benefits of this superfood are lacking. On the other hand, although goji berries offer exceptional health benefits, they have not been proven safe in pregnancy. Therefore, you should consult your doctor before eating goji berries or drinking goji juice while pregnant.

Other goji berry juice diabetes benefits include decreasing blood sugar levels and lowering blood pressure. Be aware though, if you already have low blood sugar levels or low blood pressure, this superfood could worsen the symptoms.

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What are Siren Diabetic Socks?

Siren Diabetes Socks To Help You Manage Your Diabetes

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 just took place and Siren Diabetic Socks scooped an award for being one of the best innovations.

In a bid to help people through the power of prevention, siren smart diabetic socks help detect problems before they become big ones. These socks help prevent foot ulceration in an effort to prevent and reduce amputations in diabetics through early recognition of ulcerative and pre-ulcerative areas. Thanks to these socks, you can easily keep tabs on any kind of injury and inflammation in real time, all from your feet.

Siren diabetic SocksDiabetic Foot swelling is common in both type I and type II diabetes and this can serve as a prelude to serious problems. Therefore, early detection is vital and this is where these cozy socks come into play. Siren Care’s socks use temperature sensors that are woven into the fabric to detect temperature changes. Co-founders veronica Tran and Ran Ma believe they’ve created a novel solution to a serious problem.

How Do Siren Diabetic Socks Work?

Temperature sensors embedded in the socks monitor temperature changes from 6 spots on the feet and transmit them via BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) to a smartphone. The temperature at each of these specific spots is compared between your feet and if there’s a significant difference, you’ll receive an alert on your smartphone. This helps to reduce false alarms.

Data collected by the socks is stored on your phone and in the cloud in order to ensure that you can monitor your health from any source and from anywhere. Anytime the wearables detect a high-temperature difference, they send data to its companion smart app which will alert you to the potential issue and prompt you to check your feet. This could be as simple as a shoelace that is tucked to your shoe and you can’t feel it and you can easily get injuries from that.

How Long do These Socks Last?

Each wearable lasts 6 months and once you take them off they go to sleep mode to avoid wasting energy. Moreover, they can be thrown to the wash without destroying the sensors and their smart capabilities. According to Ma, the SirenSmart Textile technology can incorporate a wide range of electronics and sensors, including pressure sensors, moisture sensors, light sensors, RFIDs, BLE, MCU, LED’s, etc. seamlessly into fabric.

How Should I Use and Care for the Socks?

Siren Diabetic Socks are sold in a pack of seven pairs to ensure that you have a clean pair of socks each day. Moreover, the socks are waterproof and thus dryer safe and machine washable. You can either connect the sensor data to your smartphone or buy a Siren Plug that you can plug into a wall outlet.

The Siren Plug sends data wirelessly to your wearables to a team of professionals who will notify you of any injuries or potential injuries by texting or calling you. The batteries should last the six months you use the socks without need for replacement. You need to purchase another pack of socks after 6 months.

These socks are designed to comfortably fit your feet and guarantee the highest comfort. They are produced using Neurofabric technology and they feature a padded footbed that cushions the soles of your feet. They are also non-binding to ensure optimum circulation. These socks can be worn at any time with or without shoes just like a normal sock. They can also be worn when exercising.

Is the sock lumpy?

The anklet disk and embedded sensors do not make the socks lumpy because the temperature sensors are incorporated into the fabric and they are designed to send data to the Siren Plug or thee companion app in your phone. The anklet on the sock holds the BLE chip and battery. The anklet has a thin profile and is designed to cover the smallest surface area possible.

Right now Siren Care is calling for all interested parties to join the company’s wait list in order to be among the first to purchase and try their Siren diabetic socks.

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Smartphone Diabetes Management Apps

From medications and blood sugar readings to physical activity and meals, it’s particularly essential for diabetes patients to keep track of lots of important information. Although such information can be recorded with pencil and paper, diabetes management apps may be able to simplify the lives of diabetes patients by giving them a convenient place to log their data, set goals, track progress and see patterns.

Poor glucose control can lead to long-term diabetes, macro and micro-vascular complications leading to higher mortality and morbidity. Therefore, anything that makes your life easier is a win.

Moreover, research shows that using smartphone diabetes apps to keep track of information can keep you in touch with your diabetes and improve your health. You’ll be more engaged with your diabetes and that is the main goal.

With increasing number of smartphone users globally, research shows that it’s possible to apply smartphone app technology to help diabetes patients better manage their condition. In this review, we explore the use of digital health and newer technologies in diabetes self-management to improve diabetes-related outcomes.

Glucose Buddy Diabetes App

Blood glucose Tracker appThis app guides you through the activities of monitoring and recording glucose, carbohydrate intakes, exercise, AIC results and medications and allows data to be synchronized online to glucosebuddy.com (the Diabetes Buddy Website). It’s for both type 1 and type 2 Diabetes patients. Glucose Buddy offers reminders to take your meds and check your blood glucose at specific time intervals. Moreover, the reminders can be easily tailored to your preferences. The app also incorporates various social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate to users about changes and updates to the app. There’s also an active online forum that allows users to have questions answered rom other users and share their experiences regarding other topics such as gestational diabetes or insulin pumps.

diabetes apps androidPros

  • Glucose Buddy offers reminders to take your meds and check your blood glucose
  • Apple iPhone users can register at glucosebuddy.com to sync their logs to the site, input their glucose values or print medication and blood glucose logs for healthcare providers. You can also send reports to your healthcare provider via the website or app.

blood glucose tracker appCons

  • The app does not sync with CGMs (continuous glucose monitors), pumps or meters.
  • Both Apple and Android users can access the Glucose Buddy website but only Apple users can sync the app with the web portal. Android users must manually input their data on the website. Since there’s no way for Android users to back-up their logs, if they lose their devices and haven’t manually entered their logs on the web portal, they have to start over.
  • A built-in food database and calories tracker has been planned, but the release date has not yet been set.
  • Users are required to pay a $3.99 fee to enable weight and blood pressure logging.

 Diabetes Pilot App

Diabetes Pilot allows you to record your data in one convenient place: insulin, glucose and other medications, exercise, meals, weight, and blood pressure averages for up to 90 days. It also contains a database that includes important nutritional information on a wide range of food items in addition to information about protein, carbohydrate, fiber, fat, cholesterol, fiber, and other nutrients. Diabetes Pilot also features an insulin calculator that is designed to take into account the protein, carbohydrate and fiber content of foods you enter for meal in order to calculate the number of insulin units you need to reach your targeted blood sugar level.

best diabetes app 2018Pros

  • Record and track your data including medications, exercise, weight, blood pressure, and meals in one place. You can also use the Flexible Note Records to record your events, test results and any other data you may like.
  • The integrated food database allows you to count calories carbohydrates and other nutritional information. Moreover, you can use the updated food database to search and scan barcodes.
  • The app generates comprehensive graphs and reports that allow you to find trends in your medications, blood sugar levels and other areas. Save and print reports in order to share them with your doctor.
  • The app allows you to sync data between devices.


  • There are additional charges to buy the software to sync food information and data to a computer.
  • The insulin does not take into consideration additional factors such as previous dose, exercise and other factors that could affect your insulin dose.

WaveSense Diabetes Manager

WaveSense Diabetes Manager allows you to keep track of your blood glucose results, insulin doses and carbohydrate intake.

Main features include :

  • video content from dLife,
  • a log book,
  • email reports,
  • trend charts,
  • color-coded results,
  • and fully customizable mealtime schedules and target ranges for hyper-/hypoglycemia limits.

smartphone apps for diabetes managementPros

  • Attractive design and easy navigation
  • Ability to easily customize for target blood glucose range, insulin use, meal schedules, and targets for pre-/post-prandial meals.
  • Easy food lookup
  • Allows for detailed notes regarding exercise, blood glucose entry, abnormalities in medication regime, excessive fat intake, alcohol, sick days, or skipped meals.
  • Recipes with detailed nutrition data.
  • WaveSense Diabetes Manager includes a share function allowing users to email their logbook data to their dietitians or other health professionals.
  • Videos featuring interviews and recipe demos with diabetes patients (both celebrities and regular people).
  • No intrusive advertisements

What's the best diabetes smartphone appCons

  • The app doesn’t include an option for food journaling or a food tracker. A food journal has proven to be very helpful especially for people who have been newly diagnosed with diabetes especially when it comes to understanding how food patterns affect their blood sugar outcomes.

There’s much enthusiasm especially among diabetes patients, caregivers and industry to use a wide range of digital tools particularly for diabetes self-management. Although large control trials are still needed to establish the cost-benefits and effectiveness of digital tools in improving diabetes outcomes, the future is promising.

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Non Invasive Glucose Meter Wins FDA Approval

Freestyle Libre ‘Flash’ Glucose Monitoring System.

The United States Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) recently announced the long-awaited approval of Abbott Labs’ FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System (Bloodless Glucose Meter). This is a meaningful development both for the company and Diabetes patients especially in the United States. However, it was expected. Abbott is already marketing this new non invasive glucose meter and it was just a matter of time before the device received U.S. FDA approval.

When Can we Expect it in Major Retail Pharmacies?

Earlier this year, the company presented data from 50,000 Freestyle Libre users which show that patients are checking their blood sugar levels at least 16 times per day. This frequency is significantly higher compared to other monitoring systems. The high frequency of checking blood glucose levels is largely attributable to the fact that the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System does not require any finger pricking.

Since more frequent monitoring is usually associated with better health outcomes particularly for diabetes patients, you can expect high demand for the device in the United States especially after winning FDA approval.

We expect the device to be launched in major pharmacies in the United States by the end of 2017. However, IN the United States, FreeStyle Libre Flash is approved only for adults with diabetes. The FreeStyle Libre sensor can be considered a ‘replacement’ for fingersticks because it provides real time readings and clear trends that are used for insulin dosing. Therefore, this device eliminates the need for any fingerstick calibrations.

In the United States, FreeStyle Libre Flash has three main differences:

  • A shorter wear time (10 days).
  • It will require a physician’s prescription.
  • A significantly longer warm-up period after installation (12 hours).

Outside the United States, the device does not require a prescription, has a longer wear time of 14 days and requires just 1-hour warm-up.

One of the biggest changes is the longer war-up period which means that when you insert a new sensor, it will not provide any real-time blood glucose readings for the first 12 hours. Therefore, some users must go back to fingersticks during the warm-up period. Therefore, it’s recommended that you put a new sensor on before bed in order to get through much of the warm-up period. The other option is to buy two readers, overlap sensor wear times in order to avoid going for 12 hours without glucose data.

FreeStyle Libre Flash is a Continuous Glucose Monitor because it collects glucose data every minute and displays the reading and trend arrow. However, it’s essential to understand that it does not have an alarm and it does not communicate continuously with the reader device as other Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) devices do.

The sensor must be scanned within 1.5 inches using the hand-held reader to get real-time glucose data. You can scan the sensor even through clothing making the process far less painful, visible and obtrusive than a fingerstick.

FreeStyle libre Flash is approved to be worn on the upper arm, is fully disposable, is waterproof (for swimming and showering), is not affected by acetaminophen (Tylenol) and can store 8 hours of recent data. Remember, if more than 8 hours have passed between scans, the device will only capture the most recent 8 hours of data.

This approval comes one year after being submitted to the FDA for approval and a year since FreeStyle Libre Pro was launched in the US. This real-time version of FreeStyle Libre will expand the US Continuous Glucose Monitoring market significantly. The lower price, small on-body footprint, pharmacy distribution, no need for fingersticks, and ease of insertion are all very welcome improvements especially for diabetes patients.

FreeStyle Libre Flash is similar to convention CGM devices in that it measures the glucose levels in interstitial fluid in real time. However the device offers various advantages such as lower cost and longer sensor wear. Moreover in contrast to other CGM devices, FreeStyle Libre is factory calibrated meaning it doesn’t require fingerstick measurements for calibration.

At the initial United States launch, the device will only communicate with the reader device and this means that it won’t support smartphone connectivity. However, we all hope that Abbott will submit the LibreLinkUP (remote monitoring) and LibreLink (android) apps for approval by the FDA soon. Most people are excited to see this version of FreeStyle Libre Glucose Monitoring System coming to the United States. Diabetes patients globally have responded positively to this device and it’s now being used by at least 400,000 people in more than 41 countries.

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New Type 2 Diabetes Drug

New medication for Diabetes – What is Ertugliflozin?

FDA Approves Ertugliflozin (Steglatro) For Treatment of Diabetes

Ertugliflozin, which will be sold under the brand name Steglatro, is a drug for treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Although more than 30 million Americans suffer from diabetes, about 90% of these patients have type 2 diabetes.

Ertugliflozin is a sodium-glucose co transporter (SGLT2) Inhibitor. It was developed by Merck &Co and Pfizer Inc. and it is classified under drugs commonly known as glifloins. Ertugliflozin recently won USFDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) for treatment of type  2 diabetes.

How does Ertugliflozin Work?

what drug is used to treat diabetes Being a sodium- glucose co-transporter (SGLT2) inhibitor, Ertugliflozin works by increasing secretion of glucose in the urine.

It mainly works  as part of two fixed-dose combinations which will constitute – dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor sitagliptin (Steglujan) ; available as five milligram of Ertugliflozin per a hundred milligram of sitagliptin and fifteen milligram per a hundred milligram of sitagliptin ) to be taken once daily and with metformin ( Segluromet ; two and half milligram of Ertugliflozin per five hundred milligram of metformin; two and a half milligram per a thousand milligrams) to be taken twice daily.

For the drug to get approval by the FDA two trials have been conducted; the VERTIS MET and VERTIS SITA trials. These trials show that Ertugliflozin has been able to meet its primary goals and is actually able to regulate blood sugar in the patients who participated in the study.

VERTIS MET was conducted over a twenty six week period. It evaluated the efficiency and safety of the drug in patients with Type 2 diabetes. The study was conducted by administering Ertugliflozin in combination with metformin in comparison to taking placebo and metformin alongside those taking just metformin.

Patients who took Ertugliflozin had lower blood sugar, had lost more weight and had low blood pressure.

In the VERTIS SITA trial, Ertugliflozin was administered in combination with sitagliptin in comparison to placebo with sitagliptin. Lower blood sugars were reported in Diabetes Type 2 patients who were taking Ertugliflozin.

Do the Drugs have any Side Effects?

Patients treated using drugs in Ertugliflozin’s class, sliflozin, have exhibited a few side effects. One of the effects reported is a condition known as KETOACIDOSIS. This is a serious life-threatening condition reported in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients. This is a condition that also requires urgent hospitalization.

If Ketoacidosis is detected, Ertugliflozin (Steglatro) should not be administered again. Patients should undergo keen examination before Steglatro is administered. Before initiating Steglatro risk factors such as pancreatic insulin deficiency from any cause, caloric restriction, and alcohol abuse should be taken into account.

Moreover, intravascular volume contraction has been reported in patients using Steglatro. It can also cause renal impairment. Acute kidney injury has also been reported in patients receiving sodium- glucose co-transporter (SGLT2) inhibitors. Factors that may predispose patients to acute kidney injury have to be considered before initiating steglatro. Ertugliflozin (Steglatro) should be discontinued immediately if acute kidney injury occurs and treatment should also be administered urgently.

Renal function should be evaluated before Ertugliflozin (Steglatro) is administered. This is because Ertugliflozin (Steglatro) increases serum creatinine and decreases eGFR which causes renal impairment.

Serious urinary tract infections including urosepsis and pyelonephritis have been reported in patient treated with Ertugliflozin (Steglatro) in clinical trials. Patients should be examined for urinary tract infection symptoms and should be treated urgently.

Even though Ertugliflozin (Steglatro) has not been linked to increased risk of lower limb amputation, factors that may predispose a patient to lower limb amputation should be considered and patients should be informed about it. This is because it has been observed that there is an increased risk of lower limb amputation in patients using SGLT2 inhibitors.

A lower dose of insulin or insulin secretagogue should be administered. This is because Ertugliflozin (Steglatro) may increase the risk of hypoglycemia when used in combination with insulin and/or an insulin secretagogue. Other risks and side effects include genital mycotic infections.

European Medicines Agency is still reviewing Ertugliflozin (Steglatro). However, it’s expected to be available in the USA in early 2018.


Benefits of Yoga for Diabetes

A large number of people suffering from diabetes are practicing regular yoga training in an effort to improve overall quality of life and keep their condition under control. Many health experts believe yoga can help lower blood pressure, enhance mobility, reduce levels of stress and improve overall wellbeing.

It is also well known that besides improving diabetes, yoga can also protect against other related complications such as heart disease. Moreover, people who undergo yoga training on a regular basis experience significant improvements in their physical and mental health.

Benefits of Yoga for Diabetes

The Benefits of Regular Yoga training include:

  • Reduced depression and anxiety
  • Relief from various chronic illnesses
  • Improved strength, flexibility and posture
  • Enhanced energy levels and concentration
  • Better sleep
  • Improved immunity, circulation and digestion.
  • Feelings of wellbeing
  • Enhanced efficiency of endocrine, neurological and respiratory organs.

How Does Yoga Treat Diabetes or Prevent it from Developing?

  1. Exercising the muscles

Yoga increases the uptake of glucose by muscular cells which helps improve circulation, lower blood glucose levels and reduce the risk of heart diseases.

  1. Rejuvenating pancreatic cells

Yoga postures stretch the pancreas and aid relaxation which stimulates the production of beta cells which are responsible for producing insulin.

  1. Promoting weight loss

Regular yoga practice can improve weight control and help you reduce weight both of which are vital for protecting against various chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer and type II diabetes, as well as the management of diabetes.

  1. Improving your mental attitude (makes you feel good)

Practicing yoga on a regular basis can help improve mental focus and create the right approach to dealing with conditions such as diabetes. Yoga stretches your muscles, helps you breathe more deeply, shifts your attitude and helps you feel better. Yoga eases the body into recovery mode and helps to release chronic stress. Remember, breathing is both involuntary and voluntary. This basically means that we can choose to change the way we breathe but we don’t stop breathing if we stop paying attention to it. This is why most people who practice yoga consider it a vehicle between our body and mind. Calming your breath can help you calm your mind (it helps you shift from a fight or flight pattern to a more balanced pattern which facilitates complex reasoning).

Stress management (controlling mental stress) is one of the key factors of treatment of diabetes. Blood sugar levels increase when we’re stressed and high blood glucose levels increase the chances of developing various related complications including heart disease. This is one of the main reasons why it’s particularly important to practice yoga, controlled breathing techniques and other mindfulness-based techniques to invoke a relaxation response.

This relaxation response helps regulate stress hormones such as cortisol which increase blood sugar levels and blood pressure. It is essential to understand that both play a key role in the development of type II diabetes and other related complications.

Yoga is a cost-effective and promising option in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Data from several clinical studies suggest that mind-body therapies such as yoga can improve blood glucose control and reduce stress-related hyperglycemia. However, it is essential to consult with your physician and diabetes healthcare team before starting yoga classes.


Signs of Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes is not only confined to humans. Other animals including pets such as dogs and cats can also suffer from diabetes.

can a dog be cured of diabetesDiabetes in dogs is caused by either lack of insulin or insufficient response to insulin when either the pancreas is damaged or not working properly. Insulin is the hormone that facilitates the absorption of glucose into the cells from a dog’s blood stream. When a dog is diabetic its body cannot control sugar levels in the bloodstream. This leads to a condition known as hyperglycemia which means excess sugar in a dog’s bloodstream. There are various signs and symptoms if a dog is diabetic.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes in Dogs

  1. Increased or Excessive Urination.

When a dog is suffering from diabetes, the dog’s body tries to get rid of excess sugar in its body through urination.

  1. Excessive Thirst.

Due to the increase or excessive urination the dog also increases its water intake. This is because the dog’s body is trying to cope with the excessive water loss.

  1. Increased Appetite

This happens because glucose is not being absorbed into the dog’s body. When that happens the dogs thinks its starving. This creates a greater than normal hunger.

  1. Weight loss

Even though a dog’s appetite will increase the dog will suffer from weight loss. This happens because nutrients are not properly being assimilated into the dog’s body.

Other Advanced Signs and Symptoms may Include,

  • Unkempt hair coat and the presence of dandruff.
  • Frequently vomiting
  • The dog may also show signs of depression and lethargy.
  • Weakness or lack of energy.
  • Sudden appearance of cataracts in the eyes and in some cases the dog may also suffer from temporary blindness.

There are various factors which can put a dog at risk for diabetes.

These factors include;

  • Age. Although diabetes can occur to a dog at any age, most dogs that develop diabetes are of middle age and old/senior dogs.
  • Pancreatitis in a dog is also a major cause of diabetes. Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas (which produces insulin). Repeated pancreatitis causes immense damage to the pancreas thus resulting to diabetes.
  • Obesity is also a major contributing factor to diabetes in dogs. This is because obesity contributes to insulin resistance and it is also a risk factor for pancreatitis.
  • Steroid medications are also triggers for diabetes in dogs if used long-term
  • Other health conditions and autoimmune disorders can also trigger diabetes.
  • Any breed of dog can suffer from diabetes though they vary in susceptibility.

Diagnosis of Diabetes in Dogs

Simple tests are done to test glucose levels in a dog’s blood stream and sugar levels in a dog’s urine. However, it’s essential to understand that it’s easier to treat diabetes in a dog if it’s discovered sooner. Treatment should start promptly to increase the chances of your dog living a normal life.

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Benefits of Chia Seeds for Diabetes

Several reports suggest that chia seeds are highly beneficial for diabetics. But, how does it really work?

If you have a loved one who is diabetic or you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you must have heard about the importance of exercise and diet for diabetes. There are numerous reports and evidence about people who have been able to control type 2 diabetes or at least improve their health by adhering to the right diet and exercise. Therefore, we cannot deny the fact that proper nutrition helps improve the health of diabetics.

What is Chia Seed?

Chia is one of a few complete protein plants and is commonly found growing naturally in Central America, Guatemala, and Mexico. It is also known as California Sage, California Chia or Salvia Hispanic.

Benefits of Chia SeedsChia seeds are very rich in minerals, proteins, vitamins, antioxidants, omega-3 fats and fiber. This is the main reason why it’s considered a super-food. This basically means that it’s a nutrient-rich food with numerous health benefits. More and more people are consuming chia seeds as they come aware of its benefits resulting from its nutritional value.

The number of people (including children) being diagnosed with diabetes worldwide is growing at an alarming rate. However, rather than resigning yourself to simply live with this debilitating disease, you should understand that there are ways to control and manage this diabetes and eating chia seeds is just one of them.

Chia Seeds Nutritional Profile

One of the main reasons why chia is so beneficial is because it’s rich in minerals, omega-3, vitamins, protein and fiber.

For instance 28 grams (one ounce) of chia seeds contains:

  • 6 grams fiber
  • 137 calories
  • 4 grams protein
  • 3 grams carbohydrates
  • 6 grams fat
  • 65 milligrams phosphorus (27% DV)
  • 6 milligram manganese (30% DV)
  • 1 milligram copper (% DV)
  • 8 milligrams potassium (1% DV)
  • 1 milligram copper (3% DV)

Chia seeds are also a rich source of antioxidants and they also contain essential fatty acids linoleic and alpha-linoleic acid; vitamins A, B, E and D; mucin; strontium; and minerals including magnesium, niacin, manganese, iodine, sulphur and iron.

What are the Benefits of Chia Seeds for Diabetes?

  • Improves Insulin and Glucose Tolerance

In a study in diet-induced obese rats, a high fructose, high fat diet was fed to one group of rats and the other group of rats was fed a high fructose, high fat diet along with chia oil and chia seeds. The group of rats that was fed a high fat, high fructose (sugar) diet developed insulin resistance, oxidative stress and glucose intolerance just like humans would if they fed on a typical diet high in sugar and processed foods.

However, the other group which was fed a high fructose, high fat diet along with chia oil and chia seeds didn’t develop such problems. In fact, it was the opposite and quite remarkable. Chia seeds helped improve insulin and glucose resistance and restore their bodies’ antioxidant system.

  • Reduce Diabetes Swelling – Chia Reduces Inflammation

Numerous studies show that inflammation is the main cause of many health conditions including diabetes. One of the main nutrients that have been extensively studied for anti-inflammatory effects is omega-3. Chia seed is rich in Omega -3 which comes from alpha-linoleic acid. Although alpha-linoleic acid does not convert to EPA and DHA (usable forms), as well as eating fish such as salmon, it still provides benefits.

On the other hand, chia is rich in dietary fiber which is also an anti-inflammatory agent and this contributes to chia’s anti-inflammatory power.

  • Rich in Anti-Oxidants

The high antioxidant capacity of chia seeds prevents the sensitive fats from going rancid. Anti-oxidants also help prevent oxidative stress and free radicals and damage to the body. Remember, free radicals damage body cells and lead to the development of various conditions. Chia seeds donate stable molecules to free radicals in order to make them normal once again and prevent further damage and decline in health.

  • Improves Cardiovascular Risk Factors

A randomized control trial conducted in 2007 took two groups of people with type 2 diabetes and gave one group 37 grams of wheat and the other group was given 37 grams of chia seeds per day for 12 weeks.

The group that was given chia had a reduction hs—CRP of 40 percent (an inflammatory agent that is commonly seen in cardiovascular disease), a reduction in SBP (systolic blood pressure) and a decrease in A1C. Reductions in CRP and SBP indicate significant improvements especially in cardiovascular risk factors.

Research shows that chia does not have any harmful effects for diabetics. Therefore, it’s perfectly fine to include it in your every other day or every day diet routine.

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Symptoms of Diabetes in Toddlers

Diabetes in toddlers is a serious condition which occurs when their pancreas is not producing enough insulin. Insulin is a very important hormone in transportation and absorption of glucose in an infant’s body. This in turn leads to excess glucose and sugar levels in the toddler’s body. Signs of diabetes in babies are hard to pinpoint because it’s hard for toddlers to let their parents know that something is wrong. Therefore, as a parent you should be on the lookout for various signs that may indicate that your baby has diabetes.

Signs and Symptoms of Diabetes in Toddlers

  • Fatigue When a child is suffering from diabetes, sugar in their blood stream is not being converted to energy. Therefore, the baby remains constantly tired or fatigued.
  • Increased urination. This occurs because the child’s body needs to get rid of excess glucose and sugar through urine. You will notice that your baby may be urinating more than usual or even started wetting the bed again for older babies.
  • Excessive thirst. Body tissues of a child suffering from undiagnosed diabetes lose a lot of fluid. This leads to the baby having excessive thirst. Some may crave for sweet, cold drinks.
  • Weight loss. A child with undiagnosed diabetes may experience sudden and rapid weight loss. This is because the body can’t use energy from sugar thus experiencing muscle and fat loss.
  • Increased appetite. A diabetic child’s body is deprived of energy because of the low insulin. This registers in the brain as starvation so the undiagnosed child experiences the feeling of extreme hunger so he/she tends to eat excessively.
  • Eyesight problems. An undiagnosed child may experience blurred vision. High blood sugar level causes fluids to be pulled from body tissues such as eye lenses. This will cause eyesight problems though a toddler may not know this because they still don’t know what normal is.
  • Yeast infections. This may show up as a very bad diaper rash especially in girls.
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis. This is the buildup of ketones which are acidic by products. It happens when the body starts to burn far for energy because the child’s body can’t break down glucose due to low insulin.

Other advanced signs and symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes to look out for may include vomiting, stomach pains, fast breathing, rapid heart rate, low body temperature flushed face and loss of consciousness. It’s also essential for parents to check for fruity breath odor. Undiagnosed diabetes in a child can also make them irritable or even exhibit quick mood changes.

symptoms of diabetes in toddlersIf you notice some of these symptoms in your child you should consult a doctor immediately. This is because the sooner it is diagnosed the earlier the treatment will start thus increasing the chances of your baby to live a normal, healthy life.

What is a Normal Blood Sugar Level for a Toddler?

Diabetes in Toddlers Warning SignsRandom blood sugar test. This is the main screening test to check whether your toddler has diabetes Type 1. A sample of blood is taken at a random time in the day, not taking into account the last time they ate. A random blood sugar level of 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), or 11.1 millimoles per liter (mmol/L), or higher suggests diabetes.

diabetes in toddlers warning signsGlycated hemoglobin (A1C) test. The A1C test gives an indication of your toddler’s average blood sugar level over the past few months. This test specifically measures the blood sugar percentage attached to the oxygen carrying protein in the red blood cells. An A1C level of 6.5 percent or higher on two separate tests indicates diabetes.

symptoms of diabetes in babies infantsFasting blood sugar test. You child will fast over night prior to this blood sample is taken. A fasting blood sugar level of 126 mg/dL (7.0 mmol/L) or higher indicates type 1 diabetes.


Worms for Treatment of Diabetes

Worms Could Be The Weapon In The Fight Against Diabetes

Parasitic worms (helminths) could help fight autoimmune diseases such as lupus, type 1 diabetes (TID), rheumatoid arthritis, and crohn’s disease. Worms are small multicellular organisms that reside in human intestines.

Rutgers immunologist William Gause published an article in Nature Reviews Immunology reporting that the presence of the worms through centuries of human evolution has led to humans developing an immune response known as type 2 immunity.

This immune response includes immune regulator pathways that control harmful inflammatory responses that can contribute to various autoimmune diseases.

 How can Parasitic Worms help Prevent Autoimmune Diseases?

According to the researchers, the immune response seems to have developed as a way for the body to rapidly heal wounds caused by the parasites. Components of type 2 immunity may be the future weapon for enhancing the wound healing process. This response also triggers vital regulatory networks that prevent harmful immune responses and inflammation that tend to worsen tissue injury.

The researchers now want to find a way to harness the components of type 2 immunity in order to target the control of inflammation that contributes to autoimmune diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and diabetes.

Gause says that the harmful inflammation responses also contribute to other diseases such as metabolic disorders and cardiovascular disease. Inflammation has also been linked to fibrosis and allergic reactions that may be caused by titanium shavings flaking away from artificial joints and settling in the body.

Therefore, finding a new way to stimulate the regulatory components of type 2 immunity may provide a new set of tools to prevent and control harmful inflammatory responses associated with different diseases.

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According to the study by Gause and his colleagues, helminth byproducts or even live helminthes may be introduced into the patient’s body on a short-term basis in order to train weak or compromised immune systems. According to a study conducted by Gause and his colleagues in 2012, the introduction of parasitic helminthes in mice for 2 weeks stimulated their immune systems to produce signaling molecules or cytokines which gave them protection against T1D (Type 1 Diabetes).

These findings mirror human experience especially in developing world where worm (helminth) infection is quite common but the incidence if type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases is extremely low.

Best Natural Cures for DiabetesThis means that the low incidence of helminth infection in industrialized nations may compromise the development of vital regulatory networks that are responsible for controlling harmful inflammation.

According to Gause, the end result of this process is increased incidence of a wide variety of diseases associated with harmful inflammatory responses.

Therefore, if we find a controlled and effective way to tap the benefits that worms seem to provide to the immune system, it’s possible that we wouldn’t have to endure the tradeoff between inflammatory diseases and clean living.

Latest Treatments for Diabetes World-first Clinical Trial to Cure Diabetes with Hookworms

This word-first clinical trial will be conducted in Cairns and it aims to combat type 2 diabetes by infecting young overweight women with parasitic worms.

Researches from James Cook University are recruiting young female volunteers for this new research project in which hookworms will be used as possible therapy to improve the overall health for people at risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes. This comes after research in mice found that infecting the animals with helminth can protect them against diabetes by stimulating the immune system to release anti-inflammatory molecules.

The 2-year study will be carried out by scientists from the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine. The study aims to examine the effect of hookworm infestation on young women at risk of diabetes in an attempt to replicate similar results in humans.

The researchers will inoculate young overweight women (aged 18 to 44) with hookworm larva and monitor their health through regular medical assessments.

According to Dr. Paul Giacomin, the worms are masters of controlling inflammation. He believes that this clinical trial is critical especially for determining whether researchers should start studying the active molecules that helminth release into the body to help control metabolism and whether these molecules can be used as a drug for preventing metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

The researchers also said that type 2 diabetes and obesity are increasing at an alarming rate in Australia’s population hence leading to disability and death from infections, kidney failure and heart disease.

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