Pregnant women with gestational diabetes who were treated with inositol had significantly lower fasting blood glucose and insulin while levels of the fat-burning hormone adiponectin increased compared to the non-supplemented group. (Diabetic Medicine, August 2011) Inositol has also been shown to improve the same parameters in women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
Month: July 2011
Researchers have shown that fisetin, a type of flavonoid found in strawberries and to a lesser extent in other foods, reduces neurologic complications and kidney damage in type 1 diabetes.
Source: PLoS ONE, Published online June 27, 2011
Two ounces of nuts daily as a replacement for carbohydrate foods improved both glycemic control (HbA1C) and serum lipids (bad cholesterol) in type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, neither in the current study nor in previous reports has nut consumption been associated with weight gain. If anything, nuts appear to be well suited as part of weight-reducing diets.
Source: Diabetes Care, Online June 29, 2011
Catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET (and much more safely). Why it works is as yet unknown, it may be that it acts as an irritant or that mosquitoes don’t like the smell.
Results showed that those people who used predominately olive oil as the fat in the diet had a
53% lower risk for bladder cancer, while those who ate cheesy diets increased their cancer risk by 53%.
Source: European Journal of Cancer 2010;October 12th.
High circulating glucose, insulin resistance and obesity appear to be associated with increased risk of breast cancer. For years for any reproductive hormone imbalances including fibroids, endometriosis, PMS, infertility and hormone related cancers we have recommended a low glycemic index/low glycemic load diet. Recently published research confirms that hyperglycemia and insulin resistance increase breast cancer risk.
Source: International Journal of Cancer 2011
In a small study on fibromyalgia patients, those with coenzyme Q10 deficiency showed a significant reduction of symptoms after treatment with 300mg of CoQ10 for nine months. (Mitochondrion, July 2010)