Category: Diabetes/Insulin Resistance

New Research

  1. Higher dietary intake of vitamin B6 was associated with reduced risk of breast cancers. (Journal of Epidemiology, September 2011)
  2. Use of oral contraceptives may negatively affect vitamin B6 statusbut their impact on folate and vitamin B12 is not significant. (Nutrition Reviews, October 2011)
  3. Type 2 diabetics given either 300 mg of alpha lipoic acid daily for two months had significantly lower fasting blood glucose levels and insulin resistance.  Antioxidant status was improved in the supplemented group as well. (Saudi Medical Journal, June 2011)

Resveratrol Significantly Improves Metabolism in Obese Men

Obese men given 150 mg per day of resveratrol, had significantly better blood pressure, white blood cells, leptin, markers of systemic inflammation, glucose, insulin, and triglyceride levels versus the control group with no adverse reactions in a recent study.

Source: Cell Metabol. 2011;14:612-622


Replace Starch with Nuts in Diabetes

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

Diet Pop is Dangerous

People who had diet soda every day experience a 61% higher risk of vascular events, such as stroke,  than those who reported drinking no soda.  Previous studies have suggested a link between diet-soda consumption and the risk of metabolic syndrome and diabetes.

Source: American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, Los Angeles

Magnesium Improves Insulin Sensitivity

In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study involving 52 people with normal blood magnesium who were overweight, insulin resistant and non-diabetic, results indicate that supplementation with magnesium may improve insulin sensitivity.

Source: Diabetes Obes Metab, 2010, Nov 18

Inhaled Corticosteroids (aka puffers) Increase Diabetes Risk & Progression

The use of inhaled corticosteroids, whether for asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), increases the likelihood of diabetes onset and diabetes progression. Current use of inhaled corticosteroids was associated with a significant 34% increase in the rate of diabetes and with a 34% increase in the rate of diabetes progression, according to the report.

Source: Am J Med. Posted online September 27, 2010.

Intensive Lifestyle Interventions Yield Weight Loss & Better Glycemic Control in Type II Diabetes

Overweight and obese individuals with Type 2 diabetes who participated in an intensive 4-year lifestyle intervention program that increased their fitness and physical activity not only lost weight but also experienced an improvement in their glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). Researchers randomly assigned 3,942 adults to a control group or to the intensive lifestyle intervention group, which included prescribed restricted caloric intake, 175 minutes weekly of physical activity, and 3 sessions each year with counselors through the entire 4-year period.

Source: Obesity 2010: 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society. [Presentation title: 4-Year Effects of a Lifestyle Intervention on Change in Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: Results From the Look AHEAD Trial. Abstract 70-OR]