Saturday, October 17, 2009

Saturday Topic: Diabetes

  • We have four family members (Great Aunt Becky, Great Uncle Chris, Great Grandpa Kent and Grandma Apel) with diabetes.
  • It's pretty common place anymore to know someone that has diabetes.
  • CBS news aired a segment not too long ago about a chemical in red grapes has been chemically shown to lower diabetes in mice and may offer protection against the disease in humans, according to a new study.
  • Researchers with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center said in a statement that the chemical resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, may protect against the disease when acting directly on certain proteins of the brain.
  • ABC news aired just this month a segment on a number of traditional Chinese herbs may help control blood/sugar levels in the body of type 2 diabetes patient. That doesn't mean going out and buying American Chinese takeout. Products like Jiangtang Bushen, Xiaoke huaya and Tang Kang yin were the ones to use to mix into food.
  • Much of type 2 diabetes can be controlled by exercise, watching what you eat and eating small meals instead of 3 larger ones. This is what we all should be doing, even people that do not have diabetes.

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