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 Article 48
    Published on August 29, 2016


Bbenefits of the Mediterranean diet to Elderly Individuals

U.S. citizens diets are low in fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds but high in meat, trans fats and sodium. This type of diet is responsible for the development of type 2 diabetes (T2D). Studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is a low carbohydrate content helps diabetes individuals in improving blood glucose levels. Studies done by Koloverou and colleagues found 23% reduction in the development of diabetes if an individual follows a Mediterranean diet. To find out the association between dietary habits and mortality risks, Letois and colleagues studied dietary habits of 8,937 elderly (more than 65 years) individuals with a focus on four main food consumption groups

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Fish
  • Meat
  • Olive oil

Letois and colleagues followed the participants for 10 years and 2,016 participants died during this study. Researchers found that died individuals had a history of cardiovascular disease or risk factors, poor health or consumed alcohol. The study results show

  • Those who consume at least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable per day or 4 servings per week have better survival
  • Those who consume at least 2 servings of fish per week have better survival
  • Those who consume meat more than 1 per day had a negative effect on survival
  • Only women consuming a moderate amount of olive oil found to be inversely correlated with mortality risk

study results show that Mediterranean diet benefits elderly (more than 65 years) individuals. This study does not show exact benefits of the Mediterranean diet to diabetes individuals.



       
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Insulin Benefits With Fig Leaves

The pancreas makes insulin, a hormone that helps individual in regulating blood sugar levels. Nat Hawes, author of Nature Cures says natural treatment to regulate blood sugar levels can be found in a garden. He says fig leaves have properties to cure diabetes. Prepare fig leaves to extract by boiling four fig leaves in fresh filtered water and drink it as tea. Individual taking insulin needs less insulin when taking fig leaves to extract and can be taken daily in the morning time. Diabetes patients can take fig fruit too. Fig leaves are bitter in taste and they can be taken in the form of powder too after drying and grinding them.



       
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Device To Detect Deadly Ketones

Ketone is a chemical produced by our liver when energy in our body such as glucose was exhausted. Life-threatening problems arise in type 1 diabetes (T1D) patients with elevated levels of ketones. Electrical and Information engineers from the University of Sydney have created a simple handheld testing device to measure and detect ketones from our breath. This device eliminates finger prick blood tests to check blood sugar levels. The developed prototype device is without risk, pain and needle and can be divided into following functional parts

  • An air sampling bag unit
  • A sensor head unit
  • A signal processing unit

Researchers are working to make the product compact.



       
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Health Benefits With Oranges And Lemons

Eating oranges and lemons can help an individual in preventing diabetes, heart diseases (induced by obesity, type 2 diabetes T2D) and liver diseases. Citrus fruits counter harmful effects of obesity due to high fat and sugar diet. Even though an individual is not obese, eating citrus fruits protects individuals from future diseases induced due to fat-rich diets such as cardiovascular disease, liver diseases, diabetes, abdominal obesity and insulin resistance. Experimental studies were done on mice and team was led by Dr. Thais B Cesar, Ph.D. from Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil. Researchers presented their work at 252nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).



       
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About Cheiroarthropathy & Limited Joint Mobility LJM

Cheiroarthropathy (diabetic thick skin) observed in 30% of the diabetes patients having long diabetes disease history. The symptoms associated with cheiroarthropathy are

  • Joints of hands and fingers movements are limited (Limited Joint Mobility, or LJM). The earliest complication associated with type 1 diabetes (T1D) and documented in 1974
  • Inability to fully stretch the knee, known as flexion the contracture
  • Thickening of skin
  • Permanent shortening and hardening of muscles and fingers
  • Skin becomes waxy and stiffened
  • Skin becomes yellowish on palms and soles

Treatment options for the cheiroarthropathy are

  • Reducing blood sugar levels
  • Using pain reliever
  • Using anti-inflammation medicines
  • Stretching exercises


       
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