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Exercise For Bone Health

June 30, 2010 Category :Fitness 0

Before we leap like ballerinas and tiptoe over tulips, there are important requisites to attaining optimal bone health. The safeguarding of bone health should be three ways: through proper nutrition, intake of medications as needed, and appropriate exercises. Proper nutrition includes eating a diet rich in calcium and allowing 10 to 15 minutes of sunlight exposure two times a week for Vitamin D. A yearly medical check-up from age 45 and up, that includes a bone density test called DEXA will determine the status of bones and the presence of osteoporosis. The need to take medications, especially bisphosphonates, calcium and Vitamin D supplementation will be determined by the doctor. » Continue Reading

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Calcium Intake and Diabetes

June 29, 2010 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Question: How much calcium should a diabetic patient take in a day? What foods are rich in calcium?

The human body contains more calcium than it does any other mineral. For an average 130-pound adult, about 1,200 grams — almost three pounds — of the body is calcium. Your body composition depends on the size of your body frame, the density of your bones, and how much bone you have lost through aging.About 99 percent of your body’s calcium is in your bones. The remaining one percent is found in your body fluids and cells. » Continue Reading

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Vitamin D and Diabetes

June 28, 2010 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Question: What are the benefits of taking Vitamin D? Is it true that it can prevent diabetes?

Adequate and sensible exposure to natural sunlight is the simplest best way of getting Vitamin D. Other sources would be cod liver oil, fortified milk and egg yolks. Contrary to common belief, Vitamin D is NOT actually a vitamin at all. “Vitamins” by definition, are nutrients that cannot be produced by the body, but are necessary for the proper functioning of the body’s tissues and organs. This is not true for Vitamin D since it is produced by our bodies (when our skin is exposed to ultraviolet rays from the sun).Technically, it cannot be considered a vitamin. » Continue Reading

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Short-Term Mental Stress Maintains Blood Sugar Levels

June 27, 2010 Category :Diabetes Research| Stress Busters 0

Are you a diabetic and in search of a good mental stress? Swiss investigators say that the blood sugar levels of individuals with type 1 diabetes stay normal when exposed to short-term mental stress. In this case, they used a roller-coaster ride to attain this short-term mental stress, and to see how it can affect blood sugar levels.

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Diabetes Leading Cause of Weak Legs

June 26, 2010 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Degeneration in skeletal muscle strength in elderly diabetics is a cause of concern for Korean and US doctors today, according to Diabetes Care. Dr. Seok Won Park, lead study investigator, says that elderly diabetics lose leg muscle strength 50 percent faster as compared to those who are healthy.This may explain the higher risk in physical disability among diabetics.

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Hope for Damaged Retinas

June 25, 2010 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Diabetics are on to a bright future as British scientists have found that a certain cell in the eye might be used to regenerate damaged retina. A study on Muller glial cells in zebrafish regenerating the retina even with extensive damage, has led scientists to believe that it could be done in humans very soon.

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Hi GI Carbs Contribute to Blindness

June 24, 2010 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Carbohydrates in certain diets are found to up the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness among the elderly, according to a published report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Blue Tortillas Good for Diabetics

June 23, 2010 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Great news for tortilla-loving diabetics and dieters! A study done in Mexico has shown that tortillas made out of blue corn have lower glycemic index and lesser starch compared to the white ones.

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Seaweed Capsules Can Aid Insulin-Cell Transplant Recipients

June 22, 2010 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins University are testing mice and pigs for insulin encased in seaweed capsules and iron to help those with type 1 diabetes whose bodies have rejected their transplanted insulin-cells.

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Salacia Oblonga Controls Blood Sugar

June 21, 2010 Category :Diabetes Research 0

An herb native in the regions of India and Sri Lanka was found to have properties that can control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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