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Cinnamon May Help Fight Against Obesity.

Cinnamon May Help Fight Against Obesity.

Cinnamon May Help Fight Against Obesity.

New studies from the University of Michigan found how a common spice—cinnamon—can help fight against obesity.

Researchers had previously noticed that cinnamaldehyde (a basic oil responsible for cinnamon’s flavor) seemed to defend mice against obesity and hyperglycemia, but it was not well comprehended what prompted this effect.  More study on this process was necessary to see if it would carry over to humans with similar results.

According to their more recent findings, cinnamaldehyde promotes metabolic health by inducing fat cells (adipocytes) to start burning energy utilizing thermogenesis (the process of heat production in organisms).

When donated human fat cells were treated with cinnamaldehyde, some changes in the genes and enzymes improved lipid metabolism (the breaking down of fats in a cell).  An increase in some key proteins that affect thermogenesis was also observed.

Fat cells store energy in the form of lipids, a long-term storage strategy beneficial to our ancestors, as foods high in fat were hard to come by in those times.  These lipids could then be utilized during times of food scarcity or extreme conditions, by converting this stored energy into heat.  It’s in these fairly recent modern times that energy surplus has become problematic, whereas energy deficiency has always been the main problem.  This drastic change has caused our fat-burning process to turn off, so scientists are looking for ways to activate them again.

Research like this is important because the possibility of fighting obesity with cinnamon-based treatments is much easier and better received than traditional drugs.  Further studies are necessary though, to determine how to efficiently control cinnamaldehyde’s benefits and mitigate any side-effects.

Obesity as a major health risk for Diabetes.

Obesity (especially childhood obesity) is also one of the major risk-factors associated with type 2 diabetes and usually begins with insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is a condition in where muscle, liver, and fat cells do not process insulin well.  Because of this resistance to insulin, the pancreas must compensate with even more insulin to keep glucose levels in check.  Over some time though, the Pancreas is not able to meet the body’s demand causing glucose levels to rise.

Other risk-factors include sedentary lifestyles, increasing age, bad diet, and even genetics in where genes can increase tendencies to become overweight.

Treatments for people with diabetes involve low carb / low calorie diets, regular blood glucose testing, insulin injections/pumps, and medication that helps improve response to insulin.

 

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Identifying Alzheimer’s before symptoms

Identifying Alzheimer’s before symptoms

Identifying Alzheimer’s before symptoms

New tests to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease are emerging, offering hope for new treatments and therapies.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the memory disease is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and more than 5 million people are currently living with the disease. In fact, for seniors, a third of all deaths stem from either Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Although there is no cure in sight, for now, every effort is being made to find a way to diagnose and treat this growing threat.

According to The Wall Street Journal, there is support for a new approach to how Alzheimer’s is identified in the population, and it could lead to dramatically earlier warnings of the disease and accelerate research. New approaches hope to discover the disease before symptoms ever present.

Like finding malignant cells in the body to find cancer or plaque buildup in the arteries for heart disease, the presence of amyloid and tau proteins could be the key to early identification. Previously, doctors could only see these proteins during an autopsy, but improved technology has allowed for these markers to be seen in living patients. These scans are sometimes used to rule out Alzheimer’s in patients with various cognitive issues.  Critics of the method agree that the process works to identify amyloid proteins but argue that there is no definitive way to predict whether or not the patient will actually develop symptoms.

Another test involves recognition of smells. One of the first things to decline is the ability to smell, which is associated with the first cranial nerve, according to WebMD.  Researchers have found the ability to smell differs between nostrils in Alzheimer’s patients but it is still too early to say definitively if this will be a diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s.

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Switch jobs in your 50s for a longer career, study says

Switch jobs in your 50s for a longer career, study says

Switch jobs in your 50’s for a longer career, study says.

Switching jobs late in life might be the key to a longer career, according to Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research.

But the key is switching job voluntarily. Those who were laid off late in life had difficulty finding new jobs.

Those who switched jobs voluntarily worked longer, increasingly the likelihood of still working at age 65 by 20 percent.

About 44 percent of the population is still working at age 65, according to a University of Michigan study.

No matter what level of education or type of job, all workers worked longer if they switched jobs in their 50s.

About 41 percent of people who switched jobs did so most often to reduce stress. But stress didn’t have a significant effect one when people retired, the study found.

Other factors are at play, too. People who still had a mortgage at age 60 were 10 percent more likely to be working at age 65. In fact, more people now reach retirement with a mortgage than in previous decades, possibly because of differing attitudes toward debt.

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Low-Sugar Fruits for Diabetic Diets

Low-Sugar Fruits for Diabetic Diets

Low-Sugar Fruits for Diabetic Diets

Naturally occurring sugar can be found in all fruits, although some may contain more than others.  Those trying keep sugar consumption under control usually give up a lot of the usual culprits such as soda pop and candy, but quite often overlook fruit.  Although a healthier way of satisfying a “sweet-fix” fruits such as watermelon have a greater amount of sugar than others.  Here are some examples of low-sugar fruits suitable for diabetics to consume:

 

  • Strawberries 1 gram of sugar per strawberry of medium size, high in fiber and vitamin C as well.

 

  • Blackberries For every 100 grams you get 5 grams of sugar, 5 grams of fiber, and 1.40 grams of protein.

 

  • Peaches One peach of medium size contains approximately 13 grams of sugar.

 

  • Oranges – 14 grams of digestible sugar and excellent source of vitamin C.  Steer clear of fruit juices with added sugars and go for the actual fruit instead.

 

  • Lemons / Limes Not the most intuitive snack to reach for, but with rich levels of vitamin C and only 2 grams of sugar, it can be a great part of a person’s diet.

 

  • Grapefruit – Half a grapefruit can have 11 grams of sugar.  Some honey or Stevia on top of this fruit may mitigate tartness.

 

  • Honeydew Melon – Contains 11 grams of digestible sugar, along with potassium, vitamin C, and iron.

 

  • Avocados – Virtually no sugar found in avocados, but has good fats and fiber.

 

Adding low-sugar fruits into you diet

 

Some benefits of having daily fruit in your diet include things such as weight loss, healthy skin, increased energy levels, and reduced risk of diseases such as cancer. The American Cancer Society suggests at least 2 1/2 cups of fruits and vegetables daily.  You can implement them into any meal of the day in a variety of ways to keep things fresh and appealing for consumption.  For example, during breakfast some yogurt or non-sweetened cereal can be topped with peaches or chopped berries.   Snacks can be easily made by cutting up fruit into smaller edible-sized chunks and refrigerated for later consumption.  Lunch and dinner can include fruits as well, fruits and berries make perfect salad toppings and lemon or lime juice as dressing.  Desserts can be healthier with whole fruits and combined into a fruit salad topped with honey to sweeten the deal.

 

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World Diabetes Day 2017

World Diabetes Day 2017

World Diabetes Day 2017

 

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and today (November 14th, 2017) is what is becoming known as World Diabetes Day, a day of diabetes awareness worldwide.  With so much misleading information out there, days like these are becoming ever more prevalent.

 

Some things to expect on this day include the launching of support groups and fund raising campaigns towards diabetes research.  Social media campaigns can include hash tags such as #MakeDiabetesVisible, #WorldDiabetesDay, & #WDD.  Active members of the Diabetes Online Community host an annual twitter chat #WDDchat17 for the entire day exchanging comments and ideas on diabetes awareness efforts.  Some monuments worldwide are being lit up in the blue color associated with diabetes awareness, which some are calling “blue-washing”.  Others are wearing blue clothing and showing the blue circle on social media profiles as a sign of solidarity.

 

This all goes down in commemoration on the birthday of insulin co-discoverer Dr. Frederick Banting who lived over a century ago.  Created by The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and The World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991 in response to the ever-growing health threat presented by diabetes.  This year marks the tenth year it was officially recognized by the United Nations with an official resolution, raising the public consciousness of this special day.  The campaign has reached a global conversation of over 1 billion people in over 160 countries and growing.  Steadfast in it’s continuing mission to draw attention to important issues as it relates to Diabetes, maintaining it within the public and political focus.

 

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Veteran’s Day Observed

Veteran’s Day Observed

Veteran’s Day & Honoring Those Who Served

 

Veterans vowed their allegiance to our country by serving in the military and fight for America’s liberty.  Showing gratitude can come in many forms, but a little appreciation can go a long way for those senior veterans in need on Veteran’s Day as their health and resources decline.

 

Here are some things you can do for Veteran’s Day:

 

  • Spending Time – Veterans in assisted living facilities nearly always enjoy visitors. Listen to what they have to say about their experiences, you may just learn something new.

 

  • Food Delivery – Local food banks usually accept food drops as well as volunteers to help deliver food to senior veterans.

 

  • Visit the Wounded – Ask about visitation hours at your regional Veterans hospitals to spend time with wounded service members.   A sympathetic ear can be great therapy for them.

 

  • Discounts – If you are a business owner, offer something that the seniors can enjoy in the form of discounts. If you do not own a business, research a list of discounts they can use for them.

 

  • Care-packages – Contact a local organization that help troops in need.  Find out what deployed troops really want or need in those care packages you help put together.

 

  • Wear a red poppy – Shows support for veteran and active duty service members. Donations received for the flowers usually assist disabled and hospitalized veterans.

 

  • Support Veteran-owned businesses – Not always easy to figure out which businesses are owned or operated by veterans. Contact your local chamber of commerce for more information.

 

  • Express thanks – Whenever you see somebody in uniform, offer words of appreciation or a small act of generosity to exhibit how much their service means to you.

 

  • Send a card – Start creating a contact list of the Veterans you know and send them thank you cards. Keep updating your list and make it a yearly tradition.

 

 

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The Medical Supplies Market is Expanding.

The Medical Supplies Market is Expanding.

Medical Supplies Markets Expanding

Market Research Future Report

According to Market Research Future, the global medical supplies market is growing exponentially and expected to reach $132 Billion by late 2022.  The primary cause of this massive growth is the rising population of geriatrics as well as increase in patients with chronic diseases such as cardiovascular & diabetes.  Leading this sales growth will be marginally invasive devices that deliver medicines, inhalation therapies, and dialysis products.

On a global scale, Americas region seems to be the largest market for medical supplies with Europe slowly catching up.  However, the Asian-Pacific market is due to grow at the fastest rate during the next five years.  Middle East & Africa region may have limited but consistent growth in this market.  Some key players include 3M Company (US), Medtronic plc (Ireland), B.Braun Melsungen AG (Germany), & Boston Scientific Corporation (US). Read more here.

Grand View Research Report

Another report from 2014 by Grand View Research, Inc. anticipates the market to reach $242.1 Billion by 2024.  Healthcare settings are on the rise due to government aid and public private partnerships.  This is expected to create higher demand for durable medical equipment and open up opportunities for consistent growth.  Home healthcare being a cost effective option is growing fast, due to the growing workforce within this field.  This in-turn leads to seeing more usage of these types of medical supplies in home healthcare settings.  The aforementioned geriatric population and the rising pervasiveness of chronic disease is expected to increase demand for durable medical equipment.  Other factors that contributed to market growth have included efficient reimbursement networks, elaborate health care systems, and prominent medical supply manufacturers. Read more here.

 

Now have Medicare and need to manage your Diabetes?

Now have Medicare and need to manage your Diabetes?

Now have Medicare and need to manage your Diabetes? Here is a helpful start.

In 2017 Medicare covered 58 million Americans, and to a lot of us, it can seem like a complicated labyrinth.  For those over 65 years of age, it is essential health coverage administered by the United States government.  It’s a daunting task to understand it right away, but here is some information to mitigate the steep learning curve.

Medicare, being such a massive program, is broken up into four sections.

  • Part A covers hospital stays, nursing facility care, hospices, and health care.
  • Part B covers doctor visits, outpatient care, medical devices, and requires a monthly premium.
  • Part C let’s people enroll in private insurance plans while still receiving benefits from parts A & B.
  • Part D covers prescription drugs.

Part A solely covers care at home and medical facilities, but medicare can cover diabetic supplies such as medication, monitoring equipment, insulin delivery products, and therapeutic aids.  These supplies are usually covered in Parts B & D which also include things like meter strips, lancets, insulin, insulin pumps, and Continuous Glucose Metering devices.

Regular screenings such as the fasting blood glucose test are covered under part B.  Over time, poor blood circulation can cause complications such as foot disease, and as such, foot exams, therapeutic footwear, and shoe inserts all fall under part B of the Medicare program.  Nutrition therapy and training for newly diagnosed diabetics are also covered as to provide guidance for those beginning to deal with or struggling in controlling their Diabetes.

Part D involves outpatient prescription drug benefit, which requires a monthly premium based on your level of income.  Various plans fall under Part D, but it all depends on your individual drug needs (click here to find your plan).

 

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Artificial beta cells that release insulin in response to high blood sugar.

Artificial beta cells that release insulin in response to high blood sugar.

Artificial beta cells that release insulin in response to high blood sugar.

A major hurdle in the patient-friendly treatment of Diabetes is the need for efficient on-demand control of blood glucose levels.  Normal pancreatic cells do this naturally, so creating an insulin delivery system has been quite a challenge for researchers.

Insulin pills end up destroyed in digestive enzymes and acids making it an unviable option.  Pancreatic cell transplants are expensive, require donors, and drugs to prevent rejection.  Over six million people in the U.S. take insulin via injection or mechanical pump, meeting timely dosing needs and cost efficiency.

The researchers over at The University of North Carolina & NC State are now testing artificial beta cells (ABC’s) that release insulin when glucose levels rise.  These artificial beta cells take the place of normal beta cells in the pancreas that cause diabetes when they malfunction.

Blood glucose levels were kept normal for up to five days in diabetic mice when injected with these artificial cells.  Plans to optimize the cells to test on larger animals and eventually on humans is in the near future.  The aim is to develop a “smart” skin patch that infuses the cells subcutaneously, for a painless, convenient, and cost effective treatment for Diabetes.
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