Does Diabetes Affect the Brain?

download (62)Type 2 diabetes has been linked with the loss of brain function. In June 2016, the Journal of Diabetes Complications reported on the results of a study on Type 2 diabetes and the risk of brain function decline. Researchers at the Autonomous National University of Mexico in Mexico City and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, UK, looked at 1193 individuals who were 65 years of age or older. They found the people who were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes had almost twice the risk of brain impairment as did the non-diabetic participants. The Type 2 diabetics who had the highest blood sugar levels were most likely to suffer reduced brain function.

In June 2016 the Journal of Neurological Science reported on a different study from Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Middle-aged adults with fasting blood sugar levels of at least 126 mg/dL or 7 mmol/L already had thinning in the cortices of their brains, where thinking takes place. A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L is considered as being prediabetes.

If we can better understand how this works, then it is hopeful we can find a pathway to the prevention and treatment of deterioration of brain function.

Various scientists at Southeast University in Nanjing, China and the National Institutes of Health in Baltimore, United States, compared the brain images of 40 Type 2 diabetics, and 43 non-diabetics. Their work was reported on in the American Journal of Neuroradiology in June 2016. They found in several areas of the brain, connections were missing. The missing connections were linked with…

  • poor planning ability, and
  • memory problems.

These results led the researchers to conclude their work will likely serve as a basis for understanding the brain function decline in many people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

Investigators at German Sport University in Cologne, Germany, may have at least part of the answer to the question of prevention. In May of 2016 the journal Endocrine reported on the idea. According to the investigators…

  • inflammation,
  • free radicals, and
  • changes in blood sugar levels

can allow damaging molecules to enter the brain. This can cause…

  • brain insulin resistance,
  • reduced ability to generate energy, and the
  • accumulation of beta-amyloid, a molecule linked with Alzheimer’s disease.

Regular physical activity helps to reduce free radicals and inflammatory molecules. It can also improve blood vessel function, which could allow the parts of the brain in need of oxygen and nutrients to receive them. Regular exercise, known to be good for the rest of the body, could likely help the brain as well.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.



A Protein Bark Recipe For Diabetics

download (63)Want a sweet and delicious snack you can feel good about putting in your body? Why not try this protein bark recipe? The regular chocolate bark is typically loaded with sugar and calories and not appropriate for someone looking to manage both their blood sugar levels and body weight. But, the great news is with a few modifications, you can certainly prepare a recipe that will serve you well.

Protein Bark. The secret ingredient in this protein bark recipe is coconut oil. Coconut oil is what will give the protein bark recipe its softer consistency, even when it is kept in the freezer. You can take it out and immediately bite right into it, and experience the deliciously creamy and sweet taste it has to offer.

Even better is coconut oil provides a healthy source of dietary fat that will not only stabilize your blood sugar levels but also…

  • help to keep your immune system strong,
  • help ward off heart disease, and may even
  • help you become leaner thanks to the metabolic boost it will provide for you.

The protein powder added to this bark is what helps provide the amino acids for tissue repair and recovery while also ensuring you stay satisfied for several hours after eating it.

Make sure you Include any of the “add-ins” you prefer, whether they are various nuts or seeds, or even a small handful of dried fruit. Just do remember to keep in mind dried fruit will increase the sugar content of this snack, so don’t overdo the portion size. Satisfying your sweet tooth can be a real challenge when watching your carbs, calories and blood sugar.

Here’s your protein bark recipe to try out. It takes all of 5 minutes to prepare and 2 hours to set, so make it this afternoon for a late-night after dinner treat…

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 ½ scoops chocolate protein powder (or any flavor you prefer)
  • 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  • ¼ cup peanuts

Begin by heating the coconut oil in the microwave on high for about 30 seconds or until melted. Stir in the protein powder and peanut butter until well combined. Stir in the peanuts until coated and then place this mixture on a plate covered with parchment paper. Next, place the covered plate in the freezer for about 2 hours.

Remove and slice into pieces and then serve immediately. Note you will want to keep any protein bark you don’t eat in the freezer until ready to serve. This delicious treat is a refreshing alternative to ice cream and will help satisfy your taste buds without spiking your blood sugar.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.



Maternal Weight Gain During Pregnancy Affects the Child’s Risk of Becoming Obese

download (64)Scientists at Harvard Medical School and several other research institutions in Boston, United States and Canada, found too much weight gain during the first three months of pregnancy resulted in excess weight gain in children.

In July of 2016 the medical journal, Obesity reported on 979 mother and child pairs who took part in the study. The young children whose mother had gained excess amounts of weight during the first and second three months of their pregnancy, were heavy by mid-childhood. From this result, the researchers concluded there was a need to address excess weight gain early in the mother’s pregnancy to avoid excessive weight gain in their children’s early years.

Overweight and obese children are at high risk for…

  • developing Type 2 diabetes,
  • high blood fat levels,
  • high blood pressure, and
  • heart disease.

According to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, United States, obesity and Type 2 diabetes in children can lead to their heart growing out-of-shape.

In 2012 the journal American Family Physician reported that obese boys have a 30 percent risk of high blood pressure or borderline high blood pressure. The risk for girls is 23 to 30 percent. High blood pressure readings or hypertension, can lead to overgrowth of the heart and diseased blood vessels.

Another study reported on in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation in 2015 indicated overgrowth of the heart in children as young as 8 years. Heart specialists compared images of the heart in…

  • 20 obese, and
  • 20 average weight

girls aged 8 to 16. Generally, obese children have heavier and thicker-walled left ventricles.

Left ventricles pump blood from the heart to the rest of the body. When the heart walls become too thick, not enough blood can flow into and out of them. Forty percent of the obese children in the above study had overgrowth throughout their heart, making it difficult for their heart to take in and pump blood to their lungs and the rest of their body.

Normally weight gain is slow the first three months of pregnancy or trimester, picks up during the second trimester, and is fastest in the third trimester. The National Institute of Health recommends taking in…

  • 1800 calories per day in the first trimester,
  • 2200 calories per day in the second, and
  • 2400 calories per day in the last trimester.

This amount of calories is based on the needs of healthy, normal-weight women and will vary for those who are either underweight, overweight, or obese. Pregnant mothers need to consult with their obstetrician or midwife for individual dietary and weight gain goals.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.


Type 2 Diabetes – How to Treat Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

download (61)Depending on your knowledge of Type 2 diabetes, you may or may not be aware it is a disease that can be treated entirely through natural means. Unlike some of the major diseases affecting adults and children alike, you have the power to treat or “reverse” your condition – without relying on any medication.

Common medications for Type 2 diabetes include artificial products that work to lower your blood sugar. While they may be useful in some respects, they often pose serious consequences, in the long run, some of which may even be lethal.

To talk about artificial methods to lower your blood sugar would be beyond the scope of this discussion. However, it’s crucial to understand relying on medications to manage your blood sugar would be far from ideal. The correct course of action is to treat Type 2 diabetes the natural way, by making the commitment to improving your health one small step at a time. It would be an understatement to suggest your lifestyle determines not only your health but also the state of your blood sugar. Since this disease develops primarily based on your nutritional habits, it’s also a disease that can be treated by correcting what likely caused its onset in the beginning.

For starters, managing your blood sugar first requires you make significant changes to your lifestyle. We’re making the plausible assumption you don’t eat healthily, and you don’t exercise much. These are two areas you can immediately work on, which will bring about a notable change in your blood sugar reading.

You no doubt have a good idea of how you can improve your eating plan. Firstly, it’s not about eliminating unhealthy foods entirely. You can still enjoy an evening snack – just make sure you are eating healthy foods the majority of the time. If you opt for fruit instead of a chocolate bar most of the time, you will be doing your health an immeasurable favor.

Also, you are probably physically inactive, or inadequately active. That’s because Type 2 diabetes rarely affects adults with physically active lifestyles. Exercise will directly lower your blood sugar levels and improve your insulin resistance, so work on making physical activity a habit.

There are many other steps you can take to treat Type 2 diabetes naturally, but they usually stem from the lifestyle changes we have mentioned. Making…

  • healthy carbohydrates choices,
  • intermittent fasting, and
  • resistance training

all have their place in helping you lower your blood sugar level and lose weight. But focus on the basics for now.

If you can discipline yourself and commit to achieving your goal without medications, you are guaranteed to reach your objective – as long as you do not quit.

Although managing your disease can be very challenging, Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. You can make simple changes to your daily routine and lower both your weight and your blood sugar levels. Hang in there, the longer you do it, the easier it gets.