Red Meat Increases Risk Of Diabetes

According to a new Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) study the regular consumption of processed red meat increases risk of diabetes in adults. The study also shows that replacing red meat with healthier proteins, such as low-fat dairy, nuts or whole grains, can significantly lower the risk. … Read More

Managing Diabetes With Exercise and Acupuncture

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Fish Oil For Diabetes

Posted March 10, 2011 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under benefits of fish oil, diabetes, fish oil

A molecular mechanism that makes omega-3 fatty acids so effective in reducing chronic inflammation and insulin resistance may lead to a simple dietary remedy for the more than 23 million Americans suffering from diabetes and other conditions. Jerold Olefsky, M.D., and colleagues from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine recently identified key receptors on white blood cells, or macrophages, which are found in obese body fat. Obesity and diabetes are closely associated. The scientists say omega-3 fatty acids activate this cell macrophage receptor, resulting in anti-inflammatory effects and improved insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance is the condition in which the hormone insulin becomes less effective at regulating blood sugar levels in the body, leading to type 2 diabetes and other health problems. These cell macrophages digest cellular debris and pathogens as an immune system response. Part of this response involves the macrophages producing proteins that cause inflammation, a method for destroying harmful cells and objects. Obese fat tissue contains lots of these macrophages producing lots of protein, which can result in chronic inflammation and rising insulin resistance. Fish oils, or omega-3 fatty acids, interact with receptors located on macrophages, generating a strong anti-inflammatory effect. “It’s just an incredibly potent effect,” says Olefsky. “The omega-3 fatty acids kill the inflammatory response. This is nature at work. The receptor responds to a natural product—omega-3 fatty acids—so that the inflammatory process can be controlled.” Fish oils safely do this and suggest a possible way to treat the problems of inflammation in obesity and in conditions like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease through simple dietary supplementation. In addition to fish oil supplementation, healthy dietary choices for diabetes management include: • Fiber-rich foods—legumes, whole wheat flour, wheat bran. • Healthy carbohydrates—low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables. • Reduced amounts of food products containing saturated and trans fats. • Limited intake of meats, eggs and other high cholesterol foods. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Vitamin D And Diabetes

Posted April 14, 2010 by Acupuncture & Massage College & filed under diabetes, Yoga

Vitamin D, known as the “sunshine vitamin” because people get most of their vitamin D from the sun, can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 55 percent. Over the last twenty years, Americans have developed a vitamin D deficiency, probably related to the use of sunscreen or being advised to stay out of the sun. While individuals should prevent excess sun exposure, they should also be aware that 90 percent of their vitamin D comes from sunshine and limited-time, outdoor sessions a few times a week can enhance health. A new study from Warwick Medical School indicates that high vitamin D levels can not only aid in preventing type 2 diabetes but can also reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by nearly 35 percent. The study appears in the journal Maturitas. While vitamin D deficiencies can lead to an increased risk of developing these diseases, the direct link between getting plenty of vitamin D and type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention is not yet determined. Health benefits of vitamin D include: • Formation and maintenance of strong bones. • Protection against osteoporosis and high blood pressure. • Immune system strengthening. • Protection against colon, breast and prostate cancers. … Read More

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