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Active Fat

September 24, 2010
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This is a great website that explains how belly fat is bad for you — fat has a life! These cartoons explain the perils clearly and in about as fun a way as it’s possible to do. Nor is it lecturing or hectoring. Well done to the 3 organisations involved, including Diabetes UK.


Why Some Type 1s Are Taking Type 2 Meds

March 8, 2010
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Can the drug Metformin, traditionally used by those with Type 2 diabetes, help Type 1 users? A recent blog post from Diabetes News Hound suggests that it can. It seems more and more people with Type 1 diabetes are turning to drugs traditionally used to treat Type 2 diabetes as a supplement to their insulin injections. Since Type 1 and Type 2 share the name “diabetes” but are very different, it is surprising to learn of this trend.

Blog Diabetes Mine attempted to explain this phenomenon in a recent post. The explanation, in essence, is that many people with Type 1 diabetes can also develop “insulin resistance,” a hallmark of Type 2 diabetes. With Type 2 diabetes, the body produces insulin but does not use it properly. People with Type 1 do not produce enough insulin or any insulin at all. Because people with Type 1 can also become insulin resistant, many of them take the drug Metformin because it helps the body make better use of insulin and therefore requires less insulin to be injected into the body. Metformin can also be used as an appetite suppressant to help some diabetics lose weight.

Interesting to know…

via Why Some Type 1s Are Taking Type 2 Meds

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Makes You Fat | Xylitol and Stevia is Better | Beware Artifical Sweetners

March 2, 2010
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Great article by Joe Garma looking at — in fact distilling — some of the confusion about sugar, explaining why some of it is good for you but much of it (in terms of the type of sugar — glucose or fructose) can be lousy for you, diabetic or not.

“Glucose is the sugar type that we all need. Our brains and each cell in our bodies are powered by glucose. Our bodies are designed to use it. As a result, nearly all of it that’s ingested is used — “burned up” — soon after ingested.

Fructose is the bad stuff, particularly high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and crystalline fructose. Fructose is a major contributor to:

* Insulin resistance and obesity…”

via High-Fructose Corn Syrup Makes You Fat | Xylitol and Stevia is Better | Beware Artifical Sweetners.

dLife website accredited to be the best

November 2, 2009
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Learned on Friday that dLife (a US-based website where the ‘d’ is for diabetes) won the MM&M Best Healthcare Online Media Brand 2009. From all the outstanding brands online, dLife was judged to be THE best.

A press release said, “This is not just a humble victory for dLife; more importantly, it is a victory for the 700,000+ patients that visit dLife every month to get a unique brand of practical lifestyle content that helps them manage the challenge of diabetes self care every day. It is also a victory for our sponsors and partners whose support and belief are essential to driving our engine. And, finally, it’s a victory for the dedicated, smart and hardworking professionals that inhabit dLife and have built brick by brick, day by day, into what it is today and what it will become tomorrow. We look forward to continuing the journey. “

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