CAT | Heart Health
More than 29 million people in the United States (or nearly 10% of the total population) have diabetes—a term given to a group of diseases marked by high blood sugar and abnormal production and/or function of the hormone insulin.
Because diabetics have an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness and even premature death, organizations like the American Diabetes Association (ADA) strive to help raise awareness about who it affects and why. American Diabetes Month®, celebrated each November, is an important part of their efforts.
The theme this year—America Gets Cooking℠ to Stop Diabetes®—focuses on inspiring people to eat (and cook) healthier foods and to stay active throughout the year. Events will take place throughout the month to help bring people together in an effort to learn more about the link between a healthy lifestyle and diabetes prevention, and on their website the ADA will spotlight ideas and activities for families and individuals.
Want to know more? View previous blogs for additional information
and tips on diabetes prevention and management:
Review: Diet Critical to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Control (includes 5 simple tips for improving diet quality!)
Kids & Diabetes Study, Plus 4 Tips for Parents (hint: your children are counting on YOU to set the example)
New Study Shows Nuts are Good for Your Heart, Blood Sugar (and other reasons why you should add a handful of nuts to your daily diet)
Study: Obese Preschoolers at Risk for Health Problems Earlier in Adulthood (and yes, that includes diabetes)
High Blood Sugar Not a Problem? Think Again. (this eye-opening infographic says it all!)
Results of a new study published in the journal Cell Reports may have guys rethinking those unhealthy food choices. Researchers from the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute recently looked at how the health effects of a diet high in unhealthy fats and sugar differed between male and female mice—and let’s just say the girls fared much better.
During the course of the study, the mice were fed a steady diet of what could be compared to greasy burgers and sugary soft drinks. While the female mice showed no changes in healthy heart and brain function, the males were not so lucky. Their brains showed signs of inflammation, and significant damaged was noted to their hearts. Although researchers could not say for sure why the females were protected against the negative effects, they believe it may have something to do with their body chemistry.
According to institute director Richard Bergman, PhD, these findings suggest we may need to reconsider how we treat and manage obesity from one person to the next. At this time, additional research is planned to determine whether or not human subjects will react the same way—and if brain chemistry can be manipulated to exhibit protective characteristics.
Still, the results do not mean a free pass for the ladies, and experts agree that a low-sugar (or better yet, no-sugar) diet rich in protein and healthy fats such as Omega-3s is best for optimal health and weight management.