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Diabetes and Lipid Problems Article Archives

April 2009

Hot Pockets of Brown Fat Burn Up Calories

Three studies just published in the New England Journal of Medicine have discovered that most adults have several grams of brown fat sequestered in little pockets on their necks and backs. It's a tiny amount, but it's big news because brown fat is not your everyday fat, the unwelcome white variety that stores calories and makes us hate mirrors. Brown fat is a busy little heat-producing fat that actually burns calories.  It's brown because it contains special mitochondria, tiny factories within the fat cells that produce heat, lots of it, when activated by cold. 

comments 2 comments - Posted Apr 24, 2009

People with Diabetes Should Be Tested for Heart Fibrillation, Study Says

In an Australian study that tracked 11,140 people with diabetes, researchers found a strong relationship between the presence of atrial fibrillation-abnormal heart rhythm-and an increased risk of cardiovascular problems and death.

comments 1 comment - Posted Apr 23, 2009

Emory Researchers Tell Why Excess Fat Increases Risk for Type 2

Being overweight is something all doctors and most laypeople know significantly increases the risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes. In fact, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says that more than 90 percent of people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 are overweight.  But why does excess fat increase the risk of diabetes? Isn't the disease, after all, one that involves the body's inability to metabolize glucose?

comments 3 comments - Posted Apr 2, 2009

March 2009

Link Seen Between High Fructose Corn Syrup Consumption and Insulin Resistance

Whenever Diabetes Health publishes an article about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), we receive mountains of printed material from corn industry advocates. They argue that the effects of HFCS cannot be extrapolated from research because the "studies look at the effects of fructose independently."  They claim, in the words of Christopher Mohr, MS, RD, LDN, of the Corn Refiners Association, that "the absence of glucose makes pure fructose fundamentally different from HFCS."

comments 14 comments - Posted Mar 11, 2009

December 2008

Finn Researchers Find That Early Childhood Metabolic Disturbances Predict Later Onset of Type 1
Finn Researchers Find That Early Childhood Metabolic Disturbances Predict Later Onset of Type 1

Finnish scientists have reported that children who develop type 1 diabetes experience disturbances in their lipid and amino acid metabolism months or years before the onset of the disease. Their finding of distinct markers that precede the disease could lead to treatments designed to prevent the body's autoimmune system from attacking the pancreatic insulin-producing cells.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 22, 2008

October 2006

Vegan Diet Lowers BGs and Lipids in Type 2s
Vegan Diet Lowers BGs and Lipids in Type 2s

A low-fat vegan diet was found to improve blood glucose and lipid control in type 2 diabetics, according to researchers at George Washington University School of Medicine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2006

August 2006

Bariatric Surgery Was the Answer for Annie
Bariatric Surgery Was the Answer for Annie

“I can bend over and paint my own toenails now,” says Annie, who had bariatric surgery on February 5, 2005.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2006

April 2006

Actos Alone or Combined With Oral Meds Improves Your Patient’s BGs and Lipids

New Zealand researchers say that in clinical trials of people with type 2 diabetes, Actos as stand-alone therapy or in combination with metformin, repaglinide, insulin or a sulphonylurea induced “both long- and short-term improvements in [blood glucose] control and serum lipid profiles.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

Fatty Liver Disease Called Heart Risk in Type 2s

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is significantly associated with a moderately increased cardiovascular disease risk among type 2s, according to Italian researchers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

Less Carbs, More Protein and 'Healthy' Fats Improve Heart Profile

Partially substituting carbohydrate with either protein or monounsaturated fat can lower blood pressure, improve lipid levels and reduce estimated cardiovascular risk, according to a study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

Blood Glucose Imbalances and Atkins Induction
Blood Glucose Imbalances and Atkins Induction

As I discussed in the February 2006 issue, the Atkins Nutritional Approach has four phases, ranging from the most restrictive Induction phase to the Lifetime Maintenance phase.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

March 2006

Good HDL Could Stave off Albuminuria in Type 1s

Type 1 diabetics who keep their HDL (good) cholesterol levels elevated may be protecting themselves from the development of albuminuria. Researchers at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago say that it remains to be determined whether the elevated HDL is the cause of the protective effect.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2006

December 2005

Is Margarine Safe for People With Diabetes?
Is Margarine Safe for People With Diabetes?

Nutritional recommendations always seem to be changing. One year we’re advised to switch from butter to margarine. A year later, we learn that margarine is worse for us than butter.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

June 2005

Type 2 Diabetes and Triglycerides
Type 2 Diabetes and Triglycerides

What is a triglyceride, and why do some physicians refer to it as the “ugly fat”?

comments 5 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2005

March 2005

Why Every Type 2 Should See ‘Super Size Me’
Why Every Type 2 Should See ‘Super Size Me’

Have you seen the movie “Super Size Me”?

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

Is Dieting Bad for You?
Is Dieting Bad for You?

Last year, Stacey Martin, a 41-year-old real estate agent from East Hampton, New York, was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. At 270 pounds, the medical community considered her “morbidly obese.”

comments 8 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

February 2005

Walnuts Improve Lipid Values in Type 2s
Walnuts Improve Lipid Values in Type 2s

Taken with a low- or modified-fat diet, Australian researchers say that 30 grams of walnuts per day improve the lipid profile of patients with type 2.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

July 2004

HDL: The ‘Good’ Cholesterol

There are two main types of cholesterol, LDL and HDL.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2004

June 2004

Lipo Removes Fat But Not Type 2
Lipo Removes Fat But Not Type 2

Liposuction may suck fat from your body and take off pounds, but don’t expect it to improve your type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 17, 2004

Type 2 Diabetes and Simvastatin

A South Carolina study indicates that simvastatin (Zocor), an oral “statin” lipid-lowering drug is a potentially beneficial treatment for the inflammatory reaction associated with atherosclerosis.

comments 1 comment - Posted Jun 1, 2004

April 2003

Death Rate Triple for Men with Metabolic Syndrome

A middle-aged man with a "beer belly," unhealthy cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and elevated blood glucose is three times more likely to die from cardiovascular problems and twice as likely to die from other causes as a man who doesn't have this metabolic syndrome.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2003

January 2003

Medications Help Control Lipid Levels and High Blood Pressure

A campaign aimed at educating people with diabetes about their increased risk of heart disease and stroke is called "Be Smart About Your Heart: Control the ABCs of Diabetes"—in other words, control your A1C, blood pressure and cholesterol.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2003

December 2002

Even Young Girls Should Watch Their Lipid Levels

High levels of cholesterol in girls early in life are associated with increased risk of obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) later in life, say researchers based in Philadelphia and New Orleans.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

September 2002

Niaspan Improves Lipid Profile in Type 2s

Extended-release niacin (Niaspan), administered in relatively low doses—1,000 or 1,500 mg per day—for lipid therapy is a treatment option for type 2s who exhibit the typical diabetic lipid profile of high triglycerides, small dense LDL ("bad") cholesterol, high free-fatty-acid levels and low HDL ("good") cholesterol.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2002

January 1996

Methane Producers Have Higher Cholesterol

What could methane gas have to do with your cholesterol level? Plenty, according to a Canadian study published in the July 1995 issue of Diabetes Care.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1996

July 1995

New Drug For Type 2 Diabetes

The FDA recently approved a new drug that offers excellent benefits for people with type 2 diabetes. Metformin, marketed under the name Glucophage by Bristol-Myers Squibb, is an oral medication for people with non-insulin dependent diabetes. Although metformin has been in use in other countries for over two decades, its approval in the United States has taken 38 years. An earlier form of the drug was removed from the market because it caused serious complications. Metformin has been observed in other countries and can be used with confidence by most people with diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1995

Questions and Anwers About Metformin and Type 2 Diabetes

DIABETES HEALTH: What is metformin?

comments 3 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1995

May 1995

Plantain Seeds Help Type 2 Patients Reduce Their Cholesterol Levels

Researchers in India have shown that psyllium husk, which is the outer layer of the plantain seed, can significantly reduce cholesterol when administered to patients with type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 1995

March 1995

Research Shows Type 2s Often Have Increased Triglyceride Levels and Decreased Amounts of

Research recently conducted at the Institute of Biochemistry in Glasgow, Scotland studied the blood lipid abnormalities associated with non insulin-dependent diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1995

January 1995

Chromium Picolinate May Lower Triglyceride Levels

A drop of 17.4 percent in triglyceride levels was obtained in a study conducted at the Medical Center Hospital and the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio, TX.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1995

January 1994

Can Guar Gum help Type 2s?

A study of 15 Type 2 diabetic patients who controlled their diabetes through diet, were given 15 grams of guar gum per day over a 48 week period. The results of the study indicate that guar gum improved long-term glycemic control, postprandial (after meals) glucose tolerance, and lipid concentrations (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October, 1993).

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1994

Dyslipidemia: What Is It?

Dyslipidemia is abnormal lipid metabolism. It is very common among people with Type 2 diabetes, and most frequently involves increased levels of triglycerides, very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, as well as decreased levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL). These abnormalities appear to be caused by increased secretion of VLDL particles from the liver due to increased concentrations of free fatty acids and glucose.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1994

February 1993

Drug Reduces Triglycerides by 26%

In a study from the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, the lipid-regulating drug, gem-fibrozil (Lopid), was found to significantly improve triglyceride (blood fat) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) levels in a group of type 2 diabetes patients. Lipid disorders are a major cause of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), a condition which accounts for the majority of diabetes-related deaths. The ability to control stable lipid levels would greatly reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 1993

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