DISCOVERY: Gut-Brain Vagus Nerve Study Shows Nerve Cells Detect What We Eat

Though we know about the importance of sensory neurons in gut-brain communication and how this relates to satiety and blood glucose regulation, just how these cells actually participate in the regulation of feeding and blood glucose levels was an unknown. New mice research, published in Cell Metabolism, sheds light onRead …

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Unexpected Blood Sugar Dips May Explain Why Weight Loss is So Difficult for Some People

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New research shows that people who experience big blood sugar dips, several hours after eating, end up feeling hungrier and consuming hundreds more calories during the day than others. A study published in Nature Metabolism, from PREDICT, the largest ongoing nutritional research program in the world that looks at responsesRead …

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Abnormal Clock Gene Linked to Dawn Phenomenon in Type-2 Diabetes

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For prediabetes and Type-2 diabetes who regularly monitor their blood sugar, there is a well-known issue called dawn phenomenon. It is characterized by a rise in blood sugar during the early morning hours, despite lifestyle measures and even medication. Jason Fung, MD, author of the The Obesity Code, The CompleteRead …

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PCOS DISCOVERIES: Men with Genetic Risk Factors & Black Women at Greater Odds for Cardiometabolic Diseases

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Two new studies presented at the annual ENDO 2021 meeting (March 20-23), the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting, provides valuable insight into polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The first study found that men with the genetic risk factors for PCOS can develop the same characteristics of the disease. This surprising study leadsRead …

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Hyperinsulinemia and Insulin Resistance Develops as part of Elevated Free Fatty Acids

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While it is commonly accepted that free fatty acids (FFA) cause insulin resistance and hyperglycemia in obese individuals, which drives hyperinsulinemia. However, as this new research shows, hyperinsulinemia may be observed in subjects with normoglycemia. The authors suggest that this and other evidence supports the notion that the paradigm shouldRead …

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Study Shows Goldenseal May Interact with Metformin and Compromise Glucose Control

Diabetic patients taking the natural product goldenseal while taking the prescription drug metformin may be unwittingly sabotaging efforts to maintain healthy blood glucose levels, as reported in a study published in the journal Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics. Metformin was included in a cocktail of selected drugs given to participants inRead …

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Results of Fasting and Energy-Restricted Diets on Leptin and Adiponectin Levels in Humans

Fasting and energy-restricted diets have been evaluated in several studies as a means of improving cardiometabolic biomarkers related to body fat loss. However, further investigation is required to understand potential alterations of leptin and adiponectin concentrations. Thus, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to derive a more precise estimateRead …

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Ginger and its Effect on Blood Glucose Levels in Women with Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one the most common complications of pregnancy. The present work aimed at investigating the effect of ginger on the blood glucose level of GDM women with impaired glucose tolerance test (GTT). Methods/ This randomized double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial was performed on the total of 70Read …

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Effects of Sucralose Ingestion versus Sucralose Taste on Metabolic Responses to an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

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Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose provide the seductive taste of sweetness without the calories contained in sugar — a seeming win-win for people who need to control their blood sugar and insulin levels or weight. However, simply tasting or consuming sucralose may affect blood glucose and insulin levels on glucoseRead …

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