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The “Zone” Diet

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The popular “Zone” program essentially recommends a diet comprised of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein, and 30 percent fat. Since the majority of calories are derived from carbohydrates it cannot, by definition, be a low-carbohydrate diet. It also can contain less protein than the ADA’s recommendation. Since it is ...

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Retinopathy

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As we examine characteristics of diabetic retinopathy it shows to have very similar pathologies to that of both nephropathy and neuropathy. Its development seems to be slightly more common in Type II than Type I diabetes, especially at or shortly after the time of the actual diabetic diagnosis. Regardless the ...

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SNORING AND DIABETES

Dr. Peter Forsham the noted diabetes specialist from the Univ. of California at San Francisco presented a lecture that I attended as a young professor that impressed me. He stated “if you know diabetes, you know medicine since diabetes effects every tissue and organ system from head to toe”. He ...

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The Role of Exercise in the Treatment of Arthritis

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Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the United States, affecting over 43 million Americans, or one out of every six people (Helmick, et al., 1995). Arthritis encompasses more than 100 diseases and conditions affecting joints, the surrounding tissues and other connective tissues. Symptoms include pain, aching, stiffness, ...

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Looking For Lipid In All The Wrong Places

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Consider a hamburger. When most of us eat a burger, we stop thinking about it the moment the hunger pangs disappear. You may think about it for an extra few minutes if it was especially greasy and it gives you a stomachache, but that’s it. In fact, the really interesting ...

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Antioxidants- What we know, What we need to know

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Antioxidants have received a lot of attention in recent years, in relation to wellness and disease prevention. More studies are needed to better understand how antioxidants may affect diabetes management and treatment.  Several vitamins and minerals are classified as antioxidants. An antioxidant is a substance that reduces cellular damage. Our ...

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How Sweet It Is: A Look At Sugars and Sweeteners

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The use of sugar, sweeteners, and sugar substitutes has often been a topic of hot debate. Until recently, using sugar has been discouraged in diabetic meal planning. Current scientific studies have not supported the necessity of completely abstaining from sugar, and now it’s becoming widely accepted that sugar may be ...

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Fats and Cholesterol Omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acid ratio

The increased prevalence of diabetes has paralleled a rise in consumption of n-6 (relative to n-3) fatty acids and trans fatty acids found in partially hydrogenated oil. 66-68 Both can change cellular membrane phospholipid composition and decrease fluidity—a state associated with altered insulin receptors, decreased insulin sensitivity, and subsequent insulin ...

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