Tag Archive | "diabetes"

Understanding Our Bodies: Insulin

Thursday, May 13, 2010

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Understanding Our Bodies: Insulin

Insulin is one of the most important hormones in the human body, and yet most people don't really understand why our bodies make it or how what we eat affects the levels of insulin we produce. More so than any other hormone, our diet is key in regulating insulin levels, and thus a number of biological processes. As you'll soon see, everyone should think about how what they eat impacts their body's insulin release to be at their happiest and healthiest.

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Understanding Our Bodies – Fiber!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Understanding Our Bodies – Fiber!

Most of us already know that we should be eating fiber - according to the Institute of Medicine, adults should be eating 20-35 grams of it per day. But why? What's so important about fiber anyway? What does it do for us physiologically? And does it matter what kind of fiber we eat? (Image Credit: Sami Taipale, flickr)

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Alzheimer’s Disease as Type 3 Diabetes – The Glucose Connection

Monday, January 11, 2010

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Alzheimer’s Disease as Type 3 Diabetes – The Glucose Connection

In animals, cell get energy by directly eating foods with sugar, or by digesting more complex starches, such as the carbohydrates found in pasta and rice, into the simpler sugar, glucose, which is then easily absorbed into the bloodstream. But how the body handles those sugars - and how many sugars you bombard yourself with - can have wide ranging implications. Let's take a closer look at exactly how glucose gets into cells - and how that could eventually lead to alzheimers. (Thanks to flickr user alain_boucheret for the shot)

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Understanding Our Bodies: The Role of Antioxidants

Monday, October 26, 2009

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Understanding Our Bodies: The Role of Antioxidants

Are antioxidants good for you? To answer that question, you have to understand reactive oxygen species, or ROS. And to do that, you have to understand how your cells produce energy. In this article, we uncover the processes of oxidation and explain it in the context of your health and well being.

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Fructose, Insulin Resistance – Together At Last

Friday, March 6, 2009

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Fructose, Insulin Resistance – Together At Last

Today, researchers from Yale announced new findings that demonstrate the mechanism by which the fructose sugars found in both refined table sugar and high fructose corn syrup cause a reduction in insulin sensitivity, a key stage in the development of both obesity and diabetes.

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