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Take your Vitamin B12, and other Diabetes Management Tips

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012



Managing diabetes requires more than just watching your sugar intake- many other factors like exercise, eating habits, and supplementing with nutrients like vitamin B12 are important with diabetes, as well. Here are some tips for diabetes management and reducing your risk for diabetes.

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Got metformin?

Metformin is a popular diabetes drug, but it has side effects. Over time, metformin inhibits your ability to absorb vitamin B12 from natural food sources such as meat, fish, and eggs.

You might not notice the effects of vitamin B12 deficiency until it is too late, because the earliest signs don’t occur until vitamin B12 serum levels are at a severe low.

Am I Getting Enough Vitamin B12?

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency are sometimes mistaken for diabetic neuropathy, both of which affect the nervous system; for that reason, vitamin B12 deficiency is often overlooked in diabetics.

Symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency include:

  • Painful tingling in the extremities (hands, arms, feet, and legs)
  • Temporary numbness
  • “Pins and needles”
  • Burning mouth sensation
  • Altered sense of taste
  • Eye twitches
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty walking
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Depression
  • Short-term memory loss
  • Anxiety

A blood test can diagnose vitamin B12 deficiency, but the best indicator is simply the occurrence of symptoms. Only weekly supplementation can get your vitamin B12 levels back to normal.

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Other ways to manage diabetes

Every year, scientists discover new methods of preventing your chances of getting diabetes and reducing the symptoms in people diagnosed with type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

Here are more tips that doctors now recommend:

  • Eat brown rice. According to the latest research, choosing brown over white reducing our risk of getting type 2 diabetes and promotes healthy weight management. The opposite is true of white rice- by making white rice a staple of your diet, you increase your odds of suffering from diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
  • Avoid statins. This cholesterol-lowering drug may reduce your risk for heart attack, but it also increases your chances of becoming diabetic.
  • Drink water. By drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day, you effectively help your body regulate your blood sugar level.
  • Stay active. Scientific research confirms that exercising each day not only helps you lose weight, it also keeps you from getting diabetes and suffering from a heart attack.

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Study: Gastric Bypass as a Cure for Diabetes?

Monday, May 2nd, 2011



A new study proves that gastric bypass weight loss surgery reduces the symptoms of diabetes.


Scientists have known for some time now that patients with type 2 diabetes who undergo gastric bypass surgery often find that in addition to the losing weight, their bodies’ response to insulin often improves dramatically. About 50 to 80 percent of diabetics who get gastric bypass surgery have also had their diabetes go into remission.

Also read: Gastric Bypass Surgery: Good for the Heart

Until recently, scientists were not able to explain exactly how gastric bypass surgery affects diabetics’ blood sugar levels. Now, according to an LA Times article, new research has provided some interesting clues as to the health benefits of bariatric surgery for patients with type 2 diabetes- health benefits that seemingly have nothing to do with the weight loss itself.

Here are the details of that study, which was published recently in Science Translational Medicine:
  • Scientists from Columbia University and Duke University studies two control groups of obese diabetic patients at a New York hospital.
  • One group of 10 individuals agreed to gastric bypass surgery; another group of 11 people who suffered morbid obesity were put on a strict diet regimen.
  • On average, each of the obese diabetics in both groups lost between 22-26 pounds.
  • Next, scientists compared the levels of circulating amino acids and acylcarnitines in blood tests collected from both groups. Previous studies, such as reported by Web MD, have proven a strong link between “branched-chain” amino acids and resistance to insulin.
  • Within 1 month of receiving weight loss surgery, the gastric bypass patients had significantly lower levels of the branched-chain amino acids; obese diabetics who lost weight by dieting showed little or no change in their branched-chain amino acid count, and no significant improvement in their response to insulin.

Decreased branched-chain amino acid levels

directly decreased that patient’s resistance

to insulin.

“Something happens after gastric bypass that does not happen as much after the diet-induced weight loss,” explained Dr. Blandine Laferrere, associate professor at Columbia University.
Also read: Diabetics, Take Heed

This Reuters report describes the gastric bypass procedure as a Roux-en-Y type of bariatric surgery, in which doctors essentially reduce the size of the stomach pouch, causing patients to eat less. Christopher Newgard, professor at Duke University, who also was involved in this study, believes that these metabolic changes are case-specific to the gastric bypass surgery used for this research; he doesn’t believe the getting a Lap-Band would produce similar results in obese diabetics.
Now that researchers understand how gastric bypass surgery impacts insulin resistance, scientists hope to develop a diabetes medication which will replicate these results without the need for surgery.
Also read:
10 Mistakes Gastric Bypass Patients Often Make

Teens and Weight Loss Surgery: Worth the Risk?

USA Today, NPR, Reuters, LA Times, Web MD

Hot Celebs with Diabetes: How They Manage

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Almost 26 million people in the US have been diagnosed with diabetes. Occasionally, diabetics feel bogged down by this life-long disease, believing that they cannot lead productive lives.  Young diabetics might think that wearing their insulin pump is “not cool.”  But ignoring the symptoms of diabetes can lead to serious complications like vitamin B12 deficiency, blindness, kidney failure, stroke, coma and worse case scenario- death.

Here are some celebrities with diabetes who haven’t let diabetes get in their way:

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas, tween pop star of the Jonas Brothers was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2005, after experience commons symptoms of diabetes like irritability, thirst and rapid weight loss.  Nick Jonas never leaves the house without his insulin pump. and frequently donates his time to diabetes-related funding and research.

His message to doting  tween-aged fans who’ve been diagnosed with diabetes- “Don’t let it slow you down at all. I made a promise to myself on the way to the hospital that I wouldn’t let this thing slow me down, and I’d just keep moving forward, and that’s what I did. Just keep a positive attitude and keep moving forward with it. Don’t be discouraged.”

Halle Berry

X-Men star, Halle Berry, says she has battled with type 1 diabetes since she was a child; she goes on to say that she has since weaned herself off insulin through diet and exercise, and now only has type 2 diabetes…well, we don’t know about that.  Diabetes experts have responded that it is not physically possible for type 1 diabetics to survive without taking their insulin, and it would be suicide to try.

Brett Michaels

Lead singer of Poison and reality-tv star Brett Michaels has spoken openly about his type 1 diabetes in an interview with Diabetes Health magazine., saying that he has been battling with his diabetes since being diagnosed at the age of 6.  Brett Michaels was hospitalized for an emergency appendectomy, which was followed up several weeks later by a subarachnoid hemorrhage.

Tommy Lee

Motley Crue drummer and ex-husband of both Pamela Anderson and Heather Locklear Tommy Lee was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.  His famous tattoos inspired a line of t-shirs and jeans manufactured by People’s Liberation, who also sells a line of clothing inspired by Justin Timberlake.

Elliot Yamin

This American Idol contestant placed 3rd in 2006; his 2007 album, Elliot Yamin, hit number 1 on the  Billboard Independent Albums chart.  Believe it or not, he had an eardrum replacement at the age of 13. Elliot Yamin currently wears an insulin pump to manage his type 1 diabetes.

Sharon Stone

Basic Instinct star Sharon Stone suffered a stroke on the set back in 2001; her doctors chalked it up to a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Sharon Stone, a fellow diabetic, often does fundraisers for the Carousel of Hope, which raises millions of dollars every year towards childhood diabetes research.

Vanessa Williams

Vanessa Williams was the first African-American to be crowned Miss America, and went on to rock the charts with songs like Save the Best for Last. Vanessa Williams is also diabetic.

Nicole Johnson

Another former Miss America, Nicole Johnson also suffers from diabetes.


Examiner.com, USA Today, ABC News, MSN

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