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Scientists reprogram skin cells into insulin-producing pancreas cells

Posted February 7, 2014

A cure for type 1 diabetes has long eluded even the top experts. Not because they do not know what must be done—but because the tools did not exist to do it. But now scientists at the Gladstone Institutes, harnessing the power of regenerative medicine, have developed a technique in animal models that could replenish the very cells destroyed by the disease.

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Curcumin regulates gene expression of insulin like growth factor, B-cell CLL/lymphoma 2 and antioxidant enzymes in streptozotocin induced diabetic rats

Posted December 24, 2013

The effects of curcumin on the activities and gene expression of antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPX), glutathione-S-transferase (G-ST), B-cell CLL/lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2) and insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) in diabetic rats were studied.

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A randomized 3×3 crossover study to evaluate the effect of Hass avocado intake on post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin levels, and subsequent energy intake in overweight adults

Posted November 27, 2013

The behavioral outcome of food ingestion is a complex process that involves psychological and biological factors. Avocados are nutrient dense with properties that may favorably impact energy balance. This study sought to evaluate if incorporating approximately one half of a Hass avocado by addition or inclusion into a lunch meal will influence post-ingestive satiety, glucose and insulin response, and subsequent energy intake among overweight adults.

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Magnesium shows insulin benefits in non-diabetics: Study

Posted November 1, 2013

Increased intakes of magnesium are associated with decreased metabolic biomarkers of insulin resistance in non-diabetics, says a new study.

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Researchers explore the effects of avocado intake on satiety, glucose and insulin levels in healthy overweight adults

Posted September 21, 2013

New research findings on avocado consumption, presented as two posters at the IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition, in Granada, Spain suggest that although calorie consumption at dinner was unchanged, inclusion or addition of fresh Hass Avocado to a meal may help to reduce hunger and the desire to eat in overweight adults. Results also showed that including or adding avocado to a meal resulted in smaller post-meal rises in insulin compared to eating a meal without avocado.

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Study: Short Chain Fructo-Oligosaccharides can Modulate Metabolism

Posted September 19, 2013

Short Chain Fructo-oligosaccharides (scFOS) prebiotic fibres can significantly modulate metabolism including insulinaemia, in the context of diet-induced obesity, as confirmed by a French study published in August 2013.

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Amino Acid Elicits GLP-1 Response

Posted September 16, 2013

The amino acid arginine improved glucose metabolism in lean and obese mice, by stimulating GLP-1 production and improving insulin secretion, researchers reported.

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Vitamin D, IGF-1, Growth Hormone Have Deep Ties

Posted August 13, 2013

Vitamin D and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) are involved in a complex interplay that may have implications for growth hormone dosing, researchers found. In a review of the literature, patients with growth hormone deficiency who had higher vitamin D levels were more likely to achieve serum IGF-1 levels closer to the normal range, according to Diego Ferone, PhD, of the University of Genova in Italy, and colleagues.

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Alpha-lipoic Acid Combined with Transient Intensive Insulin Therapy May Benefit Type 2 Diabetic Patients with Polyneuropathy

Posted August 12, 2013

In a study involving 120 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and polyneuropathy who were receiving transient intensive insulin treatment, supplementation with alpha lipoic acid, as compared to methycobal (control group) for a period of 2 weeks was found to regulate adipokine and enhance the anti-inflammatory effects of insulin in such patients.

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High Dairy Consumption May Improve Insulin Resistance

Posted May 29, 2013

A study by researchers at the University at Buffalo and the University of Manitoba has found that consumption of high amounts of low-fat dairy food over a six-month period improved a marker of insulin resistance in healthy adults but had no ill effect on body weight and composition, energy expenditure, blood pressure, blood glucose, and blood lipid and lipoprotein responses.

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