Mediterranean Diet Linked to Better Sex For Diabetics

“The current study is the first long-term dietary trial demonstrating that the Mediterranean diet conferred benefit on both prevention (56% relative risk reduction) and deterioration of sexual dysfunction in both men and women with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. In adults with type 2 diabetes, a Mediterranean-style dietary pattern may improve the inflammatory milieu and cardiovascular risk, both these effects being beneficial to achieving improvement of sexual dysfunction in people with diabetes.”

Source: Primary Prevention of Sexual Dysfunction With Mediterranean Diet in Type 2 Diabetes: The MÈDITA Randomized Trial | Diabetes Care

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Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Consensus Report: Current Status, Challenges, and Priorities

A snippet:

“Type 2 diabetes in youth clearly differs from type 1 diabetes and more closely resembles the pathophysiology in adults: insulin resistance and nonautoimmune β-cell failure. However, youth-onset type 2 diabetes displays unique aspects, such as rapidly progressive β-cell decline and accelerated development of diabetes complications. Treatment options for youth-onset type 2 diabetes are inadequate, limited to two approved drugs (insulin and metformin) and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Comprehensive, coordinated, and innovative strategies for the investigation, prevention, and treatment of youth-onset type 2 diabetes are urgently needed.”

Source: Youth-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Consensus Report: Current Status, Challenges, and Priorities | Diabetes Care

How about trying low-carb diet?


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Diabetes-related vision loss growing worldwide 

Photo of the retina at the back of the eyeball

Photo of the retina at the back of the eyeball

After near-sightedness, diabetes affecting the eyes (aka diabetic retinopathy) is the leading cause of impaired vision in adults. The key to preventing retinopathy is strict control of blood sugars, especially early in the course of diabetes. Controlling blood pressure and not smoking are of secondary importance.

MNT has the details on the global increase in retinopathy:

“The worldwide burden of diabetes-related vision loss is growing alarmingly. Over 2 decades from 1990-2010, the number of people worldwide with diabetes-related blindness or visual impairment rose by an alarming 27 percent and 64 percent, respectively. In 2010, 1 in every 52 people had vision loss and 1 in every 39 people were blind due to diabetic retinopathy – where the retina is damaged by diabetes.

The researchers suggest poor control of blood glucose and inadequate access to eye health services in many parts of the world are contributing to the growing global burden of diabetes-related vision loss.

These figures are the result of an analysis by a global consortium, who recently published their work online in the journal Diabetes Care.

As the number of people living with diabetes worldwide grows, so does the chance that more people will develop diabetic retinopathy and suffer subsequent vision loss, especially if they do not receive or adhere to the care they need.Diabetic retinopathy is a disease of the retina that damages sight as a result of chronic high blood sugar in diabetes. The high sugar damages the delicate blood vessels in the retina – the light-sensitive layer of tissue that lines the back of the eye.”

Source: Diabetes-related vision loss growing worldwide – Medical News Today

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Debate: Is the Paleo Diet the Best for Diabetes?

Amy Tenderich and HealthLine enter the fray:

“The Paleo Diet, otherwise known as the “Caveman Diet,”  is hugely popular at the moment. And lots of folks want to know how it plays with diabetes…

The DiabetesMine Team has taken a deep dive here into what this eating plan entails, and what nutrition experts and research have to say about it.”

Source: The Paleo (Caveman) Diet and Diabetes

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R.D. Dikeman on the Terrible Diet Advice Given to Type 1 Diabetics

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In Ontario, the Prevalence of Diabetes for South Asian Men Doubled in the Last Decade

…according to a study published in BMJ Open. This has to be mostly type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes in South Asian men living in Ontario, Canada, increased from 7 to 15% from 2001 to 2012. The increase may reflect adverse effects of a Western diet.

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Can we target cancer with ketogenic diets? Can you help? 

Richard David Feinman is raising money for ground-breaking research that may help cure cancer. I think it’s a worthy cause.

Dr. Feinman writes:

“We have a good deal of enthusiasm in the keto/paleo/low-carb community. We have the real sense that we can we use carbohydrate restriction to take advantage of the characteristic metabolic features of cancer — inflexible reliance on glucose. Enthusiasm may have outstripped the data and several groups are trying to fill the gap. The barrier rests with the difficulty for anybody to obtain funding from NIH or other government or private agencies and the long-standing resistance to low-carbohydrate diets makes it particularly difficult.We have some good experiments and a dedicated technician and we can efficiently use limited funds. Your backing can help. A $ 15 donation gets us several days of supplies for the in vitro experiments that provide the biochemical underpinnings for attacking cancer in the clinic. Our project at provides background, a place for discussion and reports from the lab.

The current metabolic point of view in cancer — emphasizing flexibility of fuel choices —  derives from renewed interest in the Warburg effect. Warburg saw that many cancer cells were producing lactic acid, the product of glycolysis. In other words, the tumors were not using the more efficient aerobic metabolism even when oxygen was present in the environment. The tumor cell’s requirement for glucose suggests the possibility of giving the host an advantage by restricting carbohydrate and offering ketone bodies as an alternative fuel.”

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Source: Can we target cancer with ketogenic diets? Can you help? | Richard David Feinman

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