Reverse Aging News April 2014

About 26 million Americans have diabetes mellitus, although 7 million don’t know they’ve got it. According to the Centers for Disease Control that number could grow to 1 of 3 US adults by the year 2050 if current trends continue. As Dr. Robert Lanza put it in the anti-aging documentary , Reverse Aging Now." “Diabetes is a horrible disease. It causes blindness, limb amputation.” Diabetes also contributes to kidney and cardiovascular disease.

Diabetics have excess blood sugar, glucose, a condition known as hyperglycemia. Type 1 diabetes is caused by a deficiency of the glucose regulating hormone insulin due to the destruction of the cells that produce it in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance that reaches the point where the body can’t make enough of the hormone to compensate for the cells’ impaired ability to use it. Type 2 used to be known as adult-onset diabetes, until recent years when it started to crop up in an increasing number of children. Type 2 diabetes now accounts for more than 9 out of 10 US cases.

Diabetics age faster than the rest of the population because when lipids and proteins are exposed to excess glucose, they become stiff and inflexible through cross linking, producing advanced glycation end-products (AGEs). These AGEs contribute to the development of arteriosclerosis and high blood pressure. Diabetics can expect to live ten fewer years than their peers.

Diabetes has been irreversible - until now.

This Monday, Cleveland Clinic researchers offered hope of a cure for many diabetics. In a study called Stampede the clinic performed weight loss surgery on 150 obese patients who had poorly controlled type 2 diabetes for at least 8 years. All were already taking at least 3 diabetes and 3 heart medications.

The most effective method was gastric bypass surgery; 37.5 percent of patients who underwent it got their blood sugar to normal and no longer needed diabetes medicine. After 3 years, only 5 to 10 percent of the surgery patients who had needed insulin still required doses of the hormone. The surgery also reduced the need for cholesterol and high blood pressure medication. Gastric bypass patients average a loss of 24 percent of their body weight. This type of weight loss surgery was chosen by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.

To put this procedure in perspective: it involves major rerouting of digestive tract plumbing. Most of the stomach is stapled closed, leaving it there but creating a small pouch. The outlet of the pouch empties into the lower part of the small intestine to limit nutrient absorption. Any surgery that interferes with a body's absorption of calories can also affect the assimilation of vital nutrients such as iron and calcium which can lead to anemia or osteoporosis. The surgery itself can produce complications, such as infections or blood clots. Gastric is drastic, but it can reverse diabetes. Here’s a simpler solution– don’t get the disease to begin with.

What are the signs of diabetes?
There as several symptoms that act as warning signs that you are either a diabetic or on the way to becoming one:

The good news is that under Obamacare, most health plans are required to offer free diabetes screening for anybody with high blood pressure. Even if your blood pressure is normal, if you're dealing with symptoms, it's good to get your glucose level checked.

A normal level is less than 100 mg/dL when fasting for eight hours, although most people without diabetes have a glucose level of 70 to 80 mg/dL. Those who have a glucose level of 126 mg/dL after fasting are considered to be diabetic, as are people whose glucose level tops 200 mg/dL without fasting. People with high, fasting glucose levels are typically given an oral glucose tolerance test to determine the body's ability to metabolize sugar. Patients consume a sweet drink. Two hours later, their blood sugar is checked. If it's over 200 mg/dL they are confirmed diabetics.

People whose blood sugar level falls between 100mg/dL and 125 mg/dL are considered pre-diabetic. About a third of these people will develop full blown diabetes. Patients with a glucose level in this range should be tested for diabetes every 1-2 years.

How to prevent diabetes

There are concrete steps that everybody can take to help forestall diabetes. The first is by changing to a low glycemic diet. The glycemic index rates how rapidly food turns to glucose. The lower the number, the slower the food converts to glucose. The Harvard School of Public health publishes this handy list of 100 common foods to compare.

Here are some healthy eating precepts to keep in mind:

Baked Kale Chips
by Carolisa Pomerantz

1 bunch torn kale leaves (stems removed)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt
Lemon zest (from 1 lemon)

Kale Prep
Whatever type of kale you choose to cook with, you will need to remove the stems before eating. Hold the kale upside down by the stem and pull the leaf off. Discard stems, or save for juicing.
Dense in nutrients including vitamins A, C, and K, fiber, and calcium, kale is one of the healthiest foods you can eat.

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange kale on two rimmed baking sheets. Drizzle evenly with olive oil and toss. Season with salt. Bake, rotating trays once, until crisp, 12 to 15 minutes. Meanwhile make lemon zest, by peeling the outermost colored rind of a lemon, mince chop and toss with the kale. Serves 4; 88 calories per serving.

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