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Genetic score can identify infants at risk for type 1 diabetes

Genetic score can identify infants at risk for type 1 diabetes

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April 2 (UPI) -- Researchers have developed a genetics score that can identify infants at risk for type 1 diabetes, according to a new study.The scientists calculated genetic scores from more than 30 genes among 3,498 children with no family history of type 1 diabetes but with gene variants known to convey type 1 diabetes risk. Their findings were published Tuesday in PLOS Medicine.In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas isn't making insulin or is making very little of the hormone. Insulin enables blood sugar to enter the cells in the body and be converted for use as energy. To make up for the insulin, type 1 diabetics need insulin shots or an insulin pump.It's usually diagnosed in children, teens and young adults, but it can develop at any age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Pr...
Islet cell transplants improve type 1 diabetes of participants in trial

Islet cell transplants improve type 1 diabetes of participants in trial

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March 21 (UPI) -- Type 1 diabetics' potentially fatal low blood glucose levels improved dramatically with the transplantation of insulin-producing islets to their pancreas, according to findings from a Phase 3 clinical trial in the United States.The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases funded the trial, which ran from October 2006 until May 2014.The findings were published Tuesday in the journal Diabetes Care.Pancreatic islets, also called islets of Langerhans, are tiny clusters of cells in the pancreas. In people with type 1 diabetes, the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells in islets. Diabetics must take take insulin from injections or pumps to live, but they cannot control blo...
Rigorous diet can put Type 2 diabetes into remission, study finds

Rigorous diet can put Type 2 diabetes into remission, study finds

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Some people with Type 2 diabetes were able to put the disease in remission without medication by following a rigorous diet plan, according to a study published today in the Lancet medical journal. "Our findings suggest that even if you have had Type 2 diabetes for six years, putting the disease into remission is feasible," Michael Lean, a professor from the University of Glasgow in Scotland who co-led the study, said in a statement. The researchers looked at 149 participants who have had Type 2 diabetes for up to six years and monitored them closely as they underwent a liquid diet that provided only 825 to 853 calories per day for three to five months. The participants were then reintroduced to solid food and maintained a structured diet until the end of the yearlong study. The researc...
This Type of Alcohol Makes You Feel Sexy, According to Science

This Type of Alcohol Makes You Feel Sexy, According to Science

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Spirits—like vodka, gin, whiskey and other hard alcohols—were linked to a range of strong feelings. If you’re trying to wind down after a long day, wine may help you relax, a new study suggests. But if you’re more in the mood to feel sexy and confident, order spirits instead.A group of researchers in the U.K. set out to determine whether different types of alcohol prompt different emotional responses among drinkers. They used data from almost 30,000 people who responded to the Global Drug Survey, a yearly international poll about drug and alcohol habits around the world, and published their results in the British Medical Journal.Spirits — like vodka, gin, whiskey and other hard alcohols — were linked to a range of strong feelings. They were most likely bring up n
The Best Healthy Snacks That Satisfy Every Type of Craving

The Best Healthy Snacks That Satisfy Every Type of Craving

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1. SoulSprout Almond Butter Truffles: Truffles that are good for you—yum! Made with sprouted almonds (so they’re easier to digest), cacao powder, dates, and a few other natural ingredients, these offer indulgence without the sugar crash—there are only seven grams of sugar in two. ($ 4 for 2 oz.; amazon.com) Per 2 tru es: 140 Calories, 10g Fat, 3g Fiber, 5g Pro.2. RXBAR: You don’t have to squint to read the ingredient list—it’s printed in large type, right on the front. And why not, when there are only nuts, fruit, egg whites, and spices? In tasty flavors like mint chocolate, maple sea salt, peanut butter, and mixed berry, these gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free bars will satisfy everyone. ($ 2.50 for a 1.83-oz. bar; amazon.com) 210 Calories, 9g Fat, 6g Fiber, 12g Pro.3. Thunderk