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Scientists Convert Pancreatic Cells Rather Than Use Embryonic Stem Cells – Possible Treatment Or Cure For Type-1 Diabetes –Genes

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Scientists Convert Pancreatic Cells Rather Than Use Embryonic Stem Cells – Possible Treatment Or Cure For Type-1 Diabetes –Change 3 Genes

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(Best Syndication News) Scientists have been able to change the function of non-insulin producing adult pancreatic cells into insulin producing beta cells using viruses to transport just three genes. Although the experiments were done on mice, the investigators are excited about the potential of the concept and its use on humans. (see videos below)

No Need For Stem Cells

The technique does not involve embryonic stem cells. The researchers were able to reprogram adult pancreatic cells using viruses as a “shuttle”. They changed the functional identity of the adult cells and the process was quick, according to their report. The method is sometimes referred to as “adult cell switching” or “lineage switching”.

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Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower Vegetables may Protect against Vascular Damage in Diabetes

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[Best Syndication News] Researchers from the University of Warwick published a study in the journal Diabetes which concludes that a compound called sulforaphane found in broccoli and other brassica vegetables which have protective benefits for blood vessel damage caused by high glucose levels in Diabetics.

Diabetics have a 5 time increased risk for suffering a heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular disease mostly because of the damaged blood vessels. Other researchers have found a reduced risk of heart attacks with brassica vegetables. Kale, Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Kai-lan, Brussels sprouts are some of the more common vegetables in the brassica vegetables.

The researchers believe that the sulforaphane causes a protein called nrf2 to become activated which then protects cells and tissues from incurring damage because it inturns activates protective antioxidants and detoxifying enzymes.

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Diabetes - Blood Vessel function improved with Cocoa Flavanols

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Diabetes - Blood Vessel function improved with Cocoa Flavanols

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[Best Syndication News] A study published in the June 3rd issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) found that diabetic patients benefited from a specially prepared high-flavonal cocoa drink improved their blood vessel function. The improvement went from severely impaired blood vessel function to normal.

Flavanols are found in abundance in tea, red wine, some fruits and vegetables, and also in cocoa. Flavanols are believed to help improve artery function and also relieve stress on the heart.

The benefits of drinking cocoa seen in this study were just as significant as other studies with exercise or diabetic medications. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in diabetic patients.

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Type of Fat Cells Determines Diabetes Risk – Subcutaneous Fat Can Reduce Risk For Type-2 Diabetes – Belly Fat Less An Issue

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Type of Fat Cells Determines Diabetes Risk – Subcutaneous Fat Can Reduce Risk For Type-1 Diabetes – Belly Fat Less An Issue

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(Best Syndication News) Harvard researchers say that a little extra fat around the body in locations other than the abdomen area may reduce the insulin resistance and improve insulin sensitivity. This was an unexpected finding because belly-fat has long been associated with an increased risk for type-2 diabetes.

Not all fat is the same, according to Dr. C. Ronald Kahn, Head of the Joslin Research Section on Obesity and Hormone Action and the Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. “This points to a new opportunity to find substances made by subcutaneous fat that may actually be good for glucose metabolism,’’ Kahn said.

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Broncos Cutler Says He Has Type-1 Diabetes – Explains Dry Mouth and Frequent Urination

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Broncos Cutler Says He Has Type-1 Diabetes – Explains Dry Mouth and Frequent Urination

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(Best Syndication) Denver Broncos quarterback, Jay Cutler, revealed that he had diabetes at a press conference on Friday. Cutler learned of the diagnosis Thursday night according to Broncos spokesperson Kasey Byers. Steps have already been taken to combat the disease, and Cutler has already felt a difference since taking insulin, says Byers.

Cutler wanted to set the record straight Friday morning about his type-1 diabetes. "We weren't not trying to hide this, we were probably going to come out with this in the next few weeks before OTA's started up," Cutler said. "But obviously, some people wanted to get there before hand."

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