September 3, 2011

Steady Blood Sugar Control

1 Yoga May Benefit Diabetics

People with type 2 diabetes may be able to lose a small amount of weight and steady their blood sugar control with gentle yoga, suggest researchers. The small study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, involved 123 older and middle-aged people who added yoga classes with standard diabetes care. In three months, those who added yoga shed a few pounds, but the real benefit seemed to be in blood sugar control. On average, participants who added yoga to their care had steady blood sugar levels. The non-yoga control group experienced a rise in blood sugar levels. However, researchers say that yoga shouldn't replace other forms of exercise for people who have type 2 diabetes. They caution that vigorous exercise works better to control blood sugar and lose weight.

More at MSNBC | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Journal Diabetes Care, Yoga Benefits, Diabetic Diet, Diabetes Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

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Antibodies and Neutrophils Go Up

2 Bone Marrow Drug Helps Rare Immune Deficiency

A very small study conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases found that WHIM syndrome, a rare immunodeficiency syndrome that can lead to life-threatening bacterial and viral infections, can be managed with the bone marrow transplant drug plerixafor. It blocks the overactive CXC chemokine receptor 4 in WHIM, preventing neutrophils and other leukocytes from leaving the bone marrow for the bloodstream so it can attack pathogens. Current WHIM treatment is expensive, hard to give and does not completely treat the condition. Six treatments of increasing doses caused the levels of antibodies and circulation neutrophils to go up in the three patients in the study. Future studies will determine the safety and effectiveness of its long term use.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Australian Doctors Identify, Treat New Disease

Tags: Antibodies, Bone Marrow, Plerixafor, Neutrophils, WHIM Syndrome, CXC Chemokine Receptor 4, Immunodeficiency Syndrome

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