September 15, 2011

366 Million People Now Have It

1 Worldwide Diabetes Stats Continue to Rise

Nearly 10% of adults worldwide have diabetes and those stats are rising steadily finds a Lancet journal study. The Int’l Diabetes Fnd indicates that 366 million people have the disease with one person dying from it every 7 seconds. More sobering stats: Diabetes causes 4.6 million deaths annually. $465 billion is spent annually fighting the disease. Tens of millions of deaths could be averted this decade if agencies spent $9 billion a year on food advice, tobacco control and basic treatments. Health officials say the causes of the rise in Type 2 diabetes is aging populations, increasing inactivity and obesity in developing nations. Type 2 diabetes develops when not enough insulin is produced to break down glucose, causing blood sugar levels to rise.

More at Washingtonpost.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Extreme Obesity Is More Prevalent in Children

Tags: Diabetes, Glucose, Lancet, Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, Worldwide Incidence of Diabetes, International Diabetes Foundation

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Pear a Day Keeps Stroke Away

2 Fruit with White Flesh Helps Prevent Strokes

Eating a lot of apples and pears, or other white-fleshed fruits and vegetables, can help prevent strokes. The color of the edible portion of fruits and vegetables predicts the presence of carotenoids and flavonoids, which are beneficial phytochemicals. The study, published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, found that eating fruits and vegetables with white flesh can help protect against strokes. Foods classified as white for the study included apples, pears, bananas, cauliflower and cucumber. The risk of stroke incidence was 52 percent lower for those who ate a large amount of white fruits and vegetables, compared with those who ate a small amount. For each 25 gram a day increase in white fruits and veggies, there was an associated 9 percent lower risk for stroke.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Stroke Prevention, Stroke Reduction, Stroke Free Diet, Health Benefits Apples, Health Benefits Pears, Most Healthy Fruits, Stroke Journal, Carotenoids and Flavonoids

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Acts As Tumor Suppressor

3 Research Finds Breast Cancer-Fighting Protein

Research at Louisiana State University has discovered a previously unidentified protein called nischarin that plays a role in breast cancer cells migrating and spreading. Experiments that measured nischarin levels in 300 breast cancer samples and healthy controls found that there were higher levels in normal breast tissue. When nischarin was inhibited in tumors, the cancer grew and spread much faster and the opposite effect was seen when it was overexpressed. These observations suggest that nischarin acts as a tumor suppressor in breast cancer tissue which slows its progression. Scientists were also able to determine the underlying genetic mechanism of how it works and hope that the results of this study will lead to the development of new targeted therapies.

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

Previously: Vaccine Targets Breast Cancer Protein

Tags: Breast Cancer, Breast Cancer Prevention, Protein Fights Breast Cancer, Nischarin, Tumor Suppressors, Targeted Therapies Against Breast Cancer

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