January 20, 2012

Higher Functioning Left Out?

1 Redefining Autism Could Reduce Services

The definition of autism is being reconsidered as an expert panel appointed by the American Psychiatric Association completes work on the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, signifying the first major revision on the manual in 17 years. With the current definition, a patient can exhibit at least 6 out of 12 behaviors for a diagnosis. The proposed definition would require exhibiting 3 deficits in social interaction and communication and at least 2 repetitive behaviors. The proposed changes could exclude people with the disease that are higher functioning, affecting those who receive assistance from state programs that base their eligibility requirements on a medical diagnosis.

More at New York Times | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Previously: Study Shows Preemies' Autism Risk Quintupled

Tags: American Psychiatric Association, Autism, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

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Step Away from the Butter

2 Saturated Fats Increase Diabetes Risk

After a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes, the first word of advice is to cut out sugar and simple carbohydrates. However, the consumption of saturated fats, especially the kind in lard, butter and margarine, has been shown to increase insulin resistance and impaired blood sugar uptake. Researchers with National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan have found that excessive levels of palmitate, a saturated fatty acid, causes the mitochondria in cells to fragment. This part of the cell is critical for turning sugar (glucose) into energy. Author Yau-Sheng Tsai says that this disruption in function also explains insulin resistance in obesity. The study supports previous work suggesting reducing saturated fats in the diet would reduce insulin resistance.

More at Medical Xpress | Posted 6 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Added Sugar Leads to Higher Cholesterol Levels, Polyunsaturated Fats Help Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Tags: Butter, Diabetes, Insulin Resistance, Type 2 Diabetes, Saturated Fats, Palmitate

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