November 8, 2012

Makes the Medicine Go Down?

1 Sugar Water Gargle Boosts Self-Control

If you need a boost of self-control, an easy solution may be a mouth rinse with sugar water. Researchers with the University of Georgia found in a study of just over 50 students that those who rinsed their mouths with a sugar-sweetened lemonade performed significantly faster on a test called the Stroop task over those who swished with lemonade sweetened with Splenda. The theory is that glucose stimulates the simple carbohydrate sensors on the tongue which then signals the motivational centers of the brain where our self-related goals are represented. These signals tell the body to pay attention to the task at hand. Dr. Leonard Martin says it may be a helpful method to use during times of low willpower, such as when trying to quit smoking or boost productivity at work.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Denise Reynolds

Previously: Cut Carbs, Sugar to Reduce Alzheimer's Risk, Watching Television Increases Attention Problems

Tags: ADD, Glucose, Sugar, Willpower, Self-Control, Brain Tricks

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Detects Risk Years in Advance

2 Protein Can Determine Risk of Diabetes

A three-year study conducted in Sweden has found that elevated levels of the pro-inflammatory protein SFRP4 increase the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes and are present years before it develops and could be used as a marker in screening. Blood samples were taken from people over the study period and 37 percent of those with a higher than average SFRP4 level developed diabetes compared to nine percent in those with levels below average. These results confirmed previous in vitro studies. One possible mechanism of type 2 diabetes is chronic low-grade inflammation attacking beta-cells which prevent them from secreting enough insulin the tissues need to take up glucose. It is hoped that if people know their risk before having the disease, they will make changes to reduce it.

More at Yahoo! ANI | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Weight Training Cuts Diabetes Risk in Men

Tags: Type 2 Diabetes, SFRP4, Screening Test for Diabetes

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