Diabetes and Caffeine

Read on Yahoo! News:

Cutting down on caffeine could help people with the most common form of diabetes better control their blood sugar levels, researchers said on Monday.

I cut down my caffeine intake many months ago after I got sick with a Starbucks latte. I don’t blame the coffee, but the milk. However, it was enough to drink coffee only at home and only in the morning. I don’t have more than 1/2 cup.

Caffeine appears to disrupt glucose metabolism in a way that could be harmful to people with type-2 diabetes.

As for other sources like tea and soft drinks, I think I’m OK. I drink tea very randomly and I dislike sodas with passion.

Obesity Surgery and Diabetes

Read on Yahoo! News:

CHICAGO – A new study gives the strongest evidence yet that obesity surgery can cure diabetes. Patients who had surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs were five times more likely to see their diabetes disappear over the next two years than were patients who had standard diabetes care, according to Australian researchers.

The way I see it, or at least what I have learnt, Diabetes has NO cure. We can manage to live a healthy life without the need of medication or insulin, but as far as I know, the disease will always be there. I don’t know if I’m being difficult, but when I read the word CURE, I’m afraid people are being misinformed. I suppose I have to give credit to the research teams and the doctors, though.

As for weight-loss surgery, it is something I have thought about myself, but have never looked at carefully. I think some people may not have another option, but it isn’t one for me.

Surgery risks should be weighed against diabetes drug side effects and the long-term risks of diabetes itself, they (researchers) said.

We will keep on hoping for a cure. 🙂

Lack of Sleep and Diabetes

Read on U.S. News:

Failing to sleep deeply for just three nights running has the same negative effect on the body’s ability to manage insulin as gaining 20 to 30 pounds, diabetes researchers report.

[…] Previous studies have demonstrated that not getting enough hours of sleep affects the body’s ability to manage blood sugar levels and appetite, increasing the risk of obesity and diabetes. This current study provides the first evidence linking poor sleep quality — specifically the loss of deep or slow-wave sleep — to increased diabetes risk, said the University of Chicago Medical Center research team.

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