A new study finds that a vegan diet can significantly decrease risk of heart disease, diabetes, and clinical obesity in children.

While most studies analyze the effect that switching to a plant-based diet has on adults, the Cleveland Clinic study is one of the first showing that a vegan diet supports heart health in children.


anonymous asked:

Protein can provoke an insulin response as your body converts excess protein to glucose. That's why keto is a specifically ''moderate protein'' diet.

That’s partially true, but consider there are two very different approaches to consider for keto:
Keto for medical reasons, such as epilepsy or cancer (where you are not necessarily interested in the weight loss side, hence you don’t check calories, but just eat fat to satiety)
Keto for weight loss (where you will eventually need to adjust and keep in check macros and calories if you want to keep losing weight, which means the fixed value becomes the protein to at least keep having the minimum required not to have the body catabolising from muscle, hence losing muscle mass, not fat. Other than protein though you try and keep the fat moderate cause you need to cut on the calories and use the fat you have in storage, your body fat, rather than dietary fat.)

Let’s start with saying that I too come from the perception/belief that even on keto, “if you eat too much protein in a day then it’s like you ate carbs”. Definitely not like that.

The thing most people has a wrong perception about for what concerns Protein amounts during a Ketogenic diet is glucogenesis.

Although Glucogenesis is demand driven not supply driven which means it has to do with your body’s need for glucose rather than how much protein you’re consuming. Unless needed, your supposedly “extra protein” won’t just get converted to glucose. Glucogenesis is a needed process when eating low carb cause If you body needs glucose it is going to covert amino acids no matter how much protein you are eating and if you are not eating enough then the body will pull the needed amino acids from LBM, catabolizing muscle bone and organs to do it.

The people that experience a blood sugar spike after eating protein is because the liver has become insulin resistant. Not because of the protein itself and ironically the only way to heal the liver is to eat enough protein.

That being said, unless weight training or working out I wouldn’t go over 3g protein per Kg of lean body mass.

I found this chart from the Optimal Ketogenic Living group on Facebook helped me a lot. It is based on the studies and information coming from Volek & Phinney.

(can’t post the image but you can find it here 



Still sort of a work in progress, as far as the wording goes, but here she is, my type one diabetic superhero, The Diamond Diabetic! 

At risk of seeming slightly egotistical, I based her on me to some degree, and I plan to keep working with this character for future projects. The piece is about 20”x24”. 

But to expand my body of work to include pieces that aren’t my face, I hope to go to the children’s hospital that I was diagnosed with t1 at back in 1998 and meet some newly diagnosed children and their families, and draw the kids into superheroes themselves. All of this will hopefully culminate in a show in which the work will be for sale to benefit diabetes research. 

I have prints and other products available on Redbubble and Nuvango, of which about half of the proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, if you’d like to take a look and perhaps purchase something. (I also am working on building up some fandom stuff, and I have two pieces of Doctor Who related artworks up on Redbubble.) Click either of the links to check all this stuff out! 

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Ok but can we diabetics talk about how little emphasis is placed on our mental health?

Like s/o to my physicians for teaching me different ways to stab myself with needles. Woulda been great if I was given the tools to deal with the internalized guilt and shame and eventual depression as well

JUST THE FAQs: New Theory on Mitochondria’s Role in Diabetic Complications

While diabetes itself slightly increases the risk of death, it’s the complications of the disease that are the real concern. In particular, diabetes’ effect on the kidneys may be the driving force behind other complications, such as blindness, heart disease and limb amputations. It’s widely accepted that these kidney complications are driven by the mitochondria, the part of the cell that produces energy, as they pump out excess superoxide, a free radical. In fact, most new treatments for diabetes complications are aimed at dampening mitochondrial superoxide with antioxidants, such as vitamin A, vitamin E and beta carotene.

However, in an article published Feb. 24 by Diabetes, Kumar Sharma, MD, professor of medicine and director of translational research in kidney disease at UC San Diego School of Medicine, argues against that dogma. According to Sharma, the data from animal studies do not support the belief that excess mitochondrial superoxide is to blame for diabetes complications — and that is why antioxidant therapies may be failing in clinical trials.

Instead, Sharma proposes a new theory of diabetic complications called “mitochondrial hormesis”—the idea that, although counterintuitive, normalization or modest elevation of mitochondrial superoxide may actually be beneficial. Check out the FAQs below to learn more about Sharma’s theory.

What’s the widely accepted understanding of excess mitochondrial superoxide and its role in diabetes complications?

Superoxides, also known as free radicals, are naturally produced by mitochondria during the normal process of generating cellular energy. But too many free radicals have long been thought to damage and sometimes kill cells. To appreciate the wide acceptance of this belief, you only have to look at all the antioxidant creams on the market that claim to slow the visible signs of aging by stemming free radical damage.

Similarly, in diabetes, it has long been believed that excess glucose uptake in cells causes mitochondria to produce excess superoxide. Then, the thinking goes, this excess superoxide damages cells and organs, such as the kidneys, over time.

Why might this mitochondria superoxide dogma be incorrect?

According to Sharma, most of the original data linking high glucose to excess mitochondria superoxide production are not quite conclusive. Moreover, Sharma cites several studies that suggest the opposite. For example, mitochondrial superoxide is actually lower than normal in the kidney and heart of mice with type 1 diabetes.

Then there are the data on antioxidant therapies for diabetes complications. To date, studies of antioxidants have not demonstrated a clear reduction in diabetic kidney or cardiovascular complications. In fact, one clinical trial that tested a therapy that stimulates enzymes that reduce superoxide was prematurely stopped in Phase III when an unexpectedly high number of participants experienced congestive heart failure; some even died.

What role might mitochondrial superoxide actually play in diabetes complications, according to this article?

Sharma proposes a new theory for the role mitochondrial superoxide plays in diabetes complications, one he calls “mitochondrial hormesis.” “Hormesis,” a term used more frequently in pharmacology, describes a situation in which a slight elevation of a potentially toxic substance may be beneficial, whereas a high dose is harmful. In diabetes, mitochondrial superoxide levels are low in the kidney and Sharma believes it might be beneficial to bring them back up to normal, or at least slightly elevated, levels.

There’s some evidence to support mitochondrial hormesis. Mitochondrial superoxide has been linked to improved blood vessel function. And exercise has been shown to stimulate superoxide production in muscles. Mitochondrial superoxide is also stimulated by caloric depletion (fasting) and regulated by enzymes that have been found to be beneficial for diabetic complications.

How might this new theory influence the development of new treatments for diabetes complications?

Since treatments that attempt to suppress mitochondrial superoxide production are so often ineffective, Sharma proposes a new therapeutic approach — one that restores mitochondrial balance. Methods for restoring mitochondrial function in diabetics include caloric reduction (periods of fasting) and exercise. Pharmacologically, there are several therapeutic drugs that are known to stimulate mitochondrial superoxide. Some of these have already demonstrated clinical benefit in diabetics, though mitochondrial superoxide’s role in those improved outcomes has been underappreciated.

Whatever the case may be, Sharma recommends that we at least reconsider the long-held bias against mitochondrial superoxide and apply new methods to study its potential in benefiting people with diabetes.

Pictured: false colored mitochondria. Thomas Deerinck, UC San Diego, NCMIR


I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes on April 14th, 2012. It has been a journey and a bumpy road, but I am here, and I am still driving. I know I can continue on with the love and support from my family and friends. However, sometimes it is hard. Sometimes my family and friends don’t understand.

I am the only one in my family with diabetes (EVER) and so no one really gets it. Some of my family still thinks that I have to have sugar free candy on Christmas.. too bad they don’t believe me when I say sugar free candy has more carbs than regular candy because of the fillers companies use to replace the real sugar. Anyways- I am always being asked “Can you have that?” or “You are a diabetic, you shouldn’t be allowed to have that” or the golden “Oh, you’re blood sugar is high? Need some juice?” People will also come up to me with stories about their grandmas or cats that have diabetes and I am just like “how neat.”

People ask so many ridiculous questions and say so many things that really have nothing to do with diabetes and I try to block it out usually, because really and truly it is not their fault that they don’t understand. 

I just want to make people aware of Type 1 Diabetes. We fight for our lives EVERY DAY!!!! Every single day is a life or death situation for us. And if we wanted to end it, it is that simple. But we don’t and we keep going because we have to. We HAVE to take shots, we HAVE to change our pump sites, we HAVE to prick our fingers, we HAVE to choose diet drinks, we HAVE to always carry our supplies with us, we HAVE to do everything. 

There are a lot of things that we necessarily don’t have to do, but that we CAN do that a lot of people think that we can not. For example, yes- we CAN eat all those cookies, we CAN have that, we CAN party, we CAN do everything everyone else can do! We just have to be more careful and stay cautious is all. 

Making people aware of diabetes is such a big goal for me. I want people to understand that it is more than just “bad diet.” We can not help that we are diagnosed with this disease. We did not do anything to cause this to happen to us. It just did. It literally just happened to us and there was nothing we could do about it or change about it. I want people to understand that even though diabetes is not cancer, it should still be taken just as seriously as cancer or any other type of health problem. Like I said earlier, we fight for our lives every single day and are always having to be aware of our blood sugars and making sure we are receiving insulin and not about to go into DKA or anything like that.

We did not choose this lifestyle, but we are fighting through it. We can make people aware if we try hard enough! It just will take time and effort. 

I took these pictures so people can see how diabetes looks in my life. I have it all, as does probably everybody else. Diabetes is not easy, and it is not a happy thing to have. But I am still on my drive and the road gets smoother as I keep going. Hopefully one day the doctors will tell us that we won’t have to go over anymore bumps in the road. One day I hope for there to be a cure, for all of the diabetics. 

I just wanted to share with everyone how I felt. I hope everyone is doing great and is having amazing blood sugars. Love you all, each and every one of you are such an inspiration to me and I truly admire all of you. Thank you for making my blog so great, and for all of you having great and such relatable blogs. Happy blood sugars and DIABETICS UNITE! :)

It really fucks me off how no one dare make a joke about cancer or things like that but when it comes to diabetes I get jokes thrown at me left right and center, like seriously they’re both life threatening, they’re both horrible and massive burdens on someone’s life, so what makes it ok to joke about one but not the other? I’d like to see you live with it, piss off.

Type 2 Diabetes - Lifestyle Changes to Prevent Diabetic Complications!
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Lifestyle contributes a great deal to what course Type 2 diabetes and prediabetes will take, and healthcare workers frequently attempt lifestyle intervention to prevent diabetic complications. Researchers at the Department of Endocrinology, China-Japan Friendship Hospital in Beijing looked at how lifestyle intervention would affect diabetics with impaired glucose tolerance over the course of 20 years. The results of their work were published in November 2010 in the journal Diabetologica.

The study looked at the possibility of preventing 3 serious complications of Type 2 diabetes.

1. Diabetic retinopathy is a disease caused by damage to blood vessels in the back of the eye, where light forms an image. As the blood vessels bleed the retina becomes damaged until sight is lost.

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2. Diabetic nephropathy is due to damaged blood vessels in the kidneys, where excess sugar is removed from the blood and added to the urine. The kidneys gradually lose their ability to function and artificial kidney dialysis can become necessary.

3. Diabetic neuropathy is damage to the nerves, which can lead to numbness and pain in the limbs.

People with Type 2 diabetes have high blood sugar because they are unable to use insulin efficiently to help sugar to enter cells. Glucose tolerance is said to be impaired. Glucose tolerance can also be impaired before Type 2 diabetes is even diagnosed, in prediabetics.

Study: Five hundred seventy-seven adults with impaired glucose tolerance were enrolled in the study. They were assigned either to:

a control group
a diet intervention group
an exercise intervention group or
a diet and exercise intervention group

The interventions were implemented for 6 years. Twenty years after the start of the study a follow-up was performed. A significant difference was found in the prevalence of retinopathy between the intervention and control groups:

there was 9.2 per cent retinopathy in the combined intervention groups, compared with 16.2 per cent in the control group
the intervention groups had only slightly fewer cases of disease and neuropathy than did the control group

Sometimes differences in groups are difficult to detect due to the size of the groups, and this could be why the differences in the number of cases of neuropathy and nephropathy between the groups was not significant. Even if that were not the case, avoiding blindness in itself should be enough incentive to make healthy lifestyle changes.

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Effective Lifestyle Changes: What can you do today to make healthy lifestyle changes to help lower blood sugar levels and prevent diabetic complications? One step might be to weigh yourself and decide upon a weight loss goal if being overweight or obesity is a problem. What can you do to increase your physical activity? Could you get up a half hour earlier every morning and go for a brisk walk? What about adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet?

Every step will take you either towards or away from the vision of health you want for yourself.

Jill (Jillleesmith), Adrenal Bio

Jill (Jillleesmith), Adrenal Bio

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After I had my daughter in 1995, I started gaining weight. I went from 110 pounds to over 200 pounds in a year. I had so many symptoms and was told to quit eating. My family wondered what happened to me. I never ate much. I was always the smallest one. One doctor even wrote me a prescription to get a dog. Over the course of 10 years, I was told I had…

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