Research : Artificial Pancreas To Help Diabetic Patients

In a recent research, artificial pancreas has proven to be much more effective than insulin injections.

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In recent stats, it has been found out that the number of people suffering from Diabetes is on a constant rise. To fight diabetes, there may be many paths for one to follow –

  1. Bring some lifestyle changes
  2. Try these food items that help control sugar levels.

But what’s ground-breaking is a research that has been published in the American Journal of Transplantation – Artificial Pancreas, that is performing well in humans in a pilot study.

Researchers are reporting a breakthrough toward developing the artificial pancreas as a treatment for diabetes and other conditions by combining mechanical artificial pancreas technology with transplantation of islet cells, which produce insulin.

The study monitored  14 patients with pancreatitis and had them undergo a standard surgery and auto-islet transplantation treatments, a closed-loop insulin pump, which relies on a continuous cycle of feedback information related to blood measurements, was better than multiple daily insulin injections for maintaining normal blood glucose levels.

Use of the mechanical artificial pancreas in patients after islet transplantation may help the transplanted cells to survive longer and produce more insulin for longer, said lead author Gregory Forlenza. “It is our hope that combining these technologies will aid a wide spectrum of patients, including patients with diabetes, in the future.”

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Source: DNA

25 Fruits To Combat Diabetes


If you already follow a healthful meal plan filled with whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and lean protein, congratulations! You’re on your way to a long, healthy life and are taking a major step in controlling your weight and blood sugar levels. Plus, you’re probably already eating a bunch of the foods on this list.

Additionally, you may try these simple changes to your lifestyle to fight type II diabetes!

For those who have not yet committed completely to a diet plan, this is a small step in the direction of doing so:

  1. Apples – lowers bad cholesterol ; contains high amount of fiber.
  2. Asparagus
  3. Avocados
  4. Beans
  5. Blueberries
  6. Broccoli
  7. Carrots
  8. Cranberries
  9. Fish
  10. Flaxseed
  11. Garlic
  12. Kale

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  13. Melon
  14. Nuts
  15. Oatmeal
  16. Quinoa
  17. Raspberry
  18. Red Grapefruits
  19. Red onions
  20. Red Pepper
  21. Soy
  22. Spinach
  23. Green Tea
  24. Tomatoes
  25. Yogurt

 

Not only are these power foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, they’re also familiar and easy to find. That means you don’t have to hunt down any exotic ingredients or shop at specialty grocery stores to find foods that will help you get on track with a healthful meal plan.

Fresh juice of raw fruits and vegetables are also known to control many diseases. Learn more…

To know more, visit the description at Diabetic Living Online

Beat Type 2 Diabetes in 5 Easy Lifestyle Changes


It has been observed that there has been a rise in the number of people suffering from Type-2 Diabetes. Reasons are many, but it really does come down to one main cause – poor lifestyle.

So how to beat Diabetes? Improve lifestyle! Here are 5 basic yet very effective changes that you may bring to your lifestyle to control your sugar levels. (source: Everyday Health) So go ahead, beat diabetets this World Diabetes Day!

  1. Improve Diet:  A healthy diet for people with type 2 diabetes includes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, lean meats, and low-fat dairy. Focus on eating fruits and non-starchy vegetables, like broccoli, carrots, and lettuce, and having smaller portions of starchy foods, meat, and dairy products. Be especially careful about loading up on foods that are high on the glycemic index (GI), a system that ranks foods according to how they affect glucose levels. High-GI foods include white breads, white rice, and soda.

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  2. Lose WeightWhere your fat is distributed also affects your diabetes risk and management. People who carry most of their fat in their belly (apple shape) are more prone to type 2 diabetes than those with fat mostly in the thighs, hips, and buttocks (pear shape). A woman whose waist measures more than 35 inches and a man with a 40-inch waist need to lose weight for good diabetes management.

    Diabetes Type 1 and 2
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  3. Exercise RegularlyWhen you do physical activity, such as walking, your muscle contractions push glucose out of your blood into your cells. The result: Better blood sugar levels. Of course, the more intense the exercise, the better. Regular weight-lifting sessions can also help keep blood sugar levels steady.
  4. Control Sleep Apnea: Sleep apnea is a condition in which a person stops breathing temporarily while sleeping. People with type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea are at higher risk of death from heart attack and stroke. Their blood sugar levels also fluctuate more dramatically while sleeping than in those who have type 2 diabetes, but not sleep apnea, according to one study. These fluctuations have been linked to a higher risk for diabetic complications.
  5. Soothe StressStress relief may help you sleep better and is important because not getting enough sleep can worsen type 2 diabetes. Sleeping less than six hours a night has also been found to contribute to impaired glucose tolerance, a condition that often precedes type 2 diabetes.

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  6. Besides yoga, try deep breathing before bed. Other tips to try:
    • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and spicy foods at night.
    • Maintain a slightly cool temperature in your sleep environment.
    • Block out all light and noise.
    • Go to bed at the same time every night to establish a sleep schedule.

So basically, eat well, work out well and take it easy and sleep just fine! Enjoying life and taking care of yourself helps!

Junk Food At Schools Under FSSAI Scanner


The food regulatory authority of India, FSSAI has now brought Junk Foods under its scanner, and issued a list of guidelines to all the schools over its website. As per the drafted guidelines, country’s top food regulator is set to restrict consumption and availability of junk food in schools. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft guidelines on availability of wholesome and nutritious food in schools to control junk food consumption among children. (Official PDF Here)

Under the draft guidelines, which were first submitted to the court last year, food high in fat, salt or sugar will not be sold within 50 metres of a school’s premises.(Business Insider)

No Junk Food In Schools Now On

The objective of releasing this document is to provide wholesome, nutritional, hygienic and safe healthy food to the students across the 14 lakh schools in India. The lack of availability of balanced diet, nutritional food, awareness about food safety coupled with lack of physical activity among the school kids is the main central cause of many health related issues among school kids.

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A healthy lifestyle is cornerstone of good health, physical fitness, energy and reduced risk for disease. It is based on the choices one makes about his or her daily habits. Good nutrition, daily exercise and adequate sleep are the foundations for continuing health lifestyle. A healthy lifestyle includes diet based on balance, variety and moderation coupled with regular physical activity commensurate with one’s age, gender and body constitution. As  per  “Dietary Guidelines  for  Indians,  2011”   by National  Institute  of  Nutrition  (NIN),  a balanced diet is one which provides all nutrients in required amounts and proper proportions. It should provide around 50-60% of total calories from carbohydrates, preferably from complex carbohydrates, about 10-15% from proteins and 20-30% from both visible and invisible fat. In addition, it should provide other non-nutrients such as dietary fibre, antioxidants, which bestow positive health benefits.

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Childhood  obesity

Childhood  obesity  is one  of  the  most  serious  public  health challenges  of the  21st  century. Overweight children are likely to become obese adults. As per WHO, about 44% of the diabetes burden and  23%  of  the  CYD  burden  is attributable to  overweight  and  obesity.  Overweight children are more likely than non-overweight children to develop insulin resistance, hyper­ insulinemia, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age, which in turn are associated with a higher chance of premature death and disability”.

Diabetes and pediatric metabolic syndrome

Type  2 diabetes   which  is very  common  in adults  is now  increasingly   being  reported   in children. The  leading  risk factor  for kids  is being  overweight,   often  connected   with an unhealthy  diet  and lack of physical  activity.  According   to a study  done  by  Dr Anoop  Mishra  et alan   post  pubertal Indian  children,   67%  males  with  high  BMI  were  found  to have  insulin  resistance  while  overall prevalence   was  about   22%   in  males   and  36%   in females IS.    As per the Diabetes Atlas 2006 published by the International Diabetes Federation, the number of people with diabetes in India is around 40.9 million and is expected to rise to 69.9 million by 2025 unless urgent preventive steps are taken.

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Guidelines Drafted by FSSAI

  1. Restrict  / Limit  the Availability  of most common High Fat Sugar and Salt (HFSS) Foods in Schools and area within 50 meters.
  2. Develop  a  Canteen   Policy  to  provide   Nutritious,   Wholesome  and  Healthy   Food  in Schools.
  3. Regulate  Promotion  of ‘HFSS  Food’ among School Children.
  4. Food  Safety  and  Standards   Authority  of India  should  consider  reviewing  the Labeling Regulations  to enable disclosure  of all Relevant  Information.
  5. Establish  Stringent  Limits for Unhealthy  Ingredients.
  6. Encourage  Physical Activity by School Children.

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News From R&D


FICCI Research and Analysis Centre (FRAC) not only aims at providing best quality testing and results services, but its state of the art Research and Development facility makes sure that our consumers get to have all the added information about their products.

Here are a list of food articles, and findings corresponding to them, according to our R&D team :

  1. Therapeutic FoodTherapeutic food in general, is any a[[rp[roate food product or products, enhanced nutritionally, and thus, made to be more energy-dense and nutrient-dense. When needed, usually in the emergency situations, it should be used in effect as medicine, in conjunction with necessary therapy, for as short a time as possible. The subject of this commentary is a specific type of therapeutic food, now almost always in the form of commercial products, which in te last several years has leapt onto the nutrition scene. It has some special benefits. It is creating new opportunities, new challenges, and in our judgement, an increasing number of new problems. The this is to warn that the promotion of therapeutic food and its wider use may well undermine breastfeeding, which for children between 6-24+ months of age, is the best safeguard against malnutrition. Therapeutic food is high in energy and protein, with added electrolytes, mineral and vitamins.
  2. High Fibre Bread : High fibre is used to lower glucose levels, and increasing the dietary bulk. Rice bran contents were used as an ingredient to increase the nutritional value of bread. With this view point, the high fibre bread was prepared.
  3. Badam Kesar Milk Fortification : Health drink full of nutrition. Useful for all age group people. Simple recipe of milk kesar fortified, with appropriate vitamin and mineral mix to provide adequate nutrition.
  4. Diabodellite Cookies : New products were developed/designed for one of our customers from the bakery industry, new ingredients were introduced to increase the binding of the prepared cookies by our department and thereby, increasing the storage and logistics problem faced by them. This product was specially designed for diabetic patients to lower their blood pressure.

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