Diabetes Research Kudos

Monday, October 7, 2013
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On October 1, I was pleased to read in The Santa Barbara Independent that Congressmember Lois Capps was announcing a Health and Human Services award for diabetes research at Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

This award, made possible by the Special Diabetes Program (SDP) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), comes at a critical time when recent government statistics show an alarming 23 percent increase of American youth diagnosed with type 1 diabetes between 2001 and 2009. This increase is certainly troubling to me, a mother of a son who must monitor his blood by pricking his fingers (day and night) and inject insulin several times a day to keep his blood sugar under control, while also measuring everything that he eats and drinks. If he does not follow this regimen, he could face very dangerous complications and even a shorter life, which keeps me up at night — in addition to checking his blood.

The SDP is credited with groundbreaking discoveries and therapies that are making great strides for people with type 1 diabetes(T1D), including progress on the artificial pancreas technology. Tying together an insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor, it would automatically help my son control his blood sugars. Now in outpatient trials and closer to getting in the hands of patients like my son, the technology will also help prevent complications, which could translate into health cost savings, including Medicare.

Congressmember Capps knows how important a cure is to those impacted by T1D, and she strongly supports the SDP. Ongoing, large-scale clinical trials made possible by the SDP will provide a better understanding of the disease so it can be prevented. I am hopeful that Congress will support a multiyear renewal of the SDP so that research results can be realized and we can find a cure for my son and the 2.5 million Californians who have type 1 diabetes.

Thank you, Congressmember Capps, for standing up for my family and the rest of the diabetes community in California!


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I sat in on a lecture about the artificial pancreas project being worked on by the Sansum Institute and UCSB's Department of Chemical Engineering. It's a very tough nut to crack because human body responses are difficult to control. But they're making good progress.

EastBeach (anonymous profile)
October 9, 2013 at 10:59 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Holy moly, diabetes is a DIETARY disease, we don't need more drugs and doctors, we just need a basic education about what diabetes is and how to prevent and even reverse it. Every injection of inusline is just putting more money in the hands of the medical industrial complex and their faux cures.

Diabetes is caused by insulin resistance and insulin resistance is caused by blood sugar spikes and blood sugar spikes are caused by eating carbohydrates.

For those who want to avoid diabetes, which is everybody who doesn't have the condition, I highly recommend a low carb diet. Cut out the grains, the sugar and even legumes as much as possible. Stick to wild, grass fed or pastured meats, seafood, eggs, coconut oil, grass-fed butter, non-starchy vegetables and fruit in moderation. You can also have grass-fed dairy like cheese in moderation if your system can handle it, if not, try raw dairy and/or just cut it out of your diet.

I highly recommend a ketogenic diet for those who have the condition and want to reverse it. A ketogenic diet is a high fat, moderate protein, VERY low carb diet, under 40g of carbs per day. You can have things like trader joe's bacon, pastured eggs and I whip 2 tablespoons of grass fed butter and coconut oil into my coffee. Steak, roasts, leafy greens, and other non-starchy veggies.

Here is some more fantastic information along with dietary guidelines,

The Definitive Guide to Insulin, Blood Sugar & Type 2 Diabetes (and you’ll understand it)

Type 1 Diabetes No Match for Primal Lifestyle!

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 9, 2013 at 12:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I also want to point out that eating a paleo/primal high fat, moderate protein, low carb diet will not cause heart disease or cancer - we have been feasting on GRAIN FED animals for decades and this along with increased carbohydrates through processed foods, high fructose corn syrup and grains cause our systems to become highly inflammatory and this is what has led to increased incidents of heart disease and cancer in our society.

We already take fish oil to help prevent heart disease - that's increasing fat in your diet - but it's good fat. Well, cows have good fat too when they eat their natural diet of grass and plant matter, but when you stick them in a caraf and feed them grains all day then they are going to be in just as bad of shape as we are - and then we eat them, increasing our problems further.

So it makes sense that going back to eating animals in a more natural state with a natural diet - not just vegetarian - but able to forage for lots of greens and bugs and whatnot in the soil is what is so key to getting healthy animals and good fats back into the meats in our grocery stores.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 9, 2013 at 12:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

author John Durant's THE PALEO MANIFESTO supports some of what you say here, loon, but the underlying proviso is that the subject is constantly on the move, living a very active life, on the move.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 9, 2013 at 1:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

That 'underlying proviso' that you be incredibly active is not true at all. There are many branches of the paleo/primal diet as it is a relatively new school of thought and I don't 100% subscribe to any particular branch, although I do happen to big a really big fan of Mark Scisson and the Primal Blueprint branch of the paleo diet.

You can lead a relatively sedentary lifestyle on the paleo/primal diet and still be relatively healthy. On the other hand, if you eat a lot of carbs, you have to exercise just to work them off or else you will gain weight. The "calories in - calories out" theory only works on carb-heavy diets. I'm not saying people shouldn't exercise, it is healthy to exercise, but it's really not necessary to over do it. In fact some paleo types I've had conversations with believe that many people exercise too much and it can be unhealthy. Especially long cardio sessions. Many paleo types advocate 1-2 minute blocks of hard resistance training with rests in between as that best simulate our hunter gatherer/tribal lifestyle.

I guarantee if you significantly reduce your carb intake you will become very lean no matter what, and you will get the health benefits. Your body does not turn dietary fat into body fat, it turns carbs into body fat. Most health problems are caused by inflammation which is caused by too many omega 6 fat (veggie/seed oils and grain fed animals) which can be fixed by eating good fats.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 9, 2013 at 2:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It appears that the majority of comments made are referring to the more common form of diabetes - type 2. Type 1 diabetes, of which this article refers, is an autoimmune disorder caused by an individual's own immune system mistakenly targeting and destroying the insulin producing cells of their pancreas. Survival is dependent upon injected insulin, either through multiple daily injections or an insulin pump.

Although a low-carbohydrate diet might influence the amount of insulin per injection, it will not replace a necessary hormone that the body can no longer produce in sufficient quantity to regular blood glucose.

Other than diet and exercise, there are many other factors that influence the blood sugar levels of a person with type 1 diabetes including stress, mood, menses, growth, illness and others.

Diet and activity levels alone cannot control this disease as is evidenced by the short life expectancy of those diagnosed with the disease prior to the discover of insulin. Kudos to those doing the research and those who support them!

DenisB (anonymous profile)
October 16, 2013 at 1:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

DenisB, you must have not read the links that I posted regarding Type 1 Diabetes:

"Around January of this year a friend exposed me to the paleo diet. I checked it out and was intrigued. I started doing extensive reading and research (during which I came across this website) and decided to give it a try. I slowly started purging out the sugars/carbs/processed foods that were poisoning my body (especially cereal which was a staple of my diet at the time), and whaddya know…my blood sugars and overall health improved drastically, and my insulin requirements dropped like a rock!!!

Fast forward another 8 months to today and life has never been better!..."

Read more:

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 16, 2013 at 3:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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