Parents, beware. 3 hours of TV daily may up risk of diabetes in your kids

Parents, take note! Being glued to television or video games for more than three hours a day may put your children at increased risk of developing diabetes, a study warns. Researchers found that both adiposity, which describes total body fat, and insulin resistance, which occurs when cells fail to respond to insulin, were affected by longer hours of watching television and using computers. “Our findings suggest that reducing screen time may be beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors, in both boys and girls, from an early age,” said…

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Try this healthy tendli stir fry to beat diabetes

Kundru or ivy gourd (Coccinia cordifolia) is also known as tendli or tindora. It is a summer gourd that has a slightly tart taste and crunchy texture when cooked right. Some people like it cooked mushy but the taste is always great if combined with some Indian spices. I sometimes cook them with sambar powder to make it easy and yet lip smacking delicious. Kundru is considered very good for diabetics as the mucilaginous seeds are considered to control the blood sugar. It is also considered great for healing any…

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Hypertension and diabetes kill more people in Delhi than other diseases, says report

Each year, more people die of hypertension and diabetes in Delhi than dengue or malaria, says a new report released on Wednesday. The ‘State of Health of Delhi’ report was released by the NGO Praja Foundation. In 2015, 3,890 hypertension-related and 1,356 diabetes-related deaths were reported from hospitals and dispensaries run by the Delhi government and the municipal corporations. The year before, 1,962 hypertension-related deaths and 1,762 diabetes related deaths were recorded. In the communicable diseases category, tuberculosis took the maximum toll, killing 3,635 people in 2015 and 4,350 the…

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Diabetes hits urban poor in rich cities

Diabetes, often seen as a rich man’s disease, is assuming epidemic proportions among the urban poor in “rich cities” and is more prevalent in states with higher GDP, shows a recent study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) across 15 states.The findings, published online in ‘The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology’, said Chandigarh, which has the highest per capita annual GDP of $3,433, recorded the highest prevalence of diabetes at 13.6% while Bihar, with the lowest per capita GDP of $682, had the lowest prevalence at 4.3%. In economically better off…

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Less diverse gut viruses raise diabetes risk

Your child’s chances of developing Type I diabetes may depend on the diversity of viruses present in his or her intestines, researchers say. Type 1 diabetes is a chronic autoimmune disease in which one’s own immune system destroys the cells needed to control blood-sugar levels, requiring daily insulin injections and continual monitoring. The study showed that children whose gut viral communities are less diverse are more likely to generate self-destructive antibodies that can lead to Type 1 diabetes. Further, children who carried a specific virus belonging to the ‘Circoviridae family’…

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How diabetes fosters gum disease?

Diabetes causes a shift in the oral microbiome which may lead to an increased risk of developing periodontitis, also known as gum disease, which causes inflammation around the teeth as well as bone loss, researchers say. The study, conducted in mice, revealed that when diabetic mice developed high blood sugar levels or were hyperglycemic, their microbiome became distinct from their normal littermates, with a less diverse community of bacteria. These diabetic mice also had periodontitis, including a loss of bone supporting the teeth, and increased levels of IL-17 — a…

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Diabetes patients, take note: You may be at greater risk of tooth loss

Good dental care is extremely important for diabetics. According to a recent study, the disease can even risk a patient’s oral health. The University of Pennsylvania researchers found that the oral microbiome is affected by diabetes, causing a shift to increase its pathogenicity. The research not only showed that the oral microbiome of mice with diabetes shifted but that the change was associated with increased inflammation and bone loss. It is of significance in India where diabetes is on the rise among the population, and alarmingly, a lot of people remain undiagnosed. “Up…

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