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[IP] Diabetes in Control Newsletter: December 5 Issue

Diabetes In Control Newsletter - http://www.diabetesincontrol.com 

The Newsletter for Professionals in diabetes care

December 5, 2000, 2000 Issue 29


Insulin Affects Brain, Governs Appetite and Weight

Best-selling authors Drs. Atkins and Eades have long been pointing to
insulin resistance as a risk factor for obesity and diabetes. Now experts
say that new findings could change the textbook description of diabetes,
which calls obesity a risk factor for the disease. The latest research
suggests that it can work the other way around, with insulin resistance
leading to obesity!

For feature go to: www.diabetesincontrol.com/feature14.htm 

Item #7
Antioxidant May Help Reverse Diabetes and Restore Health
November 2000 (Newstream) -- Diabetes is a degenerative disease that
typically worsens with age. People who suffer from Type 2 (adult onset)
diabetes may be helped by a new antioxidant that can be used in
conjunction with existing medication for diabetes treatment.

Studies show that the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid works to normalize and
lower blood sugar levels by reducing oxidative stress including cell
damage caused by highly reactive free radical molecules. Oxidative stress
damages cell mitochondria (the site of glucose metabolism and energy
production) and blunts insulin secretion. Excess production of free
radicals, or their inadequate neutralization by antioxidants, damages cell
proteins, lipids, and DNA causing diseases such as diabetes,
cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis, macular degeneration and aging.

Alpha-lipoic Acid in a Controlled-Release Formula Researchers have recently 
developed the most effective form of
alpha-lipoic acid in a controlled-release formula. The antioxidant must
remain in the blood plasma for at least three hours to absorb into the
tissues through the cells where free radical damage is generated. This
controlled-release formula increases the length of time therapeutic
concentrations of alpha-lipoic acid are present in blood plasma up to
several hours. Alpha-lipoic acid can be consumed as part of a balanced diet in 
such foods
as spinach, potatoes and red meat, but you would have to eat enormous
quantities of these foods to get beneficial amounts of the antioxidant. For 
complete article: www.diabetesincontrol.com/issue29/item7.htm 

Item #12
Diabetes Prevention Falls Short, Far Short
States are far from meeting 2010 goals

Americans with diabetes aren't receiving preventive treatments as often or
as thoroughly as they should, a new study says.

Despite a variety of outreach efforts, preventive care for adults with
non-insulin dependent diabetes (Type II) differs vastly depending on
factors like age, race and income, according to the government scientists
who prepared the report.

The findings, which are intended to be a benchmark for education efforts
in the coming decade, shows that it's clear there's plenty of room for
improvement says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

"Some people feel that you can't do anything about diabetes. Our take on
that is that [patients] can do something about it to either delay or
prevent the onset of complications. You can be in control, you can improve
your outcome, but it's going to take work." More than 15 million Americans 
have diabetes. Most have the adult-onset,
or Type II, form of the condition, in which their cells lose their
sensitivity to the hormone insulin, which helps the body extract sugar
from blood. For complete article: www.diabetesincontrol.com/issue29/item12.htm 

Item #13
Sugared Coke Classic May Be Found in Diet Coke Cans Reason: Mislabeling. 
Distribution: VA and NC.

Sandston, VA, -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said today that
Mid Atlantic Coca Cola Bottling is recalling 12-packs of Caffeine Free
Coca Cola Classic. The product is labeled as Caffeine Free Diet Coke, but
actually contains Caffeine Free Coca Cola Classic. PRODUCT:12-Packs labeled as 
"Caffeine Free Coca Cola Classic" and
individual cans labeled as "Caffeine Free Diet Coke".
Optimum Taste Date Code JUN1101RMA.
DISTRIBUTION- Virginia and North Carolina.
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