Yogurt May Reduce Risk of Diabetes A New Study Finds

Yogurt May Reduce Risk of Diabetes A New Study Finds



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Diabetes Mellitus, which is commonly referred to as ‘diabetes’, is a medical condition in which your body’s blood sugar is chronically elevated beyond the normal range. There are two types, both of which are related to the function of the pancreas.

Type 1 typically occurs in children and young adults and is associated with the pancreas’ inability to produce enough insulin. The job of insulin is to push glucose (aka sugar) into your cells to use as energy, among other things. This is also known as insulin dependent diabetes.

Type 2 diabetes tends to occur in overweight adults, although there is an increasing incidence in children. This version occurs when your pancreas can’t keep up with the high levels of glucose in your blood and your cells actually become resistant to the function of insulin.

This particular study focus on type 2 diabetes, which has multiple risk factors for development. This includes
Weight, especially BMI over 30
Body fat distribution
Lack of physical activity
Family history
Gestational diabetes (in pregnant women)
Polycystic ovarian disease

Here are a few other facts about diabetes in the US (from CDC, 2014)
9.3% of the US population has DM (29.1 million people)
27% are undiagnosed
1.7 million new cases are diagnosed each year
Total costs of diabetes care in the US is 245 billion annually (2012)

There are two types of Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 and Type 2. In type 1, your pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin. In type 2, the cells of your body become resistant to insulin because of chronically elevated blood sugar. Elevated blood sugar, also known as glucose, can be caused by a lot of things related to diet: fat, protein, carbs, carbohydrates, calories. Treatment includes some combination of insulin, metformin, weight loss, exercise and increased physical activity. Risk factors include obesity, overweight, high BMI, lack of exercise, inactivity, body fat distribution, race, age, genetics, gestational diabetes and PCOS. Complications of diabetes include immunocompromised, peripheral neuropathy and leg amputations, kidney disease, retinopathy and vision loss and even death.


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