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PreDiabetes Centers Conducted Free Blood Screenings at Houston’s Diabetes Expo

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PreD Southwest Houston Team Speaks with Event-Goers at the ADA Expo

We had a blast at the American Diabetes Association Expo in Houston this past Saturday!

Our health coach, Heather Baskin, and medical assistant, Kristina Herrera, of the PreDiabetes Center of Southwest Houston talked with hundreds of event-goers about their personal risk factors for diabetes and conducted free hemoglobin A1c blood screenings.

PreDiabetes Centers Medical Director Alan Hopkins, MD, also attended the show.

In a lively presentation, Dr. Hopkins discussed the rapidly growing diabetes epidemic with expo attendees and stressed the importance of being screened for the disease early on.

In his lecture—entitled, “The Great Sugar Story: Prediabetes and the Coming Tsunami of Diabetes”—Dr. Hopkins explained that the nation is suffering from poor nutrition and a sugar dependency… and the consequences are deadly.

“Diabetes is becoming more common. By 2050, as many as 1 in 3 could have diabetes,” he said.

With a background in emergency medicine, Dr. Hopkins said he noticed something very alarming in many of his ER patients.

“Many young people were coming in with strokes and heart attacks,” said Hopkins. “And autopsies on those who died showed severe plaque buildup in their arteries.”

Over time, high blood sugar can lead to increased plaque buildup in the arteries, which hardens and narrow the arteries and increases a person’s risk for heart conditions, including strokes and heart attacks.

That’s why getting tested for diabetes and catching it early in the prediabetic stage is so critical.

While hemoglobin A1c is the hallmark measurement in a diabetes diagnosis, there are other biomarkers that can play an important role in the development of diabetes. Many attendees who stopped by the PreDiabetes Centers booth signed up for the Company’s comprehensive blood draw which examines 13 biomarkers—including insulin, C-reactive protein, testosterone, cholesterol levels, thyroid hormones, vitamin levels and more.

Sign up for our free, advanced biomarker blood test today!

High-Salt Diet Doubles Risk of Heart Problems in Diabetics

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Are You at Increased Risk of Heart Troubles?

SaltPut down the salt shaker!

A high-salt diet may double the risk of developing heart disease in diabetics, says a new Japanese study. The risk is even higher among people whose diabetes isn’t well-managed.

Some people have type 2 diabetes and are unaware of their diagnosis. As a result, their blood sugar levels are poorly managed and are continuously battling chronically high blood sugar, leading to a host of health problems… including increased risk for heart disease!

Get tested for prediabetes and diabetes today.

In the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers studied about 1,600 people, aged 40 to 70, who participated in a survey about their diets, including salt intake. Over an 8-year period the researchers reviewed data on the heart health of the participants.

They found that people with diabetes who consumed an average of 5.9 grams of sodium daily had twice the risk of developing heart disease than those who consumed (on average) just 2.8 grams of sodium daily.

The average American consumes about 3,300 mg of sodium, or 3.3 grams per day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

They study also found that people with poorly managed type 2 diabetes saw their risk increase 10-fold when they had a diet high in salt.

Among the 359 participants with the highest sodium intake, 41 developed heart disease, compared with 23 of the 354 participants with the lowest sodium intake.

The researchers note that salt didn’t necessarily cause heart disease – just that there is an association.

Experts say this study means one thing for diabetics: That it’s important they track their sodium intake when managing their diet.

The Lowdown on Probiotics

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Probiotics Could Help Treat High Blood Pressure, Says Study

Yogurt and berries

You’ve heard of probiotics, right?

They are organisms, such as bacteria or yeast, that are considered “friendly” and can improve health. Eating probiotics in supplement form or in foods can help prevent digestive problems by improving intestinal function, and are also being studied for benefits in colon cancer, skin infections and irritable bowel syndrome.

The PreDiabetes Centers Nutrition Plan includes probiotic foods such as yogurt, kefir, dark chocolate, and tempeh. Probiotic supplementation may be recommended by the prediabetes physician if a client is lactose intolerant. Of course, probiotics aren’t suitable for everyone, including young children, the elderly and people who have weak immune systems, say experts.

Here’s the latest news on probiotics: A new study published in the journal Hypertension found that regularly taking probiotics can help lower high blood pressure.

In the study of more than 500 adults, people who consumed probiotics for more than two months had an average reduction in systolic blood pressure of about 3.6 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) and an average reduction in diastolic blood pressure of about 2.4 mm Hg, compared to people who did not take probiotics.

Learn more about high blood pressure and treatment options

Could a Protein Injection Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

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Temporary Reversal of Diabetes Symptoms in Mice

MiceA single shot of protein that could reverse diabetes and bring blood sugar to healthy, normal levels…

Sounds too good to be true, right?

It kind of is… at least for now.

According to a study published in Nature, researchers injected a bunch of mice who had diet-induced diabetes with the protein FGF1 and found that it sent their blood sugar levels to a healthy range for more than two days. It also reversed their insulin sensitivity.

The Salk Institute scientists noted that the injection did not cause any of the side effects associated with diabetes medications.

Could this protein injection help in the future treatment of diabetes in people?

Much more research is needed on this protein and its suitability in human trials, according to the study authors.

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