Archive for the ‘Diabetes’ Category

Honey for diabetic ulcers

October 12, 2010

A study from Egypt demonstrates the effectiveness of honey, a natural remedy used since antiquity. Thirty infected diabetic foot wounds were treated with pure raw untreated commercial clover honey over a three month period. Slightly more than 43% achieved complete healing, with another 43% having significant improvement. Slightly over 6% received no benefit from the treatment.
Gauze soaked in honey was applied to the wounds, using enough layers to fill the depth of the wound to above the skin area, a fluffy dressing applied over the area, and tape used to hold the dressing in place. Dressings were changed when they became soaked, sometimes several times a day. The wounds were debrided as necessary at each dressing and washed out with normal saline. The wound was dried before the honey gauze was reapplied.
Diabetic foot ulcers often lead to amputations, and can be very difficult to treat. Edema, hotness, and redness disappeared within 10 days in all study subjects. Ulcers which have progressed to expose the bone did not respond to this treatment and two subjects in this study progressed to amputation.
Honey is known to be effective against many antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and may prevent bacterial growth even in heavily infected wounds.
(Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 89:276-281, 2010)
Copyright 2010 Phylis A Austin


Vegetarian diet, diabetic nephropathy

July 12, 2009

Diabetics often suffer associated kidney disease. Earlier studies have shown that a high protein diet accelerates the development of kidney damage. A recent study suggests that a vegetarian diet may be adequate to slow the progression of the disease. Apparently vegetarian protein does not have the same adverse effect that animal protein diets. (Diabetic Medicine 8:949-953, 1991)
Copyright 1991 Phylis A Austin

Vegetarian diet, Diabetes

July 3, 2009

A 21-year study of over 25,000 California Seventh-day Adventists revealed that the diabetes rate in vegetarians was only 45 percent of the United States rate in a similar study group. (American Journal of Public Health 75:507-512. 1985)
Copyright 1985 Phylis A Austin

Diabetes and vegetarian diet

August 10, 2008

A 21-year study of over 25,000 California Seventh-day Adventists revealed that the diabetes rate in vegetarians was only 45 percent of the United States rate in a similar study group. (American Journal of Public Health 75:507-512, 1985)
Copyright 1985 Phylis Austin

Diabetic neuropathy and vegan diet

July 9, 2008

Diabetic neuropathy symptoms of sharp, stabbing, burning and/or shooting pains were entirely relieved in 17 of 21 patients placed on an animal-product free (vegan), unrefined diet, and exercise at Weimar Institute in Weimar, California. Improvement was noticed in four days in some patients. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 48(3)Suppl 926, September 1988) Copyright 1988 Phylis Austin

Insulin therapy and heart disease

July 7, 2008

Intensive insulin therapy leads to weight gain in some diabetics, and those individuals are apparently at increased risk of heart disease. About one-third of diabetics in this study group became obese during insulin therapy. This weight gain makes it more difficult to control the diabetes, and increases the risk of heart attack. Diabetics already have a four-fold increase in risk of heart disease; the insulin-induced weight gain increases the risk even more. (Journal of the American Medical Association 280(2)140-146, 1998) Editorial note: Insulin is the most effective appetite stimulant we know. This may be even more serious in Type II diabetics who are often put on high doses of insulin. Most Type II diabetics are already overweight. Copyright 1998 Phylis Austin

Coffee, tea and childhood diabetes

July 4, 2008

Children who consume coffee or tea are at increased risk of developing Type I diabetes during childhood. (European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 48:279-285, 1994) Copyright 1994 Phylis Austin

Stress and childhood diabetes

July 4, 2008

Children in the 5-9 year old group who are exposed to severe stress are at increased risk of developing childhood type I (Insulin- dependent) diabetes mellitus. (Diabetiologica 34:579-583, 1991) Copyright 1991 Phylis Austin

Diet and diabetes in children

July 4, 2008

Children who use diets high in protein, carbohydrates and nitrosamine-containing foods are apparently at increased risk of developing Type I (insulin-dependent) childhood diabetes. Foods which commonly contain nitrosamines include smoked fish, bacon, and sausage. (Pediatric News 24(9)25, September 1990)

Copyright 1990 Phylis Austin

Gluten-free diet and diabetes

July 4, 2008

Laboratory mice given a gluten-free diet from birth had a significantly lower incidence of diabetes mellitus than did mice given the traditional diet. The mice on the gluten-free diet who developed diabetes did so at a significantly later time than those on the standard diet.

Populations such as Korea and Japan, who use a traditional diet lower in gluten have reduced diabetes incidence rates.

These researchers feel that a gluten-free diet may have implications for the prevention of diabetes mellitus. (Diabetes/Metabolism Research and Reviews 15:323-327, 1999)

Copyright 1999 Phylis A Austin