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If you live with diabetes, you may know that trying to eat pizza while juggling unruly blood sugar levels and unpredictable insulin dosages can spell disaster. However, pizza is delicious (and can be nutritious!), and if you’re a pizza lover who happens to have diabetes, you shouldn’t feel as though you need to cut pizza…
As regular readers know, this blog is presented in a magazine style – we hope something for everyone. You will find a variety of articles, studies, thoughts, photographs, music and recipes!
It’s Snow-time, let’s play! – see here
“Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company’s online pharmacy launches with the lowest prices on 100 lifesaving prescriptions.” Cost Plus is a direct to consumer pharmacy. It reflects the current need, with 1 in 10 Americans needing to skip doses of their medicine due to cost. I need to credit my friend Scott Strumello who posted … Continue reading New cost-saving drugs website
Chicken’s many plus points – its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it can be cooked – make it one of the most popular meats around. It has a high level of good quality protein, as well as B vitamins, iron, copper and selenium. The pale flesh has a close texture and a mild flavour that pairs up well with many different ingredients. Never eat raw chicken, and always thoroughly wash your hands, utensils and cutting board as soon as you’ve cut or handled raw chicken.
Here is a low carb/keto chicken dish you may wish to try:-
CHICKEN Dishes – Three Popular Low Carb and Keto Suggestions – see here
All the best Jan
All the best Jan
In the name of God, go!”
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From Stacey: “This week’s guest brings up a fascinating issue about living longer with T1D.
I am sharing a recipe from Jessica Sepel, it’s for Cauliflower and Seed Bread, made with a low carbers favourite … cauliflower rice! Why not give it a try this weekend. 😊
2 cups cauliflower rice (see notes)
100 g (1 cup) almond meal
2 tablespoons psyllium husk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
40 g (1⁄4 cup) pepitas, plus 40 g (1⁄4 cup) extra for decorating
1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
1 teaspoon of sea salt
1 teaspoon curry powder
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 large eggs, whisked
2 tablespoons cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil
1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (140°C fan-forced). Line the base and sides of a 20 x 10 cm loaf tin with non-stick baking paper.
2. Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix until well combined and smooth. Transfer the dough to the prepared loaf tin, spreading it out evenly and pressing down firmly to level the surface.
3. Sprinkle the top with the extra pepitas then bake for 55–60 minutes, or until the top is golden and a skewer inserted in the centre of the loaf comes out clean.
To make your own cauliflower rice, you’ll need 1 cauliflower head to get 2 cups of ‘rice’. Simply break the head of cauliflower into florets, place these in a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower resembles fine rice-like grains.
Dear reader, this blog brings a variety of articles and recipe ideas, and it is important to note, not all may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter.
All the best Jan
“Lowering blood insulin levels could lower your risk of getting COVID-19
Oct 28, 2021●Life Sciences & Medicine
In a study published this month in Diabetes, researchers from Osaka University have revealed that a protein called GRP78 helps the virus that causes COVID-19 bind to and enter cells. GRP78 is a protein that is found in adipose tissue (i.e., fat). Older, obese, and diabetic people are all more vulnerable to COVID-19 and, while the reasons for this are still not completely clear, the team from Osaka University sheds some light on this issue.
“It was recently suggested that adipose tissue might be a major reservoir for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19,” says lead author of the study Jihoon Shin. “Because of this, we wanted to investigate whether there is any link between the excess adipose tissue in older, obese, and diabetic patients and their vulnerability to COVID-19.”
To do this, the researchers looked at GRP78, which has recently been suggested to be involved in the interaction of SARS-CoV-2 with human cells. The major method by which SARS-CoV-2 enters human cells is by a spike protein on the viral surface binding to a human cell-surface protein called angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2). Shin and colleagues discovered that the spike protein can also directly bind to GRP78, and that the presence of GRP78 increases the binding with ACE2. To get an idea of GRP78’s involvement in COVID-19 vulnerability they investigated how much GRP78 protein is present in tissues from older, obese, and diabetic patients.
“The results were very clear,” explains senior author Iichiro Shimomura. “GRP78 gene expression was highly upregulated in adipose tissue, and was elevated with increasing age, obesity, and diabetes.”
Aging, obesity, and diabetes are known to be associated with increased blood insulin levels. Therefore, the group wondered whether insulin was involved in GRP78 expression. They found that exposing cells to insulin did induce expression of GRP78. Importantly, they discovered that treatment using widely prescribed anti-diabetic drugs that reduce insulin levels successfully reduce expression level of GRP78. They went a step further and showed that exercise and calorie restriction in a mouse-model also worked to reduce GRP78 levels in adipose tissue.
“Our findings suggest that a high blood insulin level is an important risk factor that can predispose older, obese, and diabetic individuals to COVID-19 infection. As such, controlling blood insulin with pharmacological interventions or with environmental interventions, such as exercise, could help lower these patients’ risk,” says Shin.
Given the global impact of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the results from this study provide important insights into how to lower the risk of infection in these vulnerable patients. Reducing GRP78 expression by pharmacological or environmental interventions may improve outcomes in these patients.”
BMJ Editorial – Endorse low carb for COVID-19 prevention – see here
All the best Jan