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FDA approves ‘artificial pancreas’ to manage diabetes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind “artificial pancreas,” a device that can help some diabetes patients manage their disease by constantly monitoring their blood sugar and delivering insulin as needed. The device from Medtronic was approved Wednesday for patients with Type 1 diabetes, the kind usually diagnosed during childhood. About 5 percent of the nation’s 29 million Americans with diabetes have this type. Type 1 diabetes patients now have to manage their insulin through multiple injections throughout the day or a drug pump that delivers it through a tube. Their own pancreas doesn’t make insulin, a...

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How to Keep Summer Fruit Fresh After You Bring it Home

Tis the season when open air markets and farm stands are full to bursting with delectable fresh fruit. Blueberries, nectarines, currants, figs, and the rest of summer’s harvest all look so tempting that you may end up with more than you can use up in just a day or two. So how do you keep your bountiful haul of fresh fruit fresh? General Tips Unblemished produce is your best bet for storage. This means free of cracks, bruises, and soft spots — not the surface bumps or blotches that you might find in cosmetically less-than-perfect organic crops. Wash fruit...

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Sugar Substitutes not always the Healthier Choice

Most think when it comes to sugar: avoiding the real stuff and opting for the artificial sweeteners is better, but that’s not always true. The FDA has only approved six categories of sugar substitutes: aspartame, saccharine, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, neotame and advantame. People with diabetes tend to opt for these substitutes, but when healthy individuals opt for the artificial sweeteners, it leads to negative side effects. Unless told otherwise by a doctor, it’s recommended to stick with real sugar, or natural alternatives but remember: only in limited...

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Eating Excessive Amounts of Sugar Can Cause Irreversible Damage to your Body

Eating excessive amounts of sugar can cause obesity and puts you at risk for health conditions like diabetes. Sugar consumption is directly related to obesity and type 2 diabetes, but it’s also a risk factor for many other diseases. When you consume sugar, the pancreas; a gland located below the liver, releases insulin into your body. Insulin is a hormone that allows glucose to enter cells. For people who are overweight, that secretion of insulin from pancreas is reduced. This condition is called resistance and if not treated can lead to diabetes. Experts say a high level of sugar...

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Can your Body get Addicted to Sugar

Although not officially classified as an addictive food, consuming an excess amount of sugar can trigger addictive-like behaviors. This is due to properties of sugar that stimulate your brain into wanting more. Our brain has receptors that constantly interpret messages of pain and reward. Studies have revealed that consumption of large quantities of sugar produces similar effects on the brain as cocaine. The University of California studied the effects on obese children. Experts say sugar increases intestine bacteria levels that communicate to the brain and favor weight gain and obesity. Other ways to control your sweet cravings are to...

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