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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Readers:


I'm headed out to see my doctor. I'm due for an A1C blood test just to make sure that my blood-sugar is staying where it should and making sure that I'm not headed for any problems.

I'm sure you know by now that I get this taken care of every three months. It's always important to have your A1C on a regular basis. I'm glad I do and I'm sure you do as well. It's always better to be up on things rather that playing the 'coulda, woulda, shoulda' game.

I better get going. I'll let you know how it went in the next issue.

Regards,
Steve


Comments? Questions? Email Steve


*-- Diabetic News --*

Breast Milk Supply May Be Linked to Insulin Production: Study

Findings could have implications for prediabetic mothers, researchers say

FRIDAY - Insulin plays an important role in making breast milk, according to a new study that may help explain why many mothers have difficulty producing enough milk to nurse their baby.

The researchers describe how milk-producing glands become highly sensitive to insulin during lactation and how specific genes in the glands are switched on during lactation.

RNA sequencing technology revealed "in exquisite detail" the blueprint for milk production in the mammary glands, said study corresponding author Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, a scientist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

The findings are published online July 5 in the journal PLoS One.

"This new study shows a dramatic switching on of the insulin receptor and its downstream signals during the breast's transition to a biofactory that manufactures massive amounts of proteins, fats and carbohydrates for nourishing the newborn baby," Nommsen-Rivers said in a medical center news release.

In previous research, Nommsen-Rivers found that new mothers with characteristics linked to poor glucose metabolism -- such as being overweight, older or having a large baby -- take longer to begin producing milk. This suggested that insulin was a factor in milk production.

"Considering that 20 percent of women between 20 and 44 are prediabetic, it's conceivable that up to 20 percent of new mothers in the United States are at risk for low milk supply due to insulin dysregulation," she added.

Nommsen-Rivers and her colleagues are planning a study to determine if a drug used to control blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes boosts insulin action in mammary glands and improves milk supply.

"The ideal approach is a preventive one," she said. "Modifications in diet and exercise are more powerful than any drug. After this clinical trial, we hope to study those interventions."

Original Article: Breast Milk Supply May Be Linked to Insulin Production: Study


*-- Diabetic Recipe --*

Bagel Pizza

Servings: 2
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes

Ingredients
1 4-ounce plain bagel, cut in half
1/4 cup pizza sauce
1 ounce part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 tsp oregano
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions
1. Preheat broiler. Position top oven rack 4 to 5 inches below source of heat.
2. Spread each bagel half with 2 tablespoons of the pizza sauce. Sprinkle evenly with the cheese, oregano, salt, and pepper.
3. Place prepared bagels on a baking sheet and broil for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, until cheese melts and sauce bubbles.

Nutrition Information
Per serving (4-ounce bagel): 204 calories (14% calories from fat), 10 g protein, 3 g total fat (1.6 g saturated fat), 34 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary fiber, 8 mg cholesterol, 379 mg sodium
Exchanges: 1/2 medium fat meat, 2 carbohydrate (2 bread/starch), 1 vegetable

Original Recipe: Bagel Pizza

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