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Diabetic Digest - September 14, 2016


I haven't been feeling my best lately. I've been a bit stressed out. I've had quite a bit on my mind.

Stress is always a big factor when it comes to managing diabetes, or any illness for that matter. Sometimes I forget to take a minute to make sure that I'm firing on all cylinders.

It's always important to take time to make sure you're feeling your best. Most know that your health can turn on you at a moments notice, so you'll always benefit from being on top of your well being.

So make sure to take time to take care of yourself. I know I'm going to do my best to lessen the stress.


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*-- Diabetic News --*

Research reveals role of sugar industry in heart disease studies

SAN FRANCISCO - Despite research in the 1950s beginning to show sugar's role in increased risk for and development of heart disease, that role was downplayed because of the sugar industry meddling in medical research.

Researchers at the University of California San Francisco discovered publicly-available documents from the 1960s showing the Sugar Research Foundation paid two Harvard scientists to produce a review of scientific literature deeming fat as the biggest cause for heart disease and downplaying any potential role other studies were beginning to find, according to a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Tobacco, chemical and pharmaceutical companies are widely suspected of influencing research on their products' health effects, but food companies or their representatives doing the same is somewhat less known.

UCSF researchers found a study called Project 226 was funded by representatives of the sugar industry, who paid researchers at Harvard University $50,000, set the review's objective, contributed "research" to be included with the study and approved drafts as it was produced.

When the study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, however, its industry funding was not disclosed, obscuring significant bias that may have affected the health of millions of Americans since its publication.

"The literature review helped shape not only public opinion on what causes heart problems but also the scientific community's view of how to evaluate dietary risk factors for heart disease," Dr. Cristin Kearns, the UCSF researcher who discovered the industry documents and is the lead author on the study about them, said in a press release.

Kearns and other researchers analyzed 340 documents between sugar industry representatives and two Harvard researchers. The coordination between Harvard and the industry group for about five years resulted in the two-part study, "Dietary Fats, Carbohydrates and Atherosclerotic Disease," published in 1967.

The study led government agencies, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, to structure dietary guidelines based on reducing fat and carbohydrates in the average diet, but leaving sugar relatively untouched.

Research in recent years, however, has shown sugar added to foods and beverages contributes to the development of heart disease and related conditions.

"There is now a considerable body of evidence linking added sugars to hypertension and cardiovascular disease, which is the No. 1 cause of premature death in the developed world," Schmidt said. "Yet, health policy documents are still inconsistent in citing heart disease risk as a health consequence of added sugars consumption."

In a commentary published with the literature review by UCSF, Dr. Marion Nestle, a researcher in the department of nutrition and food studies at New York University, points out that 50-year-old studies sound like ancient medicine.

Nestle wrote that the recently unearthed documents reveal the importance of disclosing and considering who funds scientific research.

"As the saying goes, he who pays the piper calls the tune," said Dr. Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at UCSF and director of the university's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education. "There are all kinds of ways that you can subtly manipulate the outcome of a study, which industry is very well practiced at."

*-- Diabetic News --*


12 round Kaiser rolls (spring for the good stuff)
1 pound deli ham lunchmeat
1 pound hard salami lunchmeat
1 pound turkey breast lunchmeat
1 pound sliced mozzarella cheese
1/2 yellow onion, thinly sliced
1/4 cup Italian Dressing
Oregano (or Italian seasoning)
12 sheets aluminum

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice Kaiser rolls and lightly brush 1 teaspoon of dressing over each side. Divide the meat among 12 rolls and stack on bottom half of each roll using at least a few slices of salami per roll. Add a few onions on top of the meat, then 2 slices of cheese per roll. Sprinkle lightly with oregano or seasoning and add top of roll. Wrap each in aluminum foil making 12 flying-saucer looking wraps and pop in oven for 15 minutes. Serve warm right out of the foil.

Yield: 12 Sandwiches
Category: Sandwiches, Snacks, Lunch


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