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Diabetic Digest - June 7, 2017


Today, I have a very interesting story about extra insulin doses may help to prevent heart disease in those with type 1 diabetes. As someone with type 1 diabetes I am very interesting in this new research.

Plus, get ready to fire-up your grill and prepare a delicious treat of Grilled Corn with a special savory butter. It's the perfect addition to any summer barbecue.


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Extra insulin dose may prevent heart disease in type 1 diabetics

Researchers in the United Kingdom have found that one extra dose of insulin may have the potential to prevent cardiovascular disease in type 1 diabetics.

People with type 1 diabetes are at up to 10 times greater risk of cardiovascular disease than the general population and heart disease accounts for more than half of all deaths in type 1 patients.

A study by Leeds Beckett University in England found that one additional dose of insulin three hours after eating can not only regulate blood sugar but can reduce fat and inflammatory markers in the blood that can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease.

"Many people with type 1 diabetes struggle to regulate their blood sugar levels around meal times because the fat content in their food is metabolized after their standard insulin injection has lost its potency or has left their blood," Dr. Matthew Campbell of Leeds Beckett said in a press release. "Most meals in a typical U.K. diet have a high fat content, and slower metabolism of this fat can lead to raised blood sugar levels -- with risk of hyperglycemia -- and also higher levels of fat and inflammatory markers in the blood, which increase the risk of cardiovascular disease."

In the small clinical trial of 10 men with type 1 diabetes conducted at NIHR Newcastle Research Facility, participants were given three meals with identical carbohydrates and protein content, but one of the meals had a low fat content and the other two meals had high fat content.

Participants injected a normal dose of insulin with the low-fat meal and one high-fat meal. However, researchers had participants inject an additional dose of insulin after the second high-fat meal, adding one- third of the original dose three hours after eating.

Researchers found that after eating a high-fat meal and giving the standard dose of insulin, sugar, fat and inflammatory markers in the blood were significantly higher six hours after eating compared to normal levels of sugar, fat and inflammatory markers after the extra insulin dose was given. The findings were similar to eating the low-fat meal.

"Our findings show that, after a high-fat meal, an extra dose of insulin provides a very simple way of both regulating blood sugar levels for short-term health and protecting against the long-term risks of cardiovascular disease," Campbell said. "We feel strongly that the advice given to people with type 1 diabetes needs to be updated to take this new information into account."

The study was published in Diabetes and Vascular Disease Research.

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1/2 cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill weed
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 fresh ears of corn, with husks on

Stir together first 3 ingredients; cover and chill 8 hours. Remove husks from corn. Grill corn, uncovered, on a lightly greased grill rack over medium heat about 10 minutes or until corn is tender, turning occasionally. Serve with herbed butter.

Yield: 6 Servings
Category: Vegetables, Grill


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