Can Stress Cause Diabetes? was published by dLife.com, 2 July 2018.  Do you know the answer?  I once told a doctor that my T1 diabetes was diagnosed at age 11 just 2 months after a very stressful time when my dad was very ill and near death.  This doctor poo-pooed my belief.  I agreed that I might have had pre-existing factors … but I fully believe that the stress caused the development of the disease.

Although there is no concrete evidence to substantially prove that stress (emotional) is responsible for diabetes, healthcare professionals believe this is the case as a result of the changes or rise in hormonal levels as a result of stress.

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The health consequences of cannabis use for diabetics was discussed by Martin Hensel on InsulinNation.com, 13 November 2018.  I actually don’t think this fully explains the issue.  My belief is that cannabis lowers blood sugar (I don’t know the mechanism) which can cause the “munchies.”  If, as a T1, you then eat, you might be prone to high blood sugars … and might not be attentive to covering your carbs.  But if you don’t succumb to the urge to eat … or you simply use it to lower a high blood sugar, it is similar to the effect of Afrezza … it lowers blood sugar, but not too low.  Just my thoughts.

Reports on the health consequences of cannabis use are mixed.  There have however been studies done that suggest there are health consequences, so those considering medical cannabis should read up on the research before blindly following the crowd. Latest research shows A1C does not benefit and DKA events double.

  • Treatment for Neuropathy Pain (link)
  • Improved insulin sensitivity for type 2 diabetes treatment (link)
  • Recurrent diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in patients with type 1 diabetes

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Tough to overcome obesity? The gut microbiome might be to blame, according to a post by Angus Liu of FierceBioteh.com, 22 November 2018. 

Microbiologist Christoph Thaiss and his team at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that changes to the biological clock, coupled with a previous history of obesity, can disrupt the activity of the gut microbiome and increase susceptibility to obesity.  The findings, which were published in the journal Science, helped Thaiss win the 2018 Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists.

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Not Exercising May Be Worse for Your Health Than Smoking, Study Says was reported by Gina Martinez in Time.com, 22 October 2018.

New findings, published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open, detail how researchers at the Cleveland Clinic studied 122,007 patients from 1991 to 2014, putting them under treadmill testing and later recording mortality rates. Researchers found a clear connection between a longer, healthier life and high levels of exercise. The report calls for health care professionals to encourage patients to achieve and maintain a robust fitness routine. (http://time.com/5430203/new-study-not-exercising-worse-than-smoking/)

Although it is widely understood that an active lifestyle can lead to a healthy life, the study concludes that a sedentary lifestyle is the equivalent of having a major disease and the simplest cure is exercise. Dr Wael Jaber, co-author of the study, called the results surprising.

“Being unfit on a treadmill or in an exercise stress test has a worse prognosis, as far as death, than being hypertensive, being diabetic or being a current smoker,” Jaber told CNN. “We’ve never seen something as pronounced as this and as objective as this.”

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