Let’s take a look at what’s new in the realm of living well with T1D.

Four physical signs of stress you shouldn’t ignore was reported by Lindsay Tigar on FastCompany.com, 29 March 2019. Often, your body will show signs of mental stress even if you don’t acknowledge it. Here, medical professionals reveal these physical signals of stress, and the most effective ways to manage it.

April is National Stress Awareness Month!  Who knew Stress had a WHOLE MONTH to CELEBRATE?!

Though you know the feeling all too well, your body actually shows signs of stress, too. From how you physically react to intense conversations to the function of your mind and the beat of your heart, when you aren’t finding enough zen, it’ll show. Here, medical professionals reveal these signals of stress–and share the most effective ways to manage and move forward:

  • You’re tired in the morning but unable to fall asleep at night.
  • You have a “nervous” stomach
  • Your heart is in panic mode
  • Your mind is scattered

Read more: Four physical signs of stress

Microbes and health was posted by Kathleen Hoffman on Medivizor.c om, 24 March 2019. Here are 2 interesting TED Talks about how microbes affect our health.

And more on the gut biome: Gut Microbial Carbohydrate Metabolism Hinders Weight Loss in Overweight Adults Undergoing Lifestyle Intervention With a Volumetric Diet, reported on Mayo Clinic Proceedings, August 2018.  As if is isn’t already hard enough to lose weight!!!

The objective of this study was to determine whether compositional and functional characteristics of the gut microbiota in adults predict responses to a comprehensive lifestyle intervention program. Fecal stool samples were obtained at baseline and after 3 months. Loss of at least 5% of baseline weight after 3 months was defined as success. Clinical characteristics and gut microbial composition and function were compared between those who achieved at least 5% and those who achieved less than 5% weight loss. After 3 months, 9 of 26 participants lost at least 5% of their weight. The mean weight loss was 7.89 kg (95% CI, 6.46-9.32 kg) in the success group and 1.51 kg (95% CI, 0.52-2.49 kg) in the less than 5% weight loss group. An increased abundance of Phascolarctobacterium was associated with success. In contrast, an increased abundance of Dialister and of genes encoding gut microbial carbohydrate-active enzymes was associated with failure to lose 5% body weight. A gut microbiota with increased capability for carbohydrate metabolism appears to be associated with decreased weight loss in overweight and obese patients undergoing a lifestyle intervention program.

Here’s the research link: Gut Microbial Carbohydrate Metabolism Hinders Weight Loss

Canada’s Food Guidelines: Taking Food Marketing To Task was posted by Kathleen Hoffman on Medivizor.com, 13 March 2019.  Ahhhh, wisdom from up north!!!

Canada has released its equivalent of the USDA Food Pyramid and Guidelines. Their document, “Canada’s dietary guidelines,” takes a bold and refreshing stand, explaining the impact of our “food environment” and of food marketing on food intake.“We receive a constant stream of changing (and often conflicting) messages on healthy eating. Food marketing is evolving rapidly, and now includes channels such as social media. This complex and crowded information environment can make it hard for Canadians to make healthy eating choices.”

And the recommendations of plant-based proteins, rather than animal-based, indicates that lobbying by powerful groups-like the beef industry-did not influence these guidelines. While the USDA’s guidelines use the term “limit” saturated fats, Canada’s food guidelines clearly states these should be replaced with healthy fats. There is no “waffling” here. Fruit juice-a source of unnecessary calories and limited nutrition value-are not a substitute for fruit, as the USDA’s document states.


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