Author: NutriScape Staff Writer

Is Your Ancestry Increasing Your Risk for Osteoporosis?

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When you think of healthy bones, who do you think had stronger skeletons? Hunter-gatherers or early Neolithic farmers? The skeletons of the early Neolithic farmers show scurvy (vitamin C deficiencies), rickets (vitamin D deficiencies), poor dental health, bone infections and a stature roughly six inches shorter than the hunter-gatherers. The hunter-gatherers had excellent teeth, they were rarely malnourished, they were taller than most people today, and they didn’t suffer from endemic or epidemic diseases.

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How the APOE Gene Affects the Immune System

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The International Journal of Medicine published a commentary in late April 2020 titled, “Does apolipoprotein E genotype predict COVID-19 severity?” The researchers argue that it is possible that having one or two copies of APOE-E4 allele predisposes one to be at high risk of progressing to severe illness from COVID-19. The risk is hypothesized due to a more robust innate immune response, followed by a cytokine storm, resulting in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

Genetics, Blood Pressure and COVID-19

‘High blood pressure is considered one of the significant pre-existing symptoms in regards to COVID-19 severity, along with cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, cancer, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In Wuhan, China, early data found that the overall mortality rate was about 2% among patients with the virus. However, the rate jumped to 6% in patients with high blood pressure. In Italy, more than 99% of people who’ve died from the virus had a pre-existing condition, and 75% of them had high blood pressure.’

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Mifflin-St.Jeor Calorie Calculator

Mifflin-St.Jeor Calorie Calculator

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Calculator.Net offers this calorie calculator based on the Mifflin-St.Jeor energy prediction equation.

Although this equation is the most appropriate and most accurate for healthy individuals seeking weight loss, metabolic adaptation is significant patients with a  history of weight loss.  A study of “The Biggest Loser” participants showed metabolic adaptation of −499 ± 207 calories per day after 6 years!

Videos on Very Basic Concepts in Diabetes

Videos on Very Basic Concepts in Diabetes

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This series of short videos offered by Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University may serve as a very basic introduction to the key concepts in diabetes.

Videos include:

  • What is Diabetes? An introduction to diabetes and its causes. 5 minutes.
  • The Ups & Downs of Blood Sugar.  What causes blood sugar to go up and down, how to keep it within the right range, and why it’s important. 5 minutes.
  • Checking Your Blood Sugar. How to check your blood sugar, by yourself and through your doctor.6 minutes.
  • Protect Your Eyes. How diabetes can hurt the eyes, and how to prevent it. 3 minutes.
  • Protect Your Feet.  How to care for your feet and avoid diabetic foot problems. 5 minutes.
  • Know Your Blood Pressure.  What blood pressure is, how to control it, and why it’s important. 4 minutes.
  • Know Your Cholesterol.  What cholesterol is, how to control it, and why it’s important. 6 minutes.

MySugr Diabetes App

MySugr Diabetes App

MySugr AppThe MySugr App is designed for diabetes tracking where the object is to tame the diabetes monster for the day.  It gives you a place to enter your blood sugar, insulin, and take a photo of your meal.  Some neat features you might enjoy.