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Low-carb and

the heart

Specific low-carbohydrate diets -

even those high in saturated fats

- might improve cardiovascular risk

factors and insulin resistance, say

findings from a major new study.

The study observed 163 obese

or overweight adults placed on a

low-calorie weight loss diet and

then randomised to follow either a

high-carb, low-carb, and mediumcarb

diet.

Participants were all given

conventionally healthy foods, such

as vegetables, olive oil and seafood.

Low-carb eaters were not overindulging

on bacon and cheese, and

high-carb eaters focused on whole

grains and less processed starches.

After five months, low-carb

dieters saw improvements in

lipoprotein insulin resistance,

triglycerides and HDL cholesterol.

Notably, there was no increase

in LDL cholesterol, a signal to

measure cardiovascular risk. Those

on the medium-carb diet also saw

modest improvements; however,

people following the high-carb

diet experienced declines in their

numbers.

Read the study here from

The American Journal of

Clinical Nutrition.

TIR campaign

Headspace +

Ginger

The companies Headspace and

Ginger have merged in a $3bn deal

to create Headspace Health and lead

the way in the digital mental health

and wellbeing sectors. Digital health

is considered as one way to alleviate

mental health problems and the

new offering combines Headspace's

meditation and mindfulness app with

Ginger's on-demand therapy and

psychiatric support video platform.

www.headspace.com

T2 depression link

A new study has revealed that

people with insulin resistance

(which can lead to Type 2 diabetes)

may have a higher risk of developing

severe depression. Researchers

at Stanford University School

of Medicine in California looked

at ways to identify factors that

put people at risk of developing

depression. They examined data

from the Netherlands Study of

Depression and Anxiety (NESDA),

following 601 participants over nine

years. Three factors that indicate

insulin resistance were measured

- the ratio of triglycerides to highdensity

lipoprotein cholesterol,

fasting plasma glucose level, and

waist circumference.

The participants in the data

analysis had no previous history

of clinical depression or anxiety,

were screened with psychiatric and

physical evaluations at the start

and then at a two-year follow-up.

Psychiatric evaluations were then

conducted four, six, and nine years

after the initial evaluation. The

researchers found that all three

factors of insulin resistance were

associated with an increased risk of

depression - people who developed

prediabetes during the first two

years were more twice as likely to

be experiencing major depression at

the nine-year follow-up than those

who had normal plasma glucose

levels at the two-year follow-up.

To read the study in the

American Journal of Psychiatry,

CLICK HERE.

Dexcom has launched a campaign

to improve the understanding and

accelerate the adoption of Time in

Range (TIR) as the standard of care

in diabetes management.

A recent UK survey found that

despite its clinical and qualityof-life

benefits, most people with

insulin-treated diabetes are not

using TIR. Defined as the percentage

of time spent with glucose levels in

target, Time in Range is a powerful

metric for modern diabetes

management. It makes it easier

for people to understand how to

improve glycaemic control. While

technology exists to help keep track

of glycaemic control, many people

in the UK must self-fund Dexcom or

other CGM sensors, as they are not

widely available on the NHS.

Multi-platinum recording artist,

actor and philanthropist Nick Jonas,

a supporter of the Time in Range

campaign commented, "Time in

Range is about coming together and

giving people with diabetes the tools

and resources to help them feel

healthier and live the life they want.

Having lived with Type 1 diabetes

for more than half my lifetime, I

know how much better I feel when

my glucose levels stay within a set

range. It's time for the diabetes

community at large to recognise

time in range as one of the most

important indicators of optimal

diabetes management."

TIR also helps insulin-treated

people with diabetes make informed

treatment decisions instead of

relying solely on the three-month

average that a traditional HbA1C

test provides. Find out more about

Time in Range and access Dexcom

resources HERE.

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