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A lick of cold, creamy gelato isn't just magic. It's mathematics.

"You have to respect the range," emphasizes Gianpaolo Valli, a senior instructor at Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy, who has spent decades drilling aspiring gelato chefs on the right ratio of solids to water in any given recipe. (FYI: Solids need to be between 32 and 46 percent.) If your numbers are off, you're likely to end up with a disaster instead of a dessert.

That's particularly true if you skimp on sugar, which is considered critical for achieving a smooth consistency. Too little, and the result is a hard, icy mass.

Or, at least, that was what used to happen.

You point fingers at your pancreas and its dysfunctional insulin-producing cells for being a central problem with diabetes. Yet your whole body gets involved. Complications can affect other organs and body parts, but health screenings pick up changes in the organs and tissues early on. That makes it easier to prevent these health issues or begin treatment that can slow or stop them. Keep an eye out for the issues below, and then get familiar with the screenings that can detect them.

That was a headline two years ago in the Times of India. And that's not a case of media hype. India has a huge diabetes problem: nearly 70 million people are grappling with the disease. India also has a prolific pharmaceutical industry pumping out hundreds of innovative drugs to treat diabetes and other ailments. But researchers say it's unclear how well some of these medicines work, or even if they're safe, because the drugs haven't gone through adequate clinical trials.

Research funded by JDRF in the 1970s and 1980s led to the discovery that type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an autoimmune disease. But what does that really mean? Autoimmune diseases arise when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks another body part. This can result in a range of diseases depending on which parts of the body are affected. In T1D, it is the beta cells in the pancreas, which produce insulin that helps the body convert sugar to fuel. Other forms of diabetes, like type 2 diabetes, also change how the body uses sugar but do not involve an autoimmune attack. Read on to learn more about autoimmune diseases and T1D.

If you’ve ever stared blankly at a nutrition label, unsure as to how certain aspects fit into your life, you’re not alone. Many a shopper has wondered about the relevance of calories from fat in their eating plans—and bemoaned unrealistic serving sizes.

That’s going to change. The current nutrition label is getting a makeover, and the new label, required by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), should make it easier for you to make healthy choices. Some companies have already made the changes, and you can find their updated labels displayed on store shelves now. Over the next few years, all labels will transition to adhere to the new guidelines. Read on to find out more about the changes, and what they mean for you.

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been on metformin only for a number of years there anything that is a good cheap substitute for it...i am not liking the links to dementia.

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Have you tried low-carbing?

Everyone's a bit different. My "pre-diabetic" elder brother stayed off meds/lowered his BG into the normal range by avoiding sugar and grains but continuing to eat fruit and carby vegetables. He gets a lot of exercise, which helps. My own BG maps closely to the level of low-carbing I do--I'm a more modest exerciser. When I stay in ketosis, my fasting BG is under 90. When I just avoid sugar and grains, I'm in the low 90s. When I'm sloppy, ~100. Ad when I eat the typical level of carbs in the average American diet--I'm pre-diabetic. Or at my age nnow, I expect I would be diabetic.

My diabetic brother did pretty well by staying under about 75 grams sugar/day--that's toting up every single thing he ate & drank, not just the added sugar. that means counting the carbs in vegetables as well as fruit, and pretty much avoiding sugar and grains altogether. But once I stopped providing all of his food, he fell off the wagon. He currently eats the ADA recommended amount of carbs (150 gms/day IIRC). So he's back on insulin. Bad advice if you ask me!
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