Archive - October 2014

5 things you didn’t know about the history of diabetes

5. Type 1 diabetes may have been useful to humans in the ice ages

Ice :)

Ice, for your viewing pleasure

It’s got to be said: things got pretty chilly in the ice ages. Nippy, even. Sometimes, downright brisk. And in these tepid conditions, something similar type 1 diabetes was actually a very useful thing for humans to have. Insulin lowers your blood sugar, and thus raises the temperature at which blood freezes.

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Starch enemies


This is what pasta looks like, for the uncertain.

It’s difficult to get excited about anything with a name like “resistant starch”. However, an article published in The Daily Mail suggests that, for people with diabetes, it’s time to start doing just that.

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