What is in your Gut?

June 13, 2017

by Susan Klick, MSN, RN, CNL

Your gut carries about six pounds of a diverse group of bacterias, known as “gut microbiobes” which are responsible for many things. These six pounds of gut microbiobes form our gut microbiome which helps to protect us against outside bacteria, support our immune systems, and help us to use different vitamins and regulate hormones. Now, recent studies are finding that some microbes may play a role in insulin sensitivity and metabolism.

New research is suggesting that in addition to genetics and lifestyle (physical inactivity and poor diet), certain gut microbes may cause an inflammation in the body that affect liver and fat cells resulting in altered insulin sensitivity and metabolism. Although nothing has been proven, there is enough evidence to warrant more research.

Diet is probably the single most important factor influencing the gut microbiome. Studies have shown that changes in diet result in changes in the gut microbiome. A healthy diet with low-fat, high fiber has been linked to a more diverse and better gut microbiome compared to a diet high in fat and low in fiber. The gut microbiome also adapt and shift quickly to plant-based diets compared to animal-based diets.

There is still a lot to learn and we will be able to use this knowledge to find new ways to treat many different diseases including diabetes. Until then, eating healthy and staying active can help maintain and develop a healthy gut microbiome.

 

 

Source: health.clevelandclinic.org; Forecast Diabetes Magazine

Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness

June 11, 2014

TheMissouri General Assembly has designated the 3rd week in June as Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) Awareness Week.  This year it is June 16th through June 21st. The State resolution cited statistics that in 2009, 346 thousand Missourians were diagnosed with diabetes. DPN is a serious condition that can occur, as a result of damage to the lining of the nerves, from prolonged exposure to poorly controlled blood glucose. The areas of the body most affected by DPN are the legs and feet. Nerve damage to the feet can cause numbness, pain, tingling, a burning sensation, or loss of sensation. Loss of sensation can result in injury and/or an open wound. Due to diminished circulation, elevated blood glucose can interfere with healing and may cause infections or gangrene. As many as 40 to 60% of lower extremity amputations are due to severe forms of DPN. If you already have DPN, discuss treatment options with your Health Care Provider; there are several medications available to help with nerve pain. The goal is to prevent it from getting worse by improving blood glucose control. The Legislature is encouraging all Missouri residents to observe this week by raising public awareness regarding the symptoms and treatment of DPN.

St Anthony’s Diabetes Education Program provides diabetes self-management training (DSMT) for a variety of topics including diabetes life-style changes, meal planning & weight loss strategies, monitoring blood glucose, medication information, and problem-solving skills. Instructors include Certified Diabetes Nurse Educators and Certified Diabetes Dietitian Educators (CDE’s). Many insurance companies will cover DSMT or Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT). For more information about our services, call 314-525-4508, option 2.


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