New Eye Scan Can Detect Diabetes

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  • New eye scan can detect diabetes: According to the U.S. Department of Health, seventy-nine million Americans ages twenty and up have pre-diabetes, while most of them are completely unaware of their condition. The reason is that about half of all diabetes cases are diagnosed only when there’s a health complication. A new device called ClearPath developed by company Freedom Meditech could represent a solution to the problem. The device scans the eye with a blue light and measures the intensity of light emitted by the eye. If there’s too much sugar in a patient’s body, sugar molecules start binding to proteins in the lens of the eye. A higher measurement of what’s called “lens autofluorescence” corresponds to higher levels of glucose build-up in the eye, therefore helping to detect pre-diabetes or diabetes.
  • Fish oil could increase your brain size: According to latest research from the University of South Dakota that examined women’s brain volume in correlation with their levels of specific fatty acids found in fish, women who had “significantly higher levels” of the fatty acids in the red blood cells also had bigger brains, including hippocampuses (2.7 percent larger) – section of the brain responsible for holding memories. Study subjects were eating non-fried ‘oily’ fish such as salmon, tuna, herring or sardines at least twice a week, and taking fish oil supplements for a period of eight years.  Previous studies have already shown that  brain generally shrinks with aging. As researcher James Pottala, an assistant professor of internal medicine at the USD stated: “The hope is that the larger brain volumes seen in the study are an indication that fish consumption or fish oil supplementation can help ward off dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. But that effect was not directly measured, and “has yet to be determined.”
  • Benefits of workout during pregnancy: Many pregnant women might find working out during pregnancy extra challenging given all the changes happening to their bodies, however the reward is huge not only for the mom-to-be but for her child as well. Studies have shown that regular exercise during pregnancy can minimize aches and constipation, improve sleep, and lower women’s risk of gestational diabetes and depression. It can also result in a shorter and less complicated labor. Developing good workout habits during pregnancy also effects speed of recovery after delivery and getting the pre-pregnancy body back. Check out this useful guide on what exercises and sports are safe, which are not, and which workout classes,   cardio and weight training are the best for pregnant women.
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