April 2020

Vitamin D Deficiency and
Cognitive-Impairment Risk

Can low vitamin D levels cause increased risk of cognitive decline in older diabetic patients? Recent research evidence suggests this might be so. The authors of the study in Experimental Gerontology, reaffirm the association between low vitamin D and increased inflammatory biomarkers such as C-reactive protein, white blood cell count, and plasma fibrinogen. They aslo explore what role low vitamin D may play in elderly diabetic patients at risk for developing mild cognitive impairment. Read more.


Cholesterol, Diabetes,
and Menopause

Modifiable risk factors such as elevated cholesterol, coupled with other nonmodifiable risk factors such as diabetes diagnosis, are well known to represent additive risk of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. A new study examines the role that remnant-like particle cholesterol plays in the complex cascade of coronary artery disease development and progression in menopausal women with diabetes mellitus, a population group in whom few studies of this type have been conducted. Read more


Dopamine Signaling Responsible
for Overeating

A recent study highlights the role of dopamine as the pleasure and reward center of the brain. The evolution of the human experience has led us away from eating as much food as possible as a survival strategy when food was scarce to eating on demand, often excessively, without expending an energy counterbalance. The study authors point out that food overindulgence not only affects our sleep-wake cycle clock, but also inhibits obtaining adequate rest and appropriate caloric intake, leading to obesity and diseases, including diabetes. Read more.

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