Characterization of type 1 and type 2 diabetes

In this clip (produced by Alila Medical Media) we get a perspective of what type 1 and type 2 diabetes comprise, how they develop, the consequences of these conditions and what can be done to limit the adverse effects.

A simple description of what diabetes comprises

This production by ‘Animated Diabetes Patient’ gives you a relatively simple, but very informative overview of how type 2 diabetes comes about, some of the secondary effects of diabetes (e.g. heart disease) and factors that increase risk for the illness.

Obesity and type 2 diabetes

Being overweight or affected by obesity might not be a problem of will power but may be a result of hormonal changes that cause eating. Obesity is a disease that can also contribute to type 2 diabetes. In this TEDx talk, Dr Sarah Hallberg gives an interesting lecture of how insulin affects glucose and how individuals might deal with the disease through their food habits. She also indicates that there are problems with the usual methods that are used.

How to reverse diabetes type 2

Jason Fung

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic progressive disease that is most often controlled by drugs. Surgery to produce weight loss can diminish symptoms, but there may be less drastic methods that can be used, such as fasting diets. For those who are diabetic this might be exceptionally useful.

What is the best diet for humans?

Eran Segal | TEDxRuppin

This is among my favourite videos, not only because of the enormous implications of the research described, but also because of the systematic and innovative research approach adopted. Glucose levels associated with food intake can be predicted within a group of individuals, but for any given person there are enormous differences in their glucose reactions. In essence, there is not a best food that applies to everyone. Obviously, treatments of disorders such as diabetes needs to be based on personalized features. This may require genetic factors and gut bacterial composition. The experiments conducted by Segal and his colleague Erin Elinav and their team are among the most exciting in the field. Anybody interested in this topic ought to look into their work.

What if we're wrong about diabetes?

Peter Attia

Being obese promotes diabetes but being obese also carries various types of stigma. Peter Attia tells us that obesity and diabetes may not be fully in an individual’s control. Moreover, maybe obesity does not cause diabetes, but instead metabolic changes, such as insulin resistance, which could lead to diabetes are actually responsible for the development of obesity. It does not sound quite right, but Attia makes a very interesting case suggesting that this might be precisely accurate.