Health news of note on Type 2 diabetes, menopause, pain management and Alzheimer disease.

This week there were few interesting health related news.

  • Connection between diet and Type 2 diabetes in Beirut, Lebanon. 
    In Lebanon, Type 2 diabetes has a major public health impact through high disease prevalence, significant downstream pathophysiologic effects, and enormous financial liabilities. The findings of this study demonstrate direct associations of consumption of sugars and processed foods, such as refined grains, desserts and fast food with Type 2 diabetes. 

    Well, this is nothing new, but just another friendly reminder to stay away from sugars and processed foods.


  • Pine bark extract improves several perimenopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.
    Low-dose treatment with French maritime pine bark extract appears to alleviate several of the symptoms associated with perimenopause in women. Takafumi Kohama, MD, and Masako Negami, MD, from Keiju Medical Center and Keiju Health Service Center in Nanao City, Japan, published their findings in the February issue of the Journal of Reproductive Medicine.
    Women participating in the study reported improvement in vasomotor symptoms, insomnia/sleeping problems and feeling tired or worthless.
    The authors of the study conclude. “In view of the positive symptom relief in Kupperman index, (French maritime pine bark extract) may arguably represent a daily dietary supplement for menopausal women due to its extended range of health benefits. Menopausal women are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease, and the improved endothelial function related to (French maritime pine bark extract) may prove helpful for women at this stage in life.”


  • Music of choice can lessen the intensity of pain in postoperative patients. 
    A study conducted at Cardiovascular Surgery Intensive Care Unit at Research Hospital of Atatürk University in Turkey, looked at effect of music on postoperative pain and physiologic parameters of patients after open heart surgery. As a result of the study, they do suggest that sedative quality music become a part of nursing care offered to patients experiencing pain, because music is an effective low-cost therapy that has no side effects.
    So do listen to pleasant music more and not just post surgery, clearly it has benefits way beyond reducing pain.


  • Another great news – exercise lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer disease. 
    Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas looked at midlife fitness – not when patients were older but during midlife. The average age of the people they evaluated was about 50 years. What they found is clear: If you have a high level of fitness in your 40s, or maybe even earlier than that, your likelihood of developing Alzheimer disease later on is definitely reduced.
    What is the take-home message? Don’t wait until you develop an issue; get yourself on the treadmill, put your running shoes on, row, whatever it is you want to do, but try to get your fitness level up high when you are in your 30s and 40s, because this is going to prevent you to some degree from having Alzheimer disease when you are in your 70s and 80s, or beyond, hopefully.
    Just another reason to get exercising!

I hope this summary in useful.

To your health,



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    • I know, right? That is exactly how I felt reading this. Some of the research I come by is a common sense, but it is nice to reinforce the fact that what we may already be doing, is totally worth the time and the effort 😉


  1. Yes, but did you have to remind me that bahklava (ahh bahklava…!) consists of nothing more than refined wheat flour and sugar…?


  2. Thank you for the information as a woman going through menopause I will look into the pine bark extract. When I was younger I danced, then in my 30’s I ran, now I am a walker. I am always trying to keep moving because exercise the key to not only body fitness but mental fitness too!


    • Thank you for stopping by! My focus is women’s health and so information like that is very useful for me as well 🙂 And good for you for staying active, it too beneficial to neglect!


  3. Thank you for the information on the pine bark, Elena. I’m going through menopause, and recovering from a chronic illness. It seems like the extract could be beneficial to both. Do you recommend a good source?


    • Hello Suitablefish 🙂 I am glad you found this info to be helpful! Unfortunately I have not used the pine bark yet, but I have a good friend who has, I will ask her if she prefers a brand.


    • This is something else I just read – Black Cohosh for Menopause

      The Algonquin Indians used black cohosh to treat gynecological ills, and it was a key part of Lydia E. Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound, sold in the 1870s to treat “female complaints and weaknesses.” In a recent German study on menopausal hot flashes, subjects were given estrogen, a Valium-like tranquilizer or black cohosh (Remifemin, two tablets twice a day). The herb, which is an option for women who can’t take estrogen, worked best. “The vast majority of studies show benefit,” says Mark Blumenthal, executive director of the American Botanical Council.

      Look into this, I hope it helps! Elena


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