http://ift.tt/2gZIazF High and high-normal levels of a thyroid hormone called free thyroxine or FT4, were associated with artery disease and death in elderly and middle-aged people.
http://ift.tt/2iiuMmX People who enjoy spicy foods appear to eat less salt and have lower blood pressure. Spicy foods may increase sensitivity to salt, reducing how much salt is eaten.
http://ift.tt/2A2o6S4 Low magnitude, high frequency mechanical stimulation (LMMS) reduces adipose (fat) tissue and thus may be a method of reducing weight and health risks such as diabetes. A new study takes this concept to another level.
http://ift.tt/2z4r4Y3 Artificial beta cells have been developed that automatically release insulin into the bloodstream when glucose levels rise. This work was done in lab experiments but could lead to a much more patient-friendly treatment than injections.
http://ift.tt/2zTIYKa Type 2 diabetes affects blood circulation. When blood flow in the brain is impaired, it can affect the way we think and make decisions. Recently, researchers examined information from a 10-year-long study, focusing on whether participants with type 2 diabetes who lowered calories in their diet and increased physical activity had better blood flow to the brain.
http://ift.tt/2lmls6p Congenital heart valve defects are the most common type of birth defects, the majority of which have no clear genetic cause, suggesting that epigenetic factors play an important role. Now, researchers have found that the shear force of blood flow against the cells lining the early heart valve sends signals for heart ‘cushion’ cells to become fully formed valves.
http://ift.tt/2iaxtHc Researchers have studied how high-intensity interval training (HIIT) alters the brain’s glucose metabolism in physically inactive insulin resistant people. Only two weeks of HIIT training reduced glucose metabolism in all areas of the brain.