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Diabetic Digest - Wednesday, August 15, 2007
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News, updates and help from and for the diabetic community.
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Metabolic Syndrome in Kids Ups Adult Heart Risk

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults who had so-called
metabolic syndrome when they were children have a
substantially increased risk of having heart disease
in their 30s, researchers report.

The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors --
such as high blood pressure, obesity and high blood
sugar levels -- that together increase the likelihood
of developing heart problems or diabetes.

Individual components of metabolic syndrome are known to
track from childhood into adulthood, but the association
between metabolic syndrome in childhood and cardiovascular
risk later in life has not been established, Dr. John A.
Morrison and his associates explain in the medical journal
Pediatrics.

The researchers analyzed data, collected between 1973 and
1976, on levels of blood glucose, triglycerides, "good"
cholesterol, body weight, and blood pressure in 771
children aged 5 to 19 years.

Thirty-one of these kids had at least three abnormal
factors and were classified as having metabolic syndrome,
Morrison, at Children's Hospital Medical Center in
Cincinnati, Ohio, and colleagues report.

The original group was followed-up between 22 and 31 years
later. Twenty-one of the 31 subjects with metabolic
syndrome as children had the condition in adulthood.

In the entire adult group, there were 17 cases of
cardiovascular disease; six of these occurred in the
group that had childhood metabolic syndrome -- a rate
almost 15 times higher than among subjects without
metabolic syndrome as children.

Increases in weight were the main factor driving in the
development of metabolic syndrome, Morrison's team found.
The findings, they stress, "underscore the importance of
weight management in early and middle adult years."

SOURCE: Pediatrics, August 2007.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

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Insulin Produced in Genetically Modified Plants

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - US researchers have success-
fully expressed the precursor protein of insulin in
lettuce and tobacco plants. Moreover, feeding these
genetically modified plants to mice that have a tendency
to become diabetic protected the animals against
inflammation of the pancreas.

Generating the proinsulin protein in plants is a low-cost
alternative to standard production methods, Dr. Henry
Daniell, from the University of Central Florida in
Orlando, and colleagues note in their report in the Plant
Biotechnology Journal.

In the study, the scientists describe the creation of
lettuce and tobacco chloroplast lines that produce a
fusion protein consisting of a subunit of cholera toxin
joined to human proinsulin.

Giving powered tobacco leaf to diabetic mice helped
preserve insulin-producing beta-cells in the pancreas,
Daniell's team reports, and this was associated with
lower levels of glucose in their blood and urine.

Due to the stigma associated with tobacco, the researchers
have now moved on to using genetically engineered lettuce
instead. They add that in light of the encouraging results
in animals, testing in humans is now underway.

SOURCE: Plant Biotechnology Journal, July 2007.

Copyright 2006 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.

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                     Diabetic Recipe

                     Zucchini Bread

             (makes 2 loaves, 10 servings each)

butter-flavored cooking spray

3 large eggs or 3/4 cup egg substitute

1/3 cup canola oil

7 packets DiabetiSweet

1 tablespoon natural vanilla

1 8-ounce can crushed pineapple, packed in natural juice, 
well drained

2 cups grated zucchini

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt (optional)

1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly coat two 8-inch loaf 
   pans with cooking spray.

2. In a large bowl, beat the eggs; add the oil, 
   DiabetiSweet, vanilla, pineapple, and zucchini.

3. In a second large bowl, sift together the all-purpose 
   flour, whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, 
   cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt (if using). If using, add 
   the walnuts and toss. 

4. Mix the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just 
   combined. Spoon into the prepared loaf pans.

5. Bake for 40 minutes or until a tester inserted near the 
   middle comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then 
   turn out and cool on wire racks. 

Note: This fantastic loaf freezes well. You can top it with 
frozen fat-free, sugar-free vanilla yogurt, if desired. 

Per serving (bread only): 118 calories (35% calories from 
                          fat), 3 g protein, 5 g total fat 
                          (0.6 g saturated fat), 
                          16 g carbohydrate, 2 g dietary 
                          fiber, 32 mg cholesterol,149 mg 
                          sodium 

Diabetic exchanges: 1 carbohydrate (1 bread/starch), 1 fat 

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