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Two Traditional Plant-based Diabetic management from Africa, and India

Psidium and Perseaare two common plants used in effective health management for optimum results that often integrate traditional medicine with modern therapies.

Psidium guajava, is used in India from traditional times to manage diabetes (see 1).  This common red guava has been shown to have hypoglycemic (lowers blood sugar) and hypotensive (lowers blood pressure) activity (see 2) when a research study was conducted using leaf extracts in an African adults type 2 Diabetics group. Mechanism of this action is still speculative. Both stem bark and leaf extracts appear to have hypoglycemic (lower blood sugar) effects.

Persea americana, has been used in traditional medicine for its hypoglycemic (sugar lowering) effects (see 3). This plant, the common pear’s seed extracts were used to study diabetic induced rats (see 3).  It acts by a degenerative effects on the pancreatic islet cells. Thus, the author suggests that ethanolic extracts of the pear seeds may be used to reduce blood glucose levels and in diabetic management.

Do write to these researchers to encourage them on these research projects on type 2 diabetes:
Dr Ojewole Email: ojewolej@ukzn.ac.za ; Based currently in Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Dr Edem Email: doedem@yahoo.com , Based at Department of Biochemistry,Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences University of UYO,P.M.B. 1017, UYO,Akwa Ibom State,Nigeria

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3. Hypoglycemic effects of the seed extracts of the Pear seed.

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How your nails speak about your health

Learn what secrets your nails can reveal about your health. See a slideshow by clicking here on the WebMD site on “What Your Nails Say About Your Health”. It has 11 slides, each with a caption that explains very well what the slides say.

Common Nail Conditions by Healthy Living

Just like the skin, the nails can reveal a lot about your health. The researchers at National Institute of health, USA says that Kidney disease can cause a build-up of nitrogen waste products in the blood, which can damage nails. Liver disease can damage nails. Thyroid diseases such such as hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism may cause brittle nails or splitting of the nail bed from the nail plate (onycholysis). You may click here to learn more about the nail abnormalities that could indicate a concern:
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When to call your Doctor

Toe Nail Fungus:
Should you suspect that you have toe nail fungus? You might learn more from the following:

You may click on the following links on toe nail fungus by Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota. Thousands of patients seek answers from their clinical experts who provide current medical information.
Risk Factors

If you have diabetes or a weakened immune system and suspect that you may have a nail disorder like a nail infection, do visit your doctor immediately. Diabetics have an impaired blood circulation and nerve supply to their feet. These might lead to additional complications which can be prevented with expert care. Do also keep in mind that brilliant scientists all over the world are working on amazing innovations to manage diabetes and artificially producing insulin. You may click here to read about one such innovation.

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Type 2 – Diabetes is an Autoimmune disease – say Stanford researchers today; role in Autism?

Stanford researchers, Dr Edgar Engelmann and colleagues redefine Type 2 – Diabetes today as an Autoimmune disease. Autism in children is higher in families and pregnant mothers with Autoimmune diseases. This connection too is being further researched by immunologists studying Autism today.


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