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Dining out raises diabetes risk

Researchers has claimed that corporate lunches and dinners at restaurants dishing up rich, fatty foods, coupled with sedentary working lives are responsible for an alarming rise of diabetes in young men.

Dr Neale Cohen, of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, said many patients were unaware meals at upmarket restaurants were often as high in fat, salt and sugar as fast food.

“'Eating out is really code for eating badly. Whether it’s a fine French restaurant or McDonald’s, it’s the type of food that causes the problem,” Dr Cohen said.
He said doctors at the institute are seeing men as young as 40 affected by Type 2 diabetes, which is often triggered by obesity and linked to poor diet.

“Many of my patients will eat out three or four times a week for work and we are seeing 40-year-old businessmen who are in real trouble. To have diabetes at that age and otherwise be perfectly well with very little family history, is a really worrying thing,” he said.

Dr Cohen recommends his patients only eat out once a week but said the ‘MasterChef effect’ was encouraging people to re-create the elaborate dishes at home.

Fruits beneficial for patients with kidney diseases

In patients with kidney disease, the western diet produces an acidic environment in the body that has numerous negative effects and worsens with age as kidney function declines.

Nimirit Goraya and her colleagues conducted a study to see if consuming a diet high in fruits and vegetables that counteract this acidity might improve the kidney health of 40 patients who have moderately reduced kidney function due to high blood pressure.

30 days of this diet reduced urine excretion of three indicators of kidney injury: albumin, transforming growth factor, and N-acetyl-ß-D- glucosaminidase.

“These preliminary studies support the need for larger long-term studies to determine if this simple and relatively inexpensive intervention helps reduce the risk of subsequent worsening of kidney function in patients with hypertension-associated kidney disease,” said Nimirit.

Platelet-rich plasma therapy for knee osteoarthritis

A new American study has positioned platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) as a viable means in managing knee osteoarthritis.

“PRP is no longer a treatment that only benefits high-profile athletes. PRP is safe and effective for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis,” said Steven Sampson, Orthohealing Centre, Los Angeles.

PRP is a non-surgical healing treatment used in many fields including plastic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and dentistry.

Platelets are known to release powerful healing proteins called ‘growth factors’ that coordinate repair and regeneration of soft tissue.

Using cutting edge technology, doctors are able to guide the platelets within a millimetre of the target site for maximal benefit. Based on current research, soft tissue injuries are the most responsive to PRP.

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