Showing posts with label disease. Show all posts
Showing posts with label disease. Show all posts
Showing posts with label disease. Show all posts
Showing posts with label disease. Show all posts

Monday, December 15, 2014

Don't believe the science lies: Okra water Cures Diabetes

I recently came across a Facebook post, from a doctor on the social media website, allegedly stating that if you soak okra in water and drink it, it will presumably be able to make your diabetes “go away”.


Obviously claims like this are difficult to believe straight away, because anyone can write and claim anything on social media and gullible people may believe it; since diabetes affects almost at least one person in all our families and we all wish there was a cure for diabetes to help our loved ones from the dilemma called diabetes. Sadly diabetes cannot be cured, it’s a condition that you have to live with and combat it with regular exercise and controlling your diet and eating habits.

I then went on to research and look for any journals to see if there is any evidence for these claims, however the results I got back were very little. I found only three journals. I also found many other posts on websites including diabetes.co.uk; who do not falsify these claims but they also don’t claim that soaking okra in water and drinking it will cure diabetes in humans. The main focus is on the vegetable: okra or lady’s finger - whatever you like to call it.

Okra is a good vegetable which is known to be high in dietary fibre which can help control bowel movements and the insoluble fibre stored in okra is thought be able in helping the stability of blood  glucose by slowing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from the intestinal tract; as claimed by diabetes.co.uk.

Inside the journals, rats were made diabetic and were given mucilage extracted from the okra vegetable to drink. After a while their blood was extracted and showed significant decreases in blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels.  

A journal posted in the World Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, elaborated on this matter by defining how the chemical responsible for lowering blood glucose interacts with proteins in the body. They found that the active compound in okra has a strong binding affinity to MAFA and MMP9 proteins. They also state that this research opens a door to even more research in producing a novel ligand that is specific to aiding diabetes treatment.

These claims are so encouraging and it would be thought that the most sensible thing to do is to binge eat okra and drink okra water to stop your blood sugar levels rising. However okra is only a vegetable and one of the many vegetables we have to eat in order to maintain a healthy balanced diet. Diabetics need not to worry if they can control their blood sugar levels within the safe allocated range; but nothing can replace insulin and drinking okra soaked in water will not replace insulin injections.
 
In the end there still needs to be more research on this matter to prove the relationship between okra soaked in water and lowering blood sugar levels or even the claim that it can “cure” diabetes and replace insulin even. Not everything that is posted on Facebook by “doctors” can be true and has to be backed up with proof from scientific journals.

photo credit: Hollyharryoz via photopin cc

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Micro-needle Plasters



My previous post was on the success of research for finding a vaccine for the Hepatitis-C virus, this posts looks into a new way to prevent Hep-C along with other blood transmitted diseases in a magnificent way.

Since using sharp, medical needles are risky and have been a transmitter of diseases, when used incorrectly; it’s suggested that healthcare professionals use the needle only once and with the correct procedure and is disposed of safely. But there’s also an alternative option, which is much safer and painless. Micro needles affixed to plaster are painless and safe to administer and they don’t get through to the nerves, which almost gives a Velcro-like texture. The micro-needles are made of soft contact lens like material and at their dry state, the needles are hard and can penetrate the skin (50 microns) and once in the skin, can rapidly take up fluid from the interstitial fluid, into the micro-needles, and swell.

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New Hopes for Hepatitis-C Vaccine

Hepatitis-C is a worldwide virus that infects people if they come into contact with the blood of an infected person. The potent virus damages the liver by causing liver cirrhosis, usually after several years of infection, which can lead to liver cancer in cases of chronic Hepatitis-C. Even though there are many successful anti-viral treatments they can be very expensive especially in the areas that it is prevalent in: North Africa, the Middle East and Central and East Asia.

Symptoms of Hepatitis-C
§  Flu-like symptoms such as muscle aches and loss of appetite
§  Feeling tired all the time
§  Depression


Hepatitis-C is spread by:
§  Shared needles for vaccinations or medical treatment
§  Shared needles during illegal drug injection
§  Needle- stick injury via contaminated needles, in nurses and doctors who deal with Hepatitis-C carrying patients

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Combating E. coli Drug Resistance by Mutation

Bacterial mutation can be caused by a number of factors, such as genetic mutation and genetic transfer. This mutation causes them to become resistant to antibiotics, making life harder for researchers and starting a new strain of resistant bacteria which could potentially be life threatening.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A new hope for Parkinson’s disease …?


First of all I’d like to dedicate this blog post to my late uncle who was a victim of Parkinson’s disease. May he rest in peace…


Parkinson’s disease was discovered by James Parkinson in 1867 and had initially called it “Shaking palsey”. Parkinson’s is the 2nd most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s, and can be identified by shaking hands (tremor), rigidity and posture instability; cased by the loss of neurons in the Substantia Nigra (in the brain), and the lack of dopamine (dopamine smoothes out skeletal muscle movements) due to the death of dopaminergic neurones in the Substantia Nigra (black substance) in the brain and also the accumulation of lewy bodies. Other symptoms of Parkinson’s are shuffling gait, depression and anger.



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Monday, August 11, 2014

Should we fear the Ebola virus or not?


“Breaking news: Ebola virus has been declared as an international public health emergency by the World Health organization”

That sentence was the first thing I saw when I logged into Facebook as I’ve started planning and writing this article.

What is the Ebola virus (EBOV)?


The Ebola virus is a very terrible disease and lethal if caught and it has a high fatality rate of 60% (WHO 01/04/2014) [1] Ebola is not an airborne virus but it can be spread via bodily fluids such as sweat and its recommended that you don’t shake hands with anyone who could potential carry the disease or has recovered and still in recuperation period.

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