Gestational Diabetes Adversely Affects Pancreatic Islet Structure and Function in the Male Rat Offsp

The pancreas contains important structures called the islets that produce important glucose-regulating hormones, including insulin. Diabetes happens when the islets fail to produce enough insulin to control blood sugar, resulting in high blood sugar levels. Mounting evidence, from DREAM researchers and others suggests that what we are exposed to in early life (i.e. during fetal life) can affect our metabolic health later in life. For example, exposure of an unborn child to diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes) is strongly associated with significant risk of type 2 diabetes development for that child later in life. A connection between gestational diabetes and diabetes risk in the

Obesity isn’t simple…and simple solutions won’t work

Willows, Hanley, Delormier Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2012 Feb;37(1):1-13 A child’s weight depends on access to healthy foods, safe places to be physically active, schools, parents and peers that support these behaviours (reviewed here). Most of these things are out of reach for children living in poor homes. If you live in a poor neighbourhood in the US, the rate of obesity and type 2 diabetes is ~50% higher than the wealthy neighbourhood next door. Take a minute to imagine life without enough money to buy food and the how that might change your household and your neighbourhood. Now compare that to what health professionals are asking families to achieve if their child is overweight or obese?

Trainee Workshop!

Diabetes Action Canada and the DREAM trainees will be hosting the Trainee Day "The Beginning, Middle and End of Patient-Oriented Research" leading up to the Diabetes Canada conference in Winnipeg on October 2, 2019. Trainees CLICK HERE to register!

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