Diet rich in potassium could improve kidney and heart health in type 2 diabetes patients

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Nov 202015

Eating a diet rich in potassium could reduce the risk of renal and cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes, new research finds.

Type 2 diabetes patients have an increased risk of end-stage renal (kidney) disease (ESRD) and cardiovascular (heart) disease. Having uncontrolled high blood sugar levels for a prolonged period, high blood pressure and excess lipids in the blood are well-known risk factors for both.

Researchers from the Shiga University of Medical Science, Japan, investigated the effect of potassium on the heart and kidney health of 623 Japanese type 2 diabetes patients. None of the patients were using diuretic medication or had any history of cardiovascular disease.

Potassium and sodium levels were measured through urine samples, which the researchers report is an accurate indicator of the amount consumed.

Diet rich in potassium could improve kidney and heart health in type 2 diabetes patients

Diet rich in potassium could improve kidney and heart health in type 2 diabetes patients

Over a median follow-up period of 11 years, patients who had higher levels of potassium in their urine had a lower risk of renal dysfunction and cardiovascular problems. Sodium excretion showed no correlation with reduced risks.

Lead researcher Dr. Araki believes these findings show that increased potassium in the diet could prevent renal and cardiovascular problems from developing, but also urged caution.

The aim of the study was to further research into dietary recommendations, but does not provide conclusive evidence that potassium has a protective effect on the kidneys of diabetic patients. Moreover, elevated levels of potassium in the blood can cause hyperkalemia, a dangerous condition that affects some people with diabetes.

Dr. Araki’s team are now planning interventional trials to determine whether increasing dietary potassium is beneficial for diabetes patients.

The study was published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

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Stress and Relaxation

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Nov 152015

Dear PHSG,

I was recently asked to do a talk on stress and relaxation for PHSG members. Following my talk, I was asked if I would do an article for PHSG. I thought I would cover the main aspects of my talk.

After talking about what makes us stressed and the way stress affects us I focused on coping and reducing stress levels. This included introducing Stephen R Covey’s Circle of Influence. Covey was a professor, an educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His book ‘The 7 habits of highly effective people’ is thought to be one of the most influential books of the 20th Century (Forbes 2002 and a survey by Chief Executive Magazine). I would thoroughly recommend looking up his 7 habits – I found them inspiring.

I focused on Covey’s habit number one: being proactive instead of reactive. Covey states that the problems, challenges and opportunities we face fall into two areas – Circle of Concern (outer circle which has things we have little or no control) and Circle of Influence (inner circle which has things we can control and do something about).

He advises you to focus on the inner circle of influence and to be proactive by working on the things you can do something about. Prioritise and make changes from the inside out, focus your energy and efforts for the greatest effect instead of being reactive and focusing efforts on things you have little or no control.

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Thank you letter from Lewis-Manning Hospice

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Nov 082015

Louise Jones, Community Relationship Fundraiser for the Lewis-Manning Hospice gave a presentation of the hospice to PHSG members at the November Chat Stop on 3rd November.

PHSG gave a donation of £50 to the hospice, and Louise sent a thank you letter to us, which can be read by following this link.

As Louise writes in her letter :

“Once again thank you for your donation, we are so grateful. If any of your members would like to come and have a look around the hospice we have three open days coming up. They don’t need to book, can just turn up Monday 9th November 4.30-7pm, Saturday 14th November 10-2pm and Thursday 19th November 4-6.30pm. If you could pass this information onto the group I’d be most appreciative.”