In this issue
April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Can bariatric surgery control diabetes?

By Harvard Health Letters

Know the facts --- and realistic expectations | Q. I've heard bariatric surgery can reduce type 2 diabetes. How about type 1?

A. People who are obese are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. People who are obese and already have type 2 diabetes find it easier to control their diabetes if they lose weight.

The link between obesity and type 2 diabetes is strong, and bariatric surgery can lead to substantial weight loss. So you wouldn't be surprised if the surgery reduced the risk for type 2 diabetes.

Nevertheless, in a recent study from Sweden, the magnitude of the benefit was remarkable. The researchers identified over 3,000 obese people without diabetes and followed them for 15 years. The risk of developing type 2 diabetes in those who received bariatric surgery was 83 percent lower than in those who didn't receive the surgery.


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There are different types of bariatric surgery, but they're all designed to reduce the absorption of calories in the intestine. That surely accounts for part of the weight loss seen following the surgery. However, we're now learning that the surgery also changes the levels of various hormones that affect appetite and metabolism, and that this also contributes to the weight loss--and possibly the reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Most people with type 1 diabetes, which usually starts in childhood, are not obese. There's little reason to perform bariatric surgery in such patients. However, if a patient with type 1 diabetes is obese, and diet and exercise can't get the weight off, bariatric surgery could make sense. Type 1 diabetes greatly increases the risk of heart disease, and so does obesity. Bariatric surgery might not make Type 1 diabetes easier to control, but it could help reduce the risk of heart disease. -- Anthony L. Komaroff, M.D., Editor in Chief, Harvard Health Letter

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