Cuban doctors concerned at growing number of diabetic children

Source:  Cuban News Agency
June 23 2016

villa clara cuba.jpgEndocrinologists say that the report this year in central Villa Clara province of 14 new cases of children below five years of age suffering from Diabetes Type 1 is a concerning event.

Doctor Julieta Garcia, Second Degree endocrinologist explained that 32 cases were reported last year, all below 19 years of age, but this year report is thus far under five, with the last to show the disease are children between one and three years.

Contributing factors

According to the doctor, the factors favoring the increase of diabetic cases include inappropriate diet, consumption of food with high caloric values and genetic heritage. Some chemical substances foreign to the human body appearing in food preserves or in fast food can alter hormonal balance.

Doctor Garcia, who heads the Provincial Technical and Advisory Commission on Diabetes in Villa Clara, explained that Diabetes mellitus type 1, also known as juvenile diabetes is a metabolism-related disease.

Health authorities in the central territory expressed concern about the growth of diabetic children because three decades ago reports would tell of five to seven cases a year, and now the situation has changed.

Heberprot-P registered in 23 countries

Source:  Granma
June 8 2016

by: Orfilio Peláez |

Ten years after receiving its health registration and approval to be used in the national health system, the medicine Heber¬prot-P has been used to treat over 55,000 Cuban patients nationwide, with positive  results

dr jorge berlanga acosta cuba.gifDeveloped by a team of experts led by Dr. Jorge Berlanga Acosta from the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB), Heber­prot-P is an injectable medication used to treat advanced foot ulcers in diabetic patients by accelerating the healing process, thus reducing the risk of amputation in over 78% of cases.

The only one of its kind in the world – WIPO Gold Medal Winner

The only one of its kind in the world, the product received the Gold Medal awarded by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and offers a novel therapeutic solution to a condition which previously lacked effective treatments.

Speaking to Granma, Iris Lugo, Heber Biotec S.A. enterprise’s communication specialist, stated that at a global level Heberprot-P has been used to help treat around 250,000 people and is registered in 23 countries, including Russia, Argentina, Venezuela, Turkey, Colombia, Ecuador, Ukraine and Vietnam.

Related:  Heberprot-P: a Synonym of Hope and Health for Thousands of Diabetics

Botswana: Cuban Govt Ready to Assist in Malaria Fight

By Esther Mmolai

cuban heath collaborators in botswanaCuban Ambassador to Botswana, Mr Juan Carlos Arenciba Corrales says his government is willing to help Botswana fight against malaria especially in Ngamiland district which commands a high prevalence of disease.

Speaking during a courtesy call on the local authorities in Maun on Friday, February 20, Mr Corrales said there were many areas that the two countries could cooperate on especially on the health sector.

He cited malaria and diabetes as areas of such cooperation.

Cuba has developed anti-malaria plants

He said Cuba had developed anti-malaria plants which produce bio-larvaecides to fight mosquitoes at the larva stage.

The Ambassador said anti-malaria plants were sold as a package which means a team of experts would be sent to train local health practitioners on its implementation.

If the district was interest in the cooperation, he said they could make a proposal to the ministry of Health seeking the partnership from the government of Cuba.

In addition, he revealed that the partnership would benefit the district more so that it was a tourism destination.

Two Cuban specialist sent to Ngamiland

In an effort to strengthen the cooperation between two governments in area of health, Mr Corrales noted that two specialists would be sent to Ngamiland district to beef up those already on the ground.

He said the Cuban medical team in Botswana had been devoted to serving Botswana and ensured delivery of quality services as well as contributing to the development of the health sector.

He said under the existing cooperation, Cuban government sent medical specialists to Botswana and also three scholarships in the area of medicine.

He said they had over the years been doing well in the area of medicine citing that they had developed a lot in bio-technology products and research.

Mr Corrales said they had developed many vaccines that were currently being used by medical practitioners around the world.

Cases of diabetes high 

For his part, the council chairman, Mr Reaboka Mbulawa said the two proposed areas of cooperation were highly welcomed in the district adding that cases of diabetes were high and that malaria was more prevalent in North West.

Mr Mbulawa said the intervention of the Cuban government would go a long way in reducing the impact.

Impact on tourism

He said may be the district was not getting a high number of tourists because of the fear of contracting the diseases.

Also, he indicated that the district still needs more doctors and specialists noting that currently they had seven instead of 21.

He said the district had 29 primary health facilities which mean that there was a serious shortage.

Mr Mbulawa said it was difficult to cover the whole district with the little they had and welcomed the two specialists who would be sent to the district.

Mbulawa: good relationship between Cuba and Botswana

He acknowledged the good relationship between the two countries noting that Botswana had been enjoying good services from Cuba particularly in the area of specialists which remained a challenge in the country.

He emphasised the need to continue nurturing the cooperation between the two in the field of medical assistance and he also thanked the Ambassador and his team for visiting Ngamiland indicating that it was the first time to host people of their caliber in the district.

The chairman believed that what was discussed in their meeting would make a big difference in the district which was vast and faced with many challenges.

Source : BOPA

Source: Botswana: Cuba Govt Ready to Assist in Malaria Fight

Dr. Fuhrman: Beans – the Ideal Carbohydrate

Beans are nutritionally unique
dr fuhrman 2Beans and other legumes (such as lentils and split peas) are the ideal starchy food. When many people think of high-fiber, starch-containing foods, they think of whole grains, which are healthful foods, but beans are nutritionally superior. Beans and other legumes have uniquely high levels of fiber and resistant starch, carbohydrates that are not broken down by our digestive system. Though indigestible, these carbohydrates have a number of valuable health effects: first, because they are indigestible they reduce the total number of calories that can be absorbed from beans; fiber and resistant starch also limit the glycemic (blood sugar raising) effects of beans; finally, when resistant starch and some fibers reach the colon, they act as food for our healthy gut bacteria, which then ferment it into anti-cancer compounds in the colon.

Beans help prevent diabetes and weight gain
Since the fiber and resistant starch in beans and other legumes keep their glycemic load low, they are great foods for preventing or reversing diabetes. A study on 64,000 women followed for 4 years found that high intake of legumes were associated with a 38% decreased risk of diabetes.1 Also, a recent clinical study found that type 2 diabetics who Continue reading

Dr. Fuhrman: 6 Worst Foods for Diabetes

6foodsOver 25 million people in the United States have diabetes and diabetes takes an enormous toll on the health of our population.1 Diabetes accelerates aging; damages the kidneys, cardiovascular system, eyes and nerve tissue; and increases cancer risk.2-4

The devastating complications and premature deaths associated with diabetes can be prevented. The primary cause of the parallel increases in obesity and diabetes is the nutrient-depleted American diet. The worst foods for diabetes — the foods that elevate blood sugar, reduce insulin sensitivity and increase type 2 diabetes risk — are the foods that are most common in the standard American diet.

1. Added sugars

Since diabetes is characterized by abnormally elevated blood glucose levels, of course it is wise to avoid the foods that cause dangerously high spikes in blood glucose — primarily Continue reading

Dr. Fuhrman: The Best Way to Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

dr fuhrman 2Over 25 million people in the United States (about 11% of the adults) have type 2 diabetes, and diabetes accounted for 6.8% of global deaths in adults (age 20-79) in 2010.(1,2)

Excess weight interferes with insulin’s functions, and is the primary risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes. Therefore the most effective treatment for type 2 diabetes is significant weight loss. However, the primary mode of treatment by physicians today is glucose-lowering medication. These medications give a false sense of security, providing implicit permission to continue the same disease-causing diet and lifestyle that allowed diabetes to develop in the first place. Many of these medications promote weight gain — making the patient more diabetic; most importantly, these medications do not prevent diabetes from progressing and causing complications.

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Cuba to host First Regional Scientific Conference on Diabetes

Today there are more than 366 million people affected with this condition that kills 4.6 million people annually, which represents a challenge for health systems worldwide, according to WHO statistics.


World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated every year on November 14. The World Diabetes Day campaign is led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and its member associations. It engages millions of people worldwide in diabetes advocacy and awareness. World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by the IDF and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat that diabetes now poses. World Diabetes Day became an official United Nations Day in 2007 with the passage of United Nation Resolution 61/225. The campaign draws attention to issues of paramount importance to the diabetes world and keeps diabetes firmly in the public spotlight. 

World Diabetes Day is a campaign that features a new theme chosen by the International Continue reading

More Countries Show Interest in Cuban Medicine for Diabetic Patients

heberprot-p14 nations, including Russia, Brazil and China, are in the process of applying  to use in their hospitals Heberprot-P, a Cuban medicine which is the only one of its kind in the world capable of stimulating the growth of tissues and reversing acute lesions in the feet of diabetic patients.

Lawyer Erick Hernandez Leyva, a specialist of the Management Group for Promotion of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, said the drug has helped more than 200,000 people in Cuba and the world afflicted with diabetic foot ulcers in advanced and high risk of amputation.

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Dr. Fuhrman: Exercise Daily for Excellent Health

dr fuhrman 2Exercise is much more than just burning calories.  The calories burned during exercise, unless you’re a professional athlete, make up a very small portion of our total calories burned for the day; what we eat has a much greater influence on our body weight.  So why should we bother to exercise? Because burning a few calories is just one of the many benefits of exercise:


The heart:

  • Regular physical activity reduces the risk of coronary heart disease and diabetes by 30-50%.1
  • When you exercise, your heart muscle is getting a workout too.  Over time, the heart becomes more efficient, allowing the resting heart rate to decrease – beneficial, since a high resting heart rate is a risk factor for cardiac mortality.2, 3
  • Regular exercise helps to increase production of nitric oxide, a key regulator of blood pressure.  In addition to reduced blood pressure, this results in improved blood flow to skeletal Continue reading

Dr. Fuhrman: Animal Protein, IGF-1 and Colon Cancer

joel fuhrman 3Most people are aware of the connections between red and processed meats and cancer – that there is convincing evidence that these dangerous foods are a cause of colon cancer.1 In addition, cooking any meat at high temperatures (for example, grilled or fried chicken) forms carcinogenic compounds such as heterocyclic amines, which contribute to cancer risk.2,3 However, animal foods such as non-fat dairy products, egg whites, and fish are considered healthful by most people.  It not yet widely recognized that foods such as these, since they are so high in animal protein, can also Continue reading