BPA Bad News for Diabetes

BPA.We love our plastic and it’s found in almost everything we use in life. Studies have looked at the potential harm an additive in plastic called BPA can cause. BPA has been shown to cause a disruption in hormonal balance which leads to obesity and diabetes. I speak with Priya Mirmira, the first author who worked under Dr. Carmella Evans-Molina studying the effects of BPA. Our discussion may help reshape the way you make decisions like paper or plastic.

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The OTF Water Bottle Review

OTFNalgene was kind enough to send us the OTF water bottle.  OTF stands for on-the-fly.  When I first saw it my initial response was they should have named it WTF.  When looking directly at the bottle the latch release imprinting was just very weird to me.   The way it flipped open in an arc was also very foreign, but I took the bottle and decided to keep an open mind.

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the review let’s get some practical basic facts out of the way. Forget about what the manufacturer says these are actual facts about the bottle weights, capacities and observations as tested by us.

So now that we’ve gotten that out of the way let’s jump into the review.  This review consists of daily use of the OTF bottle for three weeks.  The bottle was utilized as a car beverage holder, gym bottle, day hike bottle, multi-day camping bottle, and everything in between.

The bottle portion is fairly slender and is slightly tapered towards the top, making for a very comfortable grip even for someone with smaller hands.  Applying a lot of pressure will cause the bottle to slightly flex.  The bottle body is manufactured in the United States.

The cap is a standard Nalgene wide mouth.  This is pretty exciting as it will interchange with any other wide mouth Nalgene bottle and since a lot of the industry utilizes a standard wide mouth it even fit our Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottle in wide mouth.  There is no gasket on the inside of the cap.

Since it is a wide mouth design it will accommodate certain water filters such as the MSR MiniWorks EX Water Purifier Pump, which screws on directly to the body of the water bottle and allows you to pump directly into it, making for a very convenient and well thought out water system.  The cap is manufactured in China.

The mouth piece on the cap is sealed off with the rubber gasket that is forced over the opening and then latched closed. The main locking mechanism is operated by depressing a button which arks the top of the bottle back exposing a nice sized opening for chugging your desired liquid.   It also has a safety latch that will prevent the cap from opening should the button be pressed on accident.  If the safety latch is utilized one-handed operation becomes more cumbersome, but doable.

The real treat is the actual spout that you drink from. It is utter perfection. The sizes ample enough to be able to chug liquids quickly without any kind of dribble that some bottles are notorious for.  Probably one of the best designed spouts we’ve ever come across.

As a daily driver commuter bottle it is absolutely perfect. It fits into cup holders. Handles hot beverages such as coffee. Easily operated with one hand. Leak-proof.

As a gym bottle functioned well. Withstood several knocks without opening or spilling. Handled protein drinks and energy drinks without leaving a residue taste.

As a day hiking/camping bottle in our opinion it’s great as long as you have sources to refill the bottle. 25 ounces of water on its own in our opinion is simply not enough. However coupled with a larger bottle it excels as a hiking/camping bottle.  There are several advantages to utilizing the smaller bottle while coupling with other water storage/sources. This probably hits home for anyone who’s ever tried to bring up 64 ounces or better of beverage to their mouth. Also if you are in environments where you need to conserve water due to limited availability, it is much easier to do so with a smaller bottle, since it allows you greater control over rationing one’s water.  It also has the advantage that if you drop or lose a bottle less water will be lost, which can be critical in certain situations.

Because a standard climbing carabiner can be attached securely to this bottle it is a great choice for someone to clip on their harness should one wish to do so.  A better alternative than a regular water bottle with zip ties if you ask us.

Overall this is one of the best water bottles we ever had the pleasure of using.  Cannot say enough good things about this bottle, especially for regular daily use where the 25 ounce water limit is not an issue.  However like every other piece of gear it will not fill every need, but when coupled with other gear it can create a system that is synergistic in nature.

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American Diabetes Association T1D Position Statement – 2014

ADAT1D-PSIn June 2014, the American Diabetes Association issued a new position statement for Type 1 diabetes care. Dr. Jane Chiang speaks with me about the new position statement and what it means for the promising prognosis of Type 1 diabetes management throughout the lifespan of a person. The position statement is available on Diabetes Care.

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The Fast Way to Slow T2D Risk

fastingDr. James Brown is a lecturer in aging metabolism at the Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing, Ashton University. Dr. Brown spoke with me about how intermittent fasting may be a dietary intervention for the prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  Dr. Brown’s work has been featured in the Medscape article on Intermittent Fasting and Diabetes.

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Gifts for Weight Loss and Health-Conscious People

nalgeneFor the health-conscious or the person you’d like to give a head start on the New Year’s resolution to lose weight – Nalgene is your best bet for a thoughtful gift. Nalgene is to sports bottles as Kleenex is to tissues. A company with over 50  years in the business, they know what customers want in a sports bottle. All products made by Nalgene are BPA-free and made in the USA.

The most popular bottle, made with Tritan material which is 100 percent free of BPA, a chemical that has been found to disrupt natural hormones. This fresh take on the classic Nalgene is made without dangerous chemicals and will never leach a plastic taste into your water. Available in a variety of colors to help brighten up anybody’s gear. The large opening on our wide-mouth bottles easily accommodates ice cubes, fits most water purifiers and filters, and makes hand washing a breeze. The attached loop-top never gets lost and screws on and off easily. Available in the Allie’s Voice About Diabetes aStore.

The Silo is a BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester that can withstand temperatures ranging from -40 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit Your bottle won’t smell of last week’s coffee when you’re filling it with this morning’s sports drink thanks to its odor-resistant qualities Don’t worry if you drop it on your way into the locker room to it’s impact resistant and able to handle rough treatment Wide mouth makes adding ice cubes a snap Dishwasher safe (top rack only) Marked with milliliters and ounces for easy measurement Opening accommodates most water filters Specifications: Volume: 48 fluid ounces Material: co-polyester. Available in the Allie’s Voice About Diabetes aStore.

The Pillid is a stackable containers for your stuff. Holds medications, vitamins, keys, jewelry, cash or other small items. Leak-proof. Fits Nalgene and other wide-mouth water bottles. Made in the USA from BPA free polypropylene. 2 removable dividers included.  Available in the Allie’s Voice About Diabetes aStore.

Nalgene’s On the Fly (OTF) bottle is the newest leak-proof loop-top swings open wide to reveal a contoured, high-low drinking spout that’s easy to fill at the fountain or sink. One-handed push button for easy open/close; locking bail for ultimate insurance against leaks. It is the eveloution of the On The Go (OTG) water bottle. The Nalegene On The Fly (OTF) fits in a cup holder and a bike’s bottle cage. The BPA-free Tritan material lets you taste what is in your bottle. And now, with the locking bale, the bottle is leakproof.  Available in the Allie’s Voice About Diabetes aStore.

Nalgene’s Multi-Drink bottle combines two different ways to enjoy water, sports drinks and other beverages through the convenience of both a high-flow spot and a straw. The high-flow port allows the user to drink from the Multi-Drink like the OTG (On The Go) bottles, but also add the convenience of a straw for added pleasure. No more tilting the bottle upside down to get the rest of the drink. Available in the Allie’s Voice About Diabetes aStore.

All products mentioned here are displayed in my YouTube video. To view all the Nalgene products mentioned, please visit the Allie’s Voice About Diabetes aStore.


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The Tree Frog Fix for T1D

caeruleinResearchers have identified a molecule found in tree frogs as a pharmacolical agent to stimulate the development of insulin-producing cells. This could be a ground-breaking discovery for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Fred Levine speaks with me about this unorthodox approach to generate insulin-producing cells. This exciting work is being done at Sanford Children’s Health Research Center at Sanford-Burnham. The study discussed in this call is  making headlines because it finds that insulin-producing cells can gegenerate.

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Recently diagnosed, challenged, or confused with Diabetes?

supportDiabetes can be overwhelming. Your medical team guides you on the clinical treatment of diabetes but the emotional support is paramount to the success of diabetes management.

Having lived with diabetes since 1985, I can offer support to condition your way of thinking to thrive in life with diabetes.  My experience with diabetes has been an adventure. I’d be happy to share my diabetes journey and work with you on navigating yours.

If you are newly diagnosed, have a loved one with diabetes, or would like to talk about an issue with diabetes, we’ll develop the best approach for you in life with diabetes.

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Immune Vulnerability and Type 1 Diabetes

T1D_immuneResearchers have been able to identify what children may be at a higher risk for developing Type 1 diabetes. Given the higher risk predisposition, why is it some people develop T1D and others do not? Dr. Jessica Dunne, Senior Scientist of Prevention at JDRF, speaks with me about the work being done to better understand and correct the immune vulnerability related to T1D.

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Diabetes Can Impair the Response to Exercise

exerciseAmerican Diabetes Association grant winner, Dr. Lauren Sparks, is an investigator at the Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes. She tells me about her work to understand the mechanism of exercise in the body and how diabetes can affect the normal response to exercise.


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