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There’s news. And then there’s news. The news that comes out of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center can change lives. For people with diabetes and those who care for them, and about them. So it makes sense to stay on top of all the latest — with both Berrie Center Direct news and In the Headlines, the frequent media coverage we get based on our important and exciting findings and the authoritative voices that speak for us.

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There’s always something going on here at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Promising research. Special events. Success stories from our patients and their families. Stop by often to see the latest.

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A Protein-Filled New Year

By Dr. Ileana Vargas

Protein is essential for life as it is needed to build and maintain our body. The cells in muscles, organs, blood, bones, nails, hair and skin are made primarily of protein. The body is unable to store amino acids (the building blocks of protein), the way it stores fat, so we must eat protein daily or the body will break down muscle to get the protein it needs. 


Covid-19 Vaccine Update

Covid-19 vaccine distribution and administration is continuing to progress. We are awaiting clarification from New York State regarding when patients with diabetes will be eligible to receive the vaccine. The CDC recommends that people with diabetes be vaccinated during Phase 1c of vaccine allocation.


Berrie Center Scientist Investigates Obesity and Covid-19

What's the Connection?

Obesity is a risk factor for severe Covid-19 and a Berrie Center scientist has made a connection between brain cell “cilium”—the tiny little antennae that regulate weight—and the cilium that line the airways and expel mucous from the body. The structures might be microscopic, but their significance is large. 


Meeting Your Diabetes Goals in 2021

Diabetes takes hard work and teamwork on behalf of patients, families, doctors and educators. The Berrie Center aims to empower patients and families to live successfully with diabetes and also to help them understand the expectations of what it takes to take control of the disease. 


Healthy Treats for the Holidays

by Dr. Ileana Vargas

Making healthy desserts for the holidays can be tricky as we are lured toward very low carb recipes due to our concerns about increasing blood sugars, but instead could be adding many unhealthy ingredients such as oils high in saturated fats especially omega 6 fatty acids, as well as adding non-nutritive artificial sweeteners to our recipes. 


The Covid-19 Vaccine:

Information for Berrie Center Patients

The Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has recently been approved for use in the US. The Moderna vaccine is likely to be approved as well. The vaccines appear to have excellent safety and efficacy, including in the subgroup of research volunteers who have diabetes.


Making the Right Food Choices on Test Day

Dr. Ileana Vargas Shares Her Picks

Berrie Center experts agree the best way to start a major test day is with a healthy, low carb breakfast. For students with type 1 diabetes, food choice is directly linked to performance and focus. Keeping blood sugars stable means more time to focus on the exam, and less time spent worrying about highs and lows. 


Standardized Testing and Type 1 Diabetes

Test taking can be stressful and it can be hard to predict blood sugars on testing days.  It is very reasonable to request accommodations for test taking in school and for all standardized tests. The Berrie Center receives many requests for letters for accommodations for the ACT and SAT.

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