Lifestyle & Diet

Riding a Bike to Work Can Help Keep You Healthy

A new study found that commuting by bike is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer risk, diabetes, and premature death. In a five-year study, cyclists saw risk for heart disease, cancer, and early death cut by almost half. Read more

How a New Type of Rice Could Help Reduce Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing problem in China, and its staple grain, rice, is a major factor, as it affects blood sugar in much the same way as white bread. Scientists are seeking a way to reduce the growth of diabetes in the world’s most populous country through developing new strains of rice that are healthier, […]

New Program Seeks to Empower Self-Management

Diabetes is widespread in the U.S. More than  eight million Americans have the disease, and treatment costs each year exceed $320 billion. A new program in San Diego using innovative strategies to improve health and reduce the cost of diabetes by encouraging better self-management of the disease. Read more

How to Make Healthy Fast Food Choices

Eating out can take some careful planning when you have diabetes, especially when eating at fast food places where healthy choices can be hard to find. It is possible to occasionally incorporate fast food items into your diet, with a little extra attention. Read more

Healthy Eating — By Prescription?

A new “Fresh Food Canadian Pharmacy” program at a hospital in central Pennsylvania is aimed at getting patients with type 2 diabetes to change their diets and lose weight. Participants in the pilot program receive a free selection of healthy foods every week and meet with a registered dietitian. Read more

How to Get Started with Resistance Training when Your Mobility is Limited

Resistance, or weight, training can be very helpful in managing blood glucose, and is good for you in many other ways. If you’re older or have limited mobility for other reasons, it can be difficult to start a resistance training program, but it’s very important as it will help prevent loss of muscle mass and […]

Eating Fruit May Help You Avoid Diabetes or Its Complications

A new study suggests that eating fresh fruit may help reduce diabetes risk for those who don’t have the disease. Those who already have diabetes may have a lower risk for complications such as heart and kidney disease. The study was conducted for 7 years on half a million Chinese adults. Read more

Obesity Top Cause of Preventable Life-Years Lost

A new study says obesity resulted in up to 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco or high blood pressure. The study looked at how behavioral risk factors contribute to causes of death among Americans. Obesity and diabetes caused the highest number of preventable life-years lost, followed by tobacco use, high blood pressure and high […]

Can Intestinal Bacteria Protect Against Type 2?

A new study from researchers in Finland suggests that a high concentration of indolepropionic acid in the serum protects against type 2 diabetes. Indolepropionic acid is produced by intestinal bacteria, and a diet rich in fiber can help boost its production. According to the researchers, the discovery provides additional insight into the role of intestinal […]

Dealing with Post-Bariatric Surgery Hypoglycemia

Gastric bypass can result in metabolic changes that cause excess insulin production, says Mary-Elizabeth Patti, M.D., F.A.C.P., Director of the Hypoglycemia Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center. “People secrete more insulin than they should after eating. Glucose levels spike after a meal and then decline too low. This roller coaster pattern of repeated low blood sugars […]

Top 10 Foods that Help Me Manage Type 2 Diabetes

I’ve had Type 2 diabetes for 14 years. Finding the right combination of low-GI foods and living a “normal” life has been really trying. A few months ago, I decided to start eating “clean.” I also don’t eat carbohydrates like potatoes, pasta, rice, bread and sugar of any kind. I eat very little fruit, and […]

Can burnt toast and roasted potatoes cause cancer?

The Food Standards Agency in the UK launched a campaign Monday to warn about cancer risks linked to eating burnt toast, over-roasted potatoes and other starchy foods cooked at high temperatures. The campaign is based on longstanding evidence from animal studies in 2002, but the link is yet to be proved in human studies. Some […]

Insulia, Software by Prescription for Type 2 Diabetes Management

The marriage of apps and software with type 2 diabetes care has been rocky at best because successful management of the condition eludes simple cause-and-effect algorithms. However, because of a lesson learned at a summer camp, a new software system promises to improve that relationship.

Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet

New research shows that brain shrinkage is less pronounced in older folks whose diets hew closely to the traditional diet of Mediterranean peoples — including lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and olive oil, little red meat and poultry, and regular, moderate consumption of fish and red wine.

Diabetes Tech ‘Spectations for 2017

We’ve been listening to earnings calls and talking with company execs, industry insiders and PR teams to get a sense of what else is on the horizon, compiled in the following report.

Exercise Often Raises Blood Glucose in Type 1 Diabetes

Regular physical activity and exercise are recommended for the general population for overall improved health. However, exercise of moderate intensity increases the risk of hypoglycemia during and following exertion in those with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Accordingly, exercise guidelines for T1DM focus on prevention of exercise-induced hypoglycemia.

How to Prep for Air Travel with Type 1 Diabetes

Before you fly somewhere, learn the rules for transporting medications and supplies. If travelling during high-alert times, be aware that regulations may become more stringent. Remember that insulin is a fluid, and syringes, insulin pumps, and CGMS are devices that may cause concern at the gate.

When To Worry About Ketones

People with diabetes need to be concerned about ketones, though, because they can be a sign of a life-threatening condition. The presence of ketones makes the blood acidic and can result in an illness known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which occurs when blood sugar levels are very high. DKA can be caused by not getting […]

Joslin Diabetes – What’s Sleep Got To Do With It?

Over the last couple of years it’s become clear that people who have poor-quality sleep or don’t get enough sleep are more resistant to insulin, says Robert A. Gabbay, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center. “It’s very clear that sleep loss is a risk factor for the development […]

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, […]