Lifestyle & Diet

Tips for Dealing with Diabetic Foot Issues When Traveling

People with diabetes need to pay special attention to their feet. This is especially true when traveling, when as a tourist you may be walking long distances over unfamiliar terrain. A diabetes education shares her personal experience with dealing with cobblestone streets and new shoes while on vacation, and offers tips on how to respond […]

Why Kidney Disease Can Lead to Diabetes

It’s been well established that people with diabetes are at greater risk of developing kidney disease. Now, new research suggests the reverse is also true, and that people who already have kidney dysfunction have a higher risk of developing diabetes.  The researchers say that the likely cause is urea — a compound in human urine […]

Treating Vitamin D Deficiency in Kids with Type 1 Helps Glucose Control

Vitamin D deficiency is common in children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes. Researchers have found that supplementation with cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) to bring Vitamin D to normal levels in children who were deficient also benefited their blood glucose control. The children with the highest blood glucose levels before the supplementation showed the greatest improvement. Read […]

Changing Prices of Seven Foods Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

Adjusting the prices of seven foods through taxes and subsidies could save thousands of lives in the U.S. every year, according to a new study, by reducing deaths caused by stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.  The researchers used a risk assessment model to estimate the potential effects of making healthy foods — fruits, vegetables, whole […]

Managing the Holidays with Diabetes

For people with diabetes, holiday celebrations can present special challenges. There’s a great deal of temptation to eat large holiday meals and desserts and to increase alcohol consumption in the season from Thanksgiving  to New Year’s. How can you handle the temptation without going overboard health-wise? Read more

British Men at Greater Risk of Diabetes & Complications

A new report by the Men’s Health Forum says that men in Great Britain are now 26 per cent more likely than women to develop diabetes. They also tend to experience worse health outcomes because they do not take the necessary steps to improve their diet, or to get regular checkups. Nearly one British man […]

Why Where You Live Can Increase Your Diabetes Risk

Black and Latino Americans are almost twice as likely to have diabetes as white Americans, but the reasons for this difference haven’t been clearly determined. Now, a new study suggests that causes may be environmental, rather than genetic. The study, published in Diabetes Care, reexamined multiple scientific studies from the last 50 years on toxic chemicals known […]

Magnesium Can Help Prevent Type 2

A new study has found that participants who consumed high amounts of magnesium, either through diet or through supplementation, had a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The patients who benefitted most from magnesium supplementation were those whose overall diets were poor; the added magnesium resulted in greater reduction in risk for these patients. […]

“Reduced Sugar” Claims Can Be Misleading

A new study suggests that common packaged food claims like “reduced in sugar” or “no added sugar” can be misleading. The study looked at nutrient content, overall healthfulness and use of sweetener ingredients between products with and without claims of reduced or no added sugar. It found that products claiming reduced or no added sugar […]

Antioxidant-Rich Foods May Help Prevent Type 2

Eating a diet that is rich in antioxidant foods can help reduce your type 2 diabetes risk, according to new research. There’s been previous research that has suggested oxidative stress — cumulative damage done by free radicals that haven’t been neutralized by antioxidants — might contribute to the development of type 2 diabetes. Fruits, vegetables, […]

Vitamin D May Help Prevent Type 1 in Some Children

New research suggests vitamin D supplementation could possibly reduce the risk of type 1 diabetes in susceptible children. The infants and children who could benefit from the supplementation have a gene variation, VDR variant genes. Identifying vitamin D status and VDR variants may help determine which children  will most likely benefit from vitamin D therapy. […]

Can Playing Games Help with Diabetes?

A new study found that playing an online diabetes self-management game helped participants. The study participants answered questions from the game via email or a mobile app. Questions included topics like food and exercise choices, medication use and complications of diabetes. The study found that participating in the game helped the patients improve their blood […]

Sustained Lifestyle Changes, Medication Can Help Prevent Diabetes Progression

A new analysis of multiple studies examined health interventions and their effectiveness in people with prediabetes. The analysis found that changes in diet, physical activity and weight loss, along with the use of  certain insulin-sensitizing medications, can prevent progression to diabetes in at-risk individuals. However, the analysis also found that the risk rose again right […]

Diabetes and Joint Health

Exercise is important for people with diabetes, but joint issues are a problem for many. Overuse injuries  Overuse injuries  are more common in people with diabetes, likely due to changes in joint structures when exposed to hyperglycemia over time. Sheri Colberg, a diabetes educator who herself lives with type 1 diabetes, discusses the issues of […]

Weight Loss and Exercise Can Help Brain Function

Cognitive issues can be a complication of type 2 diabetes. This is because diabetes affects blood circulation, and impaired blood flow to the brain can have a negative affect on people’s ability to think and make decisions. A 10-year-long study examined whether participants with type 2 diabetes who lowered calories in their diet and increased […]

Low Carb Diets Helpful, But Don’t Fix Everything

A major analysis of the effect of reduced carbohydrate consumption on patients with diabetes has concluded that low- to moderate-carb diets lower glucose more effectively than high carb diets, and the more carbs are restricted, the more glucose lowers, in the first year of following the diet. However, the low carb plan performed no better […]

Learning to Exercise Without Fear

Exercise is important for everyone’s health, but it’s especially vital for patients with diabetes. However, exercising with diabetes offers unique challenges for many patients. The impact and challenges of exercising with type 1 are particularly under-studied. This video examines two papers that go in-depth on the issue of exercise and diabetes, especially type one diabetes. […]

Kids with Type 1 at Higher Risk of Eating Disorders

Children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes are at risk of having disordered eating symptoms or full-blown eating disorders, according to new research. An analysis of six studies on disordered eating found that approximately 7% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes were diagnosed with EDs, compared to just 2.8% of the control group. Read more

Report Says Type 2 Diabetes “Reversible through Weight Loss”

A new report by British researchers says that there is consistent evidence that “total remission” of type 2 diabetes can often be achieved by losing about 33 pounds (15 kilograms). If this were better known by doctors and patients, the authors state, many patients could escape the burden of living with type 2 diabetes, and […]

Does Eating Meat and Poultry Increase Diabetes Risk?

A plant-based diet is sometimes considered healthier than a meat-based diet in preventing the risk of diabetes, but not all meats affect the risk equally. A new research study suggests higher intake of red meat and poultry is associated with significantly increased risk of developing diabetes, partially attributed to their higher content of heme iron […]