Lifestyle & Diet

What Helps and Hurts Diabetes Management

Many factors, including mental health issues, cultural factors, and social support or lack thereof, can impact whether or not a person can successful manage their diabetes. But the financial factor has the biggest impact of all. Read more

Brush Your Teeth to Reduce Diabetes Risk

Tooth brushing as well as good overall oral hygiene can reduce inflammatory reactions due to periodontal disease. This can help reduce diabetes risk as systemic inflammation contributes to developing the disease. Read more

Core Exercises You Can Do at Home

Just in time for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing and closures of gyms and fitness centers in many areas, diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some important core exercises you can do at home to keep yourself strong and healthy, with an illustrated PDF you can print out. Read more

More Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise

Diabetes exercise expert Sheri R. Colberg provides her full list of 10 ways to get motivated to exercise on those days where you can’t seem to get moving.  Read more

Many People with Type 2 Would Benefit from Better Sleep

Sleep abnormalities and disorders are not uncommon in type 2 diabetes patients, and can have negative effects on their condition, including contributing to poor glucose levels. Read more

Simple Steps Can Help Your Heart Health with Type 2

In 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) published “Life’s Simple 7”: seven risk factors that people can improve through lifestyle changes to help their heart health. The Simple 7 included topics like quitting smoking, physical activity, ideal body weight, intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. Read more

Weight Loss Can Restore Beta-Cell Function in Type 2

Losing enough weight to enter diabetes remission can also restore normal beta-cell capacity in adults with type 2, according to research published in Diabetes Care. This is hopeful news, as it had previously been thought that beta cell function was irreversibly lost in developing type 2 diabetes. Read more

Passive Smoking Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Exposure to passive smoking (secondhand smoke) over a prolonged period can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, and toxic chemicals involved in cigarettes gravely interfere with glucose metabolism, researchers found. Read more

Small Beverage Changes Can Make a Big Difference

This study examined results from the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), NHS II, and the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study (HPFS) that included a look at the participants’ diet every four years, to assess the relationship of beverage choices and diabetes, and found that replacing sweet drinks like soda or juice with coffee, tea or water had […]

Researchers See Paradox in Diabetes Management

Overtreatment and undertreatment can both pose serious problems for people with diabetes. It’s a fine line between enough treatment to prevent the complications caused by high blood sugars, and too much treatment, which can cause blood sugar levels to fall dangerously low (hypoglycemia). Individualized treatment could help avoid these issues. Read more

Eating Less Frequent, Higher-Calorie Meals May be Beneficial

Is it better to eat three meals per day after all? One diet that has been popularly suggested for some time is a six-meal diet that consists of three meals with three snacks between those meals. However, a recent study argues that the evidence for this is inadequate, and decreasing meal frequency to two or […]

Does Ultra-Processed Food Increase Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

Ultra-Processed food (UPF) has become widespread in Western cultures in the last century. Ultra-Processed foods include a vast range of food that contains very distinctive nutrient profiles. The French NutriNet-Sante studied 104,707 French adults to assess “the interrelationship between the consumption of Ultra-Processed food and the risk it has on type 2 diabetes.” Read more

Department of Veterans Affairs Keto Trial Causes Controversy

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has partnered with Silicon Valley startup Virta Health Corp. to test the popular “Keto” diet. Virtua claims the diet provides treatment “clinically-proven to safely and sustainably reverse type 2 diabetes” without medication or surgery, but some diabetes experts are skeptical and find the company’s partnership with the federal […]

Benefits of Going Plant-Based for Type 2

Plant-based diets have potential benefits in preventing or managing several major chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer by improving insulin sensitivity, blood pressure, and reducing long term weight gain.  Plant foods are rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and consumption of plant foods helps lower the consumption of red and […]

If You Follow a Low Carb Diet, Meds May Need Adjustment

Low carb diets are an effective lifestyle modification if you have diabetes. Patients on this diet see improvements in diabetes management and may have a reduced need for hypoglycemic agents, resulting in lower drug costs. But it’s important that health care providers understand medication management for patients on low carb diets. Read more

Quality of Dietary Fats and Heart Health

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in patients with diabetes. For that reason, dietary guidelines recommend limiting trans fat intake in patients with diabetes, and replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats to help reduce total and cardiovascular disease mortality. Examples of foods rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids ( PUFAs) include fish, nuts and […]

What are the Pros and Cons of Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent fasting is a popular topic in diet and weight management. It does not focus on the diet, but rather on the pattern of eating. Previous studies have linked intermittent fasting to weight loss, and it may have other benefits for health as well, but are there any negatives associated with it? Read more

Too Many Carbs Can Result in Diabetes

Research has shown that excess carbohydrates and other foods that raise the body’s dietary inflammatory index (DII) can lead to severe diabetes. Dietary Inflammatory index is a measure of the potential of a particular diet to raise the concentrations of inflammatory markers in the blood plasma. Read more

A Healthy Lifestyle Can Stave off Disease up to 10 Years

A study that followed 111,000 people for over 20 years found that women can gain an additional ten years and men seven years of life free of cancer, heart problems and type-2 diabetes if they maintain a healthy lifestyle. The necessary steps for health are exercising regularly, drinking in moderation only, maintaining a healthy weight […]

Mediterranean Diet May Help Slow Cognitive Decline

Previous research has suggested that eating foods like those found in the Mediterranean diet might help to protect against cognitive decline, as well as in preventing and controlling type 2 diabetes. A recent study set out to examine this in more depth, looking at the “association of a Mediterranean diet score with a 2-year change […]