Lifestyle & Diet

NPR – It’s Tough To Make Good Health Choices, But Science Can Help

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Simply reminding yourself that you’re an OK person may increase your readiness to change. In a review published in 2014, Epton and colleagues analyzed existing research and found self-affirmation techniques combined with persuasive health information can help people decide to change — and then actually do it.

NPR – After Medical Marijuana Legalized, Medicare Prescriptions Drop For Many Drugs

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Research published Wednesday found that states that legalized medical marijuana — which is sometimes recommended for symptoms like chronic pain, anxiety or depression — saw declines in the number of Medicare prescriptions for drugs used to treat those conditions and a dip in spending by Medicare Part D, which covers the cost on prescription medications.

Type 1, Celiac, and AutoImmune Thyroid Disease Go Together

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Unfortunately, researchers are finding that people with one autoimmune condition are prone to others. For example, a recent study has found that people with celiac disease and Type 1 diabetes have a higher risk of also developing autoimmune thyroid disease.

Your Android Diabetes App is Probably Selling Your Health Info

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In a new study, researchers found that Android-based diabetes apps sometimes collect private health data and share it with outside third parties without warning users. Researchers with the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law found that 81 percent of the 211 Android-based diabetes apps reviewed did not have privacy policies. Only four of […]

FDA Plans to Rethink “Healthy” Food

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Why the FDA may change its definition of healthy, and how it could impact people with diabetes. Plus, what’s coming to nutrition labels?

Why Is It So Difficult to Maintain Weight Loss?

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Dozens of weight loss studies show that participants can experience initial success when it comes to losing weight, but over the course of five years (or even just one year), many struggle to maintain that level of weight loss.

How to Avoid Overcorrecting for a Low

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Everyone with Type 1 diabetes at one time or another has had a bad low, the kind when all you want to do is eat everything in sight. There’s no reasoning with yourself – it’s as if someone has hijacked your self-control.

Junk Food Causes Similar Damage To Kidneys As Type 2 Diabetes

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Consuming junk food can cause high blood sugar levels and the same amount of harm to the kidneys as type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in Experimental Physiology.

Can a Low-Calorie Diet Reverse TII Diabetes?

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In this small study of 30 people with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that eight weeks on a very low calorie diet of around 600 to 700 calories a day, followed by a less radical six-month weight control diet, led to significant improvement in blood glucose levels in 12 people.

The healthiest ways to cook veggies and boost nutrition

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Whether you love vegetables or not, there’s one thing you know for sure: Veggies are really good for you. And you can make them even more nutritious if you prepare them in ways that maximize their benefits.

4 Tips for Diabetic Foot Management

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Podiatrists and vascular experts recently developed new diabetic foot management guidelines, according to a Medscape report. Recommendations focus on preventing and relieving major foot issues that can come with diabetes. Here are some highlights of what they recommended.

Electrical Current May Ease Neuropathy Pain

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One of the first devices to hit the market is Sensus, by NeuroMetrix. Available by prescription, it relies on external electrical stimulation of nerves and nerve pathways to lessen and control DPN pain in the feet and legs. The device is designed to wrap around the calf under your clothes, and is secured by a […]

Why You’re Doing Salad Wrong (And Six Ways to Make It Right)

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If I told you to close your eyes and imagine a dinner salad, what would you see? If you’re like many of my patients, “salad” brings up thoughts of dieting, deprivation, and yes — boredom. Truth is, if you’re doing salad the right way, it can actually become a staple you look upon as delicious […]

How Can Salt Be Proven Toxic for Your Entire Body?

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Increased intake of salt can cause kidney, heart and brain problem, but could you have ever guessed, that too much salt can be harmful to your liver? It doesn’t directly affect the liver, but can cause some of the problems which will, later on, harm your liver. That’s why it’s important to know when you […]

Study Sheds Light On Sleep Apnea And Glycemic Control For Diabetics

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People with both type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) might not experience improved glycemic control when using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), according to new findings published by the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

NPR – That Cabernet Might Not Be Good For Your Health After All

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The evidence that alcohol has any benefit on longevity or heart health is thin, says Dr. Timothy Naimi, a physician and epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center.

DiabetesInControl – Is Extreme Exercise Good or Bad for You?

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According to a clinical perspective published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology from the ACC Sports and Exercise Cardiology Leadership Council, people should be more alarmed by the impending harm from a lack of exercise than of any harm exercise may possibly cause.

A Home Run Breakfast with Diabetes

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With diabetes, the stakes are high in the morning. A well-managed breakfast can dramatically improve my time in zone (70-140 mg/dl) for the rest of the day. Conversely, I might regret poor choices at breakfast three, five, even eight hours later.

Losing Sleep Makes You Hungry, Study Says

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Sleep-deprived people experience higher levels of a chemical that enhances the pleasurability of eating – particularly of foods that are sweet, salty or high in fat, researchers found. Even when participants had eaten 90 percent of their daily calories two hours before, they couldn’t resist “highly palatable, rewarding snacks” when faced with the opportunity to […]

Losing 5 Percent of Your Body Weight is Enough to Improve Health

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While the trial found that weight loss of 10 or 15 percent was linked to even better outcomes, individuals struggling to shed pounds for health reasons may be able to start with smaller steps, the research revealed.