Lifestyle & Diet

Combining a Fitbit Device with Diabetes Management App Yields Benefits

A study in Taiwan found the use of a diabetes management app called Health2Sync in combination with Fitbit wearable devices can help users control and better manage the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Read more

Can Vitamin D Supplementation Fight COVID-19?

Some studies have suggested that low levels of vitamin D, a vitamin which is produced in the body in response to sunlight exposure, might increase the risk of catching coronavirus and then becoming seriously ill from it.However, other studies say vitamin D plays no role in the virus, so experts are divided. Read more

How Do Metformin and Exercise Affect Glucose?

People who have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes are usually urged to make lifestyle modifications, including diet, exercise, and weight control as the first form of treatment; metformin is typically the first drug prescribed when lifestyle interventions are insufficient. A recent study examined how the interface of physical activity and metformin affects post-meal glucose in […]

Skim Milk vs Whole Milk: What’s the Healthier Choice?

Researchers investigated whether the fat content of dairy products, such as skim milk vs. whole milk, can play a role in the development of metabolic syndrome (MetS). MetS is characterized by abnormalities such as high triglycerides, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and abdominal obesity, and is often linked to development […]

Magnesium May Reduce Type 2, Stroke Risk

Adequate magnesium in the diet can reduce the risk of both type 2 diabetes and strokes, researchers say, so levels of magnesium should be periodically monitored in patients who are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. Read more

Is Protein Pumping Beneficial?

Protein pumping is a technique practiced by some athletes, but is it really necessary? Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg notes that during most exercise, protein contributes less than 5 percent of total energy. However, adequate dietary protein is important because it allows your muscles to be repaired after exercise and promotes synthesis of hormones, […]

New International Guidelines for Safe Exercise with Type 1

An international team of experts have laid out the world’s first standard guidance on how people with diabetes can use modern glucose monitoring devices to help them exercise safely. The guidance can be used by healthcare professionals around the world to help people with type 1 diabetes. Read more

A New Initiative to Improve Diabetes Management

The Diabetes INSIDE program is a new initiative that seeks to examine whether improving diabetes care can be as simple as ensuring patients receive regular HbA1c testing. The initiative was undertaken because many diabetes patients do not meet guideline goals despite medication and lifestyle changes. Read more

“Super Pea” May Help Control Blood Sugar Spikes

A type of wrinkled “super pea” could potentially help control blood sugar levels and thus reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to researchers from the Imperial College London, the John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience and University of Glasgow, UK. The researchers suggest incorporating the peas into foods, whether as whole pea seeds […]

Green Tea, Coffee Could Lengthen Your Life

Daily consumption of both green tea and coffee is linked to a lower risk of dying in people with type 2 diabetes, according to research published in the online journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. The researchers found that drinking 4 or more cups of green tea, plus 2 or more cups of coffee, […]

Diabetes Followed by Weight Loss Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Weight loss is frequently recommended for people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but weight loss after new-onset diabetes may increase risk for pancreatic cancer, researchers say. The researchers suggest screening for pancreatic cancer in patients with diabetes and weight loss. Read more

Does Loneliness Increase Risk for Type 2?

A recent study assessed loneliness by asking more than 4,000 adults without type 2 diabetes how often they felt isolated or lacking companionship. Participants were followed up for about 10 years to see how many developed diabetes. By the end of the study, loneliness was associated with 46 percent greater odds of developing type 2 […]

Why an Early Bedtime is Best for People with Type 2

Researchers have found that going to bed early may be beneficial for people with type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 who were night owls, staying up late and rising later in the morning, were less likely to get adequate exercise than those who maintained earlier bedtimes, researchers say. Read more

Exercise Key to Prevent Diabetes from Leading to Heart Disease

Diabetes is a well known risk factor for heart disease, and cardiac issues are a major cause of death among people with diabetes. Researchers say they have found that exercise causes the release of small sequences of genetic code in the heart, called microRNA, which increase protein production to improve heart structure and function. Read […]

Can Breakfast Cereal Help Reduce Diabetes Risk?

Eating whole grain foods can help prevent type 2 diabetes, researchers say. Even something as simple as having a bowl of whole-grain cereal or a piece of whole-grain toast for breakfast can reduce your long-term risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Read more

How to Regain Fitness Post-Pandemic

What can people with diabetes do to prepare to reenter the fitness world once it’s safe to resume pre-pandemic lifestyles? The best way to be ready, says diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg, is to stay as active as possible by doing anything you can right now, at home, outside, or in another safe space. […]

Consuming Plant Protein May Lower Risk of Death

High-protein diets have increased in popularity and are touted by many as effective for weight loss, but there have been conflicting reports on whether there is a difference in health effects between plant-based and animal proteins. A recent study examined whether a primarily plant-based high protein diet could really be the secret to longevity. Read […]

Diet vs Gastric Bypass

Some studies have suggested that for people with type 2 diabetes, a form of bariatric surgery called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has beneficial metabolic effects, independent of weight loss. A new study looks at how the effects on diabetes of weight loss due to diet compare to weight loss from gastric bypass. Read more

Insomnia a Risk Factor for Type 2

Researchers say they have identified insomnia as a risk factor for increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). Their conclusion came as part of a study that identified 34 factors that could either increase or decrease the risk for type 2. Read more

Fat Deposits around Heart Linked to Sugar Consumption

Diets high in sugar content have been associated with numerous diseases and health conditions besides diabetes and obesity, such as cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Researchers have now found that high sugar consumption is linked to higher fat volume around the heart, which leads to coronary heart disease, coronary artery […]