Lifestyle & Diet

Circadian Clocks Disrupted by Glucose, Obesity

The circadian clocks inside the body’s cells that help regulate timing of many body functions and control cardiovascular disease risks within a 24-hour day appear to be affected by high glucose in obesity. “We know that high glucose impairs circadian clock functions, but now we want to know [if] by fixing the clock can we […]

Is There a “Best” Time of Day to Exercise?

When you have diabetes, whether there is a “best” time of day to exercise can depend on many things — whether you’re trying to lose weight or manage glucose; whether or not you take insulin; what kind of physical activity you’re doing, and many more. Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg gives her insight into […]

Reversing Metabolic Syndrome and Preventing Type 2

Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a set of interconnected biochemical, clinical, and metabolic factors that increase risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Characteristics of MetS include high blood pressure, high blood glucose, and excess body fat around the waist. Carbohydrate intake stimulates insulin secretion, which in turn stimulates fat storage, is linked to MetS. […]

Type 1 Cannabis Users at Greater Risk for Ketoacidosis

Adults with type 1 diabetes who use cannabis products are more than twice as likely to develop diabetic ketoacidosis as non-cannabis users with type 1, according to a recent study. The researchers say increased appetite due to cannabis use may be a factor, along with impaired ability to manage diabetes. Read more

Mediterranean Diet and Pregnancy

Currently there is no clear consensus on dietary recommendations for pregnant women with high metabolic risks for gestational diabetes and other complications. New research puts the Mediterranean style diet to the test to evaluate the effectiveness of the diet in pregnant women. Read more

Sugar Substitutes and Type 2

Many people who drink lots of sugary beverages typically switch to diet sodas when diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, because they have no sugar and are supposed to be “healthier.” However, new evidence is showing that diet soda may actually contribute to a person’s diabetes. Read more

Regaining Weight Diminishes Cardio Benefit

Studies have shown that the more weight a person with diabetes loses, the more their cardiovascular risk diminishes. Researchers set out to find what happens if a person later regains some or all of the weight. They found that maintaining weight loss is just as important as losing weight in the first place in order […]

Medical Nutrition Therapy for Diabetes and Prediabetes

A new report looked at the effects of diabetes-focused medical nutrition therapy as part of an overall management plan, with the goal of improving diabetes and prediabetes outcomes in adults. While a previous report on this topic focused on nutrition therapy for only adults with diabetes, the recent report’s goal is to expand the population […]

Type 2 Remission through Moderate Weight Loss

Losing as little as 10% of body weight within the first few years following a type 2 diabetes diagnosis can actually send the condition into remission — that is, a decrease or even disappearance of symptoms, allowing people to cease taking medication — according to a new study. Read more

How to Stay Hydrated without Overhydrating while Exercising

It’s harder to stay hydrated when exercising in the heat, but you can dehydrate under other conditions—even during exercise in cold temperatures if you wear lots of clothing and sweat underneath it. Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares types for hydrating safely. Read more

Study Looks at Lifestyle Changes for Diabetes Remission

A recent study compared intensive exercise-based lifestyle interventions versus standard therapy to see which, if either, performed better in achieving sustained diabetes remission. Read more

Intermittent Fasting for Diabetes, Obesity

Many health benefits have been associated with intermittent fasting — a restricted eating plan in which you fast for a portion of every day, or for certain days per week — including weight loss, reductions in blood sugar and insulin levels, and body fat loss, so researchers are examining whether intermittent fasting may help to […]

What’s the Evidence for the Keto Diet and Diabetes?

Low carb diets have long been embraced by many with diabetes. The ketogenic or keto diet, which emphasizes eliminating nearly all carbohydrates, consuming moderate amounts of protein and high levels of fat, is growing in popularity. However, some in the medical community are concerned about whether the benefits outweigh the risks. Read more

NHS Will Offer Wearables to Many Brits at Risk of Type 2

Britain’s National Health Service plans to offer thousands of people at risk of developing type 2 diabetes wearable tech to help monitor their exercise level. As many as 8,000 people may be given the devices, and will also have access to apps that allow them to access health coaches, support groups and educational materials, and […]

Is Morning Exercise Safer with Type 1?

Working out first thing in the morning might be a safer option for people with type 1 diabetes who want to avoid blood glucose lows, according to a researcher who compared blood glucose responses in people with diabetes who lifted weights in the morning or in the afternoon. Read more

How Hormones Can Affect Your Exercise

The human body has only insulin to lower blood glucose, but it has five hormones that raise it. From a survival standpoint, your body is desperate to make sure you do not run out of blood glucose; it is not as concerned about you having too much. These hormones can have a major impact on […]

Low Carb Diet has Benefits for Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is characterized by a group of risk factors that increase your risk for major health problems and heart disease such as diabetes, stroke and heart failure. A recent study found that a low-carbohydrate diet can not only reduce patients’ risk factors for metabolic syndrome, but also reverse the disease in previously diagnosed patients. Read […]

Mediterranean Diet May Delay Diabetes

The PREDIMED trial divided 7,000 participants between three diet plans: Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, and a low-fat control diet. The trial found that both versions of the Mediterranean diet resulted in a significantly lower rate of cardiovascular disease, and delayed the need for diabetes […]

The Impact of Sleep on Blood Glucose

A recent study found that sleeping too much and sleeping too little were both associated with glycemic values out of normal range in patients with prediabetes and recently diagnosed, untreated patients with diabetes. Short sleep times and shift work patterns were also found to be associated with higher BMI values. Read more

Plant-Based Diets Could Lower Type 2 Risk

Eating a plant-based diet can help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers found. To be effective, the diet must rely on healthy plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, and minimize refined grains, starches and sugars. Read more