Lifestyle & Diet

Less shrinkage: This is your aging brain on the Mediterranean diet

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New research shows that brain shrinkage is less pronounced in older folks whose diets hew closely to the traditional diet of Mediterranean peoples — including lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and olive oil, little red meat and poultry, and regular, moderate consumption of fish and red wine.

Diabetes Tech ‘Spectations for 2017

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We’ve been listening to earnings calls and talking with company execs, industry insiders and PR teams to get a sense of what else is on the horizon, compiled in the following report.

Exercise Often Raises Blood Glucose in Type 1 Diabetes

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Regular physical activity and exercise are recommended for the general population for overall improved health. However, exercise of moderate intensity increases the risk of hypoglycemia during and following exertion in those with type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). Accordingly, exercise guidelines for T1DM focus on prevention of exercise-induced hypoglycemia.

How to Prep for Air Travel with Type 1 Diabetes

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Before you fly somewhere, learn the rules for transporting medications and supplies. If travelling during high-alert times, be aware that regulations may become more stringent. Remember that insulin is a fluid, and syringes, insulin pumps, and CGMS are devices that may cause concern at the gate.

When To Worry About Ketones

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People with diabetes need to be concerned about ketones, though, because they can be a sign of a life-threatening condition. The presence of ketones makes the blood acidic and can result in an illness known as diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which occurs when blood sugar levels are very high. DKA can be caused by not getting […]

Joslin Diabetes – What’s Sleep Got To Do With It?

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Over the last couple of years it’s become clear that people who have poor-quality sleep or don’t get enough sleep are more resistant to insulin, says Robert A. Gabbay, M.D., Ph.D., Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President at Joslin Diabetes Center. “It’s very clear that sleep loss is a risk factor for the development […]

Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

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One of the fundamental ways scientists measure the well-being of a nation is tracking the rate at which its citizens die and how long they can be expected to live. So the news out of the federal government Thursday is disturbing: The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, […]

6 New Diabetes Products to Look for in 2017

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We’ve rounded up descriptions of some of the most exciting diabetes products expected to hit the market in 2017, followed by an approximate timeframe of when they’ll become available to the public. Sure, what we really want is a cure in 2017, but we’ll take improved quality of life, thanks to new devices and tech, […]

Medscape: Sitting Less Is Beneficial in Diabetes

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In patients with type 2 diabetes, a “Sit-Less” intervention that breaks up sedentary behavior with standing and light-intensity walking appears to be “more potent” than structured exercise at achieving glycemic control and improving insulin sensitivity, a new study indicates.

ADA: New Exercise Recommendation for Diabetes and Prediabetes

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The American Diabetes Association recently released a position statement with new evidence-based recommendations on physical activity and exercise for people with diabetes and prediabetes. A big point is the 3-for-30 recommendation: do three minutes of light physical activity – such as leg extensions or walking – for every half hour spent sitting still.

Insulin Nation – One Exercise Trick to Cut Your Insulin Needs in Half

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You know why they won’t tell you about that one exercise trick to cut your insulin needs in half? Because there isn’t one. If you’re reading this, then you most likely chose to take a look at a health article that sounded too good to be true before sharing it or reacting to it on […]

The Lowdown on High-Protein Diets

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High-protein diets may help you lose weight in the short term, but could have negative effects on your health down the road.

ADA releases new wide-ranging diabetes physical activity guidelines

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The new guidelines, published in Diabetes Care, include suggestions of moderate to intense physical activities, as well as light forms of exercise to cut daily sitting time.

Diabetes In Control – How To Drop Blood Sugars By 12%

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Researchers concluded that telling patients with type 2 diabetes to “Take a short walk right after meals” may be one of the best exercise prescriptions a clinician can give. Results from the randomized crossover study show that post-meal blood glucose levels dropped 12%, on average, when patients with type 2 diabetes walked for 10 minutes […]

How Your Body Temperature Can Affect Your Metabolism

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As humans, we need to generate body heat to keep all of the chemical processes that run our bodies functioning. “Maintaining proper body temperature is crucial,” says Yu Hua Tseng, Ph.D., Principal Investigator in the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at Joslin Diabetes Center.

CNN – How your mouth is linked to your migraines

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People who get migraines have a higher abundance of mouth bacteria that reduce compounds called nitrates into nitrites, which can be converted into nitric oxide, according to the study published Tuesday in the American Society for Microbiology’s open-access journal mSystems.

Exercise vs. diabetes: New level of detail uncovered

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According to the analysis, cycling or walking briskly for 150 minutes each week cuts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 26 percent. Those who exercise moderately or vigorously for an hour each day reduced their risk by 40 percent. At the other end of the scale, for those who did not […]

American Heart Association: No More Than Eight Ounces of Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Per Week

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In late August, the American Heart Association (AHA) released recommendations encouraging parents to limit their children’s daily added sugar intake. The recommendations aim to reduce children’s risk of developing obesity and elevated blood pressure, both of which are risk factors for heart disease later in life. It is great to see such a highly respected […]

Aerobic exercise has health benefits for type 1 diabetes patients on insulin pumps

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The results of the clinical study, carried out by American and Italian researchers, focused on middle-aged patients treated with insulin pump therapy. They showed a variety of health benefits for those who took part in aerobic exercise, including improved metabolic control, reduced insulin requirements and less hyperglycemic events.

NPR – Yes, It Is Possible To Get Your Flu Shot Too Soon

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A combination of factors makes it more difficult for the immune systems of people older than 65 to respond to the vaccination, she says, and the protective effect may also wear off faster than it does in young people.