Lifestyle & Diet

PCOS and its Link to Diabetes

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a poorly-named and often poorly-understood disease. For one thing, it doesn’t involve ovarian cysts; for another, it’s strongly linked to type 2 diabetes — and that link may run in families, and include increased diabetes risks for men as well as women. Andrea Dunaif, System Chief of Endocrinology Diabetes and […]

Motivating Behavior Change in Young Women with PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition strongly linked with increased risk of type 2 diabetes. For this reason, it’s important for young women diagnosed with PCOS to adopt lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, diet and exercise changes, that can help reduce their diabetes risk. What’s the best way to motivate young women — […]

Diabetes May Be Factor in Life Expectancy Drop

Life expectancy in the U.S. declined last year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While many factors, including the “opioid epidemic” may have contributed to this, the increased rate of diabetes may be one of them, according to Dr. Jon Hallberg of the University of Minnesota, as diabetes remains one of the top […]

How Do Updated Federal Physical Activity Guidelines Apply to Diabetes?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  released new physical activity guidelines to update their previous, decade-old set, in November 2018. Given that there are already sets of activity guidelines, including one for type 2 from the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Diabetes Association, and a 2016 ADA position statement on […]

Effect of Fructose May Depend on Source

A new research review examined what role, if any, fructose plays in diabetes. Fructose occurs naturally in many fruits and vegetables and is also added to many products as a sweetener. The researchers found that soda sweetened with fructose may increase risk factors for diabetes more than naturally-occurring fructose consumed in fruits and fruit juices. […]

UK’s National Health Tries 800-Calorie Diet for Diabetes

The United Kingdom’s NHS (National Health Service) will attempt to reduce type 2 diabetes in the UK by prescribing a very low calorie diet to thousands of people with type 2. Under this pilot program, participants will be restricted to 800 calories a day, consuming only soups and shakes for three months. A trial of […]

Night Shifts, Unhealthy Habits Increase Type 2 Risk in Women

The combination of working night shifts and having an unhealthy lifestyle add up to increase the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes in women more than either alone, according to a new study. According to the researchers, every 5 years of rotating night shift work increased the risk of type 2 diabetes by around 30%. […]

Intermittent Fasting — A Possible Breakthrough for Diabetes?

There have been a number of small studies and research looking into whether or not intermittent fasting can impact the lives of those with type 2 diabetes and possibly prevent diabetes for those with prediabetes; the results of a recent small study are promising. Read more

Make an Exercise Backup Plan

Exercise is so important when you have diabetes, but many factors can interfere with your planned exercise routines. It’s a big help to always have a “Plan B” that accounts for issues like weather and access to exercise facilities. A diabetes educator can help you make a backup plan that can work for you.  Read […]

Smoking and DIabetes Increase Heart Risk More for Women Than Men

While men are more likely to have heart attacks than women, women who smoke, have diabetes or high blood pressure increase their risk of heart attack more than men who smoke, have diabetes or high blood pressure, a new study found. The researchers say women should receive the same treatments as men for diabetes or […]

Fish Oil Supplements Don’t Improve Heart Health With Diabetes

Fish oil supplements (omega-3 fatty acids) are recommended by The American Heart Association to help prevent coronary heart disease and promote cardiovascular health. However, a new study has found that in patients with diabetes and no previous history of heart disease, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce the risk of heart disease any […]

Diabetes Brings Higher Risk of Suicide, Alcohol-Related Death

A new study looked at the relationship between diabetes and risk of death due to alcohol, suicide, and accidents, and found that people with diabetes were much likelier to die from these causes than people without the disease. The researchers suggest that depression and other mental health issues that may occur in people as a […]

Exercise Can Help Delay Progression of Type 1 Diabetes

After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, more than half of patients have a “honeymoon phase” during which the pancreas continues to make insulin in limited amounts. This phase may last for days, weeks, or even months, until all the insulin- producing beta cells are destroyed. Now a new study has shown that patients who […]

Semaglutide May Provide Significant Weight Loss

A new study has found that the GLP-1 diabetes drug semaglutide, combined with diet and exercise, can help obese patients lose significant amounts of weight. The GLP-1 class of drugs helps weight loss by suppressing appetite and delaying the movement of food into the small intestine. Semaglutide proved more effective than the older drug liraglutide […]

Common Blood Test May Help Detect Risk for Gestational Diabetes Early

The HbA1c test (also called the A1C test) is commonly used to diagnose type 2 diabetes. Researchers have found it could potentially also be used to identify signs of gestational diabetes in the first trimester of pregnancy. The test could be given as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy to help identify women at risk […]

Can Exercise Help Overcome Pollution?

Many studies have examined the association between type 2 diabetes and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) like those found in pesticides; there’s also evidence that air pollution plays a role in health conditions like type 2 diabetes. Can exercise, which has so many benefits, help people overcome the effects of pollution on the body? Read more

Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking Linked to Diabetes

Quitting smoking has many health benefits, but the weight many ex-smokers gain after quitting can increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The risk was highest in people who had recently quit smoking. The researchers recommend ex-smokers take care to eat a healthful diet and exercise regularly to help diminish […]

Eating Breakfast Before Exercising May Help Blood Sugar Control

There has been a lot of discussion on whether it’s better to exercise before or after eating. A new study says that eating breakfast before you exercise helps control blood sugar. Study participants who ate breakfast before they exercised had lower insulin levels at subsequent meals. Read more

Meal Replacements for Weight Loss

There are many types of meal replacements available, but are they really safe and effective for weight loss? Obesity medicine specialist Dr. Scott Isaacs offers insights into how meal replacements can be used, and why they are most effective when done with medical supervision, particularly for people who are on multiple medications for diabetes. Read […]

Poor Blood Sugar Control Raises Risk of Serious Infections

A new study of over 85,000 people with diabetes has found that those who have the poorest control of their blood sugar are three times more likely to be hospitalized due to serious infections. Their risk was higher with all types of infections, but especially for bacterial infections. Read more