Lifestyle & Diet

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.

BattleDiabetes – Type 2 Diabetes: New Treatment Can Extend Life by Eight Years

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This study, published in Diabetologia followed up on the 1993 Steno-2 study. In the Steno-2 a group of 160 people with type 2 diabetes were randomized and treated with either a conventional treatment plan or an intensified treatment plan. The initial study ended after eight years.

Medical Xpress – Can long naps cause diabetes?

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A study presented at a scientific congress Thursday reported a link between long naps and a higher risk of diabetes, though it couldn’t say if daytime sleeping was a symptom or a cause. People who slept more than an hour each day were 45 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a debilitating condition […]

NYT – Diabetes and Your Diet: The Low-Carb Debate

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A few years ago, Richard Kahn, the now-retired chief scientific and medical officer of the American Diabetes Association, was charged with organizing a committee to prescribe a diet plan for people with diabetes. He began by looking at the evidence for different diets, asking which, if any, best controlled diabetes.

Study Says “Healthy Eating” Means “Healthy Fats”

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The results were, to many, surprising: “Among different fats, the most consistent benefits were seen for increasing polyunsaturated fats, in place of either carbohydrates or saturated fat,” said Imamura. In fact, these results revealed that a diet rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can help improve blood sugar control.

Does Flossing Help Or Not? The Evidence Is Mixed At Best

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“In large epidemiological studies, the evidence for flossing turns out to be fairly weak,” says Tim Iafolla, a dentist with the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, which is part of the National Institutes of Health.

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 […]