Lifestyle & Diet

Technology Can Help Manage Depression

A high percentage of people with diabetes also suffer from depression. Cellphone apps can help to track symptoms of depression and help people with diabetes & depression and their caregivers manage the condition. Read more

Cinnamon May Slow Diabetes Progression

New research suggests supplemental cinnamon could improve fasting blood glucose and glucose tolerance among patients with prediabetes. Results of the 12-week study, which was conducted by an international team of investigators, indicate cinnamon could be a cost-effective approach to reducing progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Read more

Which Dietary Supplements are Effective for Diabetes?

In the United States, the dietary supplement industry is regulated very differently from pharmaceutical drugs. The FDA does not require evidence of efficacy and safety before a supplement can be sold in the marketplace. As a result, while thousands of dietary supplements are available for diabetes treatment, there is little evidence for their effectiveness. Now […]

How BMI in Childhood vs Adulthood Affects Diabetes Risk

High body mass index (BMI) in early life has been thought to increase the risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes as an adult. It is challenging to study, as many people who have larger body sizes are also larger in adulthood; it is unclear whether adulthood lifestyle changes can lessen the risks from childhood […]

“Metabolic Memory” of Poor Glucose Control Can Last a Lifetime

Researchers have found a strong association between early episodes of poor blood sugar control, epigenetic changes (which affect the activity of particular genes without altering their DNA sequences), and diabetic complications years later, even if patients subsequently had better glycemic control. Read more

What to Eat, and When

A recent study looked at the effect of differences in macronutrient intake between dinner and breakfast on diabetes, cardiovascular health, and death from all causes. This study included adult patients with diabetes and found that when you consume fats and proteins matters. Read more

Restricting Carbs Can Lead to Diabetes Remission

A new study assessed the effectiveness of nutritional ketosis, achieved through carbohydrate restriction, in the reduction of hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes. Read more

Passive Stretching May Help Prevent Diabetes, Heart Disease

A new study has found passive stretching helps improve blood flow, making it easier for your arteries to dilate and decreasing their stiffness. These findings could have implications for diseases like diabetes and heart disease that involve impaired vascular systems. Read more

Exercising and Managing Insulin with Type 1

Balancing blood glucose levels during (and after) exercise with type 1 diabetes is key if you want to be successful at being physically active as an insulin user, and want to prevent hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia during exercise. Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some tips for managing insulin, food, and exercise. Read more

How Food Choices Impact Risk of Death

A large study of Taiwanese people with type 2 diabetes examined the relationship between the intake of macronutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and mortality. The researchers found dietary patterns affect men and women differently. Read on

Chrononutrition: Is Meal Timing as Important as What You Eat?

Some researchers are investigating the emerging field of chrononutrition, which is based on the timing of when a person eats. According to chrononutrition, coordinating food intake with the body’s daily rhythms will help with management of type 2 diabetes. Read more

Core Exercises For People with Diabetes

The core muscles — the muscles around your trunk and pelvis — are key to your balance and overall fitness. With a strong core, you’ll be better able to manage any physical activity, even if it’s just grocery shopping or a round of golf.  Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some key exercises for your […]

Whole Grains May Help Reduce Diabetes Risk

People at risk of diabetes are often told to lower their carbohydrate consumption, but a recent analysis of more than 200,000 people found that eating high-quality carbohydrates like whole grains was actually associated with a lower risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more

Does Increasing Dairy Consumption Reduce Type 2 Risk?

A large international study of almost 150,000 people found that a higher consumption of dairy products, especially whole fat varieties like whole milk, is associated with a lower risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Read more

High Intensity Interval Training Shows Health Benefits for Type 1

Previous studies have shown that high intensity interval training (HIIT) improves vascular function without causing hypoglycemia, which can often be associated with moderate-intensity exercise. These studies were performed under strict supervision; a recent study sought to examine whether the benefits of HIIT would be seen in people with type 1 exercising at home. Read more

What Helps and Hurts Diabetes Management

Many factors, including mental health issues, cultural factors, and social support or lack thereof, can impact whether or not a person can successful manage their diabetes. But the financial factor has the biggest impact of all. Read more

Brush Your Teeth to Reduce Diabetes Risk

Tooth brushing as well as good overall oral hygiene can reduce inflammatory reactions due to periodontal disease. This can help reduce diabetes risk as systemic inflammation contributes to developing the disease. Read more

Core Exercises You Can Do at Home

Just in time for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing and closures of gyms and fitness centers in many areas, diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some important core exercises you can do at home to keep yourself strong and healthy, with an illustrated PDF you can print out. Read more

More Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise

Diabetes exercise expert Sheri R. Colberg provides her full list of 10 ways to get motivated to exercise on those days where you can’t seem to get moving.  Read more

Many People with Type 2 Would Benefit from Better Sleep

Sleep abnormalities and disorders are not uncommon in type 2 diabetes patients, and can have negative effects on their condition, including contributing to poor glucose levels. Read more