Lifestyle & Diet

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

New Research on the Safety of Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar substitutes are relied on for sweetening food and drink by many people with diabetes, but previous studies have raised concerns about artificial sweeteners and their possible carcinogenic effects. A new study compares sugar sweetened beverages to artificially sweetened ones to assess whether artificial sweeteners really can increase risk of death. Read more

Prediabetes Progression is Not Inevitable

Only 13% of participants in a recent study of patients with elevated blood sugar readings at study start went on to develop diabetes. 64% remained in prediabetes or dropped to normal blood glucose levels without medication, through making lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Read more

Low Carb Diet May Reduce Type 2 Risk, Regardless of Weight Loss

Research from Ohio State University found that a low carb diet is helpful to people at a higher risk of developing diabetes, even if they don’t lose weight on the diet. The research looked at people with metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that can increase risk of developing issues like diabetes, heart disease […]

Strength Training Benefit for Diabetes

A new study from Brazil has found that strength training can reduce liver fat and improve blood sugar levels in people with obesity or diabetes. The liver is important in blood sugar management and the development of diabetes, as it produces, stores, and controls blood sugar levels. If the body produces too much fat, it […]

Remission of Type 2 Diabetes

The results of a major study show that intensive weight management strategies and drug therapy can achieve remission of type 2 diabetes. Patients who once suffered may be able to regain their previous quality of life and reduce their risk of secondary complications later down the line. Read more

High Intensity Exercise May Help Restore Heart Function in Type 2

Loss of heart function is one of the most serious conditions associated with type 2 diabetes. A small study found promising results for very high-intensity exercise in a group of type 2 patients. The participants engaged in exercise sessions that included 10 minutes of very high-intensity activity. After three months, the researchers found improved heart […]

Managing Hyperglycemia and Exercise

People with type 1 diabetes are susceptible to insulin deficiency and need to learn why and when to check for ketones, especially if using an insulin pump. People with type 2 diabetes can experience hyperglycemia from a combination of insulin resistance and inadequate insulin secretion. Diabetes and exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares guidance on […]

Can Time-Restricted Eating Help Avert Diabetes?

A new study looked at the benefits of time-restricted eating (for example, a time restricted diet can involve all meals being eaten within the hours of 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day). The study examined whether, without changing other dietary habits, time restricted eating during the day would help blood glucose levels stay under […]

Medications that can Affect Your Exercise

Many medications can potentially impact your ability to be physically active. Although most drugs do not affect exercise, several common nondiabetes medications do have potential effects on exercise, including statins, beta-blockers, diuretics, vasodilators, and blood thinners. Read more

Vegetarian Diet May Reduce Type 2 Risk

A study that followed healthy British adults for almost decades found that those who consumed little or no red meat were 11% to 36% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes vs. a large sample of red meat eaters, according to findings published in Nutrition & Diabetes. Read more

Does Mentally Fatiguing Work increase Women’s Diabetes Risk?

A new study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology found that women who find their jobs mentally tiring are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Mentally draining jobs like teaching increase risk, the researchers say, and employers and women should be more aware of the potential health risks associated with mentally tiring work. Read more

Probiotics and Insulin Resistance

Study results published in January 2019 examined the effect of probiotic supplements on insulin resistance in pregnant women with diet-controlled gestational diabetes mellitus, and showed potential benefit. Read more