Lifestyle & Diet

Successful Food Logging for Diabetes Management

Keeping a food log can be a challenge, but can be extremely helpful both for losing weight and for weight maintenance. A diabetes educator shares her approach to successful food logging for her patients: keep it simple, make sure it’s a type of logging the patient can stick with, and take the patient’s individual needs […]

Does Arsenic Play a Role in Development of Diabetes?

Much recent research has shown that environmental pollutants can play a role in the development of diabetes. Researchers are now looking at one of these pollutants, arsenic, to see exactly what its effects are. Arsenic contaminates the drinking water sources used by more than 100 million people around the world, and more water sources are […]

Work Your Core! Exercises for Better Health

Complications from diabetes like peripheral neuropathy, vision issues, and heart problems don’t have to prevent you from doing safe and healthy exercise. You can still have a beneficial workout without the risks by exercising your core . You may not be able to get outside for a brisk walk or run, but that doesn’t mean […]

Vegetarian/Vegan Diet Can Slow Diabetes Progression

A new analysis shows that a diet rich in fruit and vegetables and low in fats can help improve glycemic control and slow the progression of diabetes. The study followed participants for eight years and found that these dietary and lifestyle changes, along with adherence to oral medications,  could enable patients to avoid needing to […]

The Benefits of “SPA” Time

Spontaneous physical activity — “SPA time” — refers to incorporating small amounts of physical activity wherever possible throughout your day.  Taking a dozen extra steps here and there can add up to a lot of calories burned over the course of the day, week, and year. SPA can happen when you get a few more […]

Have the Risks of Sweeteners been Overhyped?

A recent study concluded that artificially sweetened soft drink consumption was associated with a higher risk of stroke and dementia. The preliminary research did find a link between daily intake and increased risk, but the chain of evidence is not as strong as has been widely reported. When all health and lifestyle factors that could […]

New Year, New Meds?

Some diabetes educators find that the holiday and new year seasons are a time when patients want a fresh start — perhaps with a change of medication. A certified diabetes educator (CDE) talks about her experience working with patients around this time of year, and why it’s so important not to make changes to your […]

Diabetes Strong Website Offers Health and Fitness Info

Diabetes Strong, a new health and fitness website for people living with diabetes, offers information and advice on everything from exercise and nutrition to the latest diabetes products and tech. It’s run by Christel Oerum, a fitness professional with type 1 diabetes. The mission and design of the website is centered around the founders’ belief […]

New Nutrition Facts Label Boon for Diabetes Patients

The new Nutrition Facts label was finalized by the U.S Food and Drug Administration in 2017. It will make it easier for you to identify and compare products with added sugar and help you to make healthier food choices. Most food manufacturers have until 2019 to change their labels, but many have already done so. The […]

Cow’s Milk Likely Not to Blame in Type 1

There’s been speculation that the consumption of cow’s milk proteins in infant formula may play a role in the increasing rates of type 1 diabetes in children. However, a new study suggests that’s not the case. An earlier, very small study had suggested that whole proteins from cow’s milk could trigger the immune reaction that […]

Why Winter Can Affect Your Blood Glucose Readings

Keeping your blood sugar under control when you have type 2 diabetes isn’t just about watching what you eat. If your are less active when it’s cold and snowy, that lack of activity can affect your blood glucose, even if your diet hasn’t changed. Taking small steps to boost your activity in winter can have […]

To Reduce Number of Black Diabetes Patients, Reduce Poverty, Obesity

Black adults in the U.S. are more likely to develop diabetes than white adults, and new research suggests that major factors in their increased risk are obesity and poverty. The researchers looked at over 4,000 men and women, both black and white, who were 18-30 years old and free of diabetes when the study started, […]

Winter Warning: Diabetes & Prediabetes Increase Frostbite Risk

People with diabetes or prediabetes can be at much greater risk of frostbite during the cold winter months, due to complications like neuropathy and poor circulation.The risk was dramatically illustrated a few years ago by the experience of British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, who had to pull out of a grueling expedition to cross Antarctica […]

Obesity in Pregnancy Increases Type 1 Risk for Kids

A new study has found that mothers with obesity are more likely to have children who develop type 1 diabetes. While the risk is highest in children whose mothers also had diabetes themselves, maternal obesity alone increased the risk to children. Children of obese mothers also tended to be diagnosed with type 1 at earlier […]

The Complex Relationship of Menopause and Diabetes

The links between menopause and diabetes aren’t fully understood, but there are some definite ways in which they can interact. It’s possible that the hormonal shifts of menopause may increase the risk of developing type 2. For women who already have diabetes, blood sugar highs and lows can be related to fluctuations in estrogen and […]

Loneliness Linked to Diabetes

A new study found that socially isolated people were more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than people with larger social networks. The risk is highest for men living alone. The researchers suggest that people at risk of type 2 should take steps to increase their social networks, such as joining clubs or […]

Tips for Dealing with Diabetic Foot Issues When Traveling

People with diabetes need to pay special attention to their feet. This is especially true when traveling, when as a tourist you may be walking long distances over unfamiliar terrain. A diabetes education shares her personal experience with dealing with cobblestone streets and new shoes while on vacation, and offers tips on how to respond […]

Why Kidney Disease Can Lead to Diabetes

It’s been well established that people with diabetes are at greater risk of developing kidney disease. Now, new research suggests the reverse is also true, and that people who already have kidney dysfunction have a higher risk of developing diabetes.  The researchers say that the likely cause is urea — a compound in human urine […]

Treating Vitamin D Deficiency in Kids with Type 1 Helps Glucose Control

Vitamin D deficiency is common in children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes. Researchers have found that supplementation with cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) to bring Vitamin D to normal levels in children who were deficient also benefited their blood glucose control. The children with the highest blood glucose levels before the supplementation showed the greatest improvement. Read […]

Changing Prices of Seven Foods Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

Adjusting the prices of seven foods through taxes and subsidies could save thousands of lives in the U.S. every year, according to a new study, by reducing deaths caused by stroke, diabetes, and heart disease.  The researchers used a risk assessment model to estimate the potential effects of making healthy foods — fruits, vegetables, whole […]