Lifestyle & Diet

Enjoying Your Favorite Comfort Foods while Battling Diabetes

Enjoying Your Favorite Comfort Foods while Battling Diabetes Over 100 million American adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes these days, and one of the biggest culprits is the amount of sugar we consume. Sugar is one of the most frequently added ingredients to a plethora of products, and is sometimes ‘hidden’ in foods like […]

Food Insecurity, Poverty Linked to Worse A1C Management

Diabetes is harder to manage when the patient also has to deal with food insecurity, which is often related to poverty, a recent study concluded. Individuals in this study using free clinics –also often related to poverty– were found to have higher A1C levels than those using fee-for-service clinics. The researchers urge addressing the issue […]

Could Green Tea Raise Diabetes Risk?

A new study among Chinese people who drink green tea suggests that drinking green tea does put an individual at risk of type 2 diabetes. Caffeine were also linked with the risk of type 2 diabetes. Possible reasons for the association include pesticide residues being in the green tea leaves, poor lifestyles of green tea […]

Omega 3s Offer Little Benefit for Heart Health in Diabetes

The results of a new study suggest that supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids has little effect on the risk of major cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes. These results are consistent with other studies that focused on general populations rather than specifically on patients with diabetes. The researchers say that omega 3 fatty acid […]

Exercise Strategies for Pump Users

Insulin pumps give you the opportunity to reduce basal insulin levels and/or bolus doses in desired amounts and for different durations. This means that pump use may reduce your exercise-induced hypoglycemia risk compared to multiple daily injections. Based on the purpose and timing of your insulin dosing, some strategies using pump features may be helpful. […]

Guidelines for Heart Health Can Also Reduce Type 2 Risk

Following the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) “simple 7” guidelines for maintaining heart health can also dramatically reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7” risk factors are “smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.” New research says keeping at least 4 of these factors at an […]

Diet Soda Linked to Diabetic Blindness?

A new study suggests that drinking more than 1.5 liters (4 cans) of diet soda per week may raise the risk for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a severe type of diabetic eye disease that can lead to blindness. The study did not find the same risks for those who drank regular, sugar-sweetened soft drinks. Read more

Parents Who Skip Breakfast May Increase Kids’ Obesity Risk

A recent study found that children who often skip breakfast are more likely to have excess weight or  obesity than kids who eat breakfast — and the children studied were found to be more likely to skip breakfast if one or both of their parents regularly skip breakfast as well. While whether skipping breakfast actually […]

Diet & Exercise May have Little Effect on Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes are seven times more likely to later develop Type 2 diabetes, and their children have a greater lifetime risk of weight problems, obesity, and type 2 diabetes themselves. Women are often advised that diet, exercise, and weight control can help reduce their risk of gestational diabetes, but new research […]

Can Skipping Breakfast Increase Diabetes Risk?

Skipping breakfast might increase your type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new review of six different studies. The researchers looked at the data from the studies, which involved over 96,000 people, 5,000 of whom had already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They found that skipping breakfast for one day of the week was […]

Most US Adults Not Metabolically Healthy

A recent study that examined the proportion of American adults with optimal cardiometabolic health according to different guidelines. Researchers found that women, youth, those with more education, who never smoked, practiced vigorous physical activity, and had low body mass index were more likely to be metabolically healthy. Metabolic health was seen in fewer than one-third […]

Holiday Leftovers Can Be a Health Hazard

Once a holiday is over, all those tempting leftovers lying around the house can be very hard to resist. How can you keep your eating habits on track around the holidays and deal with the leftover temptations? A diabetes educator gives her advice. Read more

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