Lifestyle & Diet

Differences in sleep duration linked to type 2 diabetes, study reports

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People who have increased sleep duration face a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a University of Bristol study. Researchers examined data waves across more than 20 years, with sleep duration reported at the beginning and end of four cycles – each of which was five years long. The study took place […]

BattleDiabetes – Eating Food in Specific Order Could Benefit Blood Sugar for TII

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A study from Weill Cornell Medical College found that people with type 2 diabetes who are also obese could benefit from from eating protein and vegetables before consuming carbohydrates – both in terms of their blood sugar and insulin levels.

ASweetLife – The Danger of Treating Diabetes with Alternative Medicine

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“It was one of the most shocking moments in my life. I drove home crying, feeling desperate and deeply ashamed. How could a health conscious person like me, a yoga teacher, have an incurable disease?” – Rachel Zinman was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008. She’s been practicing yoga for over thirty years and writes the […]

Any added sugar is bad sugar, some experts contend

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Any source of excess sugar contributes to obesity and diabetes, and singling out high-fructose corn syrup might distract consumers from the real health hazards posed by any and all added sugars, many dietitians now say.

Quell Wearable Device – An Impressive Advancement for Treating Chronic Pain

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One of the highlights of this year’s ADA Exhibit Hall was NeuroMetrix’s Quell chronic pain management device. Quell is the over the counter version (no prescription needed) of a previous NeuroMetrix device called Sensus – it uses nerve stimulation to treat multiple types of chronic pain, including diabetic neuropathy and fibromyalgia.

Joslin Diabetes – 3 Ways to Avoid a Serious Diabetes Complication

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Although people with diabetes are more likely to be diagnosed with kidney disease, you can slow its progress significantly if you catch it early and get treated. Here are three ways you can lower your risk of developing kidney disease.

Wired – Glucose-Sensing Contacts and More Brilliant Diabetes Tech

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200 million people on this planet worry about the same invisible villain: their blood glucose. High, low, just right? For many of these diabetics, it’s a medical version of Goldilocks that entails four or more blood-test finger pricks a day and a jab in the thigh with a needle full of insulin at mealtimes.

Joslin Diabetes – Ordering Your Exercise to Avoid Hypoglycemia?

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People with type 1 diabetes have to be cautious when they exercise or do any kind of physical activity to avoid setting their blood glucose levels out of sorts.

Research Shows That Intermittent Fasting Could Lead to Abdominal Weight Gain

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Intermittent fasting – the practice of alternating periods of fasting with periods of “feasting” – has gained popularity in recent years among dieters.

CNN – ‘Natural’ and other food labels that sound legitimate but may not be

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For example, food and beverage companies can label their products “natural” without having to meet a clear definition by the FDA. In the absence of regulations, policy groups and consumer research often step in to tell us more about the safety and consistency of the latest wonder food (or label).

Can A Little Extra Weight Be Protective in Type 2 Diabetes?

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Research published by the American College of Physicians found that individuals with type 2 diabetes who were overweight, but not obese, had better survival rates from cardiovascular problems than people who were underweight or normal-weight.

Novel Exercise Approaches to Managing Activity-Induced Hypoglycemia

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Given that fear of hypoglycemia during exercise is a known barrier to exercise participation, particularly for insulin users with diabetes, it is worthwhile to discuss some novel approaches to using exercise itself to manage blood glucose levels during activities.

Mice Research Shows that Fish Oil May Help with Diabetic Neuropathy

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Researchers used a mouse model of diabetes to study the effect of fish oil. Diabetic mice were fed a high-fat diet and treated with daily injections of resolvin or given a high-fat diet in which half the fat came from fish oil. The results were compared to healthy, non-diabetic mice.

NPR – For Headaches, A Lifestyle Change May Be Better Than A Doctor Visit

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People who go to the doctor for headaches are increasingly likely to be sent for advanced testing and treatment, a study finds. That testing is expensive, it may not be necessary and it could even be harmful, says lead researcher Dr. John Mafi, of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

CNN – Trick your brain to avoid ‘portion distortion’

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t’s impossible to live your healthiest life without keeping your portion sizes in check. It just comes with the territory, like putting effort into your sweat sessions and making smart choices when browsing the supermarket aisles. “When people overeat, it leads to irregularity in blood sugar.

Prevent type 2 diabetes blood-sugar spikes by eating more protein for breakfast, experts say

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Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes have difficulty regulating their glucose — or blood sugar — levels, particularly after meals. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found that Type 2 diabetics can eat more protein at breakfast to help reduce glucose spikes at both breakfast and lunch.

DiabetesHealth – Drug And Food Interactions: More Common Than You Think

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Food and drug interactions are much more common than most people realize. Many people on prescription drugs probably already know it’s a bad idea to drink alcohol, which can interfere with many medications. But foods as seemingly innocuous as sausage and cheddar cheese can cause dangerous side effects for those taking certain types of antidepressants.

NPR – PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink’s Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

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If you like the idea of zero or low-calorie sodas, but you’re turned off by the artificial sweetener aspartame, you’re not alone. Sales of diet soda have fallen off significantly in the U.S. And when PepsiCo started asking consumers what they didn’t like, aspartame was at the top of the list.

Engadget – Diabetes app One Drop shares your blood sugar levels with strangers

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Living with diabetes means tracking your meals and insulin level. The new One Drop app for iOS (an Android version is planned) aims to not only make that monitoring easier, but also use the logged information to help the larger diabetic community.

WebMD – Study Tests Powdered Insulin to Prevent Diabetes

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Swallowing a daily dose of insulin is safe, and it may act like a vaccine to prevent type 1 diabetes, a small new study shows. If the results can be repeated in larger and longer trials, the approach may one day be used to help young children at high risk of the disease avoid getting […]