Lifestyle & Diet

Vitamin D Supplementation Can Help Prevent Diabetes

Low levels of vitamin D are often found in patients with prediabetes and diabetes. Vitamin D supplementation can potentially lower blood glucose levels and insulin resistance, and can be beneficial in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Read more

For Seniors, Inactivity Can Rapidly Lead to Type 2

A study that involved seniors reducing their normal activity levels for just two weeks led to elevated blood sugar levels and sped the onset of type 2 diabetes. Some patients did not fully recover even after resuming normal activity. The study highlights the importance of exercise for older people. Read more

US Lifestyles Lead Asian Indians to Develop Diabetes

A new study found that Asian Indians had an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes after living in the United States for more than 20 years. The risk is linked to their adopting a sedentary American lifestyle and unhealthy diet habits, which lead to increases in blood glucose levels and poor cholesterol. Read more

Does the Keto Diet Increase Risk for Type 2 Diabetes?

The ketogenic diet, which is high in fat and low in carbohydrates, is very popular. But new research has raised the possibility that this type of diet may be linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. The study was done in mice, so more research is needed, but experts say the research suggests […]

Avoiding Weight Gain from Insulin

I’s not unusual to gain weight from using insulin and from treating bouts of low blood sugar. A diabetes exercise expert shares her tips on how to avoid weight gain from insulin use and from treating diabetic lows. Read more

Weight Loss Can “Fix” Type 2 Diabetes — But Why?

A recent study found that nearly half of the participants with type 2 diabetes who followed a weight loss program went into remission by study’s end. Now, the researchers think they may know why: the weight loss caused improvement in the functioning of pancreatic beta cells that produce, store, and release insulin. Read more

Benefits of Diabetes Summer Camps

Why is it good for kids with diabetes to attend a special summer camp? A student pharmacist shares her experiences working at a camp and watching kids with type 1 learn from each other and develop new skills for managing their condition, while still having fun and enjoying camp life. Read more

How Alcohol Affects Diabetes

Moderate drinking can be part of your lifestyle with diabetes, but making sure it doesn’t derail your diabetes management is essential. Drinking alcohol impairs judgment and can make you less likely to stick to a balanced diet, medication, and disease monitoring.  And when people with diabetes drink heavily, they are less likely to consistently check […]

Using CGMs During Exercise

Exercising with diabetes can be a challenge, and using some of the latest technologies can help you manage blood glucose and maximize exercise benefits. Blood glucose meters give immediate feedback on starting levels and single point-in-time exercise responses, while CGM devices offer the opportunity for better decision making in real-time and retrospectively, based on glucose […]

Could Working Long Hours Increase Diabetes Risk for Women?

New research suggests that women who work at their jobs for 45 or more hours a week have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than women who work 35 to 40 hours each week. It’s not clear why working longer hours may increase diabetes risk in women, but the researchers suspect that doing more […]

Can Eating Walnuts Reduce Diabetes Risk?

A new study says that people who eat 1.5 tablespoons of walnuts per day have about half the diabetes risk of people who don’t eat walnuts. Eating about 3 tablespoons a day (about the recommended serving size for walnuts) reduced the risk to 47%. The researchers argue that this and the other health benefits documented […]

How Can Doctors Better Help Their Patients Manage Weight?

Dr. Scott Kahan, an expert in obesity and diabetes, discusses why our culture of blame surrounding obesity is harmful both physically and mentally, and how health care professionals can use compassionate dialogue to better help patients with diabetes manage their weight. Read more

Can Intermittent Fasting Prevent Diabetes?

Intermittent fasting – eating only within an eight-hour window every day, and fasting for the remaining sixteen hours — showed to improve insulin sensitivity and pancreatic response to blood glucose and to enhance weight loss in a recent study. Read more

Poor Sleep Can Lead to Poor Eating, Diabetes?

New research suggests that sleep deprivation can trigger unhealthy eating via late night snacking, and that this behavior can lead to increased risk of obesity and diabetes. Read more

Low Carb Diets for Athletes with Diabetes

With low carbs very much in the news, diabetes educator and exercise expert Sheri Colberg looks at low carb diets for athletes with type 1 diabetes. How low should an athlete with diabetes go? Read more

Very Low Carb Diets Provide Better Diabetes Control

Many diabetes experts have been fans of low carb diets for a while now. New research adds support to the idea, showing that patients with type 1 who followed a very low carb diet achieved better glucose control. Read more

The Link Between Food Insecurity and Type 2 Risk

A new health study conducted in Canada found that people who cannot afford to eat regularly or to eat a healthy diet have a two-times greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Household food insecurity, which is defined as having uncertain or inadequate food access due to financial limitations. A possible factor in the link […]

When Weight Loss Isn’t a Good Sign

Weight loss is usually a beneficial thing for people with diabetes. However, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that weight loss is sometimes a sign of a problem — and one problem that can cause unexpected weight loss is high glucose levels. A diabetes educator shares why it’s so important to look […]

Why Exercise Does You So Much Good

Being physically active is good for everyone, but it’s even better for people with diabetes. Exercise may “cancel out” some of your blood glucose mistakes; it acts like an extra dose of insulin by getting the glucose out of your blood and into your muscles. Regular activity can also make your muscles more sensitive to any […]

Diabetes Self-Care Courses May Have High Price Tags

Many people with diabetes are encouraged to undergo self-care education. These courses can teach patients about blood sugar control and how to manage their diet and exercise, and can be extremely helpful. But they are also a revenue source for hospitals, and many patients are shocked to find out how expensive the courses are. Read […]