Lifestyle & Diet

Six Everyday Habits that Can Affect Diabetes Risk

Changing simple behaviors such as skipping breakfast, sitting for long periods of time, alcohol consumption, and sleep patterns, can have a tremendous effect on your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers say. Read more

Managing the Festive Season with Diabetes

For those who celebrate Christmas or other winter holidays, this time of year can make managing your own or a family member’s diabetes more difficult, with an array of tempting food and drink available. Here are some tips, advice, and recipes to help celebrate safely. Read more

Holiday Meal Planning

Holiday meals and traditions don’t have to disrupt your diabetes control, the American Diabetes Association says. By planning ahead and preparing, you can still enjoy celebrating at this time of year. Read more

How What You Eat and Drink Affects Your Exercise

How well you are able to perform physically during exercise is affected by your intake of macronutrients — carbohydrate, fat, and protein — says diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg. Your performance affected by calorie intake both during an activity and when you are recovering from it. Read more

Mediterranean Diet Can Reduce Diabetes Risk for Women

Women who are overweight who eat a Mediterranean style diet, rich in olive oil, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, may reduce their odds of developing type 2 diabetes by 30% compared to women who follow other eating patterns, researchers say. Read more

Lifestyle Changes for Children Who Aren’t Overweight Can Reduce Diabetes Rates

Researchers examined what effect changes in physical activity and diet would have on insulin resistance and blood glucose in children categorized as normal weight. The PANIC study found that the long-term effects of combined physical exercise and diet modification reduced future risk of developing diabetes. Read more

Eating Too Many Eggs Could Lead to Diabetes

Research conducted by the University of South Australia, the China Medical University, and Qatar University says that too much egg consumption can increase your risk of diabetes. The researchers used data from 1991 to 2009 to assess egg consumption in a large number of Chinese adults, and found that people who regularly consumed one or […]

Why Patients with Type 2 Need Early Treatment for Heart Risk

Researchers looked at 5 risk factors for heart disease: blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood glucose, and found that most people with type 2 did not have all 5 risk factors within target range, and even those who had the 5 factors under control still had higher risk for cardiovascular disease and heart failure. […]

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Diabetes in 2020

Today is the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States. For many people with diabetes, it can be a challenge to balance good diabetes management and a holiday that centers around abundant food. This is added to the stress this year of the global pandemic. With careful planning, it is still possible to enjoy your favorite […]

Combining a Fitbit Device with Diabetes Management App Yields Benefits

A study in Taiwan found the use of a diabetes management app called Health2Sync in combination with Fitbit wearable devices can help users control and better manage the symptoms of type 2 diabetes. Read more

Can Vitamin D Supplementation Fight COVID-19?

Some studies have suggested that low levels of vitamin D, a vitamin which is produced in the body in response to sunlight exposure, might increase the risk of catching coronavirus and then becoming seriously ill from it.However, other studies say vitamin D plays no role in the virus, so experts are divided. Read more

How Do Metformin and Exercise Affect Glucose?

People who have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes are usually urged to make lifestyle modifications, including diet, exercise, and weight control as the first form of treatment; metformin is typically the first drug prescribed when lifestyle interventions are insufficient. A recent study examined how the interface of physical activity and metformin affects post-meal glucose in […]

Skim Milk vs Whole Milk: What’s the Healthier Choice?

Researchers investigated whether the fat content of dairy products, such as skim milk vs. whole milk, can play a role in the development of metabolic syndrome (MetS). MetS is characterized by abnormalities such as high triglycerides, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, low high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, and abdominal obesity, and is often linked to development […]

Magnesium May Reduce Type 2, Stroke Risk

Adequate magnesium in the diet can reduce the risk of both type 2 diabetes and strokes, researchers say, so levels of magnesium should be periodically monitored in patients who are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease or type 2 diabetes. Read more

Is Protein Pumping Beneficial?

Protein pumping is a technique practiced by some athletes, but is it really necessary? Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg notes that during most exercise, protein contributes less than 5 percent of total energy. However, adequate dietary protein is important because it allows your muscles to be repaired after exercise and promotes synthesis of hormones, […]

New International Guidelines for Safe Exercise with Type 1

An international team of experts have laid out the world’s first standard guidance on how people with diabetes can use modern glucose monitoring devices to help them exercise safely. The guidance can be used by healthcare professionals around the world to help people with type 1 diabetes. Read more

A New Initiative to Improve Diabetes Management

The Diabetes INSIDE program is a new initiative that seeks to examine whether improving diabetes care can be as simple as ensuring patients receive regular HbA1c testing. The initiative was undertaken because many diabetes patients do not meet guideline goals despite medication and lifestyle changes. Read more

“Super Pea” May Help Control Blood Sugar Spikes

A type of wrinkled “super pea” could potentially help control blood sugar levels and thus reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to researchers from the Imperial College London, the John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute Bioscience and University of Glasgow, UK. The researchers suggest incorporating the peas into foods, whether as whole pea seeds […]

Green Tea, Coffee Could Lengthen Your Life

Daily consumption of both green tea and coffee is linked to a lower risk of dying in people with type 2 diabetes, according to research published in the online journal BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. The researchers found that drinking 4 or more cups of green tea, plus 2 or more cups of coffee, […]

Diabetes Followed by Weight Loss Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Weight loss is frequently recommended for people who are newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, but weight loss after new-onset diabetes may increase risk for pancreatic cancer, researchers say. The researchers suggest screening for pancreatic cancer in patients with diabetes and weight loss. Read more