Lifestyle & Diet

Not Getting Enough Sleep Increases Diabetes Risk for Kids

Children who don’t get enough sleep are at greater risk of developing type 2, according to new research. That’s because obesity and elevated blood sugar are risk factors for type 2, and each additional hour of sleep children get at night is associated with a lower body weight, more lean muscle mass and less accumulation […]

Health Benefits of Coffee

A new study which looked at coffee consumption across multiple ethnic groups over 16 years may have delivered the definitive conclusion about whether coffee should be part of a healthy diet. The study found coffee consumption lowers the rate of death, especially for people with diseases of the digestive tract and circulatory diseases, and its […]

Do Diet Drinks and Diet Foods Actually Cause Weight Gain & Diabetes?

Researchers at Yale University say that diet drinks or foods may promote weight gain and trigger diabetes. The brain misreads the number of calories present in the diet food and beverages and reduces metabolism. According to the study, this is due is a ‘mismatch’ between food sweetness and calories. Read more

Diabetes Increases in the Young

Diabetes is increasing in young people aged 18-34, and this age group is also showing the greatest growth in obesity rates, according to a new national study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Diabetes is more prevalent in the Southeast and Central South United States. Read more

Does Moderate Drinking Help Prevent Diabetes?

There’s a lot of information around on the possible benefits of moderate drinking. Now, a new study from Denmark suggests that moderate drinking 3-4 days a week may be linked to a lower risk of developing diabetes. According to the researchers, how often people drink is just as important as how much. Read more

Ramadan Fasting with Type 2 Diabetes

Studies have found that Muslims with type 2 diabetes who observe fasting for Ramadan can experience problems with their blood sugar control. The fast is observed from sunrise to sunset for 30 days during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. While patients with type 2 are exempt from fasting during Ramadan, many individuals still choose […]

Why Rural Areas Have Higher Risk of Diabetes

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there is a “diabetes belt” in the U.S., ranging across 644 counties in 15 states, in largely rural areas of the Southeast and Midwest, including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. People in this “belt” are more likely to develop diabetes than those in the rest of the U.S. […]

Racing to Beat Diabetes

When gifted Irish cyclist Stephen Clancy was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, he thought it might mean the end of his racing career. In the hospital, a diabetes consultant told him extreme levels of exercise could complicate his diabetes management and make it more difficult to control the condition. But then he found Team Novo […]

Binge Drinking Affects Women’s Blood Glucose Levels

High alcohol consumption and binge drinking starting in the teens is associated with raising women’s blood glucose levels, putting them at greater risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Men are not similarly affected. Read more

A World-Class Cyclist With Type 1

Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 15 didn’t stop Romain Gioux from pursuing his dream. Now he competes professionally as part of Team Novo Nordisk, a group of elite athletes who haven’t let their diabetes diagnoses slow them down.

Should You Check with Your Doctor Before a New Exercise Program?

Most exercise programs run a disclaimer: check with your HCP before starting this program! But do you really need to? That depends on your overall health and the type of exercise program. For walking or other simple exercises, the American Diabetes Association doesn’t recommend you need to wait to talk to your doctor before starting. […]

Riding a Bike to Work Can Help Keep You Healthy

A new study found that commuting by bike is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer risk, diabetes, and premature death. In a five-year study, cyclists saw risk for heart disease, cancer, and early death cut by almost half. Read more

How a New Type of Rice Could Help Reduce Diabetes

Diabetes is a growing problem in China, and its staple grain, rice, is a major factor, as it affects blood sugar in much the same way as white bread. Scientists are seeking a way to reduce the growth of diabetes in the world’s most populous country through developing new strains of rice that are healthier, […]

New Program Seeks to Empower Self-Management

Diabetes is widespread in the U.S. More than  eight million Americans have the disease, and treatment costs each year exceed $320 billion. A new program in San Diego using innovative strategies to improve health and reduce the cost of diabetes by encouraging better self-management of the disease. Read more

How to Make Healthy Fast Food Choices

Eating out can take some careful planning when you have diabetes, especially when eating at fast food places where healthy choices can be hard to find. It is possible to occasionally incorporate fast food items into your diet, with a little extra attention. Read more

Healthy Eating — By Prescription?

A new “Fresh Food Canadian Pharmacy” program at a hospital in central Pennsylvania is aimed at getting patients with type 2 diabetes to change their diets and lose weight. Participants in the pilot program receive a free selection of healthy foods every week and meet with a registered dietitian. Read more

How to Get Started with Resistance Training when Your Mobility is Limited

Resistance, or weight, training can be very helpful in managing blood glucose, and is good for you in many other ways. If you’re older or have limited mobility for other reasons, it can be difficult to start a resistance training program, but it’s very important as it will help prevent loss of muscle mass and […]

Eating Fruit May Help You Avoid Diabetes or Its Complications

A new study suggests that eating fresh fruit may help reduce diabetes risk for those who don’t have the disease. Those who already have diabetes may have a lower risk for complications such as heart and kidney disease. The study was conducted for 7 years on half a million Chinese adults. Read more

Obesity Top Cause of Preventable Life-Years Lost

A new study says obesity resulted in up to 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco or high blood pressure. The study looked at how behavioral risk factors contribute to causes of death among Americans. Obesity and diabetes caused the highest number of preventable life-years lost, followed by tobacco use, high blood pressure and high […]

Can Intestinal Bacteria Protect Against Type 2?

A new study from researchers in Finland suggests that a high concentration of indolepropionic acid in the serum protects against type 2 diabetes. Indolepropionic acid is produced by intestinal bacteria, and a diet rich in fiber can help boost its production. According to the researchers, the discovery provides additional insight into the role of intestinal […]