Lifestyle & Diet

Learning to Exercise Without Fear

Exercise is important for everyone’s health, but it’s especially vital for patients with diabetes. However, exercising with diabetes offers unique challenges for many patients. The impact and challenges of exercising with type 1 are particularly under-studied. This video examines two papers that go in-depth on the issue of exercise and diabetes, especially type one diabetes. […]

Kids with Type 1 at Higher Risk of Eating Disorders

Children and teenagers with type 1 diabetes are at risk of having disordered eating symptoms or full-blown eating disorders, according to new research. An analysis of six studies on disordered eating found that approximately 7% of adolescents with type 1 diabetes were diagnosed with EDs, compared to just 2.8% of the control group. Read more

Report Says Type 2 Diabetes “Reversible through Weight Loss”

A new report by British researchers says that there is consistent evidence that “total remission” of type 2 diabetes can often be achieved by losing about 33 pounds (15 kilograms). If this were better known by doctors and patients, the authors state, many patients could escape the burden of living with type 2 diabetes, and […]

Does Eating Meat and Poultry Increase Diabetes Risk?

A plant-based diet is sometimes considered healthier than a meat-based diet in preventing the risk of diabetes, but not all meats affect the risk equally. A new research study suggests higher intake of red meat and poultry is associated with significantly increased risk of developing diabetes, partially attributed to their higher content of heme iron […]

Is Sitting as Bad for You as Smoking?

Much evidence suggests that prolonged sitting is bad for your health. But is it really as bad for you as smoking cigarettes? And how can you reduce the amount of time you spend sitting, especially if you’re a patient with diabetes whose mobility may be limited? Dr. Sheri Colberg, an expert in exercising with diabetes, […]

Why Are Diabetes Rates High Among Farmers?

A new report looking at diabetes in the United States breaks down diabetes rates by occupation. Transportation workers had the highest rates, with lifestyle factors being the likely culprit. However, farmers came in second, even though their diet and exercise profiles did not seem to indicate particular risk. Some prior studies suggest pesticide use could […]

Exercise Reduces Prediabetes Insulin Resistance Risk for Kids

Exercise is known to offer health benefits and decrease metabolic risk in obese and overweight children. A new study looked at the relationship between exercise and avoiding metabolic outcomes, such as insulin resistance, in obese and sedentary children. It found that when these kids did aerobic exercise for 20 or 40 minutes daily, they had […]

What is DSMES?

DSMES stands for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support. It’s an important tool that can help prevent diabetes complications.  DSMES incorporates lifestyle changes designed to help people with prediabetes delay, or even prevent, progression to diabetes. Read more

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