Lifestyle & Diet

Eating Too Much Gluten in Pregnancy Associated with Child’s Type 1 Risk

A new study found that the more gluten a woman ate during her pregnancy, the higher her child’s risk of developing type 1 diabetes later on. However, researchers say that more studies are needed and this study is not sufficient to determine whether there is an actual cause and effect relationship between gluten and diabetes […]

Cross-Train for Better Fitness with Diabetes

Everyone’s talking about cross-training, but what’s the best way to add cross-training to your fitness regime when you have diabetes? A diabetes educator and exercise specialists shares her advice on why cross-training is an ideal way to improve fitness and help keep boredom out of your exercise routines. Read more

Why Obesity Is a Chronic Disease

Dr. George Bray, an expert in obesity and endocrinology, talks about why obesity is a chronic disease, what medical research is teaching us about the complex medical causes of obesity, and why we must move beyond treating it as an issue of personal responsibility and failure. Read more

Keto Diet Could Increase Type 2 Risk

The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet plan that causes the body to burn fat instead of carbohydrates through a process known as ketosis. Researchers say tests in mice indicate keto diets could lead to developing type 2 diabetes; the diets don’t allow the body to properly use insulin, so blood sugar isn’t properly […]

Blood Test Could ID Gestational Diabetes Earlier

A new blood test that can be conducted as early as the 10th week of pregnancy may help identify women who are at risk for gestational diabetes, say researchers. Gestational diabetes is a pregnancy-related condition that poses potentially serious health risks for mothers and babies. By detecting the risk early, doctors could help mothers make […]

Not Smoking, Managing Blood Glucose Dramatically Reduce Heart Risk for Diabetes Patients

New research has found that refraining from smoking cigarettes and maintaining good control of key risk factors — blood pressure, long-term blood glucose, lipid status (fats and fat-like substances in the blood), and renal function — could dramatically reduce cardiovascular risk for people with diabetes. The researchers found that smoking was the most important risk […]

The Case for Wider Diabetes Blood Testing

The A1c test is a common blood test used to diagnose diabetes. An A1c of 5.7 to 6.4% is considered prediabetes, and changes to lifestyle and diet can help prevent prediabetes from developing into the disease. Researchers suggest free A1c tests at all check-ups and at drugstores with an advertising campaign would help identify more […]

For Low Carb Diets, Plant-Based is Healthier, Research Says

Low carb diets are often recommended for people with diabetes, but an examination of carbohydrate intake including more than 432,000 people from over 20 countries suggests not only that a moderate-carb diet is best for most people, but  that not all low-carbohydrate diets are created equal. Replacing carbs with animal-based proteins and fats like meat […]

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