Lifestyle & Diet

What to Eat, and When

A recent study looked at the effect of differences in macronutrient intake between dinner and breakfast on diabetes, cardiovascular health, and death from all causes. This study included adult patients with diabetes and found that when you consume fats and proteins matters. Read more

Restricting Carbs Can Lead to Diabetes Remission

A new study assessed the effectiveness of nutritional ketosis, achieved through carbohydrate restriction, in the reduction of hyperglycemia in patients with type 2 diabetes. Read more

Passive Stretching May Help Prevent Diabetes, Heart Disease

A new study has found passive stretching helps improve blood flow, making it easier for your arteries to dilate and decreasing their stiffness. These findings could have implications for diseases like diabetes and heart disease that involve impaired vascular systems. Read more

Exercising and Managing Insulin with Type 1

Balancing blood glucose levels during (and after) exercise with type 1 diabetes is key if you want to be successful at being physically active as an insulin user, and want to prevent hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia during exercise. Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some tips for managing insulin, food, and exercise. Read more

How Food Choices Impact Risk of Death

A large study of Taiwanese people with type 2 diabetes examined the relationship between the intake of macronutrients, such as carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, and mortality. The researchers found dietary patterns affect men and women differently. Read on

Chrononutrition: Is Meal Timing as Important as What You Eat?

Some researchers are investigating the emerging field of chrononutrition, which is based on the timing of when a person eats. According to chrononutrition, coordinating food intake with the body’s daily rhythms will help with management of type 2 diabetes. Read more

Core Exercises For People with Diabetes

The core muscles — the muscles around your trunk and pelvis — are key to your balance and overall fitness. With a strong core, you’ll be better able to manage any physical activity, even if it’s just grocery shopping or a round of golf.  Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some key exercises for your […]

Whole Grains May Help Reduce Diabetes Risk

People at risk of diabetes are often told to lower their carbohydrate consumption, but a recent analysis of more than 200,000 people found that eating high-quality carbohydrates like whole grains was actually associated with a lower risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more

Does Increasing Dairy Consumption Reduce Type 2 Risk?

A large international study of almost 150,000 people found that a higher consumption of dairy products, especially whole fat varieties like whole milk, is associated with a lower risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Read more

High Intensity Interval Training Shows Health Benefits for Type 1

Previous studies have shown that high intensity interval training (HIIT) improves vascular function without causing hypoglycemia, which can often be associated with moderate-intensity exercise. These studies were performed under strict supervision; a recent study sought to examine whether the benefits of HIIT would be seen in people with type 1 exercising at home. Read more

What Helps and Hurts Diabetes Management

Many factors, including mental health issues, cultural factors, and social support or lack thereof, can impact whether or not a person can successful manage their diabetes. But the financial factor has the biggest impact of all. Read more

Brush Your Teeth to Reduce Diabetes Risk

Tooth brushing as well as good overall oral hygiene can reduce inflammatory reactions due to periodontal disease. This can help reduce diabetes risk as systemic inflammation contributes to developing the disease. Read more

Core Exercises You Can Do at Home

Just in time for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing and closures of gyms and fitness centers in many areas, diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares some important core exercises you can do at home to keep yourself strong and healthy, with an illustrated PDF you can print out. Read more

More Ways to Get Motivated to Exercise

Diabetes exercise expert Sheri R. Colberg provides her full list of 10 ways to get motivated to exercise on those days where you can’t seem to get moving.  Read more

Many People with Type 2 Would Benefit from Better Sleep

Sleep abnormalities and disorders are not uncommon in type 2 diabetes patients, and can have negative effects on their condition, including contributing to poor glucose levels. Read more

Simple Steps Can Help Your Heart Health with Type 2

In 2010, the American Heart Association (AHA) published “Life’s Simple 7”: seven risk factors that people can improve through lifestyle changes to help their heart health. The Simple 7 included topics like quitting smoking, physical activity, ideal body weight, intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and blood pressure. Read more

Weight Loss Can Restore Beta-Cell Function in Type 2

Losing enough weight to enter diabetes remission can also restore normal beta-cell capacity in adults with type 2, according to research published in Diabetes Care. This is hopeful news, as it had previously been thought that beta cell function was irreversibly lost in developing type 2 diabetes. Read more

Passive Smoking Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Exposure to passive smoking (secondhand smoke) over a prolonged period can lead to the development of type 2 diabetes, and toxic chemicals involved in cigarettes gravely interfere with glucose metabolism, researchers found. Read more

Small Beverage Changes Can Make a Big Difference

This study examined results from the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), NHS II, and the Health Professionals’ Follow-up Study (HPFS) that included a look at the participants’ diet every four years, to assess the relationship of beverage choices and diabetes, and found that replacing sweet drinks like soda or juice with coffee, tea or water had […]

Researchers See Paradox in Diabetes Management

Overtreatment and undertreatment can both pose serious problems for people with diabetes. It’s a fine line between enough treatment to prevent the complications caused by high blood sugars, and too much treatment, which can cause blood sugar levels to fall dangerously low (hypoglycemia). Individualized treatment could help avoid these issues. Read more