Lifestyle & Diet

Count Protein, Fat as well as Carbs in Insulin Calculations

People with type 1 diabetes are usually advised only to count the carbohydrate content of their meal when calculating pre-meal insulin dose. While this improves glycemic management, there is growing evidence that protein and fat should also be considered in calculating pre-meal insulin doses. Read more

Is There an Ideal Exercise Blood Glucose?

There is no official ideal blood glucose range to start with and maintain during exercise, but we know that being too low or too high negatively impacts performance. What blood glucose target or range most athletes aim for depends on a number of factors, including the type, intensity, and duration of their activity. A reasonable […]

Glooko Mobile Diabetes App Now Free

Glooko has now made its mobile app (for Android or iOS) free for any person with diabetes; previously there was a subscription fee for people not sponsored through their provider, health plan, or employer. The mobile app offers glucose tracking and can help patients manage their condition through correlating food, exercise and medication data to […]

Debate Continues on Artificial Sweeteners

Some studies of sugar substitutes have reported an association between the use of non-sugar sweeteners and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, excess weight, and obesity. However, other studies have found that non-sugar sweeteners can increase the risk of excess weight, diabetes, and cancer. Read more

The Mysterious Link Between Diabetes and Sleep Duration

Research has shown that there’s an association between how long a person sleeps and developing diabetes, but how the association works is unclear. Sleep duration might somehow contribute to causing diabetes, or both sleep duration and diabetes may be caused by a third factor. To attempt to gain a better understanding, a new study looked […]

Prediabetes and Heart Risk

Having diabetes increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which means early detection of prediabetes can reduce the risk of developing heart disease later if people and their healthcare advisors take steps to prevent prediabetes progressing to diabetes. This can involve lifestyle changes and, if needed, pharmacological therapies. Read more

Enjoying Your Favorite Comfort Foods while Battling Diabetes

Enjoying Your Favorite Comfort Foods while Battling Diabetes Over 100 million American adults are living with diabetes or prediabetes these days, and one of the biggest culprits is the amount of sugar we consume. Sugar is one of the most frequently added ingredients to a plethora of products, and is sometimes ‘hidden’ in foods like […]

Food Insecurity, Poverty Linked to Worse A1C Management

Diabetes is harder to manage when the patient also has to deal with food insecurity, which is often related to poverty, a recent study concluded. Individuals in this study using free clinics –also often related to poverty– were found to have higher A1C levels than those using fee-for-service clinics. The researchers urge addressing the issue […]

Could Green Tea Raise Diabetes Risk?

A new study among Chinese people who drink green tea suggests that drinking green tea does put an individual at risk of type 2 diabetes. Caffeine were also linked with the risk of type 2 diabetes. Possible reasons for the association include pesticide residues being in the green tea leaves, poor lifestyles of green tea […]

Omega 3s Offer Little Benefit for Heart Health in Diabetes

The results of a new study suggest that supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids has little effect on the risk of major cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes. These results are consistent with other studies that focused on general populations rather than specifically on patients with diabetes. The researchers say that omega 3 fatty acid […]

Exercise Strategies for Pump Users

Insulin pumps give you the opportunity to reduce basal insulin levels and/or bolus doses in desired amounts and for different durations. This means that pump use may reduce your exercise-induced hypoglycemia risk compared to multiple daily injections. Based on the purpose and timing of your insulin dosing, some strategies using pump features may be helpful. […]

Guidelines for Heart Health Can Also Reduce Type 2 Risk

Following the American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) “simple 7” guidelines for maintaining heart health can also dramatically reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. AHA’s “Life’s Simple 7” risk factors are “smoking status, physical activity, weight, diet, blood glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure.” New research says keeping at least 4 of these factors at an […]

Diet Soda Linked to Diabetic Blindness?

A new study suggests that drinking more than 1.5 liters (4 cans) of diet soda per week may raise the risk for proliferative diabetic retinopathy, a severe type of diabetic eye disease that can lead to blindness. The study did not find the same risks for those who drank regular, sugar-sweetened soft drinks. Read more

Parents Who Skip Breakfast May Increase Kids’ Obesity Risk

A recent study found that children who often skip breakfast are more likely to have excess weight or  obesity than kids who eat breakfast — and the children studied were found to be more likely to skip breakfast if one or both of their parents regularly skip breakfast as well. While whether skipping breakfast actually […]

Diet & Exercise May have Little Effect on Gestational Diabetes

Pregnant women who develop gestational diabetes are seven times more likely to later develop Type 2 diabetes, and their children have a greater lifetime risk of weight problems, obesity, and type 2 diabetes themselves. Women are often advised that diet, exercise, and weight control can help reduce their risk of gestational diabetes, but new research […]

Can Skipping Breakfast Increase Diabetes Risk?

Skipping breakfast might increase your type 2 diabetes risk, according to a new review of six different studies. The researchers looked at the data from the studies, which involved over 96,000 people, 5,000 of whom had already been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. They found that skipping breakfast for one day of the week was […]

Most US Adults Not Metabolically Healthy

A recent study that examined the proportion of American adults with optimal cardiometabolic health according to different guidelines. Researchers found that women, youth, those with more education, who never smoked, practiced vigorous physical activity, and had low body mass index were more likely to be metabolically healthy. Metabolic health was seen in fewer than one-third […]

Holiday Leftovers Can Be a Health Hazard

Once a holiday is over, all those tempting leftovers lying around the house can be very hard to resist. How can you keep your eating habits on track around the holidays and deal with the leftover temptations? A diabetes educator gives her advice. Read more

PCOS and its Link to Diabetes

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a poorly-named and often poorly-understood disease. For one thing, it doesn’t involve ovarian cysts; for another, it’s strongly linked to type 2 diabetes — and that link may run in families, and include increased diabetes risks for men as well as women. Andrea Dunaif, System Chief of Endocrinology Diabetes and […]

Motivating Behavior Change in Young Women with PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition strongly linked with increased risk of type 2 diabetes. For this reason, it’s important for young women diagnosed with PCOS to adopt lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, diet and exercise changes, that can help reduce their diabetes risk. What’s the best way to motivate young women — […]