Lifestyle & Diet

Plant-Based Diets Could Lower Type 2 Risk

Eating a plant-based diet can help lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, researchers found. To be effective, the diet must rely on healthy plant-based foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, and minimize refined grains, starches and sugars. Read more

New Research on the Safety of Artificial Sweeteners

Sugar substitutes are relied on for sweetening food and drink by many people with diabetes, but previous studies have raised concerns about artificial sweeteners and their possible carcinogenic effects. A new study compares sugar sweetened beverages to artificially sweetened ones to assess whether artificial sweeteners really can increase risk of death. Read more

Prediabetes Progression is Not Inevitable

Only 13% of participants in a recent study of patients with elevated blood sugar readings at study start went on to develop diabetes. 64% remained in prediabetes or dropped to normal blood glucose levels without medication, through making lifestyle changes like diet and exercise. Read more

Low Carb Diet May Reduce Type 2 Risk, Regardless of Weight Loss

Research from Ohio State University found that a low carb diet is helpful to people at a higher risk of developing diabetes, even if they don’t lose weight on the diet. The research looked at people with metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors that can increase risk of developing issues like diabetes, heart disease […]

Strength Training Benefit for Diabetes

A new study from Brazil has found that strength training can reduce liver fat and improve blood sugar levels in people with obesity or diabetes. The liver is important in blood sugar management and the development of diabetes, as it produces, stores, and controls blood sugar levels. If the body produces too much fat, it […]

Remission of Type 2 Diabetes

The results of a major study show that intensive weight management strategies and drug therapy can achieve remission of type 2 diabetes. Patients who once suffered may be able to regain their previous quality of life and reduce their risk of secondary complications later down the line. Read more

High Intensity Exercise May Help Restore Heart Function in Type 2

Loss of heart function is one of the most serious conditions associated with type 2 diabetes. A small study found promising results for very high-intensity exercise in a group of type 2 patients. The participants engaged in exercise sessions that included 10 minutes of very high-intensity activity. After three months, the researchers found improved heart […]

Managing Hyperglycemia and Exercise

People with type 1 diabetes are susceptible to insulin deficiency and need to learn why and when to check for ketones, especially if using an insulin pump. People with type 2 diabetes can experience hyperglycemia from a combination of insulin resistance and inadequate insulin secretion. Diabetes and exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares guidance on […]

Can Time-Restricted Eating Help Avert Diabetes?

A new study looked at the benefits of time-restricted eating (for example, a time restricted diet can involve all meals being eaten within the hours of 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM every day). The study examined whether, without changing other dietary habits, time restricted eating during the day would help blood glucose levels stay under […]

Medications that can Affect Your Exercise

Many medications can potentially impact your ability to be physically active. Although most drugs do not affect exercise, several common nondiabetes medications do have potential effects on exercise, including statins, beta-blockers, diuretics, vasodilators, and blood thinners. Read more

Vegetarian Diet May Reduce Type 2 Risk

A study that followed healthy British adults for almost decades found that those who consumed little or no red meat were 11% to 36% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes vs. a large sample of red meat eaters, according to findings published in Nutrition & Diabetes. Read more

Does Mentally Fatiguing Work increase Women’s Diabetes Risk?

A new study published in the European Journal of Endocrinology found that women who find their jobs mentally tiring are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Mentally draining jobs like teaching increase risk, the researchers say, and employers and women should be more aware of the potential health risks associated with mentally tiring work. Read more

Probiotics and Insulin Resistance

Study results published in January 2019 examined the effect of probiotic supplements on insulin resistance in pregnant women with diet-controlled gestational diabetes mellitus, and showed potential benefit. Read more

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 […]