Lifestyle & Diet

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 […]

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