Lifestyle & Diet

Fish Oil Supplements Don’t Improve Heart Health With Diabetes

Fish oil supplements (omega-3 fatty acids) are recommended by The American Heart Association to help prevent coronary heart disease and promote cardiovascular health. However, a new study has found that in patients with diabetes and no previous history of heart disease, supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce the risk of heart disease any […]

Diabetes Brings Higher Risk of Suicide, Alcohol-Related Death

A new study looked at the relationship between diabetes and risk of death due to alcohol, suicide, and accidents, and found that people with diabetes were much likelier to die from these causes than people without the disease. The researchers suggest that depression and other mental health issues that may occur in people as a […]

Exercise Can Help Delay Progression of Type 1 Diabetes

After being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, more than half of patients have a “honeymoon phase” during which the pancreas continues to make insulin in limited amounts. This phase may last for days, weeks, or even months, until all the insulin- producing beta cells are destroyed. Now a new study has shown that patients who […]

Semaglutide May Provide Significant Weight Loss

A new study has found that the GLP-1 diabetes drug semaglutide, combined with diet and exercise, can help obese patients lose significant amounts of weight. The GLP-1 class of drugs helps weight loss by suppressing appetite and delaying the movement of food into the small intestine. Semaglutide proved more effective than the older drug liraglutide […]

Common Blood Test May Help Detect Risk for Gestational Diabetes Early

The HbA1c test (also called the A1C test) is commonly used to diagnose type 2 diabetes. Researchers have found it could potentially also be used to identify signs of gestational diabetes in the first trimester of pregnancy. The test could be given as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy to help identify women at risk […]

Can Exercise Help Overcome Pollution?

Many studies have examined the association between type 2 diabetes and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) like those found in pesticides; there’s also evidence that air pollution plays a role in health conditions like type 2 diabetes. Can exercise, which has so many benefits, help people overcome the effects of pollution on the body? Read more

Weight Gain After Quitting Smoking Linked to Diabetes

Quitting smoking has many health benefits, but the weight many ex-smokers gain after quitting can increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The risk was highest in people who had recently quit smoking. The researchers recommend ex-smokers take care to eat a healthful diet and exercise regularly to help diminish […]

Eating Breakfast Before Exercising May Help Blood Sugar Control

There has been a lot of discussion on whether it’s better to exercise before or after eating. A new study says that eating breakfast before you exercise helps control blood sugar. Study participants who ate breakfast before they exercised had lower insulin levels at subsequent meals. Read more

Meal Replacements for Weight Loss

There are many types of meal replacements available, but are they really safe and effective for weight loss? Obesity medicine specialist Dr. Scott Isaacs offers insights into how meal replacements can be used, and why they are most effective when done with medical supervision, particularly for people who are on multiple medications for diabetes. Read […]

Poor Blood Sugar Control Raises Risk of Serious Infections

A new study of over 85,000 people with diabetes has found that those who have the poorest control of their blood sugar are three times more likely to be hospitalized due to serious infections. Their risk was higher with all types of infections, but especially for bacterial infections. Read more

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