Lifestyle & Diet

Diet vs Gastric Bypass

Some studies have suggested that for people with type 2 diabetes, a form of bariatric surgery called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass has beneficial metabolic effects, independent of weight loss. A new study looks at how the effects on diabetes of weight loss due to diet compare to weight loss from gastric bypass. Read more

Insomnia a Risk Factor for Type 2

Researchers say they have identified insomnia as a risk factor for increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D). Their conclusion came as part of a study that identified 34 factors that could either increase or decrease the risk for type 2. Read more

Fat Deposits around Heart Linked to Sugar Consumption

Diets high in sugar content have been associated with numerous diseases and health conditions besides diabetes and obesity, such as cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in the U.S. Researchers have now found that high sugar consumption is linked to higher fat volume around the heart, which leads to coronary heart disease, coronary artery […]

Noise Exposure Increases Hyperglycemia Risk

Studies have found an association between exposure to high noise levels and the activation of stress hormones such as cortisol, which reduces pancreatic insulin secretion and decreases insulin sensitivity throughout the body, leading to increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This association is particularly dangerous for people with occupations that cause high levels of […]

Lifestyle Intervention Can Reduce Obesity-Related Cancer in Type 2

An intensive lifestyle intervention, designed to facilitate weight loss in adults with overweight or obesity and type 2 diabetes, lowers the incidence of obesity-related cancers by 16%. according to an analysis of findings from the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial. Read more

Is the At-Home Workout the Wave of the Future?

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven many people away from traditional gyms and fitness centers. How are people coping with the transition to working out at home, and is the new home workout here to stay? Diabetes exercise expert Dr. Sheri Colberg shares her thoughts. Read more

Eating Whole Grains Reduces Type 2 Risk

Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health said that eating one to two portions of brown rice, bulgur, millet or buckwheat reduced people’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 29 per cent compared to those who ate few whole grains. The researchers also found that eating at least one serving of oatmeal […]

Technology Can Help Manage Depression

A high percentage of people with diabetes also suffer from depression. Cellphone apps can help to track symptoms of depression and help people with diabetes & depression and their caregivers manage the condition. Read more

Cinnamon May Slow Diabetes Progression

New research suggests supplemental cinnamon could improve fasting blood glucose and glucose tolerance among patients with prediabetes. Results of the 12-week study, which was conducted by an international team of investigators, indicate cinnamon could be a cost-effective approach to reducing progression from prediabetes to type 2 diabetes. Read more

Which Dietary Supplements are Effective for Diabetes?

In the United States, the dietary supplement industry is regulated very differently from pharmaceutical drugs. The FDA does not require evidence of efficacy and safety before a supplement can be sold in the marketplace. As a result, while thousands of dietary supplements are available for diabetes treatment, there is little evidence for their effectiveness. Now […]

How BMI in Childhood vs Adulthood Affects Diabetes Risk

High body mass index (BMI) in early life has been thought to increase the risk of developing chronic conditions like diabetes as an adult. It is challenging to study, as many people who have larger body sizes are also larger in adulthood; it is unclear whether adulthood lifestyle changes can lessen the risks from childhood […]

“Metabolic Memory” of Poor Glucose Control Can Last a Lifetime

Researchers have found a strong association between early episodes of poor blood sugar control, epigenetic changes (which affect the activity of particular genes without altering their DNA sequences), and diabetic complications years later, even if patients subsequently had better glycemic control. Read more

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