Category: Diabetes & Endocrine Health

So, What Do I Do if I Have Diabetes?

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, it is not the end of the world. Diabetes is a serious threat to health and wellbeing. Untamed, it can rob you of every one of the natural physical pleasures of life; but it doesn’t have to. Here are some facts and tips worth knowing. On average, at the time of diagnosis of type 2 diabetes, most people have already had the condition or pre-condition for 6 to 10 years! But, the sooner you know, the greater the chance it can be reversed.

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The Ultimate Weight-Loss Beverage

Researchers have shown that drinking 500ml of water (two cups) half an hour before eating the main meal may help obese adults to lose weight. In one study obese participants were given a weight management consultation being advised on how to adapt their lifestyle and improve their diet and levels of physical activity. 41 participants were asked to preload with water, and 43 were advised to imagine that they had a full stomach before eating.

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Reducing Your Risk for the Deadly Metabolic Syndrome

What happens in a Syndrome-Laden society? Do we tend to “tune it out” when another one is named? Metabolic syndrome deserves serious attention, for one out of five adult Americans and one out of eight school-age children has it. This dangerous pandemic pushes millions down the slippery slope to heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, and early death. A quarter of the world’s population has it. If you don’t, you probably know someone who does have it.

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The Anti-inflammatory Diet for a New You

Do you have it? You do if you have allergies, asthma, arthritis, gum disease, peptic ulcers, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, obesity, or an auto-immune condition. Have what? Inflammation. Inflammation initially starts as a protective mechanism that prevents the spread of disease. However, persistent inflammation fuels practically all chronic diseases and acute ones, too.

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Does Coffee Safely Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes?

You might have heard about studies suggesting coffee consumption may decrease one’s risk for developing diabetes. “So nothing is wrong with my caffeine buzz! Bring on the coffee!” But not so fast! What is strange is that while both caffeinated and decaf coffee reduce the risk, both types have been demonstrated to elevate the blood glucose after a meal. Both types can raise cholesterol levels. Confusing, isn’t it?

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Do You Have Pre-Diabetes?

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In 2012, 86 million Americans age 20 and older had prediabetes. So, prediabetes is serious business indeed. In this condition the blood glucose levels are lower than diabetic levels, but are still elevated. Before breakfast the normal blood sugar reading is between 70 and 99 mg/dl. This is called a fasting blood sugar. ‘The fasting levels of blood sugar in a prediabetic range are 100 to 125 mg/dl.

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Tasty Foods Help to Lower Risk for Diabetes!

Want tasty foods for diabetes prevention?

About 37% of Americans have a condition known as pre-diabetes. Individuals with pre-diabetes have blood sugar levels higher than normal, but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Within five years, between 15-30% of Americans will develop full-fledged diabetes. There are no symptoms initially. Do not be fooled. Pre-diabetes also increases the risk for nerve damage, chronic kidney disease, coronary artery disease, stroke, and cancer.

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The Winning Diet for Diabetes Type 2

Reducing the Risk: Go Vegetarian

Vegetarian and vegan diets offer significant benefits for diabetes prevention, treatment, and reversal of type 2 diabetes. In observational studies, individuals following vegetarian diets are about half as likely to develop diabetes, compared with non-vegetarians. Clinical trials show that individuals with type 2 diabetes who consume a low-fat vegan diet improve blood sugar control to a greater extent than conventional diabetes diets. 

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Conquering the Common Denominator of Chronic Diseases

If you have ever been stung by a yellow jacket or have had a cold, you experienced the signs of acute inflammation. The redness, swelling, increased heat, and pain let us know that our bodies are fighting for us. However, if chronic inflammation occurs inside the body, the symptoms may not be obvious. Nevertheless, chronic inflammation can be the fuel for prolonged chronic diseases.

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The Lost Key to Diabetes Prevention

One in three Americans will most likely develop diabetes by 2050 if current trends continue. You have heard that a good diet, regular exercise, and modest weight loss can reduce your risk for diabetes. Now here is something you don’t hear about. Regularity in schedule is one lost key to diabetes prevention.

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