Why Do We Crave Carbohydrates?

We’ve all heard a lot of discussion about low carbohydrate diets and whether they are effective for weight loss and blood sugar control.. What most of us do not understand, however, is how diabetes affects the way that we process carbs. Beta cells make more than insulin: they also make another satiety hormone: amylin. If we are beta-cell deficient, then we are amylin-deficient as well.

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Finding the Right Diabetes Doctor

I once had a doctor ask me what I’d do if someone offered me a drink or a cigarette. I was a teenager, recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, and it was the first time that I had seen her. When I told her that I didn’t drink or smoke, she kept hounding me with questions as if I were lying. I grew tired of

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Imagining the Unimaginable

As I listen to the news of the recent Mega Millions jackpot of over $600 million, my dreams aren’t about fast cars, vast mansions, or plush vacations. My thoughts revolve around my diabetes. How awesome would it be to have the best care that money can buy? I’ve been that person, you know, the one who could not afford her supplies. The one who re-used

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Just 30 Minutes Per Week of Intense Exercise Lowers Blood Sugar

Canadian researchers report that just 30 minutes of intense exercise per week can reduce blood sugar levels for up to 24 hours after each exercise session and help prevent post-prandial spikes in patients with type 2 diabetes. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario, who published their findings in the December 2011 issue of the Journal of Applied Physiology, suggest that type 2s who are pressed

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Type 2 Diabetes Video: Everything You Need to Know About Type 2

Norman Hart of Tampa, Florida, took his type 2 diabetes diagnosis very seriously. He wanted to find out everything he could about the disease, but found the quality of information disappointing. “I found a little here and a little there,” he says, “but I found nothing that had it all in one.” Hart decided to take his expertise in video production, combine it with the

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