AskNadia: Is Soy Bad for Me?

Dear Nadia, I have decided to start replacing some of my protein meals with soy. Is soy bad for me? Janet Portland Oregon Dear Janet, Plant-based foods are good for lowering your cholesterol and believe to have some benefits to a healthy heart in addition to strengthening bones. This is good news for people with osteoporosis. Soy is also believed to lower blood sugars. The

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Diabetes Health Type 2: A Nutty Way to Help Control Diabetes

Carbohydrates can increase blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, as well as contribute to weight gain.  A recent study shows that eating two ounces of raw, dry, or roasted nuts daily as a replacement for two ounces of other carbohydrates may control blood sugar levels and cholesterol in type 2 diabetes without packing on the pounds. The study was conducted at St. Michael’s Hospital,

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Two Hundred Pound Loss Helps Phillip Get Off of Insulin and Metformin

How did Phillip Brenneman lose 200 pounds and get off insulin, metformin and his cholesterol and blood pressure medications? The Garrett, Ind., man says he did it literally one step at a time. And in the beginning, even that was more than he could manage. Brenneman’s first attempts at exercise took place in his chair at home. Arm circles and leg lifts were  all he

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AskNadia: Does Taking One Baby Aspirin for Cardiovascular Benefit Men Only?

Hello Nadia, I read somewhere that the cardiovascular benefits of one baby aspirin a night only applies to men….is this true? My GP has me taking one baby aspirin at bed time due to my family history of cardiovascular disease (father, deceased of CHF at 65; first heart attack at age 50) although I show no signs/symptoms thus far (normal to low BP, clear cardiac

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No Such Thing as ‘Healthy’ Obesity, Study Says

While the last few years have sparked debate over whether those who are overweight or obese can still be classified as healthy, a new study seems to put the issue to rest. Researchers in Korea found that even if blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels are normal, those who are obese are still at a greater risk of arterial plaque buildup than those who are slimmer.

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Postpartum Weight Gain Boosts Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease

Moms who fail to lose the pounds they gain during pregnancy – or those who gain a few extra pounds in the year that follows birth – may boost the risk of developing both type 2 diabetes and heart disease later on, according to the results of a new study. Researchers at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital found that weight patterns after pregnancy played a big

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Early Diabetes Interventions May Also Reduce Heart Disease Risk

Lifestyle change, medication both linked to cholesterol improvements Two treatments that slow the development of diabetes also may protect people from heart disease, according to a recent study published in The Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers examined the effect that making intensive lifestyle changes or taking the medication metformin had on cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The study, part of the National

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Study Concludes Cinnamon Has Some Beneficial Effects

Discussion has gone back and forth for several years now on whether cinnamon might be a powerful, previously unappreciated arrow in the quiver of diabetes medicines. Cinnamon advocates have claimed it can have significant effects on blood sugar levels without any of the side effects or inconveniences of conventional diabetes drugs. Skeptics have said there is no conclusive proof that cinnamon is a useful adjunct

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