Is It Possible to Tame Type 2 Diabetes?

Jeff O’Connell is the author of “Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It.”  I discovered his book while browsing the shelves of my local library, and I could hardly put it down. Though I have type I diabetes and O’Connell’s book focuses on type 2, I found many of his thoughts applicable to my own health.

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Type 2 Diabetes: Nurse’s lifestyle Changes After Her Diagnosis

By Tanya Caylor When Vickie Betz got to age 49 without developing the Type 2 diabetes that had caused her mom so many health problems, she thought she’d escaped that fate. Shortly afterward she received her own diagnosis. “I can’t have cookies anymore!” she wailed. “Yes you can,” her doctor replied. “You just can’t have them every day.” Though disappointed, Betz knew she was fortunate

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Diabetes Health Type 1: More Body Fat Lost with Low-Fat Diet than Low-Carb

  By Stephanie Clarke For years, many people have believed that the best way to lose weight is to follow a low-carb diet, with diets like Atkins and South Beach gaining in popularity. However, a recent study found that a low-fat diet actually has better results that cutting out carbohydrates. The study was completed at the National Institutes of Health, and participants stayed in their

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Idol’s Randy Jackson: “It Always Happens to Somebody Else, Right?”

Twelve years after it began as a summer placeholder designed to keep Fox TV viewers hanging around until the fall season, “American Idol” has become one of this young century’s most renowned cultural phenomena. From the show’s modest beginning, record producer and musician Randy Jackson has been at its heart, the memorable judge who has popularized such greetings as “Dawg!” and such praises as “I

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Diabetes-Friendly Valentine’s Day Recipes (Including a Killer Chocolate Cake)

With all the heart-shaped boxes of chocolates filling every aisle of virtually every store this time of year, Valentine’s Day can be treacherous for those with diabetes. After all, how is a person supposed to keep his blood sugar levels in check when faced with the temptation of dozens of chocolate-dipped nuts, jellies, and caramels?To keep his numbers in a healthy range, my type 2

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Five To-Do’s for People Newly Diagnosed With Diabetes

There are ways to live with diabetes that allow for optimal health and relative freedom from complications. But to obtain them requires knowledge and know-how. It’s not unusual for a person who has been newly diagnosed with diabetes to be overwhelmed. It calls for a whole new lifestyle, including paying very close attention to diet, counting carbohydrates, exercising, and sometimes taking medication.  So it’s not

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The Raw Food Diet: Should You Try It?

It seems that every few months, we hear about a new diet that, like all the others, promises to yield fast and tempting results. Is the raw food diet any different, and, if so, how? I started researching the raw food diet a few years ago. The basic premise is that you consume only raw foods that are in their natural state—uncooked and unprocessed.  When

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Kale Chip Recipe

INGREDIENTS 1 large bunch (about 1 1/4 pounds) kale, stems and center ribs discarded, leaves roughly torn 2 sheets nori, cut into 1-by-2-inch strips 1/4 cup Roasted Garlic Oil* (see below) 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Grated zest of 1 lemon DIRECTIONSPreheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with foil or parchment paper. In a large

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