Diabetes Health in the News Podcast: Sleep Efficiency Tied to Insulin Resistance

Click here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! Researchers from Maastricht University in the Netherlands recently examined sleep patterns in overweight and obese teens. These adolescents were found to have higher homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance, with sleep efficiency and total sleep time being contributing factors. The homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance, is a method used to determine insulin

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Ask Nadia: Is Coconut Oil Good For Maintaining Blood Sugar

Nadia, I’ve heard that coconut oil is good for maintaining blood sugar. Is this true, or did I misunderstand? Debbie San Diego Ca Dear Debbie, In the past, the benefits of coconut oil were considered controversial because some felt there was not enough evidence-based research to support the benefits of coconut oil. The concern was that the demand for the oil was falsely generated and it

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Timing of First Solid Food Intake Linked to T1 Risk

New parents might not want to rush the introduction of solid food into their baby’s diet. That’s not to say they want to put it off, either. According to the results of a study, babies who ate their first solid food either before four months or after six months of age were more likely to develop type 1 diabetes than those who were exposed to

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Type 1&2 Diabetes: A 15 Minute Walk Can Curb Chocolate Cravings

By Michele Stanten, Walking Coach and ACE-Certified Group Fitness Instructor There are countless physical activities out there, but walking is one the easiest ways to make a positive change and effectively improve your health. Studies have found that even two-minute walking breaks can improve the function of disease-fighting and metabolism-boosting genes. And as little as one minute of walking at a heart-pumping pace can help keep

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Duodenum Resurfacing Procedure Improves Type 2 Diabetes Markers

A procedure designed to change how the body absorbs and processes glucose could help improve A1C numbers for those with type 2 diabetes, according to recent research. Presenting at the 19th World Congress of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders in Montreal, researchers said that a procedure that resurfaces the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine where food is

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Low-carb, Vegan Diet Offers Benefits

The public perception of low-carbohydrate diets often involves mounds of bacon, piles of steaks and rivers of cheese. After all, when the Atkins Diet swept the country more than a decade ago, that was one of the ways people described it to their friends — and one of the ways that critics tried to define it. But the low-carb approach to food doesn’t have to

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Study debunks link between low vitamin D and type 2

While previous research has linked low levels of vitamin D to the onset of type 2 diabetes, new research finds no evidence that high levels of vitamin D prevent the disease. British researchers went looking for genetic proof of the connection, and found that even when there were variants of the genes that control levels of vitamin D in the blood, there was no connection

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Gluten-Free Diet Still Questionable

While a gluten-free diet has been shown to be beneficial for both those with celiac disease and those without, the jury is still out on whether going gluten free can help benefit those with type 1 diabetes. Recent research has determined that there is a relationship between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, since both diseases result in the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking itself.

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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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Living With Type 2: Short Walks May Work Best at Preventing Diabetes

Taking short walks every half hour could do more to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes than a 30-minute walk every day, according to a new study. The findings cement the idea that those with sedentary jobs should get up and step away from their desks regularly to prevent risks to their health. The study, conducted by researchers from New Zealand’s University of

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