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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AskNadia: Trouble Sleeping and Feeling Rested

Dear Nadia, I have type 2 diabetes and have trouble sleeping and feeling rested. I live alone and wonder if I might have sleep Apnea? James Boise Idaho Dear James, Sleep apnea affects 22 million people in the United States. Interestingly enough, 80% of these people don’t know they have it. If you feel tired after 8 hours of sleep, you could have sleep apnea.

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AskNadia: Party Blood Sugar Reading Indicates I have Diabetes

I was at a party and decided to test my blood sugar with a meter that belonged to a family member that has diabetes. I was shocked to see my blood sugar read 200. Since then I bought a blood glucose meter to track my blood sugars. Every time I test my blood sugar, it hovers in the 80’s. Why would I get a high

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Blood Vessel Damage May Occur Even Before Prediabetes Stage

A long-term British research study shows that even before people reach a prediabetes stage of elevated blood sugar levels, damage to their blood vessels may have already occurred. The study found the existence of certain biochemical markers in the blood that can signal the eventual onset of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Although their presence occurs before the onset of elevated blood sugars—the traditional benchmark

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How Dottie Kept Her Prediabetes in Check

You may be in jeopardy. You may be in danger with blood sugar levels higher than normal. You may have prediabetes. Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels in the blood stream are high enough to be abnormal, but not high enough to reach the diabetic range. It often leads eventually to type 2 diabetes. But although prediabetes is a precursor to type

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Study Shows Turmeric Is Helpful to Adults With Prediabetes

A study has found that taking curcumin extract, the main ingredient of the popular Indian spice turmeric, may help ward off type 2 in those with prediabetes. A group of 240 adults took part in a double-blind study in which they took either oral curcumin or a placebo twice a day for nine months.  According to Somlak Chuengsamarn, MD, the study’s principal investigator, over 16

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Metformin Shines Again: Long-Term Use Helps Prevent Type 2

Long-term use of metformin as a weight loss aid is both safe and effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes, says the Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Researchers found that patients taking an 850 mg. dose of the drug twice daily enjoyed stable weight loss, a prime factor in slowing or stopping the progression from prediabetes to type 2. The weight

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Diagnostic Tool Uses Light to Determine Diabetes Risk

Until now, drawing blood has been an unavoidable component of being tested for prediabetes and diabetes. Nobody enjoys the process, and it probably makes many people shy away from undergoing diagnosis at all. But all that could change with the advent of a new diagnostic device that involves no pricks, no blood draw, no fasting, and no waiting for lab results. It is already approved

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