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Low HDL may raise diabetic nephropathy risk

September 4, 2012 in News

HDL, or high-density lipoproteins, are a form of cholesterol. HDL is often referred to as the “good cholesterol,” since many studies have suggested that higher levels of HDL may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Low-density lipoproteins, LDL, are the form of cholesterol that can build up in the arteries, raising the risk of cardiovascular disease. Read the rest of this entry →

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Beyond Blood Sugar: Is it time to expand the focus of diabetes care?

September 4, 2012 in News

What would you say is your health care provider’s main focus in treating you for diabetes?

If you are like most diabetics in the United States, you probably answered something fairly close to “preventing complications by managing your blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and/or your blood pressure.” Read the rest of this entry →

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Don’t resist resistance training

September 4, 2012 in News

If you’re currently doing regular aerobic exercise, but are skipping the gym’s weight room, you may be missing out on some important benefits that can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

Researchers at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Hall in Tirol, Austria recently published the results of their analysis of a large number of studies that each looked at the relationship among body fat, resistance training, and the body’s inflammatory responses. Read the rest of this entry →

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Love your heart – aerobic exercise comes with added benefits for those with diabetes

September 4, 2012 in News

Most of us have heard that exercise is good for the heart; regular aerobic exercise like swimming, jogging, and biking can strengthen the heart and improve cardiac function. Now it appears that the same aerobic exercise that is good for everyone’s heart gives an added benefit to people with diabetes. Read the rest of this entry →

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If you miss eating rice, here’s some good news!

September 4, 2012 in News

If you are trying to choose foods with a low glycemic index (GI) to help you control your blood sugar, you may have been advised to avoid white rice. White rice is often mentioned in lists of high GI foods, along with white potatoes, pasta, and white breads. Read the rest of this entry →

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Portion control a problem? Try switching plates!

September 4, 2012 in News

Plate color, that is.

No jokes here. A recently published research study looked at the way plate color impacted the choices participants made regarding food. Participants were given a plate that either closely matched the color of the food served, or contrasted with the food. They were then invited to serve themselves however much they wished from a buffet table. Read the rest of this entry →

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Sneaky Bad Habits – Have any of these crept into your self-management?

September 4, 2012 in News

There’s no way around the fact that no matter your prescribed treatment, managing a chronic illness such as diabetes is a lot of work. It’s a 24 hours a day, 365 (or 366) days per year occupation. Sometimes, the with the amount of attention diabetes requires, bad habits and shortcuts might start drifting in to your self management routine. Read the rest of this entry →

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Why your wallet will love your exercise routine

September 4, 2012 in News

If you need extra motivation to start the exercise regimen your doctor has been recommending, keep in mind that some sweating now can really pay off later in life – financially as well as physically.

Researchers at University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center and the Cooper Institute, both in Dallas, decided to look at the impact of fitness in middle age on health outcomes later in life. They looked at information from when the participants had an average age of 51 to determine general fitness level, which was assessed using a treadmill test. The researchers found that the medical expenses at an average age of 72, for those participants who were fit in middle age were drastically lower than their counterparts. Read the rest of this entry →

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Healthy Eating is Cheaper than You Think!

September 4, 2012 in News

Thinking about changing what you eat can be intimidating. After all, few of us have the luxury of planning meals based solely on what we want to eat. There are other people’s tastes to consider, what’s available at the store when we go… and of course, the price. Food costs have been going up, and a lot of us are under pressure to choose foods that are as filling as possible for as cheap as possible. “Healthy” foods don’t seem to fit in to that category, right? Read the rest of this entry →

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Better lifestyle habits are saving lives!

September 4, 2012 in News

A recent release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggests that patients with type 2 diabetes are taking better care of themselves and receiving better care than ever before.

According to the study, the death rate for diabetes from either stroke or heart disease was 40% lower in 2006 than in 1997. The overall death rate for adults with diabetes from all causes was also lower, showing a 23% decrease. Read the rest of this entry →

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How Dense is Your Diet?

September 4, 2012 in News

Most of us have heard that we should eat a diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein, while limiting our intake of fats and and added sugar. In 2010, the USDA released a set of dietary recommendations for all Americans that included this advice, adding that we should all try to eat more foods that a have a low “energy density.” Read the rest of this entry →

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Can’t Make Time to Exercise Every Day? Don’t let that stop you from reaping the same benefits!

September 4, 2012 in News

Most of us have heard that daily exercise is a healthy way can help people with type 2 diabetes manage their blood sugar. The ADA recommends that people with diabetes get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five or more days per week.

Easy, right? Well, it sounds like it should be, but as you’ve probably experienced, making time every day for 30 minutes of exercise can be a real challenge at times. Read the rest of this entry →