Category: Diabetes

About Diabetes

A high-fat diet causes glucose intolerance and insulin resistance. Atherosclerosis is the most common complication of diabetes. There is strong evidence from primary prevention studies in non-diabetics that reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol) level and elevation in HDL (good cholesterol) level each reduces the risk of coronary artery disease. It is essential that physicians pay Read More …

Stress Reduction to Treat Diabetes

According to research appearing in the January, 2002 issue of Diabetes Care, stress management can help to lower blood sugar levels in type II (adult onset) diabetics. The HbA1c test measures the average blood sugar levels over a period of time. Stress reduction techniques like breathing exercises, visualization, progressive muscle relaxation and instruction on how Read More …

Proper Amount of Sleep Helps Prevent Diabetes

People who sleep less than five hours each night or more than nine hours each night have an increased chance of becoming diabetic, according to research published in Diabetes Care (February, 2003;26:380-4). Researchers kept track of over 70,000 women without diabetes for a 10-year period. Women who slept for five hours or less each night Read More …

Pesticides and Diabetes

An article appearing in The Lancet  (Vol. 371, Issue 9609, 26 January 2008, Pages 287-288) indicates that there may be a connection between persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and insulin resistance. Insulin resistance, if left unchecked, can lead to type-2 diabetes. POPs include chemicals like pesticides (eg dieldrin, DDT, toxaphene and chlordane) and several industrial chemicals Read More …

Milk and Type I Diabetes

Milk may be a good thing to avoid if you there is type I diabetes in your family. According to research published in the journal, Diabetes (2000;49:912-917), children who are genetically predisposed toward type I diabetes, milk consumption may increase the chance of their getting the disease. I genetically predisposed children, regular milk consumption of Read More …

Low Testosterone in Male Diabetics

Symptoms of low testosterone include reduced libido, erectile dysfunction, lack of initiative, increased abdominal fat, reduced muscle tone and loss of bone density. Low testosterone can also adversely affect mood and cognition. Research appearing in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology Metabolism (November 2004;89(11):5462-8) has shown a link between type 2 diabetes and hypogonadism (low testosterone) Read More …

Lifestyle Change is Better than Drugs for Type II Diabetes

Lifestyle Change is Better than Drugs for Type II Diabetes< About 8% of the American population has type II diabetes. Type two diabetes exists when the body becomes insensitive to insulin and thereby has an increasingly difficult time handling sugar.  Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (February 7, 2002;346:393-403) shows that lifestyle Read More …

Fish beneficial to diabetics

Fish oil, (omega-3 fatty acids from fish) has been shown to have cardiac benefits. It can help to decrease blood triglyceride levels, improve the functions of blood vessels and reduce blood clot formation. These benefits have been known for the general population; now it seems that the cardiac benefits of fish oil holds true for Read More …

Fiber and Low Glycemic Foods Key to Preventing Diabetes

Eating food that is high in fiber and that has a low glycemic index may help to prevent diabetes. The glycemic index ranks carbohydrates on a scale from 0 to 100 according to the extent to which they raise blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with a high glycemic index are rapidly digested and absorbed Read More …

Exercise Protects Against Insulin Insensitivity

A pre-diabetic condition known as insulin resistance syndrome can be prevented by exercise. Insulin resistance is the mechanism that creates type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome. Type 1 diabetes is often called juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes is a situation where the pancreas does not produce insulin. Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin Read More …