Tag: blood glucose levels

How Do You Get Diabetes?

How Do You Get Diabetes?

The worldwide prevalence of diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, recent data suggests. So, the critical question for everyone is: How do you get diabetes? A number of underlying factors are to blame for the global upswing in diabetes cases.
To avoid becoming part of the statistics, it’s vital to understand

Can Gymnema Sylvestre Stop Sugar Cravings?

Can Gymnema Sylvestre Stop Sugar Cravings?

If you struggle with a sweet tooth, you may have heard of the sugar-buster herb, gymnema sylvestre. This fascinating herb contains gymnemic acids which, when placed directly on your tongue, actually fill the sugar receptors in your taste buds, blocking your ability to taste sweetness.

3. Eat a Variety of Vegetables

Plants and Phytonutrients
When you were growing up, your mother may have told you to “eat your vegetables”—and that’s still good advice when you are older. Vegetables occupy more space on Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults than any other food group for good reasons. In all of the various rating systems

1. Eating Wisely As You Age

How Diet Makes a Difference
We all know that eating a healthy diet is important for growing children, and the obesity epidemic and soaring rates of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and other chronic diseases dramatically demonstrate the need to eat right from young adulthood into middle age. But does what you eat

Diabetic Neuropathy: What It Means, How to Treat It

Diabetic Neuropathy: What It Means, How to Treat It

Diabetic neuropathy is a relatively common complication of diabetes. Some 60 to 70 percent of all people with diabetes experience some form of neuropathy in their lifetime.
While the reason this happens isn’t fully understood, researchers think that blood glucose affects how nerves transmit signals in the body and also damages

Help Your Doctor Decide Which Diabetes Medication is Best For You

If you watch television, you probably notice frequent ads for diabetes medications—but, if you have diabetes, how do you know if those medications would work better for you than what you are currently taking? The answer: Discuss all of the medication options with your doctor, who can explain the risks

Take Prediabetes Seriously to Prevent Major Health Problems Later

Don’t be misled by the “pre” in prediabetes—even though the condition is not yet full-blown diabetes, it’s likely to become so if you ignore it.
Prediabetes and diabetes occur because you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. Insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, helps transport glucose from your

Ask the Experts: Bell Pepper Colors; Protein in Nuts; Potatoes & Blood Sugar

Q: My local supermarket sells bell peppers in four different colors—green, red, yellow and orange. Do the different colors of peppers have different nutritional benefits?

A: Elizabeth J. Johnson, PhD, a scientist in Tufts’ HNRCA Antioxidants Research Laboratory, answers: “No matter the color of your pepper, the macronutrient (protein, fat, carbohydrate)

Newsbriefs: Yoga; Type 2 Diabetes; Lowering Blood Pressure

Yoga Improves QOL in Afib Patients.
Swedish patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation—atrial fibrillation that occurs occasionally, lasting minutes to days before returning to normal rhythm—had improved quality of life, heart rate, and blood pressure after a 12-week yoga intervention. The study involved 80 patients who were randomized to yoga or a

Why You Can’t Rely on the Glycemic Index for Healthy Ending

The glycemic index, a value that aims to quantify how fast blood sugar rises after eating a given food, can vary by an average of 20% within an individual and 25% among individuals. That’s the surprising finding of a new study by scientists from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition

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