A fasting blood sugar test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood after you have not eaten for at least eight hours. Checking for an ideal fasting blood sugar is one of the most commonly performed tests to check for prediabetes and type 2
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Q: I understand that Medicare covers up to 36 weeks of cardiac rehabilitation, and longer if necessary. How do you know how much cardiac rehab you’ll need?
A: Cardiac rehabilitation (or rehab, for short) is an exercise-training program that seeks to improve your physical condition after you go through heart surgery,
The thick gel found in the leaf of the aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of topical conditions. In fact, aloe gel was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines in the 18th and 19th centuries. The gel is composed of 95 to
A new clinical trial and a review of the evidence both suggest eating tree nuts may help fight diabetes. Tree nuts include walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, pine nuts, macadamias and pistachios. One study reported that pistachios improved markers of blood sugar and inflammation in people at risk
A New Way of Thinking About Diet
For the first time, the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) emphasize the importance of choosing healthy dietary patterns—not just individual foods or specific vitamins and minerals—to prevent chronic disease.
“Over the course of any given day, week, or year, individuals consume foods and beverages
Beneficial bacteria may help lower blood pressure.
Naturally occurring “good” bacteria, known as probiotics, when consumed in foods such as yogurt and taken as supplements can balance the gut flora and eliminate many digestive issues. Now it appears probiotics also may help lower blood pressure. Researchers in Australia reviewed nine studies
Whether we are aware of it or not, our skin is engaged in an around-the-clock fight against forces from within and without. Regardless of the direction from which they come, if these conditions, disorders, and diseases prevail, even on a temporary basis, the results can be painful and unsightly. Box
Q. I’ve often read advice suggesting that eating several smaller meals a day is better for you than the standard three larger meals. What is the reasoning behind this?
A. The idea behind five or six smaller meals instead of three larger ones is that lighter but more frequent meals may help you eat
A high glycemic index diet—that is, a diet high in refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, white flour, and white rice found in many processed, packaged foods—may lead to increased risk of depression in postmenopausal women, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (online, June
Most people with diabetes are not educated about one of the most serious threats to their health: hypoglycemia.
A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Diabetes found that 60 percent of 1,000 respondents with type 1 or 2 diabetes have experienced hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), with 19 percent having