Tag: blood sugar

Diagnosis: Prediabetes

The word “pre” may sound innocuous, but a prediabetes diagnosis is one to be taken very seriously. According to cardiologist Karol Watson, MD, UCLA Medical Center, the leading cause of death for people with diabetes is heart disease.

“The damage doesn’t just start once diabetes is diagnosed,” explains Dr. Watson. “The

Eating for Energy: Foods for Fuel

Energy drinks, energy bars, candy, and processed snacks fill the grocery and convenience store shelves and promise to provide quick and delicious energy. The problem with many of these products is that the boost of energy relies on refined grains, sugar, and caffeine. While these choices can provide a quick

Heart Disease Is a Woman’s Disease

In the U.S., 1 in 4 women will die from heart disease—almost half a million deaths each year—yet the perception that heart disease is primarily a man’s disease persists. An American Heart Association survey found that fewer than one-half of American women are aware that heart disease is their leading

Prebiotics, to Feed Your Good Bacteria

From yogurt to kombucha to supplements, probiotics appear to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, literally and figuratively. Probiotics are live bacteria and are believed to have properties that improve digestive health. Lactobacillus found in yogurt and other fermented foods is just one example. Though the National Center for

7 Weight Loss Myths…Debunked

As warmer weather approaches, our thoughts often turn to the return of shorts season—and possibly whether last summer’s shorts still fit. While weight loss myths never stop circulating, this is one of those times of year when we may be more susceptible to believing them. Here are seven weight loss

How to Reduce Triglycerides

How to Reduce Triglycerides

You’re a reasonable person, and you want to take care of your health. You know this means not ignoring your recent lab test, which showed you have high triglycerides. But… you’ve heard of the frequent debilitating side effects that prescription fibrates and statin drugs cause—muscle pain, weakness, liver damage, memory loss,

Smart Pre-Exercise Snacks

If you start exercise low on fuel, you could end up feeling weak and run out of steam. Or, you may simply feel hungry, making it hard to focus on your exercise. However, unnecessary snacking before a workout may make exercise uncomfortable and add calories you don’t need, counteracting the

Newsbites: Celebrity Chefs; Type 1 Diabetes; Low Iron; Sugar Politics

Celebrity Chefs Set Bad Example for Food Safety
About 1 in 6 Americans suffer a foodborne illness each year, often in their own homes, so safe food handling practices can’t be overemphasized. Recently, scientists watched 100 episodes of cooking shows from 24 celebrity chefs preparing meat dishes and tracked the chefs’

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

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