Tag: diabetics

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.

Q&A: Oatmeal; Agave; Iodine; Avocados

Q. Because I’ve read about health benefits from green tea and coffee, I’ve taken to adding a teaspoonful of ground coffee beans and the contents of a green tea bag to my oatmeal. Is that equivalent to, or maybe even better than, drinking a cup of coffee and a cup

Q&A: Grilling and Cancer Risk; Grains and Seeds; Counting Carbs

Q. Is it safest to avoid grilling foods because of increased risk of colon cancer?
A. Joel B. Mason, MD, Tufts professor of medicine and nutrition, answers, “Although the existing evidence falls short of being ‘proof positive,’ scientific studies continue to be published on a regular basis that suggest that regular

What’s Really in Your “Dietary Supplements”?

Surveys have shown that a large majority of Americans are confident in the “safety, quality and effectiveness” of products marketed as “dietary supplements” (a term derived from a 1994 law that questionably grouped drug-type herbal and botanical extracts with essential vitamins and minerals). So many were shocked at the recent

How to Avoid Diabetes: 4 Steps to Take

How to Avoid Diabetes: 4 Steps to Take

Type 1 diabetes is currently not preventable, though research focused on what causes it may one day lead to preventative measures. For type 2 and gestational diabetes, however, many of the treatment options involving lifestyle changes can help delay or even prevent diabetes. Here, we offer four lifestyle tips on

2. Brain-Healthy Dietary Patterns

When the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) were released in January 2016, they earned headlines for their focus on added sugars and relaxed view of dietary fat. But the most important point of the updated DGAs was often overlooked in the flurry of media coverage: Healthy eating is more

Lose Weight Well: Start with These Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Lose Weight Well: Start with These Healthy Weight Loss Tips

My goal as a doctor is to help my patients become healthy and stay that way. For many patients, that involves losing weight. Educating my patients about the real underlying causes of weight gain, teaching them about nutrition, and working with them to lose weight—focusing on healthy weight loss—is one

Can Diabetics Drink Alcohol?

Can Diabetics Drink Alcohol?

If you have diabetes, you’ve probably been advised to watch your consumption of sugary soft drinks, coffees laden with flavored syrups, and sweet teas. All that sugar in those beverages can send your blood sugar skyrocketing. But can diabetics drink alcohol? After all, many alcoholic beverages contain carbohydrates, which your

Bothered by Muscle Spasms? 9 Tips to Put Them Behind You

Bothered by Muscle Spasms? 9 Tips to Put Them Behind You

Muscle spasms happen due to the sudden contraction of a muscle: The affected muscle pulls tight and may also feel harder than usual.
Muscle spasms can range from minor (for example, the leg or foot cramps you might experience at night sometimes) to more serious (lower back muscle spasms that

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