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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Controlling type 2 diabetes requires spot-checking blood sugar, including after you eat. “The highest blood sugars of the day tend to be after meals,” says Richard Siegel, MD, an endocrinologist and co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center at Tufts Medical Center. Blood sugar spikes—temporary high readings—after meals can be
The health benefits of kimchi, the traditional mix of fermented vegetables that is an indispensable component of Korean cuisine, are just beginning to be uncovered by modern scientific research
Q: How much calcium can I absorb at one time from a supplement?
A: Bess Dawson-Hughes, MD, director of Tufts’ HNRCA Bone Metabolism Laboratory, says: “For maximal absorption of calcium from supplements, no more than 500 to 600 milligrams (mg) of elemental calcium should be taken as a single dose. For
Vegetarian dietary patterns are associated with lower body mass, lower prevalence and incidence of diabetes mellitus, lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its components (abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure and fasting blood sugar, high triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol levels), lower hypertension, lower all-cause mortality, and in some cases, lower
When you have type 2 diabetes, what you eat matters. Too much carbohydrate can make your blood sugar spike, and too little can provoke a potentially coma-inducing drop. But might there be individual foods you can add to your diet that could help control those spikes and dips? EN separates
The more scientists delve into the interrelationship between the brain and the cardiovascular system, the more evidence they find that blood vessel problems are important factors in cognitive decline and the neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The findings offer hope for those of us who are worried about losing
A mountain of evidence amassed by scientific researchers attests to the damaging effects of diabetes on the brain. But the precursors of diabetes—insulin resistance and prediabetes— also take a toll. If not carefully controlled, diabetes and its precursors can increase risk for health problems such as stroke, heart attack, and
Ankle Brachial Test May Help to Identify Mild Cognitive Impairment
People with an abnormal ankle brachial index (ABI) score were more likely to have mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to a recent study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. ABI is a test to check for peripheral arterial disease, or PAD.
According to recent data from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANES, a large, ongoing program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of Americans), one-third of U.S. adults have metabolic syndrome (MetS). MetS is a cluster of risk factors—high triglycerides (blood fats), reduced HDL (“good”)