Tag: glucose

Choose Water Over Diet Drinks for Weight Loss

Replacing diet beverages with water may lead to greater weight loss in obese women with type 2 diabetes who are following a weight-loss diet, research shows. Among 81 overweight or obese women with type 2 diabetes who usually consumed diet drinks, those who substituted water for the diet beverage after

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

Foods to Soothe Digestive Woes

Approximately 35 million Americans are afflicted with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), marked by chronic abdominal pain, diarrhea and/or constipation, and often nausea, bloating and excess gas, too. IBS is the most common gut condition diagnosed by gastroenterologists (specialists in digestive tract diseases). There isn’t a test for IBS per se,

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)

New Drug Combo Treats Certain Cancers

A research team at the Biozentrum (Center for Molecular Life Sciences) of the University of Basel, Switzerland, has found that metformin, the widely prescribed drug used to treat type 2 diabetes, also has anti-cancer properties when combined with syrosingopine, which has been used to treat hypertension since 1960. The drug

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

Eating Tree Nuts Helps Fight Diabetes

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

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

More Scrutiny for Artificial Sweeteners

A controversial animal study, with a very small follow-up in humans, suggests that artificial sweeteners may promote glucose intolerance—and therefore diabetes—by changing the bacterial mix in the gut. Published in the journal Nature, the findings have some saying artificial sweeteners should be viewed with suspicion, while other experts dismiss the

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