In this month’s issue, we’re looking at how diet can influence blood sugar and your risk for diabetes. Diabetes affects the body’s ability to metabolize sugar, either because the pancreas produces little or no insulin (type 1 diabetes), a hormone that regulates the absorption of sugar from the bloodstream into
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Q: I have had type 2 diabetes for more than 20 years. Should I eat whole-grain foods? I know they are touted for their health benefits, but they are high in carbohydrates, and years ago, I was told to limit my carbohydrate intake.
A: Carbohydrates, which were once considered by many
Gluten-free foods are flooding the market, which is great for people with celiac disease—but many people have equated “gluten-free” with “healthy,” and that’s not always the case. According to Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, a registered dietitian at UCLA Health System, gluten is a protein found primarily in whole-grain wheat,
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,
What is diverticulitis? Definition-wise, it’s a condition that’s best explained by describing how it starts—and what it starts as. According to The Diverticulitis Foundation of America, half of Americans older than age 60 have diverticulosis, a condition where small pouches (about the size of large peas) called diverticula bulge outward
The concept of anti-inflammatory eating for better health is not new, yet seems to grow ever more popular, as evidenced by the plethora of anti-inflammation diet books on the market. But what exactly is anti-inflammatory eating, and why is it important for your health?
The Good and the Not So Good.
Take a look in your pantry. Do you see whole-grain pasta? Does the label on your bread say “100% whole wheat”? (Are you sure? Don’t be fooled by terms like “multigrain.”) Is your breakfast cereal made with whole grains?
“We are very fortunate these days—for almost any type of baked product
One of the biggest challenges many people face when they find out they have diabetes is figuring out what they can eat and when. Fortunately, healthy eating when you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes (or prediabetes) isn’t substantially different from how we all should eat. Diabetes-friendly meals feature
Nutrition experts—including those advising this newsletter—have been preaching for years about the benefits of replacing refined grains in your diet with whole grains. The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans echoed this advice, recommending limiting intake of refined grains and products made with refined grains and starches. People consuming a healthy
Better-Off Americans Eating a Bit Better
Overall during this period, Americans reported eating almost half an additional serving a day of whole grains, a quarter of an extra serving of nuts and seeds, more whole fruits, and slightly more seafood than in 1999. Sugary drink consumption was down substantially by about