Category: Diabetes

How to Help Your Diabetes Medications Work Better

By Susan Bernstein Want to get an extra boost from your meds? Make some healthy changes in your life, and the drugs you take will do a better job of bringing your type 2 diabetes under control. You might even be able to cut back on how much medicine you take — or stop it altogether. Many people might be able to control their diabetes with lifestyle changes alone, says Richard Siegel, MD, co-director of the Diabetes Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Some things you can do include: Get regular exercise. Eat a healthy diet. Get enough...

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6 Ways to Reduce Stress With Diabetes

By Vanessa Caceres Reviewed by Farrokh Sohrabi, MD Stress management can be an important part of managing type 2 diabetes. Discover how to recognize diabetes-related stress and then how to unwind from it. Stress management is important for everyone’s overall health, but it’s particularly vital in type 2 diabetes. That’s because the way your body responds to stress could lead to diabetes complications, says Robert A. Gabbay, MD, PhD, an endocrinologist and chief medical officer at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. According to Dr. Gabbay, stress leads to an increase in the hormones cortisol and epinephrine, and a rise in...

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Eat More Healthy Fat to Reduce the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Eating more unsaturated fats instead of carbohydrates decreases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, says research published in PLOS Medicine. Replacing carbohydrate and saturated fats with healthy fats, such as polyunsaturated fats, lowers blood sugar levels and improves insulin control, according to findings from a new meta-analysis. Around the world, there has been a sharp increase in the rates of insulin resistance type 2 diabetes. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 29.1 million people have diabetes. That is approximately 9.3 percent of the population. To treat existing diabetes, the CDC...

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Daily Chocolate Intake Linked to Lower Risk of Diabetes

Written by Honor Whiteman Could a doctor’s visit one day result in a prescription for chocolate? According to a new study, it is possible. Researchers suggest that consuming a small amount of chocolate every day may lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease. Study co-author Prof. Saverio Stranges – visiting academic of the University of Warwick Medical School, United Kingdom, and scientific director of the Department of Population Health at the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) – and colleagues publish their findings in the British Journal of Nutrition. Chocolate is often perceived as a treat that should only...

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Diabetes and Diabetes Symptoms

What is diabetes (dm) and what are its symptoms are two common questions asked daily. Diabetes, also known by medical doctors as diabetes mellitus, is a metabolic disease where a person has a high blood glucose which is known as blood sugar.  This is due to an inadequate production of insulin production, or due to body’s cells that are not responding to insulin.  In some cases it could both of the above mentioned. Diabetes Symptoms in Women A few common symptoms or signs of diabetes is frequent urination, an increase in thirst, a feeling of intense hunger, weight gain,...

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