Can You Prevent Diabetes With a Healthy Lifestyle?

download (75)While there is ample information available on how to prevent Type 2 diabetes, it seems as if more attention is given to its treatment. Which means people are not looking to prevent Type 2 diabetes, and this leads to the development of the condition in those who are susceptible to the disease. There is no doubt heredity plays a role, and a strong family history of diabetes is a significant risk factor. But an environment that favors overeating and inactivity are also fueling the worldwide diabetes epidemic.

With a diabetes diagnosis, an individual considers treatment more seriously than he or she ever considered prevention. It’s a shame not enough attention is given to prevention because it’s clearly a better option than to have to treat it. Especially when you consider preventing unstable and high blood sugar readings are not as complicated as many have been led to believe.

Type 2 diabetes is a predictable disease. It’s easy to determine if or when it would likely develop in many adults. By taking an objective measure of one’s health and determining the presence of


How to Deal With a Diabetes Diagnosis

download (74)A Type 2 diabetes diagnosis is a life crisis for many people. And that is understandable. After all, Type 2 diabetes is not a disease to be taken lightly. It is better to be greatly distressed by it than to be apathetic, even if it causes you stress.

Sometimes it takes frustration, anxiety, and worry before you feel you must change. As any individual who has successfully made the transition from obese to lean can attest to, there comes a time where enough is enough. An intervention is necessary, and it becomes the only option. Such circumstances often inspire drastic measures, but it’s better to risk your sanity temporarily to improve your health than it is to see matters continue to get worse.

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, don’t despair. You may feel frustrated or upset. You may feel some remorse for your wrongdoings over the years. But there’s nothing you can do about the past, so it’s best to move on.

What’s more important is how you live your life going forward. Type 2 diabetes affects you in the


Is Yogurt A Do Or Don’t For Your Diabetic Diet Plan?

images (23)One snack many Type 2 diabetics find themselves turning to time and time again is yogurt. But is yogurt the healthiest snack food you can be putting into your body? Is it one that will fuel your body well and keep your blood sugar under control?

The answer is both yes and no. It depends on the type of yogurt you are choosing to include in your eating plan.

Here are a few facts to add to your “yogurt” knowledge bank…

1. Probiotics. The first thing to note is one of the healthiest elements of yogurt is the fact it can contain probiotics. But, don’t think because you are eating yogurt it means you will always be taking in those probiotics. Probiotics are not included in all types of yogurt.

Not all brands contain probiotics, so be sure to check the label on the particular brand you are considering. If it doesn’t say it contains live bacterial cultures, chances are you are not going to be taking in the dose of healthy bacteria you think you are.

2. Sugar Content. Next, also take note of


Does Having Diabetes Mean a Slow Recovery From Pneumonia

images (25)Having a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes is known to have an adverse effect on the immune system. According to a study reported on in the British Medical Journal, people with a diabetes diagnosis are likely to have difficulty recovering from pneumonia.

Scientists at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and several other research institutions in Portugal looked at the records of over 74,00 Type 2 diabetics hospitalized with a diagnosis of pneumonia…

  • the 2012 records showed 28.1 percent of pneumonia patients also had Type 2 diabetes.

It was also found Type 2 diabetics averaged longer hospital stays, and a total of 15.2 percent of patients with diabetes versus 13.5 percent of non-diabetic patients died from pneumonia.

From the above results, it was concluded having a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes raises the risk of developing pneumonia as well as resulting in a slowed recovery and a higher risk of death. One more good reason to prevent or control all aspects of your Type 2 diabetes.

The kind of pneumonia in the study was community acquired, meaning it began outside a hospital or as the result


Is Anti-Cholesterol Surgery Helpful in Protecting Against Diabetes?

images (26)Surgery to bypass part of the ileum, a length of the small intestine, is known to have beneficial effects on cholesterol and blood fat levels. The procedure is known to cut down on heart disease. Another result of the procedure is to raise levels of a molecule called glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1). This molecule…

  • stimulates insulin secretion from the pancreas,
  • improves insulin sensitivity, and
  • lowers the release of sugar from the liver.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota in the United States found evidence a partial ileal bypass reduces the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. In their study, reported on in January of 2016 in the journal Surgical Obesity and Related Diseases, the scientists compared the results of individuals who had undergone a partial ileal bypass with those who had not, the control group. A total of 8 participants or 10 percent of the surgical patients, had developed Type 2 diabetes. Among the control group, 17, or 25.8 percent of the group had developed the condition. The scientists concluded that partial ileal bypass surgery can protect people from developing Type 2 diabetes for over


Prediabetes, Diabetes Type 1 and Diabetes Type 2 All Feature Progressive Glycation of Molecules

download (72)Glycation. Glycation is a random reaction between the ordinary glucose molecule and any tissue or any macromolecule in our bodies. Glycation is not enzyme-directed. It is not enzyme-facilitated. Glycation serves no positive purpose. Glycation is a chemical reaction between a substance – glucose – which has the property of sharing an electron with another molecule – and a receiving molecule, most usually a protein or lipoprotein. A glycation event is an irreversible union of glucose with a receptive molecule. Receptive molecules include hemoglobin, capillary endothelial cell membrane proteins, and structural membrane proteins of numerous organs, such as kidneys and nerves. Glycation reactions in our bodies occur when glucose molecules circulate too long in the blood stream – having not been transported into cells and tissues by insulin. How long is too long? Too long most certainly is greater than 3 hours. Even two hours can be too long. This random attachment of glucose changes the basic nature of the proteins and membranes. Glycation is undesirable, for it initiates and perpetuates disease on the organs affected.

Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus. Type 1


Does Diabetes During Pregnancy Affect the Infant’s Brain Development?

download (73)Can Gestational diabetes, the kind associated with pregnancy, hold back the development of a child’s brain? Scientists at the University of Queensland in Australia cautiously speculate this could be the case. In May of 2016, the medical journal Pediatrics reported on a review of fourteen studies looking at brain development in children aged 12 and under. Unfortunately, the studies used different tests of brain function, so the results were not the same. Here’s how it broke down…

  • two studies found the children born from a Gestational diabetes pregnancy, did more poorly on tests than children born as the result of a healthy pregnancy.
  • ten studies looked at children of mothers with prepregnancy diabetes and Gestational diabetes. Six of the studies found the children from a diabetes pregnancy scored lower on tests of intellectual development than children of a healthy pregnancy.

From the above results, it was concluded the mother’s pregnancy might be related to poor intellectual development in their baby. They recommend more studies before we can be sure.

Regardless of the decision finally reached regarding Gestational diabetes and intellectual development, there are other


Cell and Tissue Injury From Glucose Glycation Reactions Occurs in Both Prediabetes and Diabetes

download (71)Glucose absorbed from our food has a programmed journey. First, glucose enters our blood stream across our intestinal cells; then glucose travels to all tissues and cells, where it will cross cell membranes and enter the cell interior. Insulin is the essential hormone that facilitates the entry of glucose into our cells and tissues. Once in the cell interior, glucose enters the glycolysis pathway (lysis or breakdown of glucose), yielding carbon dioxide and water. Along this pathway, energy molecules form, which in turn, provide reaction energy for other essential cellular life processes.

Type 1 Diabetes. However, glucose will linger in the blood stream if cell uptake is sluggish. Sluggish cellular uptake of glucose happens when insulin secretion – and insulin presence at cell membranes – is inadequate. This is termed “insulin lack”. Though “insulin lack” is valid as an explanation, it is more appropriate to state that there is relative “insulin insufficiency” for the load of circulating glucose, for insulin is never at a “0” concentration – rather its concentration is lower than normal values and stimulation insulin secretion is abnormally low,


Why and When To Be Tested for Prediabetes

download (70)Type 2 diabetes is not identified as often as it could be, given how much we understand about the disease. But, at least society as a whole is aware of the condition. Most people know it’s brought on by high blood sugar levels as the result of insulin resistance. While many people continue to underestimate the disease, at least there’s a feeling of familiarity when the topic is raised.

Unfortunately, fewer adults are aware of prediabetes, which is the condition that exists when you have a blood sugar reading of 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 7 mmol/L). This reading is not quite high enough to give a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. As a result, many adults will be afflicted with full-blown Type 2 diabetes because they are not aware they have gradually rising blood sugar levels.

It is always important to stop a disease in its early stages. In the case with many cancers, precautions are taken and everything that can be done is carried out to increase an individual’s chances of overcoming the disease. While Type 2 diabetes isn’t


Which Medication Is Best for Preventing Diabetic Eye Disease

images (22)Scientists at the Ajou University School of Medicine and several Research Institutions in Korea found the class of medicines known as the gliptins slowed the development of diabetic retinopathy. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common kind of eye disease in people who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In this research it was revealed 7 out of 28 Type 2 diabetics showed a slower development of diabetic retinopathy. In June of 2016, the journal Retina, reported 25 percent of the diabetics taking gliptins, while 26 of 54 diabetics, almost half the diabetics taking other antidiabetic medications, showed the usual disease progression. The researchers suggested gliptins could be helpful for slowing diabetic retinopathy, and that further studies are warranted.

Gliptins make up a class of oral antihyperglycemic or antidiabetic drugs that lower blood sugar by lowering the levels of glucagon, a hormone that raises blood sugar levels, and by slowing stomach emptying. When the stomach empties slowly, blood sugar levels stay even.

The gliptins include…

  • Sitagliptin
  • Saxagliptin
  • Linagliptin
  • Vildagliptin
  • Alogliptin.

The gliptins can cause pancreatitis, so Type 2 diabetics taking one of the drugs in the gliptins range of


Looking at the Benefits of Including Raspberries in Your Diabetic Eating Plan

download (69)Looking to brighten up your eating plan? Eating foods the color of the rainbow each and every day is an excellent way to get the nutrition your body needs. And, there’s no better way to achieve this than with raspberries…

  • raspberries are one of the lowest sugar-containing fruits you can eat, so ideal for those with Type 2 diabetes looking to manage their blood sugar levels.
  • raspberries are also very high in fiber, so will help to stabilize your blood sugar and can also provide an excellent way to keep your cholesterol levels in check.

Let’s go over a few of the benefits about raspberries so you can see why this fruit is a must-have in your diabetic eating plan…

1. They May Help Enhance Fat Metabolism. Want an extra boost to your fat burning potential? Consider raspberries. Researchers have found a particular phytonutrient found in raspberries called rheosmin is especially beneficial for enhancing the level of fat metabolism taking place in the cell. By indulging in a few raspberries, you may increase the amount of your body’s fat burning.

2. Decreased Oxidative Stress. One


t’s Been Found Omega-3 Fatty Acids Help to Lower HbA1c Levels!

download (68)Omega-3 fatty acids or linolenic acids are recommended for treating Type 2 diabetes, but how they work remains a mystery. In a study reported on by the Iran Journal of Public Health in March of 2016, scientists at Tehran University looked at how the omega-3s might affect particular enzymes. They could not find any effect on the enzymes, but the good news is the omega-3 fatty acids did lower their HbA1c levels.

A total of ninety people who had previously been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes acted as participants and were divided into two groups…

  1. the diabetic participants in the treatment group took 2714 mg of omega-3 fatty acids each day for two months.
  2. the other participants who too had Type 2 diabetes, were given a placebo.

There was no change in enzyme activity, but the HbA1c reading was significantly lowered in the omega-3 group.

Good vegan sources of omega-3 fatty acids include…

  • flaxseed oil – 1 tablespoon, 7196 mg
  • walnuts – 1 ounce, 562 mg
  • walnut oil – 1 tablespoon, 1404 mg
  • chia seeds – 1 ounce, 4915 mg
  • cloves – 1 tablespoon, 278 mg

One teaspoon of flaxseed oil


Has Your Lifestyle Made You Vulnerable to Diabetes?

download (67)Back in 1985, an estimated 30 million cases of diabetes existed worldwide. The number increased to 177 million in 2000 and is expected to rise to at least 370 million by 2030: almost all from Type 2 diabetes associated with aging, obesity, and inactivity.

If you are a middle-aged adult and concerned about your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, you are ahead of the curve. Most people do not consider their risk for widespread disease and will, unfortunately, be afflicted with one of several health issues sooner or later. The fact of the matter is many diseases and illnesses are preventable. With a healthy lifestyle, you can maximize your health for as long as nature allows.

You, along with everyone else will eventually die whether we like it or not. But why not live for as long as you can, leading the best quality of life you can? By asking yourself if you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, you are asking one of the essential questions to help you live a healthier and more fulfilling life.

In regards to


Foods With a Low Glycemic Index May Help in the Treatment of Gestational Diabetes

download (65)Researchers at two hospitals in Changzhou, China, found low glycemic eating plans are one way of treating Gestational diabetes both efficiently and safely. Gestational diabetes is similar to Type 2 diabetes, but is seen for the first time during pregnancy. It can have severe consequences for the mother and her baby. Mothers have an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes during the following five to ten years and are in danger of needing a Cesarean birth. Infants may be born overweight and can fracture their shoulder as they travel through the birth canal.

The glycemic index is a measure of how much a given food raises blood sugar levels. Foods with a high glycemic index are those with high levels of sugar, for obvious reasons, and low-fiber content. Fiber slows down the absorption of sugar to prevent a sudden blood sugar spike.

Researchers in Changzhou, China, pooled five research studies with a total of three hundred and two participants and analyzed them as if they were one study. Their work was published in the journal Medicine in May of 2016. Infants


Neglecting Your Diabetes Is Dangerous

download (66)It’s no secret Type 2 diabetes is quickly becoming the biggest epidemic of our time and unfortunately many diabetics are choosing to ignore their condition. While it wouldn’t be fair to accuse anyone of neglecting their disease entirely, evidence shows many do. Type 2 diabetes is not inevitable; there are many steps you can take to stop it before it becomes irreversible. The fact is an overwhelming majority of adults disregard their health issue.

If you are neglecting your diabetes, or if it’s something you might be struggling to admit, read on.

Neglecting Type 2 diabetes is dangerous. While it may seem innocuous most of the time, high blood sugar levels are harmful to your body. In the short-term, it may be something to disregard. Life, after all, has enough to keep you busy. If you are currently struggling financially, for instance, it may not be the best time to worry about whether or not you are going to be alive in 10 or 20 years.

But, sooner or later you must focus on what is most important: your health. While money can


Change Your Relationship With Food to Help Control Diabetes

images (21)If you’re like many people, you likely have a love-hate relationship with food. On one hand, you love food for what it provides you: sustenance, pleasure, and satisfaction. On the other, you’re troubled by what it can cause: indigestion, weight gain, and high blood sugar levels.

Eating itself is not inherently harmful to you or your health. Even if it were, there would be no avoiding it. You simply need to eat for your body to survive and thrive. This fact alone eliminates the idea fasting for extended periods of time is beneficial to your health. (Although short-term fasts do have their place in a healthy lifestyle.)

As you’re undoubtedly aware, what’s ideal is to establish a balance. Avoid overeating, but also avoid extremely low-calorie diets. Find a daily intake where you are slightly hungry for much of the day, to ensure you are able to maintain a healthy weight. But also make sure you can eat at least one satisfying meal that includes a healthy variety of foods.

Here’s an example of a healthy meal for just about any adult…

  • seasoned chicken or

Does Diabetes Affect the Brain?

download (62)Type 2 diabetes has been linked with the loss of brain function. In June 2016, the Journal of Diabetes Complications reported on the results of a study on Type 2 diabetes and the risk of brain function decline. Researchers at the Autonomous National University of Mexico in Mexico City and the Institute of Psychiatry in London, UK, looked at 1193 individuals who were 65 years of age or older. They found the people who were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes had almost twice the risk of brain impairment as did the non-diabetic participants. The Type 2 diabetics who had the highest blood sugar levels were most likely to suffer reduced brain function.

In June 2016 the Journal of Neurological Science reported on a different study from Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Middle-aged adults with fasting blood sugar levels of at least 126 mg/dL or 7 mmol/L already had thinning in the cortices of their brains, where thinking takes place. A fasting blood sugar level from 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.6 to 6.9 mmol/L is considered as being prediabetes.

If we


A Protein Bark Recipe For Diabetics

download (63)Want a sweet and delicious snack you can feel good about putting in your body? Why not try this protein bark recipe? The regular chocolate bark is typically loaded with sugar and calories and not appropriate for someone looking to manage both their blood sugar levels and body weight. But, the great news is with a few modifications, you can certainly prepare a recipe that will serve you well.

Protein Bark. The secret ingredient in this protein bark recipe is coconut oil. Coconut oil is what will give the protein bark recipe its softer consistency, even when it is kept in the freezer. You can take it out and immediately bite right into it, and experience the deliciously creamy and sweet taste it has to offer.

Even better is coconut oil provides a healthy source of dietary fat that will not only stabilize your blood sugar levels but also…

  • help to keep your immune system strong,
  • help ward off heart disease, and may even
  • help you become leaner thanks to the metabolic boost it will provide for you.

The protein powder added to this bark is


Maternal Weight Gain During Pregnancy Affects the Child’s Risk of Becoming Obese

download (64)Scientists at Harvard Medical School and several other research institutions in Boston, United States and Canada, found too much weight gain during the first three months of pregnancy resulted in excess weight gain in children.

In July of 2016 the medical journal, Obesity reported on 979 mother and child pairs who took part in the study. The young children whose mother had gained excess amounts of weight during the first and second three months of their pregnancy, were heavy by mid-childhood. From this result, the researchers concluded there was a need to address excess weight gain early in the mother’s pregnancy to avoid excessive weight gain in their children’s early years.

Overweight and obese children are at high risk for…

  • developing Type 2 diabetes,
  • high blood fat levels,
  • high blood pressure, and
  • heart disease.

According to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, United States, obesity and Type 2 diabetes in children can lead to their heart growing out-of-shape.

In 2012 the journal American Family Physician reported that obese boys have a 30 percent risk of high blood pressure or borderline high blood pressure. The risk for girls is


Type 2 Diabetes – How to Treat Blood Sugar Levels Naturally

download (61)Depending on your knowledge of Type 2 diabetes, you may or may not be aware it is a disease that can be treated entirely through natural means. Unlike some of the major diseases affecting adults and children alike, you have the power to treat or “reverse” your condition – without relying on any medication.

Common medications for Type 2 diabetes include artificial products that work to lower your blood sugar. While they may be useful in some respects, they often pose serious consequences, in the long run, some of which may even be lethal.

To talk about artificial methods to lower your blood sugar would be beyond the scope of this discussion. However, it’s crucial to understand relying on medications to manage your blood sugar would be far from ideal. The correct course of action is to treat Type 2 diabetes the natural way, by making the commitment to improving your health one small step at a time. It would be an understatement to suggest your lifestyle determines not only your health but also the state of your blood sugar. Since this