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Is Rice Good For Diabetics?

Wed, 09 May 2012 02:21:27 +0000

Rice has received some negative publicity lately regarding its effects on the development of diabetes. A large study, published this March in the British Medical Journal, found that regular eaters of white rice were significanty more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than people who rarely consume the food. The study found that the risk of [...]

Poor Glucose Control Linked To Brain Volume Shrinkage In The Elderly

Wed, 09 May 2012 02:12:56 +0000

Older adults suffering from either pre-diabetes or full blown diabetes show significantly greater rates of brain volume shrinkage according to the results of a study presented this month at the joint conference of the International Congress of Endocrinology and European Congress of Endocrinology. The research, led by Dr. Katherine Samaras, Associate Professor of Medicine at [...]

Does Eating Too Much Sugar Lead To Diabetes?

Fri, 20 Apr 2012 08:08:36 +0000

There are many misconceptions regarding the causes of diabetes. One of these is that excessive sugar intake leads to the development of type-2 diabetes. The general scientific consensus is that sucrose (table sugar) itself doesn’t cause diabetes although products with added sugar are typically calorie dense and therefore may contribute to the development of obesity [...]

High Intensity Exercise Improves Glucose Control In Type-2 Diabetics

Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:56:04 +0000

One of the most effective ways for type-2 diabetics to improve glucose control is through endurance training. Unfortunately the time commitment required for this type of exercise is often too much for diabetics. Interestingly, a new study, published last month in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism has found that short duration high intensity physical [...]

Reducing Post Meal Glucose Levels With Complementary Foods

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 00:59:52 +0000

One of the most important aspects of managing diabetes is preventing postprandial hyperglycemia, which is an exaggerated blood sugar response following a meal. In general, the glycemic load (GL) gives a good idea of the glucose response that will occur after eating a given amount of a particular food. The GL is calculated by multiplying [...]

Vegetables For Diabetics – What To Eat And Avoid

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 11:15:31 +0000

Vegetables are a vital component of a healthy diet and this is particularly true for diabetics. Most fruits and vegetables are high in fiber and nutrient dense but low in calories making them ideal for diabetics who often need to watch their calorie intake. The general rule of thumb for diabetics is that root vegetables [...]

Is Honey A Better Option Than Table Sugar For Diabetics?

Sun, 04 Mar 2012 08:42:15 +0000

A common question asked by diabetics is whether they should substitute honey for table sugar in their diet. This is generally motivated by the belief that a “natural” product like honey will be better for their health than a refined product such as table sugar. In general, I am of the belief that better management [...]

Maternal Vitamin D Level Linked To Child’s Future Risk Of Diabetes

Sun, 22 Jan 2012 07:25:20 +0000

The children of mothers with a low vitamin D status during pregnancy could be more than twice as likely to develop type-1 diabetes according to the results of a study published in the journal Diabetes earlier this month. The study, led by Ingvild M. Sørensen of the Department of Pediatrics, Oslo University Hospital Ullevål in [...]

Inadequate Water Intake May Lead To Higher Blood Sugar Levels

Sun, 20 Nov 2011 09:51:25 +0000

Those who drink less than 0.5 litres of water a day are significantly more likely to develop hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar) according to the results of a French study published in the journal Diabetes Care last month. The research, led by Ronan Roussel, Professor of Medicine at the Hospital Bichat in Paris, involved 3,615 adults [...]

Dietary Heme Iron Intake Linked To Gestational Diabetes

Mon, 07 Nov 2011 10:59:16 +0000

Two studies, both published in July of this year, have linked high consumption of heme iron (the form of iron found in animal products) with an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes. The first study was conducted by researchers from the Center for Perinatal Studies at the Swedish Medical Center in Washington, USA, and involved [...]

Pectin Improves Glycemic Control In Diabetic Patients

Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:07:09 +0000

Pectin is a substance found in the cell walls of land-based plants. Pectin combines with water to produce a thick, gel like substance, making it useful as a setting agent in jams and marmalades. Pectin has gained some popularity as a health food due to its ability to lower cholesterol levels. Interestingly, pectin has also [...]

Researchers Find Impaired Glucose Tolerance More Likely In Fast Eaters

Tue, 04 Oct 2011 09:57:39 +0000

A Japanese study has found that fast eaters may be at a significantly greater risk of developing impaired glucose tolerance compared to those who eat at a normal speed. The study, which appeared online last month in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, was conducted by researchers at the Institute of Clinical Medicine at [...]

Study Finds 62% Reduced Diabetes Risk In Those With High Vitamin C Levels

Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:43:09 +0000

Vitamin C has shown some fairly impressive cholesterol lowering abilities in previous studies, however the importance of vitamin C in both preventing and treating diabetes has only recently come to light. The only published study on the issue of vitamin C and diabetes risk was published in 2008 and found huge reductions in diabetes risk [...]

Despite Improvements, Diabetics Still Face Reduced Life Expectancy

Tue, 13 Sep 2011 12:58:22 +0000

In the last 50 years or so, medical advances have improved the life expectancy and quality of life of diabetics dramatically however they still face an increased risk of developing common chronic illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, and cancer. As a result of this, diabetics have a life expectancy around 8 years lower than [...]

Treating Diabetes With Guar Gum

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 13:16:42 +0000

Guar gum is a water soluble fibre that is produced from the endosperm of Guar beans. It is available from speciality health and baking stores, primarily for use as a thickening agent. It is a relatively cheap item to buy with food grade guar gum costing around $3 per pound. Guar gum has some interesting [...]

Which Countries Have The Highest Rates Of Diabetes?

Sat, 03 Sep 2011 03:49:19 +0000

The small island of Nauru in the South Pacific is believed to have the highest prevalence of diabetes in the world with a massive 31% of adults between 20 and 79 suffering from either type-1 or type-2 diabetes in 2010. Obesity is the primary reason for the high diabetes rates in Nauru with more than [...]

Is It Safe For Diabetics To Eat Potatoes?

Mon, 22 Aug 2011 12:28:23 +0000

Despite being the most popular vegetable in the United States, potatoes have fallen out of favour somewhat with nutritionists over the last few decades due to a relatively low nutrient density and high levels of quickly absorbed carbohydrates. Many diabetics avoid potatoes altogether for fear of exacerbating their condition. Fortunately the news is not all [...]

Type 1 Diabetes Incidence Continues To Increase

Sat, 13 Aug 2011 03:40:49 +0000

A study published in the journal Diabetic Medicine last month shows a dramatic increase in the rate of type 1 diabetes in the UK, mirroring increases in other developed countries over the last couple of decades. The report, which compared type 1 diabetes incidence in the UK between 1991 and 2008 showed some dramatic increases, [...]

Garlic Compound As Effective As Insulin At Treating Diabetes

Tue, 25 Nov 2008 00:49:38 +0000

A compound, found exclusively in garlic, may control blood sugar levels just as well as insulin but without the need for daily injections according to a new study published in the January 2009 issue of Metallomics, a journal published by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The compound, known as Bis(allixinato)oxidovanadium(IV), is a complex consisting of [...]

Can Cinnamon Be Used To Treat Diabetes?

Mon, 10 Nov 2008 09:03:23 +0000

According to a study published in the journal Diabetes Care in 2003, cinnamon may be quite effective at reducing blood sugar levels in diabetic patients, reducing the need for diabetes medication. The study, conducted by Pakistani and American researchers, involved 30 diabetic men and 30 diabetic women who were divided into six groups. The first [...]