TV Time Increases Diabetes Risk

Over 3000 overweight people were randomized to lifestyle intervention, daily metformin (medication), or placebo groups. The lifestyle group was encouraged to limit sedentary behaviors and get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. At 3 years the lifestyle group had significantly reduced the time spent watching TV. After adjusting for confounders in all groups,…

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Pistachios Help Stress

Penn State researchers randomized two groups of type-2 diabetics to different diets. All consumed a heart healthy diet, but the experimental group's diet included 2 daily servings of pistachios.  Researchers provided all the meals for 4 weeks. The blood vessels of those eating the pistachios remained more relaxed and open during a cold water challenge and…

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Avoid Diabetes Through Exercise

Walking and running are common aerobic exercises that can reduce diabetes risk. However researchers also found that strength training (weight lifting) or muscle conditioning (stretching, etc) helps too. From a national sample of 99,000 women aged 36-81, they found that at least one hour of strength training and conditioning plus at least 2.5 hours of…

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Eat Less Red Meat to Cut Diabetes Risk

Increasing the intake of red meat by more than one-half serving daily during a 4 year period was associated with a 48% increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes (P<0.001) compared to those who made no change. This study involved more than 150,000 participants. Reducing red meat intake by the same amount lowered risk…

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The Impact of Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a serious and growing global problem. While age, gender, and genetics all influence risk, a healthy lifestyle can help prevent and control this disease. The following infographic illustrates the impact of Type 2 Diabetes.

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Bran, Brain and Diabetics

Whole grains for the brain win again!The online edition of the journal Circulation just published a study following 7822 women with type 2 diabetes for 26 years. The study gathered details on their diet every four years.Bran intake was divided into five different levels, from low to high.  The higher the bran in the women's diets, the fewer heart attacks and…

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