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Product Review: Loma Linda Tuno

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Atlantic Natural Foods has just introduced Loma Linda Tuno, a soy-based and fishless seafood alternative for those looking to move toward a plant-based diet…

Product Review: Softy Straws

Product Review: Softy Straws

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Many companies, restaurants and cities have banned the use of plastic straws. You can do your part, too, by switching to reusable Softy Straws…

Type 1 Diabetes vs Type 2

Type 1 Diabetes vs Type 2

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Let’s take a look at Type 1 diabetes vs Type 2 and hopefully clear up any confusion or questions you may have about these conditions…

Lower Risk Heart Disease

Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

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Adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than those without diabetes. What are the symptoms, and what steps can you take to reduce your risk?

Ketones: Clearing Up the Confusion

Ketones: Clearing Up the Confusion

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You’ve probably heard of ketones, and you might be wondering what they mean and if you need to worry about them at all, especially if you have diabetes…

Six Food Trends for 2019

Six Food Trends for 2019

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If you’re a foodie or merely interested in finding out what 2019 has in store in terms of food-finds and healthful eating, read on for six top food trends…

Diabetic SPIbelt

Product Review: Diabetic SPIbelt

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Wondering what do with your insulin pump, continuous glucose monitor or meter when you’re exercising? Here’s a solution: SPIbelt Diabetic Belt…

Product Review: Dodow

Product Review: Dodow

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If you suffer from insomnia due to stress, worries, anxiety or a mind that never seems to shut off, Dodow may be for you…

Product Review: Avocado Sock

Product Review: Avocado Sock

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What to do when that avocado is as hard as a rock? An unripe avocado can take days, if not a week, to ripen. Here’s what you do: reach for The Avocado Sock!

Product Review: Type You Diabetic Care Daytime Liquid Cough & Cold Medicine Max Strength

Review: Liquid Cough & Cold Medicine

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Make sure you have Type You Diabetic Care Daytime Liquid Cough & Cold medicine on hand during cold season. This cough syrup is specially formulated for people who have diabetes.

Low Carb Myths and Facts

Low-Carb Myths and Facts

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Confusion about low-carb diets abounds. Let’s take a look at some common myths and facts surrounding this popular eating style…

Product Review: YogaToes GEMS

Product Review: YogaToes GEMS

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YogaToes GEMS can help restore your feet to a more natural form and function by gently stretching your toes, stimulating circulation, and relieving foot fatigue…

Product Review: Bio-Oil

Product Review: Bio-Oil

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Bio-Oil is clinically proven and dermatologist-recommended to improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone…

Woman With Diabetic Headache Pain

Five Ways Diabetes Causes Headaches

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If you have diabetes and you find that a pounding head is more than just a passing nuisance, it’s time to sort out possible causes. Some of the likely culprits may be directly related to your diabetes…

Thawing Out That Frozen Shoulder

Thawing Out That Frozen Shoulder

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Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in your shoulder joint. Read on to learn more about it, including treatment options…

Recognizing and Responding to Diabetic Emergencies

Recognizing and Responding to Diabetic Emergencies

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One important aspect of caring for your diabetes is learning about and being prepared for diabetic emergencies, should they ever occur. Read about severe hypoglycemia, diabetic ketoacidosis, and hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndrome and how to respond…

Product Review: OakRidge Sharps Container

Product Review: OakRidge Sharps Container

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It’s important to have an appropriate, designated container in which to place used sharps. OakRidge sharps containers come in packages of three, making them perfect for use at home, at work, and when traveling.

Product Review: Dex4 Glucose Gel

Product Review: Dex4 Glucose Gel

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The best way to handle hypoglycemia is to prevent it from happening in the first place. But because life happens, it’s important to be prepared. Dex4 Glucose Gel is a fast-acting source of carbohydrate that’s an excellent option for treating low blood glucose…

Product Review: Precise Portions Complete Lifestyle Starter Weight-Loss System

Review: Precise Portions

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Isn’t there an easier way to curb your calories without resorting to eating foods you don’t like, measuring out every morsel, or going hungry? Yes, there is! \

Product Review: Yomandamor Bamboo Diabetic Socks

Product Review: Yomandamor Bamboo Diabetic Socks

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If you currently have any foot problems, or if you’ve had them in the past, it’s a smart idea to wear socks geared for diabetes. Yomandamor bamboo diabetic socks are made from a combination of bamboo and elastane — materials that wick away moisture, are wrinkle-resistant, and are free from seams…

Very Low Carb Diet and Type 1 Diabetes

Can a Very-Low-Carb Diet Help People with Type 1 Diabetes?

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Several weeks ago, a study was published in the journal Pediatrics suggesting that people with Type 1 diabetes could follow a very-low-carbohydrate diet (VLCD) and achieve glycemic control. Learn about the research from Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian Amy Campbell…

Dexcom G6: The Future of CGM Is Here

Dexcom G6: The Future of CGM Is Here

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Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is a technology that has revolutionized diabetes self-management, and like all technologies, it’s quickly evolving. One of the newest CGM systems to hit the market is the Dexcom G6…

Eight Tips for Healthy Grilling

Eight Tips for Healthy Grilling

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Grilling can be a healthful way of cooking if you keep in mind some pointers. Get eight tips for healthy grilling from diabetes educator and registered dietitian Amy Campbell…

Product Review: Capzasin-HP

Product Review: Capzasin-HP

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Capzasin-HP is a “high potency” topical analgesic cream that contains 0.1% capsaicin, a substance found in chili peppers that gives them their “heat” and does double-duty as a pain reliever…

Summertime Traveling

Summertime…and the Traveling Is Easy!

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Sometimes people with diabetes are hesitant to travel. Fortunately, with a little planning, there’s no reason you can’t head for faraway lands (or the beach) just because you have diabetes…

Six Unusual Reasons for Gaining Weight

Six Unusual Reasons for Gaining Weight

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If you’re gaining weight or finding it difficult, if not impossible, to lose weight, you may need to look beyond the obvious. Learn six unusual reasons for gaining weight…

Plant Sources of Protein

Plant Sources of Protein

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There’s plenty of evidence that eating a plant-based diet is beneficial to health. Concerned about getting enough protein? Learn about plant sources of protein from Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian Amy Campbell…

Yoga for Diabetes

Yoga for Diabetes

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What if there was a way to reap the benefits of physical activity while a) enjoying what you’re doing and b) not having to huff and puff or fight someone for the treadmill at the gym? If you’ve been asking yourself this very question, then yoga might be right for you.

Chromium and Diabetes

Chromium and Diabetes

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The role of chromium in diabetes control remains controversial. Is there any new research on this supplement? Is it really helpful in managing blood sugars? Or are the chromium claims mostly hype?

Why a Smart Insulin Pen is a Smart Idea

Why a Smart Insulin Pen Is a Smart Idea

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Technology is has made its mark in the diabetes world, and even insulin pens are getting a tech makeover. Learn about some smart insulin pens on the horizon from Certified Diabetes Educator Amy Campbell…

Looking Beyond A1C: Other Markers of Diabetes Management

Looking Beyond A1C: Other Markers of Diabetes Management

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Whether you’re new to diabetes or have had it for a long time, you likely know that the “gold standard” of assessing the level of your control is determined by an A1C measurement. But there are additional ways to assess how your diabetes is doing…

Five Ways to Improve Gut Health

Five Ways to Improve Gut Health

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Researchers are learning more and more about how the gut plays a major role in health and disease, including diabetes. Read on to learn more about steps you can take to get your gut into tip-top shape…

Chocolate Health Benefits

Good News for Chocolate Fans

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There’s good news for chocolate lovers: The popular treat can actually be good for you! Read on to learn about chocolate health benefits…

Ten Tips to Improve Health in Five Minutes a Day

Take Five for Better Health

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You’d be surprised at the small but meaningful things you can do in a matter of minutes to improve your health and maybe even help your diabetes. Here are 10 tips to improve health in five minutes a day…

Making Your Diabetes Pills Work for You

Making Your Diabetes Pills Work for You

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If you have diabetes, it’s highly likely that you take at least one type of medicine to help you manage it. To make sure you’re getting the most from your diabetes pills, consider the following 25 tips for taking some of the more common ones…

What You Need to Know About UTIs

What You Need to Know About UTIs

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Burning when you urinate. A frequent urge to urinate. Pain in your back or abdomen. Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? These are all symptoms of a urinary tract infection, or UTI, for short…

Weight Loss Strategies

Weight Loss: Step by Step

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If you’ve had it with stringent diets, consider another approach: losing weight step by step. These six strategies can help you shed those unwanted pounds — and keep them off…

A New Year With New Foods

A New Year With New Foods

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The New Year often brings resolutions to get and stay healthy. It also brings a whole new crop of food trends. Learn about five you may want to try…

Pasta for Diabetics

Pasta for Diabetics

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One of my favorite foods is pasta. I think I could eat pasta every day and never tire of it. And when I’ve had a rough day, nothing comforts me as much as a plate of pasta with butter (or trans-fat-free margarine), Parmesan cheese, and freshly ground black pepper…

Quitting Smoking Diabetes

Quitting Smoking With Diabetes

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Millions of Americans have quit smoking. Read on to learn the whys and hows of quitting smoking with diabetes, and find out what’s worked for others…

Periods and Diabetes

Diabetes and Your Period

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There are steps you can take to manage menstruation and your blood sugar levels. Learn more about diabetes and your period…

Curbing Sugar Cravings

Curbing Sugar Cravings

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On average, Americans eat about 152 pounds of sugar per year, compared to just 2 pounds of sugar 200 years ago. Learn our tips for curbing sugar cravings…

Diabetes and Hot Flashes

Diabetes and Hot Flashes

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Read on to learn more about the connection between diabetes and hot flashes and what you can do to help keep hot flashes at bay…

Eating for Better Sleep

Eating for Better Sleep

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Wondering about foods that can help you get better sleep? Find out about what can help — and what can hinder — here.

Boost Your Bone Health

Boost Your Bone Health

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Talk of bone health might bring images to mind of little old ladies who fall and break their hips. “That’s not me,” you may be thinking…

Foods for Healthy Eyes

Foods for Healthy Eyes

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Along with making sure you’ve had an annual dilated eye exam, you’ll want to be sure you’re getting enough of the following foods for healthy eyes…

Saying Bye-Bye to Bloating

Saying Bye-Bye to Bloating

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In many instances, belly bloating is caused by consuming certain foods and beverages. Let’s take a look at some of the common culprits…

Diabetes Spring Cleaning

Diabetes Spring Cleaning

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While you’re washing windows and storing away your winter blankets, it’s a great time to think about your “diabetes spring cleaning,” as well…

Do I Have Diabetes?

Do I Have Diabetes?

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Are you wondering, “Do I have diabetes?” Learn about risk factors, signs and symptoms, how to get tested, and what to do if you do have diabetes…

Intermittent Fasting: Not So Fast

Intermittent Fasting: Not So Fast

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What is intermittent fasting, and is it something you should try? Get the facts from certified diabetes educator and registered dietitian Amy Campbell!

Potassium-rich foods -- The Power of Potassium

The Power of Potassium

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Let’s explore what potassium does in the body. This mineral is often referred to as an “electrolyte…”

Brewed Drinks to Try for Health

Brewed Drinks to Try for Health

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If you’ve become bored with your “same old, same old” morning coffee or tea, it’s time to stir things up! Here are three brewed drinks that you might try…

When Is Blood Pressure Too Low

When Is Blood Pressure Too Low

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What if you have blood pressure that’s too low? What does it mean? And what should you do? Get information from health expert Amy Campbell…

Women and Diabetes: What to Know

Women and Diabetes: What to Know

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If you’re a woman who has diabetes, it can’t be overemphasized how important it is to take care of — and take charge of — your health…

Prediabetes: What to Know

Prediabetes: What to Know

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By definition, prediabetes means that your blood sugars are too high to be called normal, but not high enough to be called diabetes…

Types of Insulin

Types of Insulin

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In 1921, researchers Banting and Best discovered insulin. With help from other scientists, insulin was developed into a form suitable for human treatment…

Insulin Syringe Used for Diabetes

What Does Insulin Do?

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Are you wondering, what does insulin do? Learn what this hormone is, how it functions, and what goes wrong in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes…

Diabetes and Taste Disorders

Diabetes and Taste Disorders

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There’s some evidence that people who have diabetes are more prone to developing taste disorders. Here’s what you can do if you’re affected…

Are You Food Insecure?

Are You Food Insecure?

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I did a little digging and learned that food insecurity and diabetes are linked, and decided that this was something I wanted to share with you this week…

Man inspects effects of diabetic hair loss -- Diabetes and Hair Loss

Diabetes and Hair Loss

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Hair loss has a variety of causes, some related to diabetes, but there are steps you can take to treat it…

Building a Better Sandwich

Building a Better Sandwich

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Back to work or school often brings up the issue of what to take for lunch, and inevitably, sandwiches come to mind. By avoiding or limiting fast-food sandwiches and making your own, you’ll have more control over portion sizes and ingredients…

Protecting Your Voice

Protecting Your Voice

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Most people take their voice for granted — until they develop laryngitis, for example, and talking becomes a struggle…

Butter or Margarine?

Butter or Margarine?

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Butter versus margarine. Undoubtedly, you have an opinion, based on what you use. But what’s the real deal behind the debate?

Weird Ways to Lose Weight

Weird Ways to Lose Weight

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There are some simple ways to help you on your weight-loss journey. Read on to learn some tips and tricks that can help you safely lose weight…

Summertime Skin Care

Summertime Skin Care

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With summer right around the corner, it’s important to pay close attention to your diabetes control and take extra steps to keep your skin healthy…

Portion Control Pointers

Portion Control Pointers

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For many people who despair of ever dropping a few pounds or keeping their blood sugars in their target range, the culprit is portion control…

Keep an Eye on Your Vision

Keep an Eye on Your Vision

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Vision is something that we often take for granted. Take steps to ensure that you’ll be seeing clearly many, many years from now!

The Lowdown on Soy

The Lowdown on Soy

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It often seems like there’s conflicting advice as to whether soy is good or bad for us. Let’s try to sort out the confusion…

Protein Revisited

Protein Revisited

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Let’s take a look at what we know about protein and its role in diabetes management…

The Power of Five for Health

The Power of Five for Health

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To help you focus on small but meaningful steps that you can take, here are suggestions based on the number five that might be helpful for your health…

Five Foods for Heart Health

Five Foods for Heart Health

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There are a lot of steps that you can take to lower your risk of heart disease. One place to start is to focus on your food choices…

Healthy Meals…In a Flash

Healthy Meals…In a Flash

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With everyone short on time, is it possible to get a healthy meal on the table without slaving over the stove? You bet!

Sprouted Grains

Sprouted Grains

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Sprouted grains and foods that contain sprouted grains have been “sprouting up” in grocery and health-food stores. Curious about what sprouted grains are?

Holiday Help and Hints

Diabetes? Holiday Help and Hints

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How can you stay on track with your diabetes management and still enjoy the traditions and joy of the season? Hopefully some of these tips will help!

Insulin: Types

Insulin: Types

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If you have diabetes, there is a good chance you are taking this medicine. Learn about the different options that are available from certified diabetes educator Amy Campbell…

Sugar Substitutes: Advantame

Sugar Substitutes: Advantame

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Advantame is a new high-intensity sweetener that the FDA has deemed safe to be used as a tabletop sweetener and a flavor enhancer in food (except for meat and poultry)…

What Is Stevia Leaf Extract?

What Is Stevia Leaf Extract?

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If any of the nonnutritive sweeteners have taken the sweetener world by storm, it would have to be the newer stevia-based sweeteners…

Acesulfame-K

Sugar Substitutes: Acesulfame-K

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This week we’ll focus on another sweetener that hasn’t gained much in popularity. The name of this sweetener is a bit strange: acesulfame-K…

Symptoms of Diabetes

Symptoms of Diabetes

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It’s not a bad idea to familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of diabetes, including both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes…

Seven Steps for Eating Healthfully With Diabetes

Seven Steps for Eating Healthfully With Diabetes

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It’s no picnic having diabetes. And having a picnic with diabetes may not seem all that easy, either. In a day and age when everyone has their own ideas about what and what not to eat, trying to eat healthfully can seem downright hard…

Navigating the Grocery Store

Navigating the Grocery Store

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We’ve all been there: We go to the store to get some milk or a loaf of bread, and we come out with two bags of groceries that we had no intention of buying. Use these tips to make the most of your food dollars and your time…

Walking and diabetes

Walk This Way!

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With longer days and warmer temperatures, there’s really no excuse for not getting out of hibernation and moving those muscles!

Peas

Pass Those Peas, Please

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with spring finally here, it’s time to lighten up your palate and enjoy a vegetable that has plenty to offer in the way of nutrition…

Fiber for weight loss

Simple Advice for Losing Weight

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If you’re one of the millions of people who are struggling to drop a few pounds, a new study published last week may offer some encouragement…

Portion control

Battling Portion Distortion

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Keeping an eye on your food portions is an important part of managing both your weight and your diabetes. But the fact is, controlling portions is hard…

Mediterranean diet to prevent stroke

Go Mediterranean to Beat Stroke

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Given that February is American Heart Month, it’s as good a time as any to turn your thoughts to steps that you can take to prevent stroke…

Flu-fighting foods

Fight the Flu With Food

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It’s that time of year again, the time when the flu virus hits. You might be able to fend off the flu by including some of these foods in your meal plan…

An A+ for Avocados

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Now that winter is here, it may be hard to fit fresh produce into our diets. But one food that we can take advantage of all year round is the avocado…

holiday highs and lows diabetes

Holiday Highs and Lows

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The holiday season is upon us. If you’re joining in on the festivities, you no doubt realize that having diabetes means there’s often a price to pay…

Three Ways to Cope With Stress

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If you have diabetes, you’ve probably seen firsthand how stress affects your level of control. But there are a lot of things you can do to cope with stress…

Diabetes Dilemmas

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In the spirit of National Diabetes Month, I thought I’d highlight a few common dilemmas that people often face with their diabetes…

Soup Really Is Good Food

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Being a native New Englander, I’m beginning to brace myself for the cold weather ahead. I admit — I’m not a big fan of frigid temperatures, sleet, or snow, but one thing I really can appreciate about the big chill is soup. Soup has a lot of good things going for it, but not all soups are created equally nutrition-wise…

Color Me Healthy

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When was the last time you gave some thought to color? Maybe you were trying to decide if that pink blouse goes with that orange skirt. There’s more to color than just decorating or assembling an outfit, however. The choice of color can affect your health and your mood…

Whittle That Middle: A Trimmer Waistline Improves Your Health

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Last week, the Journal of the American Medical Association featured a rather grim article on the state of the U.S. waistline. While BMI may not be changing much, we still have a bit of a problem. Abdominal obesity and the average waist circumference in U.S. adults actually increased from 1999–2012…

Brain Training: How You Can Learn to Like Healthy Foods

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In my years as a dietitian, I’ve talked with plenty of people who have told me that they just don’t have a taste for fruits or vegetables or whole grains or skim milk, for example. But might it be possible for people to learn to like foods that are good for them and turn off their taste buds for the less healthy foods? Scientists seems to think so…

Nutrition for Neuropathy

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Roughly 60% to 70% of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy (nerve damage); the risk for the condition increases the longer you’ve had diabetes. Not surprisingly, good nutrition can go a long way in helping both to prevent and manage neuropathy…

Techie Tools to Help With Weight Loss

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There’s still no magic bullet for weight loss. I know, we all keep hoping for something quick, easy, and painless that will melt the pounds away with little or no effort. While we wait for that to come along, you might be interested in some new gadgets that are on or soon will be on the market that might at least make it easier to drop some pounds…

Which Butter (or Spread) Is Better?

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It’s not so easy these days to choose a spread for your morning toast or your baked potato. Years ago, folks had pretty much two choices: butter and margarine. Today, we have butter, light butter, whipped butter, stick margarine…

What Color Is Your Fat?

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Fat seems like a problem, and for a huge segment of the population, it truly is. But fat isn’t all that bad. We do need this stuff. Many people simply have too of it. The issue, then, is how to get rid of that excess…

Nutrition—In a Jar!

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Salads are a mainstay for many people, and summertime is the perfect time to savor them. There are many reasons to enjoy a salad, and if you happen to frequent a farmer’s market or have a vegetable garden, it’s very tempting to throw one together…

The Time’s Ripe for Vegetables

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With July Fourth coming up in a few days, we’re finally into the swing of summer. And summertime often means cookouts, barbecues, and picnics. As you enjoy the warm weather festivities, don’t forget about those vegetables!

When Blood Pressure Is Too Low

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Talk around blood pressure typically centers on what to do if blood pressure is too high. We know that high blood pressure is more common in people with diabetes than people without diabetes. But what if your blood pressure is too low? Is it cause for concern? And what do you do about it?

The Power of 5—10%: A Little Goes a Long Way

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With the coming of warmer weather, thoughts often turn to one’s weight, whether it’s the dread of trying on a bathing suit or the desire to simply be able to get out and enjoy the weather without huffing and puffing. But as most of us know, losing weight is tricky…

Frozen meals in a supermarket -- Choosing Frozen Meals for Diabetics

Choosing Frozen Meals for Diabetics

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Frozen dinners may not be what comes to mind if you’re trying to eat healthfully. Yet many people (guiltily) admit to eating them, whether for a quick and easy lunch or for those nights when they just don’t have the time or energy to turn on the stove or oven…

Where Sugar Lurks

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Years ago, nutrition recommendations for people with diabetes were essentially to avoid sugar as much as possible, based on the thinking that sugar would send blood glucose levels through the roof. Well, that notion was pretty much disproven…

Cats and Dogs Get Diabetes, Too!

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We may not think about it much, but our pets can get diabetes. In fact, diabetes is pretty common in cats and dogs, and it’s on the rise in both of these species. Luckily, if you have a beloved cat or dog who has diabetes, you can help him lead a healthy life with this condition…

Unconventional Ways to Lose Weight… Maybe

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America’s quest to lose weight continues. As a nation, we’re heavier than ever and just as eager to shed those pounds quickly and painlessly. More than 30% of US adults are obese; this statistic is the same as it was 10 years ago, so things aren’t getting much better. Losing weight is hard and keeping the weight off is harder…

Six Fish Facts to Know Now

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We’ve been hearing for a long time now that fish and other types of seafood are good for us. Current recommendations tell us to aim to eat “two fish meals a week.” But fish has some fishy aspects to it, like mercury. And what about all that cholesterol in shellfish? Do fish sticks count towards your two weekly fish meals? Let’s find out the facts about fish…

Are Endocrine Disruptors Disrupting Your Life?

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I’ve been seeing a lot of references to “endocrine disruptors” lately, and not in scientific journals, but rather in magazines and online newsletters. If you’re scratching your head and wondering what the heck an endocrine disruptor is, well, you’re not alone…

Heart Health Fact or Fiction

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It’s still February (unfortunately for those of us who have been dealing with inclement winter weather), and until spring rears its lovely head, what better way to spend time than focusing on your health?

Giving Your Heart a Helping Hand

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We’re in the midst of February, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. February happens to be American Heart Month (appropriately so), which means that it’s a good time to take stock of what you’re doing to ensure your heart stays as healthy as possible…

Clean Eating: Fad or Future?

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Last week my sister told me about a coworker of hers who recently lost weight by “clean eating.” I admit, I’m not an expert in this area, but I’ve heard of this movement and it got me wondering. Is eating “clean” is just another fad or trend, or is it something that’s not only here to stay, but that can help people with diabetes?

What’s “In” for 2014: Food Trends to Watch

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Are you a trendsetter? Do you like to keep up with the latest and greatest? Is your middle name “Foodie”? If so, or even if you’re merely curious, read on to find out what 2014 has in store for food and nutrition…

Linking Weight With Relationships

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The winter holidays are slowly dwindling. Besides being left with too many presents and a lot of food, you might also be left with some unwanted weight. Now’s the traditional time for people to be thinking about New Year’s resolutions and shedding some pounds for the incoming new year…

Sugar Surprises!

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‘Tis the season for visions of sugarplums dancing in your head…and lurking in your food, too. It’s virtually impossible to completely avoid sugar. However, too much of a good thing isn’t all that good…

Calories: Do They Count?

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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. No doubt, you enjoyed some familiar favorites: turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes…perhaps a slice of pie. And you probably thought, at least a little bit, about how much you were eating…

Foods That Fight… Illness, That Is

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That time of the year is upon us: the “holidays.” Holidays are fun, but this season can come with side effects, including colds and flu, heartburn, upset stomach, headaches, muscle aches, and fatigue…

Facing the Fats

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Fat is a necessary nutrient, and we need it to sustain health. But it’s also had its share of hard knocks in the past, and many people (including some dietitians) are still leery about promoting its goodness…

Take 10… and Carry On!

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I’m taking a liberty this week with the ever-popular quote from a World War II British safety poster: Keep Calm and Carry On. If you’re wondering what the context is here, it’s exercise…

Shared Medical Appointments: Are They for You?

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A few years ago, I needed to make an appointment with one of my doctors. I was told that I could see her sooner if I attended a group appointment, otherwise known as shared medical appointment (SMA). At first, I was very hesitant. A group visit? With my doctor and other patients? How strange…

Gestational Diabetes: What Are the Risks?

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The American Diabetes Association defines gestational diabetes as “diabetes diagnosed during pregnancy that is not clearly overt diabetes.” Like pregnancy, gestational diabetes (GDM) is temporary…

Low-FODMAP Diet: A New Fad?

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People who have IBS will tell you that sometimes the above approaches work for them, and sometimes they don’t. But thanks to researchers from Australia, a newer approach is available that may help the millions of IBS sufferers get a little more relief…

Juicing: Is It for You?

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Ask people who have diabetes if they drink juice, and chances are they’ll tell you that they don’t. They may say that juice is “too high in sugar” or “too high in carbohydrate.” But “juicing” is a whole different ballgame for some people…

Omega-7: The New Fat in Town

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Just when you thought you had the whole fat thing down, along comes another type of fat to think about. This fat (actually, fatty acid) is known as omega-7, and you might consider it to be a cousin of the omega-3 fatty acids (sometimes referred to as fish oils, although they’re found in plants, too)…

A Tale of Two Sweeteners: Part 1 — Splenda

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Recently, I’ve received some questions and comments about artificial sweeteners, especially Splenda. So I thought I’d take this opportunity to write about Splenda and also to highlight a fairly new sweetener to the market called Nectresse…

Being Kind to Your Kidneys (Part 1)

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When was the last time you thought about your kidneys? Was it when you had a kidney test (a microalbumin test, to be exact) at your doctor’s office? Many of us don’t give much thought to these two bean-shaped organs, but if you have diabetes, you may be worried about developing diabetic kidney disease…

Other Sweeteners to Consider: Agave and Coconut Palm Sugar

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Our fondness for all things sweet is ingrained in us. References to our desire for foods like honey date back thousands of years. And there’s nothing wrong with that, unless you happen to indulge a little too often. There’s also the dilemma that some people face regarding whether to use a “nonnutritive” (noncaloric) sweetener, such as aspartame or sucralose, or something more “natural” (including real sugar)…

Focus on This: May Is Healthy Vision Month

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The merry month of May is upon us, and that means it’s time to think about your vision! In 2003, the National Eye Institute declared May as Healthy Vision Month. Now is as good a time as any to make sure that you’re doing all that you can to protect your vision and prevent vision loss…

U-500 Insulin: Is It Right for You?

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If you take insulin, chances are, you use a strength of insulin called U-100 insulin. U-100 insulin is the most common strength of insulin in the US. But there’s yet another strength of insulin, U-500, that is used in cases of insulin resistance…

Standout Foods Take Center Stage

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Meet with a dietitian and one of the first questions you might ask him is, “What should I eat?” The answer, in part, lies in the reason for seeing him in the first place. Most dietitians will tell you to eat a variety of foods from all of the food groups, but there are also some particular standouts that you might want to make an extra effort to add to your repertoire…

A Twist on “Tea”

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It’s not exactly news that that tea has a number of health benefits. The “real” tea, from the Camellia sinensis plant comes in four varieties: green, white, oolong, and black. Recently, other types of “tea” have become trendy…

Keeping the Pounds On: Causes of Unexplained Weight Loss

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Our society is obsessed with weight, if you haven’t noticed. More than two thirds of US adults are overweight or obese, there are more diet books published than we can count, and, of course, we have the privilege of watching shows like The Biggest Loser to help keep us in line…

The Nose Knows: Smell Disorders

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Some of my favorite smells are a Christmas tree, chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven, and freshly cut pumpkins at Halloween — I can’t imagine not being able to smell these delightful things. But according to the National Institutes of Health, between 1% and 2% of people in North America say they have a smell disorder…

What’s in Store for 2013?

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At the end of the year, articles and predictions abound on what the latest, greatest, or hottest food trends will be for the upcoming year. Of course there are also food trends for 2013, and now that we’re into February, a few are worth mentioning…

More Weight-Loss News

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If you’re one of the millions of Americans who is trying to lose weight (or not gain weight), chances are, you keep an eye out for any mention of that truly miraculous pill/potion/magic wand that will make the weight disappear. Well, I hate to disappoint, but that hasn’t appeared just yet. However, there IS a lot of research going on in the field of weight management…

New to Diabetes: What’s Next? (Part 4)

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This week concludes the “New to Diabetes” series that I’ve featured over the past few weeks. It’s a little like being in school, isn’t it? You know there’s a lot to learn and at times (or maybe most of the time), it can feel pretty overwhelming…

New to Diabetes: What’s Next? (Part 3)

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Last week I focused on blood glucose monitoring and logging as essential tools to help people new to diabetes get a handle on how different factors affect blood glucose. This week, I have a few more tips for getting control of your condition…

New to Diabetes: What’s Next? (Part 2)

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There’s a lot to juggle when you have diabetes, and at times, you may feel as if you’re in a circus. Between balancing eating, physical activity, medication, and appointments (not to mention all of the other things that you need to do every day), it’s not surprising that many people tune out and throw up their hands. “It’s too hard to have diabetes,” they say…

On the Move for the Holidays

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he word “holidays” signifies weight gain for many people. After all, it’s been drilled into us that come Thanksgiving (actually, Halloween), we start packing on the pounds (at least 5) until New Year’s Day, when we dutifully sign up for a gym membership that we rarely end up using…

If It’s Monday, It’s Got to Be Meatless…

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Are you a vegan? Vegetarian? Or are you not quite ready or willing to give up meat? That’s OK. But what if, for one day out of the week, you were to totally avoid meat and basically eat plant-based meals? That’s not asking too, much, right?

Snap Out of It: Using Food to Boost Your Mood (Part 2)

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When I wake up to go to work during the winter, it’s pitch black outside. When I leave work to go home, it’s also dark. Some days, it seems like I never see the sun. That can be enough to put me in a bad mood. What are your “bad mood” triggers?

Snap Out of It: Using Food to Boost Your Mood (Part 1)

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Does your family nickname you “the Grinch” at this time of year? Have you been feeling a bit like Scrooge? Well, there may be reasons for that. Now that the days are shorter and getting colder, you may be feeling a bit down in the dumps…

Sneaky Sodium: It’s Lurking Everywhere!

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Hopefully you all had an enjoyable and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. And hopefully you didn’t overindulge too much, but if you did, you’re getting back on track. If you ate a “traditional” Thanksgiving meal (plus leftovers), which usually includes turkey, gravy, stuffing, and the rest of the fixings, chances are you got more than your fair share of sodium…

Bad Bugs: Facts About Food Safety (Part 3)

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Over the past two weeks, I’ve highlighted some of the big players (bacteria and viruses) that lurk in our food. I’m thinking that you get the message and you probably don’t want to hear more! But it’s a topic of importance for everyone, especially people with diabetes…

Bad Bugs: Facts About Food Safety (Part 2)

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Forty-eight million Americans get sick every year by eating contaminated food. The reality is that we all have to eat, and it doesn’t pay to be scared to put food in our mouths. Food safety, though, is something we all need to be aware of…

Bad Bugs: Facts About Food Safety (Part 1)

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The last thing you want to do is have to worry about becoming ill from something that you ate or drank. But with Hurricane Sandy paving a path of destruction along the East Coast and knocking out power to millions of homes, and with the holidays coming up, it’s a good idea to brush up on keeping your food safe from nasty little organisms…

Gout: The Disease of Kings… and Everyone Else (Part 2)

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Talk to anyone who has had a flare-up of gout and you may hear that it’s one of the most painful experiences that he (or she) has ever had. To prevent gout, the main priority is to keep uric acid levels in the body from getting too high. How do you do that?

Getting Started With Type 2 Diabetes

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It seems that, no matter what topic I write about or what questions I answer, the same type of question frequently comes up: “I just found out that I have Type 2 diabetes. What do I do?” This makes me realize that, despite the wealth of diabetes information that’s out there, we’re not reaching everyone.

Carbonated Water: Yes or No?

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I’ve become a fan of flavored seltzer water. With flavors like lime, pomegranate, green apple and yes, even eggnog (at holiday time), one can never get bored. Also, thanks to seltzer, I’ve been able to wean myself off Diet Coke to some degree. But is carbonated water really all that good? And what’s the difference, anyway, between club soda, seltzer, and tonic water?

The AGE Factor

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No, this week’s posting isn’t about growing old. Rather, it’s about yet another factor to consider when trying to eat healthfully…

Words to the Wise: Everything in Moderation

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If you ever have talked with a dietitian about food (and why wouldn’t you?), you’ve likely heard him say one or both of these famous catchphrases: “All foods can fit” or “everything in moderation.” To many people, including myself at times, these words start to sound like a broken record. But they really do ring true…

Fascinating Fat Facts and Findings (Part 2)

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I don’t know about you, but I find the science behind fat to be rather fascinating. Fat seems to be both friend and foe, so having a better understanding of how it behaves in the body, and why some fat is good and some is not so good, can help us (hopefully) be healthier all around…

Fascinating Fat Facts and Findings

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Mention the word “fat” and you probably think of the greasy stuff found in food or the equally greasy stuff that clings to hips, thighs, and stomachs. Fat gets a pretty bad rap because it’s been drilled into us for so long that fat is “bad.” But fat has some redeeming qualities, too…

Preventing Diabetes: More Steps You Can Take

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With this being a presidential election year and all, many people’s thoughts turn to the costs of health-care. The total cost of diabetes, including prediabetes and undiagnosed diabetes, was $174 billion in 2007…

Preventing Diabetes: Steps You Can Take

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While researchers work on the cure, we need to focus on the 79 million people who have prediabetes. What can they do to prevent Type 2 diabetes from becoming inevitable? The good news? There’s quite a bit they can do. Here’s the rundown…

Preventing Diabetes: A Window of Opportunity

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Every now and then I’m asked to speak to journalists about various diabetes or nutrition-related topics. Interestingly, over the past few months, writers have asked me to comment on diabetes prevention — is it possible? What, if anything, really works?

Diabetes and GERD: Are They Linked? (Part 1)

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You know the feeling. You wake up in the middle of the night with a burning feeling in your chest or throat. You might have a sour taste in your mouth or feel nauseated. Maybe your throat is sore or you sound hoarse when you talk. Or perhaps you start to wheeze or cough. Many of us have had some or all of these symptoms at one time or another. But what causes them?

Getting Fired Up for the Fourth (of July)

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July is here, and this year, the Fourth falls in the middle of the week. Even if you have to go back to work the next day, chances are you’ll be celebrating our nation’s birthday with fireworks, parades, cookouts, and perhaps a bit of alcohol. Successfully managing diabetes at any time involves being one step ahead of the game as much as possible, and this week’s holiday is no exception…

Weight Update

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Ah, summer is finally here. In my opinion, it seemed to have snuck up on us awfully fast. I don’t quite feel prepared. Millions of people are probably feeling the same way as they pull on their shorts and bathing suits for the first time and realize that the waistband is a bit too snug or that the bathing suit seems tighter than it did last summer…

The Alkaline Diet: Balancing Acid and Base

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If you thought fashion was subject to trends, you should take a look at diets. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the raw food diet. This week, I’ll focus on what’s called the “alkaline diet,” which is sometimes called the “alkaline acid diet…”

Organic Foods: Are They Worth It? (Part 1)

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Walk into the produce section of your local supermarket, and you’ll see organic fruits and vegetables sitting alongside the “regular” fruits and veggies. And it’s not only in the produce section. But there’s still some confusion and mystery behind the term “organic.” Just what does it mean? And are these foods really better for you?

Making Burgers Better: Celebrate National Burger Month

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There’s a month for everything, and this month, we celebrate the hamburger. Americans eat close to 40 million burgers every day, but can burgers really be part of a healthy eating plan? Sure. As with any food, it’s a matter of knowing how (and how much) to squeeze it in…

Probiotics: The Bugs That Are Our Friends (Part 1)

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We’re a country that shuns bacteria. So it’s probably hard to imagine that there are bacteria that are really quite friendly — so friendly, in fact, that they work hard at keeping us healthy and keeping illness and disease at bay. Where are these bacteria, you ask? Right inside you…

Hormone Hoopla: Movers and Shakers of Diabetes (Part 2)

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Hormones are chemical messengers in the body, produced by the endocrine glands. The glands of the endocrine system, including the pancreas, produce hormones that travel throughout the bloodstream or throughout the lymph system to reach their designated targets…

Weighty Matters: What’s New in the Weight-Control Arena

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Every now and then I like to write about some of the latest developments and findings in the arena of weight loss or weight control. Obviously, a lot of research is going on in this area, and given that so many of us (with and without diabetes) struggle with weight or have to work hard to stay at a healthy weight, I think it’s a good idea to periodically highlight these findings…

Supplements and Medicines: Can They Get Along?

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Love ’em or hate ’em, dietary supplements are big business. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (aka, the CDC), more than 50% of adults in the US take one or more dietary supplements every day…

Some Hard Facts About Vitamins and Minerals (Part 2)

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The use of vitamins and minerals is always worthy of a good discussion. Like many of you, I get frustrated with all of stories that come out about what to take, what not to take, what can cause this or lead to a problem with that. What many of these “studies” tell us is that we still don’t know an awful lot about what vitamins and minerals can do for us…

Listen to Your Heart (Part 2)

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Valentine’s day is today. It’s one of those holidays that you either love or hate. Whether or not you have a special someone on this Hallmark holiday, you might view Valentine’s day (heck, the whole month of February), as a reminder to take care of your ticker…

Listen to Your Heart (Part 1)

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February is all about hearts. You may not care so much about Valentine’s Day, but hopefully you do care a little that it’s American Heart Month…

Do You Have a “Leaky Gut”?

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“Leaky gut” doesn’t have a whole lot to do with diabetes, but it’s a condition that is becoming more and more commonly recognized by both alternative and traditional medicinal practitioners, so it’s something that you may want to familiarize yourself with…

At Risk for Stroke? Diet Can Help

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According to the National Stroke Association, stroke, or “brain attack” is the third leading cause of death in the United States. But you might consider some of the following dietary steps, which may help you lower your risk of stroke…

Foodies Unite: Food Trends for 2012

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If you describe yourself as a foodie, or even if you don’t, but you still are interested in food and nutrition, you might be curious about food trends for 2012…

Cereal: It’s What’s for Breakfast… or Lunch, or Dinner

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Raise your hand if you currently eat or have ever eaten cereal. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of you raised your hand. Back in 2005, Good Morning America conducted a poll and found that 60% of Americans eat breakfast, and of those 60%, about 40% eat either hot or cold cereal. If you’re a Seinfeld fan, you probably remember the episode when Jerry’s girlfriend ate cereal for all three meals…

To Detox or Not?

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The holidays are over. You survived Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s… Perhaps you indulged yourself a bit too much and now your waistband is a smidge too tight. Or maybe you just feel tired and bloated from too much rich, fatty food and holiday spirits. Perhaps your blood glucose levels are running higher than usual…

Being in the “Know”: The Diabetes Numbers Game

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Having diabetes is a lot of work. I don’t have diabetes myself, but I’ve been around and worked with a lot of people who do, and what they do for themselves every day, 365 days a year, is amazing. They don’t call diabetes a “self-management” condition for nothing!

Gentle (Food) Reminders for the Holidays

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It seems like every year, when the fall and winter holidays roll around, I write about how to “get through” them, whether it’s making better food choices, finding ways to fit in more physical activity, or checking blood glucose levels more often to see how things are going. I began to wonder if I was repeating myself every year…

The Coconut Craze: Coconut Oil

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Last week I wrote about coconut water. I’m curious — how many of you drink coconut water, or have at least tried it? As I mentioned in my posting, I’m not a big fan of it. But unless you’re guzzling down glass after glass of this tropical beverage, there are really no major harmful ramifications. But what about coconut oil?

Insulin: It’s a Good Thing. Really!

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One of my nurse educator colleagues was recently featured in a teaching video on how to inject insulin. As part of the video, we asked people who have diabetes and who take insulin to answer some questions about what it’s like to have diabetes, including following a meal plan and injecting insulin…

Weighty Matters

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Why am I writing about anything remotely related to weight issues during the week of Thanksgiving? Believe me; I’m not trying to cast a shadow on turkey day, nor any holiday, for that matter. But, it never hurts (any of us) to be somewhat mindful of what and how much we eat…

Wise Up on Water

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Water has got to be one of the most boring beverages there is. Now don’t get me wrong — I love water, and we wouldn’t survive without it. I mean no disrespect. But water is tasteless, colorless, and odorless and, in general, has nothing in it (provided it’s clean, of course). How exciting is that?

Healthy Halloween Foods

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Halloween is here, despite the nor’easter that we had this weekend. It feels like we should be getting ready for Christmas rather than trick-or-treating. Nevertheless, it is the season…for Halloween, that is, and while the kids may be munching on loads of sugar and chocolate, you can be enjoying your own Halloween treats that just happen to be a little healthier for you…

Getting Up to Speed on New Injection Guidelines (Part 1)

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Chances are, if you’re reading this, you take (inject) insulin, or you know someone who does. Insulin injections aren’t a whole lot of fun, but then again, they aren’t the end of the world, either. Some people mind them more than others. There are those who have a real fear of any kind of injections, whereas others are more matter-of-fact about injecting themselves…

Getting Your (Diabetes) Ducks in Order

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We all get in ruts, and to break out of them, we need something to ignite a spark that will prompt a change. Making changes is hard, which is why focusing on simpler, easier, more manageable actions is way more doable than overhauling everything…

White Foods Are Nutrition Superstars

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How many of you have been told somewhere along the line that white foods are bad for you? When you think of “white” foods, you probably conjure up images of white flour, white bread, white pasta, white rice, sugar, and perhaps even those little snack cakes that are yellow with white frosting…

Got Milk? What Kind?

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Milk drinkers seem to be a thing of the past. Growing up, I remember having to drink milk every night with my dinner, and that habit stayed with me long after I started living on my own. I don’t drink milk as much now, although I do use it on my cereal and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate on a cold day. Like other carbohydrate foods, though, milk has somewhat of a bad reputation, depending on who you talk to…

What’s Your Vegetable IQ?

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All of you gardeners out there are probably reaping the benefits of your harvest right about now. Even if you don’t have a garden, hopefully you’ve been taking advantage of all the wonderful vegetables from farm stands, farmer’s markets, and even the produce section of your grocery store. Nothing tastes quite like a homegrown tomato, that’s for sure…