Insulin-Resistance

Managing Insulin Resistance

I can’t even imagine how many conventional physicians across the country have worn out their prescription pads writing scripts for diabetes drugs. In fact, as a society we’ve become so focused on the pills that we’ve forgotten the real issue with type 2 diabetes: managing insulin…

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Let's Talk About Metabolic Syndrome (Syndrome X)

In addition to being the driving force behind type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance is also part and parcel of a condition called metabolic syndrome (formerly syndrome X). Identified in the mid-1980s by Stanford University researcher Gerald Reaven, MD, metabolic syndrome is a cluster of disorders that…

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How to Beat Metabolic Syndrome

Tens of millions of Americans are suffering with metabolic syndrome—the precursor to type 2 diabetes—and if you have abdominal fat, hypertension, abnormal lipids, and/or borderline high blood sugar, you’re likely one of them. Fortunately, you can beat metabolic syndrome by…

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To Avoid Diabetes, Get More Zzzz’s

If you have teenage children or grandchildren, you’ll want to listen up. A new study shows that teens who stay up too late texting or studying won’t just suffer from irritability—that lack of sleep can also lead to diabetes. Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s…

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Why Low-Carbohydrate Diets Work

There is one reason why very low-carbohydrate weight loss diets like the one popularized by Dr. Atkins work for so many people. It’s because they don’t replenish carbohydrate stores, so the body is in a constant “fat-burning” mode. You see, people who eat a lot of fat and…

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Three Characteristics of Type 2 Diabetes

While type 2 diabetes can sneak up on you, there are three type 2 diabetes symptoms you should be aware of: * Diabetes and weight go hand-in-hand. The vast majority of people with type 2 diabetes are overweight, with the distribution of weight most commonly in the abdominal area. Excess weight is…

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Diabesity Challenge Tip: Let the Sun Shine In

When you really think about it, the principle behind weight loss is pretty simply: eat less and exercise more. But there are nutrient deficiencies that can affect your weight, and one of those involves good old vitamin D. Blood levels of this vitamin are inversely associated with insulin resistance,…

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Diabetes and Obesity

As you may know, type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance. For people living with diabetes, the beta cells in the pancreas make plenty of insulin—the hormone that moves glucose from the blood into the cells—but the cells are unresponsive to insulin’s actions. This leads to a…

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Are Environmental Toxins Increasing Your Belly Fat?

Toxins are all around us. They are in the air we breathe and the water we drink. All these chemicals, pesticides, and preservatives can take a serious toll on our health, causing a wide range of problems from asthma and autism to heart attacks and cancer. Now, a new study published in the journal…

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Insulin: A Little-Known Cause of High Blood Pressure

One of the most common treatments for diabetes, insulin, is bad news. Not only does it actually cause weight gain, but research shows insulin can end up being a cause of high blood pressure. Taiwanese researchers looked at more than 87,000 diabetic patients who were given either oral treatment for…

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Diet Is Important When Managing Diabetes

What you eat has a profound effect on your blood glucose levels and your risk of developing insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. So if you or a loved one are at risk for or already dealing with diabetes, read the following information carefully. Refined carbohydrates and sugars are rapidly broken…

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Recipes for Diabetes: Luscious Layered Salad

It’s no secret that what you eat has profound effects on blood glucose levels. And a healthful diet not only supports optimal blood sugar, it also helps to address factors such as excess weight and insulin resistance. Eating for optimal blood sugar doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice…

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Water for Weight Loss

Excess weight is a known factor in insulin resistance, and for most people, getting a handle on weight is all it takes to control blood sugar and help rebound overall health. While engaging in regular exercise and eating a healthful diet are very important if you want to shed pounds, you also need…

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Diabetic Recipes for Dinner: Lentil Soup

It’s no secret that what you eat has a profound effect on blood glucose levels. And a healthful diet, with recipes for diabetics, not only supports optimal blood sugar, it also helps to address factors such as excess weight and insulin resistance. Eating for optimal blood sugar doesn’t…

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Could Your Personal Care Products Be Causing Diabetes?

We know that obesity contributes to diabetes. But could your soap, hair spray, moisturizer, or nail polish also cause you to develop diabetes? New research published in Environmental Health Perspectives has found that women have higher concentrations of phthalate metabolites in their urine than men.…

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Outsmart Your Body's Response to Holiday Goodies

One of my top diet recommendations for overall health and well-being is to stay away from foods made with flour, sugar, and other high-glycemic carbohydrates since they contribute to insulin resistance, diabetes, and weight gain. But I also know that avoiding high-glycemic carbs is easier said than…

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Beware of Liver Disease

Contrary to popular belief, the leading liver problem in the United States is not alcoholic cirrhosis or hepatitis, but nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Afflicting roughly one in four Americans, it is not caused by alcohol or a virus, but by obesity and insulin resistance—and at least…

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Four Simple Steps to Improve Cognitive Function

Your mother probably told you to clean your plate because your brain needs food to learn. She was definitely on to something—what we eat absolutely affects our minds and can either hurt or improve cognitive function. In fact, the standard American diet of meat, potatoes, bread, sweets, and…

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Fiber: The Amazing Diabetes Fighter

Fiber has no sex appeal. The admonition to eat more “roughage” is as old as the hills. Heard it a million times. Been there, done that. Problem is, most of you still aren’t doing it. In fact, though optimal health requires at least 30 g of fiber daily, Americans average one-third…

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