Blood-Sugar

Diabetes and Periodontal Disease

People living with diabetes are at higher risk of developing periodontal disease than people without blood sugar problems. Periodontal disease, or gum disease, occurs when the gums become infected and inflamed. Signs that you may have periodontal disease include: * red, sore, swollen gums * bleeding…

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Treating Diabetes the Conventional Way

If you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, you’ll immediately—and unavoidably—be prescribed insulin. If the diagnosis is type 2 diabetes, you’ll probably be told to make some changes in your diet and to begin exercising. But, you’ll also likely be told to take a drug if…

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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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Fish Oil's Role in Managing Diabetes

Fish oil, which contains the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, is powerful medicine for disorders ranging from heart disease and depression to arthritis and autoimmune disorders. EPA is particularly beneficial for the cardiovascular system, as it discourages blood platelets from sticking together,…

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A Diabetic Diet Plan Checklist

If you’ve just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, your head is probably swimming with information about the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make, including how to create and stay on a diabetic diet plan. Type 2 diabetes is a serious condition, and to successfully manage blood sugar…

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Smile With Confidence, Even If You Have Diabetes

Diabetes is a devastating disease that has adverse effects throughout the body. Most people know that elevated blood sugar puts you at greater risk for heart disease, vision loss, nerve damage, and impaired kidney function. But people often don’t recognize the link between diabetes and other…

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Why Diabetes Drugs Fail Patients

Walk into a doctor’s office with elevated blood sugar, and you’ll walk out with an Rx for metformin (Glucophage) or another oral diabetes drug. Writing a prescription makes doctors feel like they’re “doing” something for the patient, and they are—they’re…

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5 Ways to Prevent Falls

Falls are no joking matter. Every year, about a third of Americans age 65 and older have a fall, and more than a quarter of them end up in the hospital. Falls are the leading cause of brain trauma and the number one cause of fractures among older people—upwards of 500,000 per year. The good…

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The Benefits of HCA Supplements

If you are participating in my Diabesity Challenge, you may be interested in supplements that help suppress appetite and facilitate weight loss. One of my favorites is hydroxycitric acid, or HCA. HCA is an extract from Garcinia cambogia, a fruit native to India. An HCA supplement reduces hunger…

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Diabetes is a Silent Killer

Diabetes is a silent stalker, and if you’re over 45, overweight, inactive, or suffering with other diabetes risk factors, you’re a prime target. In the United States alone, nearly 24 million people suffer from diabetes, and another 5.7 million are walking around undiagnosed. Worldwide,…

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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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Does Low Testosterone Lead to Diabetes?

With all the focus on treating diabetes with drugs, underlying causes of the condition are rarely considered. One potential contributor is low testosterone, which affects one in three diabetic men. But which came first, testosterone deficiency or diabetes? A study published in Diabetes Care may…

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Does Low Testosterone Lead to Diabetes?

Low testosterone affects one in three diabetic men. But which came first, testosterone deficiency or diabetes? A study published in Diabetes Care may answer that question. Finnish researchers measured levels of sex hormone–binding globulin (SHBG) and testosterone in 702 middle-aged men who had…

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Healthy Diet Plan: Recipe for Raspberry-Lemon Delight

We’ve all heard the saying, “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first.” There’s no question about it, we have a collective sweet tooth. On average, Americans consume 22.2 teaspoons of sugars every day--which adds up to 355 calories a day. This sugar habit is wreaking havoc on our…

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Is Diet a Viable Natural Diabetes Treatment?

A recent study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine examined the effects of a Mediterranean diet versus a low-fat diet in 215 overweight patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Half of the group was instructed to follow the Mediterranean diet (less than 50 percent of calories from…

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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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Vanadium Mimics Insulin

One of the most effective natural treatments for diabetes is vanadium. This unique trace mineral works to lower blood sugar by mimicking insulin and improving the cells’ sensitivity to insulin. Supplementation with vanadyl sulfate and other vanadium compounds markedly lowers fasting glucose…

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Remedies Worse Than the Disease

For years, doctors have known the potential dangers of oral hypoglycemic drugs. But for whatever reason, they continue to prescribe them to patients dealing with diabetes. So my question is this: When are we going to learn—rather, when are we going to accept—that oral medications used to…

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