Type-2-Diabetes

To Avoid Diabetes, Slow Down

If you have a tendency to wolf down your food, here’s an incentive to slow down. A recent study suggests eating quickly can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. To reach these findings, researchers in Lithuania studied the eating habits of 702 people: 234 with type 2 diabetes and…

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The Pill That Will Help You Prevent Diabetes

In the media coverage gearing up for November’s American Diabetes Month, here’s a breakthrough you won’t hear about—especially from the drug companies. New research has found that simply getting enough vitamin D can help to prevent type 2 diabetes. Scientists at Helmholtz…

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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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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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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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The Downsides of Supplemental Insulin

Although most people think injected insulin is reserved for type 1 diabetes, more than one in four people with type 2 diabetes use insulin. And, in most of those cases, it just makes things worse. “Bill”, a patient of mine, had type 2 diabetes for 10 years prior to coming to the Whitaker…

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Lower Blood Sugar Levels With Herbs

While several herbs have been proven to lower blood sugar levels, two in particular stand out: Gymnema sylvestre. This is a plant native to India that, incredible as it may seem, appears to regenerate the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. Gymnema has been demonstrated to lower blood…

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3 Natural Alternatives to Antidepressants

Researchers from the University of Southampton recently evaluated 22 studies and three previous reviews that examined the link between antidepressants and risk factors for type 2 diabetes. They concluded that, for the most part, people who take these drugs are at an increased risk of developing the…

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How Safe Are Your Supplements?

You may have seen the new Consumer Reports article, “10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins and Supplements.” This isn’t a new topic. Periodically, a new study will spark a media circus about the “dangers” of nutritional supplements. While this article attempts to discredit…

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Five Healthy Reasons to Enjoy Your Cup O' Joe

Patients coming to the Whitaker Wellness Institute sometimes express surprise that we serve coffee. Doesn’t it increase the body’s acidity? Aren’t health-conscious people supposed to drink tea instead? Isn’t caffeine bad for you? If coffee were harmful, then every morning…

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Higher Blood Sugar Levels Linked With Cognitive Impairment

A couple of years ago, I wrote about a study examining the link between diabetes and Alzheimer’s in which Japanese researchers found that type 2 diabetes increased the risk of dementia by 35 percent. Now, research recently published in the journal Neurology suggests that higher blood…

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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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Vitamin E for Diabetes

Several studies have found that, compared to other drugs, Avandia (a popular drug prescribed to patients with diabetes) increases risk of heart failure by 60 percent, heart attack by 40 percent, and death in patients age 65 and over by 30 percent. We’ve known for some time that this drug is…

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Diabetes and the Western Diet

One of the primary reasons we’re seeing a worldwide glut of insulin-resistant diabetes is because more and more emerging nations are adopting the Western diet that we’ve “enjoyed” for years. Indigenous diets of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, and whole grains are being…

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The Antioxidant Benefits of Pterostilbene

As many of you know, resveratrol—the potent antioxidant found in red wine—is a powerful anti-aging nutrient. But scientists have recently found that there’s a compound called pterostilbene (pronounced “tare-O-still-bean”) that preliminary studies show works…

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Surprising Connection Between Insulin and Hypertension

Taiwanese researchers looked at more than 87,000 patients with type 2 diabetes who were treated with either oral drugs or insulin, and what they discovered may shock you. They found that patients using insulin had a higher prevalence of hypertension (61.3 versus 53.9 percent), and the longer they…

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Do You Have Pre-Diabetes?

Pre-diabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar is elevated above normal but not quite to diabetic levels. People with pre-diabetes have either impaired fasting glucose (IFG), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), or both. To determine if IFG is present, you must fast overnight and then have your…

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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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Why Are Natural Treatments for Diabetes Often Ignored?

Numerous scientific studies support safe, natural remedies for diabetes. Yet the vast majority of physicians continue to ignore the research—and jeopardize the health of patients seeking to manage diabetes—by focusing strictly on lowering blood sugar, no matter what the cost. Part of the…

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Special Note About Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is sometimes referred to as juvenile diabetes because it usually appears before the age of 20 (though it can present itself at any age). It results from the inability of the pancreas to produce adequate insulin. While the vast majority of people living with diabetes are suffering…

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Diabetes Can Affect Your Liver

Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 If you are living with diabetes, you should know that the health of your liver may be at risk. People with diabetes, especially those who are obese, are at particular risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which can progress to…

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Diabetes Tip: Want Healthy Blood Sugar Levels? Get Moving!

One of the most important things you can do to get a handle on diabetes and its related complications is to maintain a healthy weight. And that means making important lifestyle changes that include regular exercise. Researchers at Stanford and the University of California Berkeley who followed…

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