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Latent Autoimmune Diabetes In Adults (LADA)

Type 1 diabetes diagnosed in adulthood may be a form of slowly-progressing diabetes called latent autoimmune diabetes in adults (LADA). LADA is also known as slow-onset type 1 diabetes, type 1.5 diabetes, late-onset autoimmune diabetes of adulthood, and even “double diabetes,” since it has elements of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. LADA patients,

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24 Top Fiber Foods For Diabetes

When it comes to eating well with diabetes, fiber is the slam-dunk. Not only does it have a bunch of health benefits unto itself, it also reduces the impact of the other carbs you eat. This impact is reliable enough that, in carb counting, you can actually subtract fiber grams from your total carb grams. Check out these twenty-five

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What Does Your A1C Number Really Mean?

 

We dFolk are bombarded with numbers, goals, and targets. We’re frequently told where we should be, but not how high our risk is when we can’t reach our targets. Here, we break down A1C numbers into a simple green-light, yellow-light, red-light format, to give you perspective on when (and how much) to worry,

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Seven Types Of Diabetes And Their Prevalence

Most people are familiar with the more common forms of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.  But, did you know there are other forms of the disease as well?  Often, due to the complexity of the disease, it’s hard to diagnose and distinguish between the various forms.  For starters, we will explore

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5 Weight Loss Drugs Approved By FDA

Americans are learning to downsize everything—except food portions. Despite efforts by the medical community and governmental and private organizations, the obesity epidemic seems to be a runaway train. And what’s keeping up with that train? The type 2 diabetes prevalence.

Just as there’s no magic bullet for any big health problem, there’s no magic weight loss capsule.

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CDE Advice: Debunking Common Myths About Dessert

Having type 1 diabetes herself for the last 25 years, Holly Hackman, a clinical dietitian and certified diabetes educator at Memorial Care Long Beach Medical Center in Long Beach, Calif. has heard over and over the following from people:

“Oh you have diabetes? You can’t have that,” or, “No dessert for you,” or, “You can’t eat sugar,”

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Beginner Yoga Poses For Individuals With Diabetes

The power of yoga extends beyond giving your mind and body a safe space to relax. Especially helpful for those who suffer from diabetes, specific yoga postures can encourage blood flow to the pancreas to improve insulin sensitivity and keep your blood sugar levels in check.

As you improve your physical and mental strength with yoga,

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How A Health Diary Can Help Your Diabetes

Ever gain five pounds and really have no idea what could have caused it? You’ve been eating as you normally do and taking your regular walks. Except maybe you forgot to account for those pieces of birthday cake at the office, the sampling around the table at a recent dinner with friends, or the

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Nature’s Best Low Carbohydrate Snack: Nuts

People with diabetes need to take special care of their hearts because of their increased risk of heart disease. Protecting your heart includes decreasing unhealthy fats and increasing the healthy ones — like those found in nuts.

Protecting your heart means doing things such as exercising, avoiding refined carbohydrates and trans fats, and increasing your intake

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Expert Advice: Alcohol Awareness And Diabetes

Jeopardy Cocktail: Mix one part diabetes, one part alcohol, and you take your chances.

This article reviews a wide variety of research findings related to diabetes and alcohol consumption, in addition to some basic approaches to minimize negative consequences.

Keep in mind that drinking alcohol interferes with the liver’s ability to release stored glucose

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Which Diabetes Is More Complicated?

You may wonder which diabetes is more complicated: type 1 or type 2?  While we know are both equally harmful to the body, let’s better understand the two main types of diabetes, to help us determine which is more complicated and which is more difficult to manage.

What Is the Major Difference Between the

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Drugs That Can Raise BG

Some medicines that are used for treating other medical conditions can cause elevated blood sugar in people with diabetes. You may need to monitor your blood glucose more closely if you take one of the medicines listed below.

It’s important to note that just because a medicine has the possibility of raising blood sugar, it does not mean

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5 Weight Loss Drugs Approved By FDA

Americans are learning to downsize everything—except food portions. Despite efforts by the medical community and governmental and private organizations, the obesity epidemic seems to be a runaway train. And what’s keeping up with that train? The type 2 diabetes prevalence.

Just as there’s no magic bullet for any big health problem, there’s no magic weight loss capsule.

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Keeping A Diabetes Health Journal

Making daily entries in a health journal raises your awareness of the choices you make that impact your diabetes. They can help you deter from bad habits like mindless eating in front of the TV and grazing.

On the flip side, health diaries can also promote better health habits, especially if you have specific

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Metformin Associated With Increased Dementia Risk In African

The use of metformin may be associated with an increased risk for dementia in older African Americans with diabetes, according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, this week in Chicago, Illinois.

The study involved 953 African American participants with an average age of 74.  The group was about 70% female and were apart

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Connect With A Diabetes Support Group

If you have diabetes, getting support is very important because the disease is not only physical but comes with a lot of psychological pressure which may be very difficult to resolve alone and could make us give up easily.

Support is based on the idea that those who live with chronic illnesses can share

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How To Test Ketones For Diabetes

If you live with diabetes, then there is no doubt that you know how crucial it is to check your blood on a regular basis.  But you should also keep an eye on ketones, particularly if you have type 1 or advanced type 2 diabetes and you use insulin.

The need for ketone testing is not often communicated to

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The Diabetes-Sleep Apnea Link

Maybe your bedmate has noticed that you snore loudly and stop breathing for seconds or even minutes at a time, and then start again with a loud snort or gasp. Or perhaps you’re inexplicably tired during the day despite getting a solid seven or eight hours of sleep. If this sounds like you, you

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Prediabetes: The Basics

Prediabetes is a precursor condition to type 2 diabetes, characterized by higher-than-normal blood glucose levels and insulin resistance. It’s also called impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG), depending upon the test used to diagnose it. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) estimate that

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High Glycemic Index Foods To Avoid

Most people living with diabetes are advised to eat low glycemic index foods because foods high in GI may cause a quick spike in blood sugar levels which could thus result in various other health problems. Therefore, it is important that people who are susceptible to diabetes or already living with the condition stay

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What’s Your Diabetes “Eye Q”?

From 1997 to 2011, the number of adults with diagnosed diabetes who reported visual impairment—that is, trouble seeing even with their glasses or contact lenses—increased from 2.7 million to 4.0 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Don’t let this be you. Take control today. See how you do on

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7 Tips To Get Into Ketosis

Ketosis is a normal metabolic process that provides several health benefits. During ketosis, your body converts fat into compounds known as ketones and begins using them as its main source of energy. Studies have found that diets that promote ketosis are highly beneficial for weight loss, due in part to their appetite-suppressing effects.

Emerging research

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How A Health Diary Can Help Your Diabetes

Ever gain five pounds and really have no idea what could have caused it? You’ve been eating as you normally do and taking your regular walks. Except maybe you forgot to account for those pieces of birthday cake at the office, the sampling around the table at a recent dinner with friends, or the

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11 Impressive Health Benefits Of Salmon

Salmon is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. This popular fatty fish is loaded with nutrients and may reduce risk factors for several diseases. It’s also tasty, versatile and widely available. Here are 11 amazing health benefits of salmon.
1. Rich In Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Salmon is one of the best sources of

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8 Great Protein Snacks

Have you ever wondered why experts recommend eating protein at every meal and snack? Protein is arguably the most important of the three macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbs)—but did you know a percentage of the protein you eat gets turned into glucose? It turns out that the process is labor-intensive (your liver does the

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Diabetes Gadgets And Gizmos

The daily dealings of diabetes can be a somewhat dreary routine, but thanks to the world of research and technology, a constant array of new products is helping to spice things up.

Note: The following is just a handful of the many new products available. dLife does not endorse any specific product, and we encourage

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Helping Diabetes Patients Thrive

Diabetes is a serious condition that effects more than 30 million Americans. While complications of the disease can be dire, there is hope. Biopharmaceutical researchers are helping patients manage the condition today and envision a bright outlook for future treatments.

Diabetes: The Patient Perspective

Diabetes is a general term for a chronic condition

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Eating Right with Diabetes

More than 29 million Americans live with diabetes, both diagnosed and undiagnosed. Changing eating habits can be the most challenging aspect of diabetes self-management, but diabetes is manageable.

Managing diabetes means maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Along with proper medication and physical activity, this also requires balancing the foods you eat.

Eat a variety

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5 Nutrition Tips to Promote Wound Healing

We’ve all had a wound: a cut, scratch or scrape that breaks the skin. Most wounds on healthy people heal quickly when kept clean and free of infection, while other types of wounds are more serious and often require medical intervention. These can include decubitus ulcers, also known as pressure sores or bed sores,

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Are You Covered?

Ask these Questions About Seeing a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for Diabetes Care
Diabetes is a disease affecting 29 million American children and adults, in addition to 86 million Americans who have prediabetes and are at risk for Type 2 diabetes.

Eating healthfully and being physically active can help control diabetes and other complications that

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Diabetes: An Overview

When you hear “diabetes,” most immediately think about blood sugar. People with diabetes have a higher than normal level of glucose in their blood. This can be caused by too little insulin being produced in the pancreas or the body not accepting or using the insulin it produces, or a combination of both.

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Can My Child with Diabetes Eat Nuts?

Nuts are a terrific snack or addition to a meal for children and adults with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. Nuts give us magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin E, fiber, protein, nourishing fats and more!
Controlling Blood Glucose
Nuts ‘ combination of protein and fat is especially helpful when trying to manage blood sugar, says Vandana Sheth, RDN, CDE, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “The key is to watch portion size as they are calorie-dense.” By combining nuts with a high-carbohydrate food such as cereal, bread or fruit, you can expect lower blood glucose readings after eating than if you or your child eat the high-carb food alone. As part of a research study, individuals with Type 2 diabetes had lower blood glucose after eating an ounce of mixed nuts with white bread, as opposed to eating the bread alone. A similar study among healthy adults showed that eating pistachios with rice or pasta also limited the rise in blood glucose readings after eating.

Love nuts for their magnesium content, too. Among its many roles, this mineral may affect the release and activity of insulin, the hormone that helps control blood glucose levels. Interestingly, many people with Type 2 diabetes have low blood levels of magnesium. And, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, magnesium is one of the underconsumed nutrients. Other good sources of magnesium are whole grains, beans and spinach.
Nutrient Powerhouse
There are so many ways to please the taste buds and nourish the body with nuts. Along with their distinct tastes, nuts each have a unique nutrient profile. And when you pair them with other nutrient-dense foods, you’ re getting a super dose of good-for-you nutrition. Toss chopped pistachios and diced peaches

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Diabetes and Endurance Sports

Regular, moderate exercise can help prevent Type 2 diabetes and reduce or slow complications from Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. But what about more intense physical activity such as endurance sports including marathons and triathlons? With healthy training and nutrition management to meet individualized goals, people with diabetes can achieve improved blood glucose

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Sugar vs Fat

 common question is: how much sugar or fat I can have in my diet?

Sugar and fat are two of the most widely talked about dietary topics, with one of the most commonly asked questions by people with (and without) diabetes being ‘how much sugar or fat can I have in my diet?’
Sugar
Limiting the amount of sugar we take in

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Raw Food Diet

As the name suggest, the raw food diet is a diet based around food that can be eaten raw. The diet is therefore predominantly based on vegetables, fruit and legumes.

The diet is believed to help people find health when they are struggling to get healthy by eating a normal Western diet.

Raw food

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Diabetes Diet, Eating, & Physical Activity

Nutrition and physical activity are important parts of a healthy lifestyle when you have diabetes. Along with other benefits, following a healthy meal plan and being active can help you keep your blood glucose level, also called blood sugar, in your target range. To manage your blood glucose, you need to balance what you eat

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Mindful Eating to Help Your Diabetes

I know what I should do, I just can’t get myself to do it!” It’s a refrain dieticians hear too often from patients having trouble changing their diets. And seven out of ten times they are right–they do know what to do. The basics of a healthful diet can be found in any good

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Diabetes Care

Many people with diabetes are unsure as to how to care for their diabetes. There is often confusion surrounding blood glucose levels and how to monitor them effectively.

Good diabetes care and management is an essential part of keeping healthy for people with diabetes.
Understanding your blood glucose levels
Knowing what your blood sugar levels mean

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