Category: Diet and Exercise

Broccoli Sprouts Could Help Manage Blood Sugar

| June 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

We all know that eating broccoli is good for us. And sprouted broccoli seeds have long been shown to contain anti-cancer and heart-healthy phytochemicals. But now scientists have discovered that these same natural substances could help to control blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. In a neat piece of detective work, an […]

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Yoga Shown To Improve Blood Sugar Levels After Just 10 Days

| June 7, 2017 | Comments (0)

Yoga is known to improve flexibility, strength, posture and mood. But did you know it could also help keep your blood sugar under control? Research shows people with diabetes who regularly do yoga have healthier blood sugar levels than those who don’t. And you could see the benefit in just 10 days, according to a […]

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Beer Could Be Worse For Your Waistline Than Sugary Drinks

| June 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

On a hot summer’s day, after mowing the half-acre prairie around my house (it doesn’t deserve to be called a lawn), I reckon I’ve earned a cold beer. But recent research suggests that glass of beer could have an expanding effect on my waistline. Of course, we know that people who habitually drink a lot […]

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Your Muscles Can Taste Sugar, Too

| May 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

The taste buds on our tongues make eating a pleasure, but they also have a more serious role in indicating whether something is good to eat or not. The sensations of sweetness, saltiness and umami (glutamate) encourage us to consume carbohydrates, sodium and amino acids, while bitter and sour tastes deter us from eating potentially […]

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Should Diabetics Fast During Ramadan?

| May 19, 2017 | Comments (0)

Next week, at sunset on 26th May, more than a billion Muslims across the world will start to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan – a central feature of which is fasting each day from sunrise to sunset. But, if you are Muslim and have diabetes, should you fast, and if so, what precautions should […]

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Reducing Salt May Not Lower Your Blood Pressure

| May 17, 2017 | Comments (0)

We have heard the same message for decades: “Too much salt can raise your blood pressure.” This mantra is repeated by NHS Choices, The British Heart Foundation, Diabetes Today and just about every other official source of dietary advice. But cutting down on salt probably won’t lower your blood pressure – and could even increase […]

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Does Eating Meat Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

| May 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

As I wrote here recently, a healthy diet is key to preventing and managing type 2 diabetes. That means cutting right down on sugary and starchy carbohydrates and replacing them with green vegetables, low-GL fruits and healthy sources of fat and protein. But it seems that not just any kind of protein will do, as […]

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Fatty Acids: The Type Of Fat You Eat Could Be Making You Lazy

| April 28, 2017 | Comments (0)

The health benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils are well known. These good fats are hugely important for your body and brain and can help to control your blood sugar by improving insulin sensitivity, as I wrote  here. But not all fats are created equal. Many popular cooking oils and those used […]

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Any Healthy Diet Helps Prevent Diabetes

| April 26, 2017 | Comments (0)

Not long ago, official advice was telling us diet, including sugar consumption, was not a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. Of course, now we know better – but with more knowledge has come diet after diet… all claiming to reduce diabetes risk. So, to stay healthy, should you go for the low-carb, low glycaemic […]

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Exercise: Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something!

| April 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

The many and varied benefits of exercise are well known – but many of us still find it difficult to incorporate regular exercise into our routines. However, you may not have to pound the pavement before breakfast or sweat it out in the gym to enjoy better metabolic health. Something as simple as getting up […]

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A Cup Of Coffee Could Cut Your Dementia Risk

| April 5, 2017 | Comments (0)

Caffeine is already known to help prevent type 2 diabetes and to contain substances that improve blood sugar control, as I mentioned here and here. And the link between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, is also well-documented. So, recent findings that caffeine could help ward off dementia are […]

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The Benefits Of Eating A Low-Carbohydrate Supper

| April 3, 2017 | Comments (0)

I wrote in an earlier blog post here how blood sugar control could be improved by eating a large breakfast and a small evening meal – the opposite to what most of us actually do. Now, new findings show it isn’t just the timing of total calorie intake that’s important, but also the time of […]

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Resveratrol Makes Gut Bugs Produce Antidiabetic Compounds

| March 29, 2017 | Comments (0)

As I mentioned in an earlier post here, the bacteria we carry in our gut play a crucial role in our metabolic health. The beneficial kinds could lower the risk of type 1 diabetes, while helping to prevent chronic inflammation and insulin resistance, regulate blood sugar levels and support healthy immune function. Kinds of plant […]

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High-Fat Ketogenic Diet Helps Combat Diabetes Risk Factors

| March 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post here, scientists at Newcastle University showed in 2011 that a very low calorie diet – a mere 600 calories a day – can restore insulin production in the pancreas and reverse insulin resistance, in people with type 2 diabetes. But 600 calories a day is, in effect, […]

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