Diabetes

5 Slow Carb Swaps for Energy, Weight Loss and Health

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 08.19.2015 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

With slow carbs, your blood sugar will go up slowly, won't go up as high, and will peter off gradually, looking more like a gentle wave than a tsunami. This means you avoid the Spike-Crash-Crave cycle. Research suggests that the most effective long-term weight loss diet features moderate amounts of protein along with slow carbs.

School Districts Need to Adopt Comprehensive Diabetes Policies Now

Jan Hux | Posted 08.17.2015 | Canada Parents
Jan Hux

Most students can manage their diabetes independently or with minimal support, and they can fully participate in school activities, including gym, field trips and celebrations. However, some, especially very young children with type 1 diabetes, may need trained personnel to help administer insulin, monitor blood sugar levels or supervise food intake and activity. Students with diabetes may also need flexibility in school rules to prevent low or high blood sugar, and, in some cases, may also need help with recognizing "lows" and "highs."

Rising Diabetes, Obesity Putting Ethnic Groups At Risk: Study

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.11.2015 | Canada Living

Steadily rising rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure over the last decade have dramatically increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes among some groups of ethnic Canadians, researchers say.

How Bacteria Could Help Weight Loss Surgery Success

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.09.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Controlling obesity is never an easy prospect and for some, the best option is to undergo bariatric surgery. The practice has been around since the 1960s and involves restricting the volume of the stomach either with a band or through surgical removal of a large part of the stomach organ. There's also another factor in determining the benefit of this surgery: the microbes living in the gut. The tens of trillions of bacteria can also be affected by the change. Although this was known hypothetically for years, in 2010, it was shown for the first time.

Why You Should Eat More Low Glycemic Foods

Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P | Posted 07.29.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Rutledge, Dt.P

The rise of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease motivates some people to become more careful about the food choices they make. If you are looking for an easy tool to help make healthy choices and help prevent the onset of chronic disease, the glycemic index has been shown to do just that.

Are You Pregnant? Get Moving to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 07.08.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

If you're pregnant and wondering if you can still hit the gym, recent research answers with a resounding "yes." Researchers looked at 2,800 healthy pregnant women who enrolled in exercise programs. By exercising moderately, the women reduced their risk of gestational diabetes by more than 30 per cent.

A Lack of Awareness Heightens the Risk of Diabetes

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 07.05.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Lack of awareness keeps a vast part of the population with elevated blood sugar that is not yet diabetic but can lead to worsening outcomes from making important lifestyle changes, such as cutting back on sodas and sugary foods as well as losing weight and getting more exercise.

As a Diabetic, Here's How I'll Try to Fast for 19 Hours

Tania Budhwani | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Tania Budhwani

Traditionally, Muslims are not allowed to eat throughout the day while they fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Although individuals with illnesses are usually exempt from fasting, I try my best to do what I can. It's an interesting struggle to keep the balance between fulfilling my religious responsibilities and keeping my health in check. The criticism is endless, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! My doctors have advised me against fasting numerous times, but I think it should be a personal choice.

Juice Cleanses: Just Don't Do Them!

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre | Posted 05.25.2015 | Canada Living
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

It's funny how the fads come and go. Cleanses and detox diets have actually been around for more than 100 years. But Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator April Thorimbert says, it's not always a good thing when history repeats itself.

Canada Should Follow Finland's Example in the Fight Against Diabetes

Jan Hux | Posted 03.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Jan Hux

But there is an even greater danger with a simplistic understanding of diabetes that focuses exclusively on individual choice -- it diverts attention and resources from other approaches which may be more effective at addressing the diabetes epidemic. It is projected that by the year 2020, one in three Canadians will have either diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Surprising Diabetes Warning Signs

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 12.19.2014 | Canada Living

Most of us know that too much sugar is bad for us, but we may be unfamiliar with the havoc excess blood glucose can wreak on our systems. Diabetes...

How These Canadians Helped Diabetes in India

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

With our health care system, diabetes is more easily managed in Canada. But in a developing community, most can't afford a computerized glucometer. So diabetes goes largely untreated, leading to critical complications like blindness, heart disease and kidney failure. Diabetes claims 3.4 million lives every year.

Germs Suffer "Jet Lag" And Can Make You Fat

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

One particular consequence of an altered circadian rhythm is altered glucose utilization leading to increases in weight gain, obesity and even diabetes. The reason for this has been examined at the molecular level and some paths to problems have been elucidated.

Why You Must See Your Doctor After a Trip to the ER

Michael J. Schull | Posted 11.30.2014 | Canada Living
Michael J. Schull

Studies have shown that inadequate follow-up care after emergency room visits is common, with up to 30 per cent of patients with chronic illnesses not seeing a doctor within 30 days after they've been sent home from the ER. Why? In part, it's because fewer than one in three primary care physicians in Canada report being notified when their patients visit an emergency department.

The Bad News About Artificial Sweeteners

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's been a rather tough year for artificial sweeteners. In that time, three new studies have been released suggesting they are poor substitutes for sugar. In the spring, an investigation into their use revealed a disconcerting association with the onset of depression. Then, a long-term analysis of their use revealed they may contribute to overall weight gain.

Diabetes Drug Could Help You Live Longer

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.08.2014 | Canada Living

A large-scale study conducted by researchers at Cardiff University says that type 2 diabetes patients live longer than people without the disease than...

This Type Of Protein Could Help Control Type 2 Diabetes

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Living

Researchers at Tel Aviv University found that a whey protein drink before breakfast can subdue the volatile glucose levels indicative of type 2 diabet...

Go Nuts -- Eating More Is Good for You

Marilyn Linton | Posted 09.29.2014 | Canada Living
Marilyn Linton

Contrary to our common perception of nuts as unhealthy, Dr. Sievenpiper found a modest decrease in blood fats known as triglycerides and blood sugars among people who added tree nuts to their diets compared to those who ate a control diet.

Why We Need To Push Kids Into Careers In STEM-Based Industries

Mark Lievonen | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada
Mark Lievonen

The long-term benefits derived from investing in STEM-related programs impact many sectors. Of the 10 highest-paying jobs in Canada, seven are found in STEM industries, of which four are within non-biotech/healthcare sectors such as construction, utilities, transportation, and goods production.

Obesity Is Not the New Tobacco

Kapil Khatter | Posted 09.08.2014 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

Those approaches, for unhealthy eating in particular, can be a real challenge, because they bang hard against the reactor core of our economic system -- consumption. Consumption and lots of it. Like tobacco, the fight for healthy eating will challenge the heart of what companies do: sell as much as they can.

Canola Oil Could Actually Help With Diabetes, Cholesterol: Study

University of Toronto News | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Canola is Canada's oil, and new research from the University of Toronto suggests it should also be one of the oils of choice for people with Type 2 diabetes.

Why Your Diet Is So Important When It Comes To Diabetes

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.16.2014 | Canada Living

More fruits and vegetables and fewer sweetened beverages and saturated fats significantly decreased risk for type 2 diabetes, independent of other lif...

Could Skipping Dinner Help Prevent Diabetes?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Living

Three meals a day with snacks in between has long been the prescribed diet for healthy living — but for those battling type 2 diabetes, that formula...

You Won't Believe What Scientists Cloned This Week

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.29.2014 | Canada Living

Scientists said Monday they had used cloning technology to make embryonic stem cells that carry a diabetic woman's genes, and turned them into insulin...

More Coffee, Less Diabetes?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 04.28.2014 | Canada Living

People who boosted their coffee intake by "moderate to large" doses in a U.S.-based study had a lower risk for adult-onset diabetes than those with st...