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A new sweetener made from the tequila plant could help reduce blood glucose levels in diabetics and contribute to weight loss in obese people. A researcher has outlined the potential benefits of agavi...
With growing wealth in many developing countries around the world, diet and lifestyle changes are showing dramatic increases in obesity and related diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But more than rising standards of living, lack of education seems to contribute to these dismal trends.
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As a dietitian and health counselor, I have no problem with declaring obesity a disease, especially considering the complexity of potential causes, some of which are indeed beyond an individual's control. Having said that, I also believe that the only appropriate response to illness is to make every effort to overcome it as quickly possible.
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Type 1 diabetes was once lethal but thanks to the Nobel prize-winning research conducted at the University of Toronto in 1921-22, had become a controllable condition through daily injections of insulin derived from cattle and pigs. My father's story reminds me about the importance of universities as places that create the space for big "what if" and "I wonder" questions.
Avoid Skipping Meals: People living with diabetes have leaky livers, meaning that their livers release sugar into the bloodstream if they don't eat every four to six hours. Therefore, skipping a meal, even if you overindulged during the previous one, can do more harm than good to blood glucose levels.
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Eating yogurt and low-fat cheese can cut the risk of developing diabetes by around a quarter compared with consuming none, according to a study of 3,500 Britons published on Wednesday. The evidence co...
Despite our best efforts, his levels were not improving. His diabetes educator suggested maintaining daily contact. Normally this would mean time off work and school. Instead, I simply uploaded his information and waited for instruction on what adjustments needed to be made to his pump until his levels eventually stabilized.
Google is officially developing a futuristic new contact lens that will reportedly measure blood glucose levels. This technological breakthrough could be a huge boon for people suffering from diabete
When you're sautéing, stir-frying, baking, grilling and making salad dressings, have you ever wondered what cooking oil is best? You're not alone. One of the best decisions you can make in the kitchen is which cooking oil to use.
The problems occur when germs happen to find a home in places where they don't belong, such as the sinuses or the feet. The microbes release signals into the body that come into contact with the fat underneath the skin. The fat, in turn, realize something's not right and spark inflammation.
Many moms and dads dive into research and read everything they come across. There is no right way to handle news of this nature. The moment illness strikes, life becomes split into two sections: before and after. And it's normal to yearn to get back to before. Before was a time of blissful unawareness.
I was recently on The Dr. Oz Show and he asked his viewers what their most-regrettable health habits were. We collected the top four and I provided holistic ways to counteract them. Read on for what I told Dr. Oz, and use these tools to make up for some past mistakes.
We all agree that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. An emphasis on prevention means that Canadians and their families will be less likely to live with the devastating effects of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. These diseases are largely preventable.
It's becoming clearer that what we are putting into the environment is returning to haunt us, resulting in unnecessary loss of lives, malnourishment, disease and starvation. Another key lesson is, the developed nations are not shielded from climate change, nor do they have the capacity to deal with a devastation of such cataclysmic proportion as the recent severe weather event in Colorado.
TORONTO - More that 2,000 foot amputations took place in Canada in 2011-12 due to complications of diabetes, according to a new report on wounds in the Canadian health-care context.Amplifying that alr...
Eleven years after being diagnosed, I can say that diabetes has been the single best thing that has ever happened to my life. I would never give it back. Sport had been a vehicle, a growth opportunity. Diabetes has offered me the same and I am thankful for it.
TORONTO - Canadians of Chinese descent may be at higher risk of developing diabetes than their historically low obesity rates would indicate, new research suggested Thursday.A study from the Institute...
TORONTO - Some cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins appear to put users at an elevated risk of developing diabetes, a new study reports.The work, by Toronto scientists, suggests that higher poten...
If Canada has a weight issue (and increasing amount of studies say that it definitely does), should our physicians be doing more? The answer seems to be yes, but the problem is that docs aren't doing much in terms of preventative care for their patients.
It's a proven fact that most people change their eating habits and lifestyle choices only after a serious health scare such as a heart attack or a diabetes diagnosis. Still, in many cases that may not...
Madeline Vann, Everyday Health Living well with diabetes means managing the amount of sugar you consume. But while too much sugar isn't good for anyone (whether you have diabetes or not), you don't h...
New research suggests obesity might be an autoimmune condition caused by an imbalance in the microbiota of the gut. Good germs could help to keep obesity at bay, while bad germs could lead to increased weight gain, even without the person eating more.
Over three million Canadians have diabetes and this number is expected to reach 3.7 million by 2020. Caregivers of people with diabetes, especially seniors, need to learn all they can about stepping up foot care -- from maintenance, to shoe selection.
A proposed research project at Dalhousie University is looking at using dogs' incredible sense of smell to sniff-out low blood sugar in diabetics. The study under consideration would be in collabora...
People get fat from eating too much and exercising too little. At least that's the most widely held explanation for the growing obesity crisis around the world. But it's not that simple, says Dr. Achim Peters, a professor of neurology at the University of Lübeck in Germany.
Contrary to popular belief, improving your health is possible with just a few basic habits that take only minutes a day. Follow my advice and try these simple, fast and effective tips below -- and I promise you will boost your total wellness and see a new healthy glow as soon as tomorrow's sunrise.
In addition to its physical benefits, dancing also promotes psychological and mental well-being. The benefits of dancing are most evident in studies investigating its impact on various conditions including Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's and dementia, all prominent diseases in the senior population.
The biggest target of obesity in North America? Soda. Many experts now claim that soda is the new tobacco -- indeed, Google those terms and you get more than 7 million hits. For them, Coke is the new Camel. Let me take a step back and note the basic problem in fighting obesity like we fought tobacco.
You have heard of the metabolic syndrome or "pre-diabetes" but what if that is also happening in your brain, making it slower, each time you (or worse, your kids) drink pop, eat candy or suck back sugar in your latte? Recent evidence from studies conducted at the University of California and published in the Journal of Physiology says just that.
The number of people with type 2 diabetes continues to rise in Canada. It has become a major health concern, with notable societal and economic repercussions. For the past two years, my colleagues on the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health (CTFPHC) have been examining the issue of diabetes. The evidence that formed our recommendation may surprise some.
It's easier, more effective, and cheaper to let healthy bodies fight off disease and infections than to weaken those defence mechanisms and then compensate for them medically. If we want a stable health system, we must put more resources into reducing pollution and environmental degradation and creating a way of life that keeps bodies and minds happy and in good health.
If you think junk food goes directly to your hips, you're right. But it gets worse. It gets into your hips, and into other bones in the body, too. Junk food, or more precisely, food that is high in fat and sugar, robs the skeleton of the building blocks it needs to grow and remain strong to ward off degenerative conditions like osteoporosis. The picture is not pretty.