diabetes

  1. Eating breakfast leads to better glucose control

    Don't skip this meal

    If you want to avoid diabetes, there are plenty of foods you should skip or limit -- like the red meat I just mentioned. But there’s one thing you should never skip, and that’s eating breakfast.

    Just like mom used to say, it’s the most important meal of the day.

    Eating breakfast can give you the energy you need for the morning, reduce the impulse for a 10:30 donut and even stop you from overeating during lunch.

    Now, new research shows how eating breakfast can help keep your blood sugar levels under control right up through lunchtime, reducing the need for insulin and in the process reducing the risk of insulin resistance.

    And ultimately, that can help slash your risk of diabetes.

    In the new study, nine overweight and obese women were tracked on two separate days each: A day in which they ate a normal breakfast, and a day in which they skipped the meal entirely.

    When they skipped breakfast, their glucose levels were an average of 12 percent higher after lunch.

    Higher glucose levels, of course, means the body needs more insulin to convert it into energy -- and as a result, the insulin response shot up by 28 percent.

    When insulin levels spike too often, you run the risk of developing insulin resistance -- and when you develop insulin resistance, you’re in the express lane for diabetes.

    So it’s of course important to keeping eating breakfast. But what you eat is every bit as important -- and if you eat a McGriddle each morning, you’re not going to lower your risk of diabetes.

    You’ll probably increase it.

    So make sure you stick to healthy foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner alike -- and as long as you’re looking for a healthy breakfast, why not get back to basics and start with an egg?

    As I told you told you recently, eggs can help you to feel fuller longer and eat less at lunch -- and you can read more about that right here.

  2. Red meat can boost diabetes risk

    Limit red meat, limit your diabetes risk

    Let’s be clear about this: Avoiding diabetes is about an entire lifestyle, not adding or removing a single ingredient.

    But there are individual foods and ingredients that can increase your risk -- especially if you eat them too often. And one of those foods is something far too many Americans eat far too often: red meat.

    New research on 149,000 U.S. men and women finds that increasing your consumption of red meat by an average of half a serving a day can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by 48 percent when compared to eating less red meat.

    Of course, the flipside of that is less meat means lower risk -- 14 percent lower if you cut back a little, according to the study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

    So that’s it -- eliminate red meat, right?

    Well... not quite.

    Like I said earlier, this is about a lifestyle -- not a single ingredient. And if you stick to a healthy lifestyle, get regular activity and eat plenty of healthy foods, then you should feel free to enjoy red meat in moderation.

    That last word is the key.

    One way to keep it moderate is to pay more for it. Not more for the same meat, of course, but spend more to buy better cuts of meat -- lean cuts of organic grass-fed meat (and of course avoid processed red meats such as lunchmeats and hamburger).

    It’s more than just a difference in price. It’s a difference in quality -- one you can taste, so even as you eat less, you’ll enjoy it more. And in addition to reducing your risk of diabetes, limiting your red meat intake can also help reduce your risk of everything from mood disorders to bowel problems to arthritis.

    One healthy diet that allows for occasional red meat is the Mediterranean lifestyle I write to you about so often -- and along with helping to keep your waistline under control, this diet can also help slash your risk of diabetes, heart disease and more.

    And the food options are so limitless (and so delicious) that you won't mind cutting back on red meat one bit.

    For more on how going Mediterranean can help you get and stay healthy, read this free report.

  3. Walking after eating meals can control blood sugar

    Going for a short walk after meals can help the body to control blood sugar levels, according to new research.
  4. Control blood sugar with the benefits of fish oil

    Fish oil can help produce a hormone that controls blood sugar --in theory slashing your risk of diabetes.
  5. Depression increases signs of hypoglycemia

    A new study finds a link between depression and increased blood sugar control issues that could land you in the hospital.
  6. 1 in 8 seniors fighting memory problems

    New numbers show 1 in 8 Americans over 60 are battling brain fog. Here's your guide to making sure you're not one of them.
  7. A very low calorie diet can reverse diabetes

    A medically supervised diet very low in calories for short periods of time can help reverse diabetes, according to new research.
  8. Drinking soda and diabetes link

    Soda has been linked to diabetes yet again, with each daily can you drink increasing your risk by more than a fifth.
  9. A long walking distance can be healthier than running

    A regular walking habit can slash your risk of diabetes and heart disease as well as -- or better than -- running.
  10. Diabetes meds linked to inflammation of the pancreas

    Common diabetes drugs can increase the risk of acute pancreatitis and precancerous changes in the pancreas.
  11. Fast food industry and diabetes grow together

    People now get more than 10 percent of their calories from fast food. And new numbers show nearly 30 million Americans are diabetic.
  12. Dangers of diet soda and diabetes

    Diet soda isn't better than regular -- it's actually worse, as new research finds it can actually increase the risk of diabetes.
  13. Low vitamin D levels getting lower

    Vitamin D levels continue to plunge, with more people battling insufficiencies and even deficiencies than ever before, according to a new study.
  14. Diet and exercise can reverse diabetes

    You can turn your diabetes around and even cure yourself -- and all you have to do is change your diet and get more exercise.
  15. Obesity rates on the rise - The world is getting fatter and sicker

    People are fatter and sicker than ever around the world -- but amazingly, they're living longer. They're just not living better.
  16. Change eating habits to cure diabetes

    New research shows that the stomach surgeries that can supposedly cure diabetes actually fail more than half the time.
  17. Job loss – and your health

    People who lose their jobs have a higher risk of heart attack -- and the more times you lose your job, the higher that risk could be.
  18. Sugar substitute: high-fructose corn syrup

    The cheap sweetener high-fructose corn syrup used in nearly everything is linked to diabetes yet again.
  19. Diabetes statistics on the rise

    Frightening new numbers show more Americans are diabetic than ever before -- and up to 100 million of us could have the disease soon.
  20. Obese people more likely to be hospitalized

    Gaining weight will also help you gain entry in the ER, as the overweight and obese have a much higher risk of hospitalization that people of normal weight.

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