Gestational Diabetes Linked with Soda

So, what’s a coke every day?  Well, nothing much, unless you drink them continuously before you get pregnant and while you are pregnant.  What is the result?  Quite often, problems for you during your pregnancy and afterward, plus problems for your baby before birth and possibly for the rest of their life.

Researchers have recently discovered that sodas – especially colas – can lead to gestational diabetes.  The first study of this type took place recently in New Orleans.  A doctor in the area found that drinking these colas, which are filled with colas and empty calories, increases the risk of the mother getting diabetes during pregnancy exponentially.

LSU Health Sciences Center Epidemiologist Dr. Liwei Chen is the physician behind the study.  She studied nearly 14,000 women who were used to drinking at least 5 colas per week.  As a result of this, even before they get pregnant they have a 22% higher chance of getting gestational diabetes. more…

Possible Fatalities from Diabetes Drug

There are over 180 million people throughout the world struggling with diabetes.  Many of them are taking different medications to deal with the disease.  A great many take insulin shots to control their diabetes symptoms.

There are many people with diabetes, however, that take various medications to control their diabetes.  Some of these medications work well without creating side effects.  Others, however, do create side effects, just as with any kind of medication – whether it is from the cold medication a person takes or from blood pressure medication.  Any medication can cause a side effect, and the effect can range from something small, such as a slight headache to something much more annoying, such as terrible stomach cramps or worse.

One of the things that has been discovered recently is that in some cases certain medications for diabetes can possibly be fatal.  Some of these medications can cause cardiovascular issues and changes which can lead to death.   more…

Breastfeeding Can Help Prevent Diabetes

More and more individuals have diabetes than ever before.  In fact millions just in the United States alone are suffering from the disease and fighting the symptoms.  From gestational diabetes – often caused by sugary sodas, especially colas – to Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, it can be a struggle to find the causes and certainly it has been a tremendous amount of work to continue looking for a cure.

In the meantime, there are ways to help work to avoid diabetes altogether.  Stopping the disease before it starts is one way.  If you don’t have diabetes or have not been diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle by having a moderate diet, engaging in moderate exercise and working to stay as healthy as possible when it comes to obesity, cardiovascular issues and blood pressure. more…

NutriSystem Diabetes Program to Debut at Walgreens

Nutrisystem LogoIndividuals with Type 2 diabetes often have issues with weight.  Finding and sticking to a healthy diet and lifestyle is not an easy thing to do – even for those of us who are not battling health issues.

Numerous studies have shown that there are strong connections between obesity and diabetes.  Sometimes the diabetes comes first and it becomes harder to control one’s week.  On the other hand, in the majority of cases, a person can be obese or at least struggling with their weight and as a result, they can develop diabetes because their metabolism is not working correctly and their blood glucose level is rising too high.

There is something new on the market being introduced on the market through Walgreens Pharmacies.  Walgreens provides a tremendous amount of care for individuals with diabetes and they also provide a tremendous amount of information to help individuals with diabetes. more…

Diabetes Lifestyle: Balance is the Key

Most of us are familiar with diabetes, but only because we hear commercials about it or know someone who has diabetes. There are people with diabetes who don’t even realize they have it, and most of us don’t know what to do if we should develop diabetes. In addition, some people who suffer and struggle with diabetes don’t know the best way to balance things out to keep their diabetes under control.

Many people – with or without diabetes – feel that as long as a person basically eliminates sugar from their diet, they will be able to keep their diabetes under control. This is true, but only to an extent. Individuals with diabetes should be very careful about their sugar intake, but they can have a little sugar from time to time. more…

Diabetes and Obesity: Conquer Them Together

There is a tremendous amount of research throughout the world regarding diabetes and regarding weight issues. Research often concentrates on both issues at the same time because the majority of the time, if a person has a severe weight problem; they often have diabetes as well.

There is good news regarding current research. Studies in the U.K. have discovered a new drug that that will address both issues at the same time, helping people with diabetes to basically kill two birds with one stone.

With some of the serious health issues that individuals with diabetes and weight problems face and have to fight to control every day, this new discovery should make the life of a person with Type 2 diabetes just a little – if not a lot – easier.

Diabetes Prevention: Study Shows Changes to Diet and Exercise Behavior Can Delay or Prevent Diabetes

Keeping one of the most prevalent and damaging illnesses at bay – diabetes – can be as simple as a few adjustments. According to a 10 year log follow-up study, which was a trial to try to determine a way to prevent diabetes in individuals that were at high risk for the disease, there could be ways to stop the disease from actually starting.

This is a very important study because over 24 million people, which adds up to one in every nine people have diabetes. Most have Type2. This type of diabetes usually develops when a person is an adult. In addition to the 24 million who have diabetes, it is estimated that there are another 57 million people who high blood glucose levels, but d not yet have diabetes. This is the group that will get the most benefit from the study and the lifestyle changes.

The study involved more than 3,000 overweight or obese individuals with above normal risk for diabetes. Some were given the diabetes medication metformin, others were given a placebo and the final group worked on lifestyle changes. By the time the study ended – early – it was clear that the individuals who changed their lifestyle fared better than the other two groups.

The lifestyle change group basically exercised daily for about 30 minutes daily, limited fat intake I their diet and ended up losing 55 to 7% of their body weight. Most of the people in this group lost 15 pounds or close to it, while the individuals taking metformin lost about 5 pounds each and the ones on the placebo lost only about 2 pounds. Some of the people in the lifestyle change group ended up gaining back up to 10 pounds when they went off their regimen.

The individuals in the lifestyle group cut their risk of diabetes by nearly 60%

And those taking metformin reduced their risk by about a little over 30%.

These result showed that after 10 years the people who were in the lifestyle change group ended up on average postponing the onset of diabetes by four years. Those on metformin delayed onset by about 2 years. The elderly individuals were helped the most. People aged 60 and up lowered their risk of diabetes in the 10 years by almost half.

.So, if you think you might be prone to diabetes or you are not sure, it is important to check with your doctor and see. If you have he tendency but have not developed diabetes yet, exercise, eat healthy foods and check with your doctor or health practitioner to see what you can do to avoid the onset of diabetes or at least delay it.

Diabetes Awareness Month – Myths vs. Reality

With Diabetes Awareness Month arriving in November, more and more people are spreading the message regarding the facts about diabetes. As a result, it is easier than ever to get correct information about diabetes, and the information you receive could be lifesaving.

Studies and surveys have shown that over 50% of people who are asked what they know about diabetes, know little or nothing. This is troubling as over 24million people have diabetes and millions more are undiagnosed but have pre-diabetes or actually have diabetes and don’t know it.

There are several myths about diabetes. Many people feel that diabetes is not a serious health issue. This can be somewhat true if a person is diagnosed early and adjustments in diet and lifestyle – including exercise – are made right away. more…

World Diabetes Day November 14th

Over 24 million people in the United States have diabetes.  Add to that, multi-millions of people around the world have diabetes.  Millions of others just in the United States have diabetes and don’t even know it.  Even more have what is called pre-diabetes and aren’t aware that if they change their diet and exercise routine, they could avoid getting full-blown diabetes.

Over the past few decades there have been more and more campaigns to bring awareness to this disease that could ultimately be fatal if not kept under control.

Part of the awareness campaigns have been to help people understand the symptoms of diabetes, the side effects, the care and control of the disease and how to get medical care for diabetes. more…

Employment Outlook Much Better for Individuals with Diabetes and Disabilities

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is being talked about by everyone lately. That is as it should be – she has been nominated by President Barak Obama to sit on the Supreme Court of the United States.

There is another reason, however, that some people are talking about her, as well. Judge Sotomayor was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on her 10th birthday. One hundred years ago – or even a few decades ago, getting a good job would have been nearly impossible for Judge Sotomayor or even getting a botton-of-the-barrel job.

There was no real understanding of diabetes or disabilities, and there was certainly no understanding that diabetes did not have to be a disability. Once insulin was discovered in 1921, many things started changing for people with diabetes. It made it possible for them to excel and contribute just like anyone else.

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