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Type 2 Diabetes – The Role of Genes in Diabetic Complications

Type 2 diabetes affects the whole body because it affects the heart and blood vessels, and blood travels through almost every living tissue. Why do some individuals develop particular complications, while others do not? Having specific genes makes people susceptible to certain conditions. As these genes are found and matched with complications to which they can contribute, it will someday become possible to predict which complications patients and their physicians need to watch out for and prevent.

Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Eating – How The Targeted Ketogenic Diet Works

If you are someone who likes going on a lower carbohydrate diet plan to control your blood sugar levels better and see faster rates of weight loss, you might be interested in considering a diet plan called the targeted ketogenic diet. If you are not familiar with the ketogenic diet plan, this is a very low carbohydrate diet that contains just 5% of the total calories coming from carbohydrates. The remaining calories come from protein at 30% and dietary fat at 65%. Altogether these put you into a state called ketosis, where your body is running off an alternative fuel source.

Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Food Choices – What Are The Dirty Dozen of Fruits and Vegetables?

We often hear if we choose to exercise and eat properly, our pancreas will thank us by functioning better and reduce our chances of developing Type 2 diabetes. Many of you watching your health will have heard of a list of produce referred to as the “dirty dozen.” What is this list and how do the contents impact your life and your body? The dirty dozen is a term used to describe certain fruits and vegetables, maybe even some of your favorites, impacted negatively by pesticides. The produce listed as the “dirty dozen” are thought to be more heavily contaminated by pesticides than other produce and, as such, it is wise for you to steer clear of them if you are hoping to maintain good health.

Type 2 Diabetes – Does Telemedicine Have a Place In Treating Diabetes?

Investigators at the University Hospital in Tours and several other research institutions in France have determined telemedicine is useful in dealing with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Their work was reported on in August 2018 in the Telemedicine Journal and E-Health. The investigators combined 42 trials of the technique and analyzed them as if they were one large study with 6,170 participants. A total of 34 studies used devices for telemonitoring blood sugar levels while the other 8 used teleconsultation. The participants using telemedicine experienced a more significant reduction in their HbA1c levels than those who were treated with the usual care,

Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Living – How Much Does Good Health Matter to You?

Health problems are prevalent among modern adults more than ever. Could this be attributed to modern lifestyles? Almost entirely, but there is more to blame. The quality of the food around us is also an issue as we are often surrounded by high-caloric processed foods. We usually have to go to designated produce or “organic” food aisles to find rows of food that can be considered healthy. Arguably, the lack of instruction is also an issue. Hundreds of years ago when meat and bread were staples as they were not mass-produced, it was not necessary to teach people about healthy eating. It is not like there was an abundance of carbohydrate options to choose from to replace the fruits and vegetables we need to be eating. Now, more than ever, we need proper instruction to ensure our lifestyle is not leading us down an unhealthy path.

Exercises and Workouts – Can You Exercise Seven Days A Week?

One question you may ask yourself from time to time is can you exercise on seven days a week? Do you need to have a rest day in your program or is that something you find is not a necessity? Some people often wonder about this – usually those who cannot seem to get enough of their gym training. When it comes to exercising daily, the truth is you can if you are smart in how you do it. Here are a few points to help you know how to prevent overtraining.

Type 2 Diabetes – Predicting Gestational Diabetes Early

Gestational diabetes is similar to Type 2 diabetes except it occurs during pregnancy. While it is a temporary form of the disease which usually disappears after childbirth, it is a sign of insulin resistance and means full-blown Type 2 diabetes could be around the corner. The condition is generally diagnosed between weeks 24 and 26 of the pregnancy. If it could be predicted earlier physicians and midwives might be able, in the words of the old western movies, to “head ’em off at the pass.” Diet and exercise, and perhaps medication, could be prescribed early to prevent Gestational diabetes in those women at high risk once they have been identified. Blood sugar levels could be watched carefully, and treatment began sooner than 24 weeks if need be.

Type 2 Diabetes – Obesity, Arsenic, and Diabetes

Being overweight or obese raises the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by contributing to inflammation in the body and free radicals. Arsenic has many of the same effects and can lead to high blood sugar levels, as well as causing damage to the beta cells in the pancreas. Scientists at the University of California in Berkeley, United States, and a variety of other research institutions in the United States and Chile, have discovered the exposure to arsenic, especially in obese individuals, can raise the risk of them developing Type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes and Healthy Living – Your Health and Well-Being Have an Expiry Date

We all know our lives are short, that time passes quickly and we often take our time here on earth for granted. However, have you thought about the length of your life in the context of your health and well-being? For if you are not well, your life could become even shorter, time could pass uncomfortably, and you certainly do not want to find yourself in a position of regret because it could be too late. You may need to start thinking more about your health: this applies to most people so there is a good chance you are included. We all have areas of our life where we could do better. Your health could be one of them.

Type 2 Diabetes – Combined Physical Activity Makes It Easier to Control Blood Sugar

The two basic types of exercise, aerobic and muscle or resistance training, have been much studied as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes. Investigators at the Lanzhou University in Lanzhou, China, put together thirty-seven studies on the two exercise types and analyzed them as if they were one extensive study. They found a combination of the two types of exercise is best for controlling blood sugar levels. Their results were published in July of 2018 in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

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