Articles by Elizabeth Klein, MPhil

Losing Weight Can Ease Obstructive Sleep Apnea

April 1, 2015

People with diabetes have a higher risk for sleep apnea, a condition in which your breathing stops and starts many times during the night. As this prevents you from getting a good night’s sleep, it puts you at a high risk for sleepiness during the day, memory and attention problems, insulin [...]

Plant-Based Meal Plans Can Protect Your Heart Health

March 31, 2015

You probably already know that a cornerstone of a healthy, balanced meal plan is plenty of plant foods. Fresh, frozen, and even canned vegetables, fruit, grains, beans and nuts provide important nutrients to help you avoid serious illnesses. A new study from researchers at Imperial College London [...]

Treating Depression Can Lower Heart Disease Risks

March 30, 2015

You may know that having a chronic disease, like type 2 diabetes or heart disease, can lead to emotional problems like depression and anxiety. Caring for your condition, in addition to all of your other responsibilities, can be very stressful. But did you know that it may also be true the other way [...]

Weight-Lifting May Lower Diabetes Risk In Asian Populations

March 29, 2015

Recently, we reported that Asian Americans have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes at lower weights. This means that people of Asian descent do not have to be obese or severely overweight to have problems with their blood glucose levels, insulin sensitivity, and A1C, like most Caucasians do. With [...]

Diet Soda Linked To Obesity In Older Adults

March 24, 2015

If you have any symptoms of metabolic syndrome, which include obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood glucose levels, high blood pressure, and high triglycerides, your healthcare provider may have suggested that you cut down on sugar. But if you switched to diet soda to achieve this, you might be [...]

Pesco-Vegetarian Meal Plan May Lower Your Risk For Colon Cancer

March 23, 2015

There are many different types of vegetarian meal plans. Some include eggs, milk, or fish, while others have no animal products at all. Past research has been mixed about whether or not these types of plans are better for your health. But a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine has shown [...]

Low Blood Glucose Can Affect Your Language Abilities

March 22, 2015

If you have diabetes–particularly type 1 diabetes–you probably already know that low blood glucose (hypoglycemia) is a serious problem. If your blood glucose levels drop too low, you can risk seizures or coma. If your levels are consistently low for months or years, you have a higher risk of [...]

Onion Extract Seems To Improve Metabolism

March 21, 2015

If you have diabetes or prediabetes, you probably know how important it is to get your blood glucose and cholesterol levels under control if you want to avoid serious diabetes complications, like heart disease and nerve damage. The best way to do this is to get at least 30 minutes of physical [...]

Depression May Worsen Obesity In Food Stamp Users

March 20, 2015

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 47 million Americans are currently using food stamps. This means they have low incomes, and are more likely to live in areas without reliable access to healthy foods. A study recently published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics looked [...]

Quitting Smoking May Boost Your Metabolism

March 14, 2015

You probably already know that there are many benefits to giving up smoking. After you quit, you can look forward to better lung and heart health, improved skin and hair quality, and a lower risk for heart attack, stroke, and some cancers. But did you know that smoking is also linked to type 2 [...]

Those With “Sleep Debt” Are More Likely To Be Obese

March 13, 2015

Most adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. If you sleep fewer than 7 hours, you can develop a “sleep debt.” This is a term for the negative health effects you may face by not getting enough sleep. In addition to sleepiness, irritability, and an inability to focus, sleep debt [...]

Mindfulness May Lower Blood Glucose Levels In Overweight Women

March 12, 2015

Keeping stress to a minimum is an important part of a health lifestyle. Stress–whether physical or emotional–has been shown in research to be a big risk factor for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. But between work, family, and social pressures, it can be hard to keep stress in [...]

World Health Organization Suggests Lowering Sugar Intake

March 10, 2015

Do you know how much sugar you eat and drink every day? You may be getting a lot more than you think. Sugar is often added to sauces, dressings and soups, in addition to baked goods, candies, sodas, ice cream and alcoholic drinks. According to the World Health Organization’s new nutrition [...]

Exercise At Age 40 Could Keep Your Brain Healthy At 60

March 9, 2015

  Whether you have type 1, type 2, or prediabetes, you are at a high risk for a variety of complications. Some of the most serious complications affect your brain, and include dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and a general loss of important functions like memory and motor skills. That’s why [...]
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