Articles by Elizabeth Klein, MPhil

Yoga Can Lower Your Heart Disease Risk

January 18, 2015

People with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) have a high risk of complications like heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Luckily, many studies have shown that any kind of physical activity can lower your risk for these serious health problems, as long as you do it regularly. In fact, a recent study has shown that even yoga–with its deep breathing, stretches, and muscle building–can go a long way towards preventing heart problems. You may not have to do regular running, walking, or biking to lower your heart disease risk. [...]

ADA Recommends New Standards for People with Diabetes

January 6, 2015

  The American Diabetes Association, or ADA, is an organization that helps people with diabetes, and is actively trying to find a cure for the disease. Every year, they publish a new edition of their Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. This paper outlines new diabetes research that was [...]

Children’s Insulin Levels May Point to Future Diabetes

January 6, 2015

  You probably already know that insulin plays a big role in diabetes. You need this important hormone to keep your blood glucose levels under control. If you don’t make enough (as in type 1 diabetes), or if the insulin your body makes doesn’t work as well as it should (as in type 2 [...]

New Ways to Predict Type 2 Diabetes Risk in American Indians

January 6, 2015

  There are many different ways your healthcare provider can tell if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes. Signs of future diabetes include: Poor blood glucose control Overweight or obesity A waist over 35” for women, or 40” for men High blood pressure, cholesterol, and/or triglyceride [...]

Asian Americans Have Higher Diabetes Risk at Lower BMI

January 5, 2015

  For many people, being overweight or obese comes with serious health risks. One of these is a higher risk for type 2 diabetes than people at normal weights have. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests that anyone with a BMI over 25–which is classed as “overweight”–should [...]

Some Obese People Do Not Face Metabolic Problems

January 5, 2015

  Most healthcare providers will tell you that overweight and obesity are connected to serious metabolic conditions, like high blood pressure, high triglycerides (blood fats), type 2 diabetes and heart disease. For many people with a BMI (Body Mass Index) over 30, this is true. But some [...]

Imaginary Exercise May Help You Keep Real Muscle Mass

January 5, 2015

  If you’re looking for big benefits without a lot of physical activity every day, strength training is one of the best exercises to do. Weight lifting, yoga, Pilates, and bodyweight exercises (like squats, push-ups, and pull-ups) have been found to lower type 2 diabetes risk and help people [...]

The Obesity Paradox: Obese People May Live Longer After Heart Failure

January 5, 2015

  If you keep up with medical news, you probably know that there are a lot of problems linked to being overweight or obese. These problems include a higher risk for serious conditions like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, and even death. Sometimes, however, researchers [...]

Many People Believe False Weight Loss Supplement Claims

January 5, 2015

  If you have tried to lose weight while having a chronic condition like diabetes, you know how hard it can be. Losing weight takes a balanced meal plan, good sleep, and plenty of physical activity. Yet very few people keep the weight off over the long term, and this is probably why there are [...]

Low Income Linked to Worse Diabetes Control

January 5, 2015

  Diabetes poses many challenges. As soon as you are diagnosed–which may be in childhood–you will have to manage your blood glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol levels; see a few different healthcare providers regularly; exercise more; take medicines correctly; and follow a healthy meal [...]

Researchers Make Skin Patch to Heal Diabetes Foot Ulcers

January 5, 2015

  People with diabetes are at a high risk for certain complications, including heart disease, stroke, nerve damage and blindness. Diabetes complications are now less common than they used to be, because we have better ways of testing for and preventing them. However, it is still important to [...]

Can Meat-Free Meal Plans Really Cure Diabetes?

December 19, 2014

Recently, some health writers have claimed that a new study from Keio University and the George Washington School of Medicine showed that skipping animal products (like meat, milk and eggs) controlled diabetes better than medicine. A few even wrote that these plans can cure diabetes! Is this true? Is type 2 diabetes reversible? What can we learn from this study? [...]

Walking Programs Can Help Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

December 19, 2014

Whether or not you have diabetes, physical activity is a very important part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can improve your mood and sleep quality, give you energy, and lower your risk for serious conditions. But many people aren’t sure exactly how much physical activity to get every day, or how hard the workouts should be. The good news is that more and more studies are showing the benefits of simple daily walks. Read on to find out more about the latest research into exercise for people who have type 2 diabetes. [...]

How to Lower Your Risk for Prediabetes

December 7, 2014

It’s important to know if you have–or might be at risk for–prediabetes. In this condition, your blood glucose levels will be higher than is healthy, but not high enough to be diabetes. Prediabetes can put you at risk for type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney problems, blindness, nerve damage and stroke. [...]
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