Any parent will tell you that getting children to eat vegetables can be hard sometimes. A new study found a trick to getting kids to like their greens just as much as other foods. Children between 3 and 5 were given picture books about eating crackers and carrots, and then were given these as snacks. The children who knew how healthy their food was ate less than those who didn’t. This shows that talking about the health benefits of vegetables actually made kids not want to eat them! Researchers say that the children saw healthy food as hard work or punishment, so they didn’t enjoy it.
You might already know that you have different kinds of fat in your body. Now researchers also think that one specific kind could make you healthier. A new study showed that men who had more brown fat in their body had healthier blood glucose levels and were less likely to be overweight or obese. Children normally have a lot of brown fat, which is used to keep the body warm. But, they lose a lot of it as they get older. The scientists think that using brown fat in adults could be a good way to prevent diabetes in the future.
If you work in shifts and don’t have normal sleeping hours, you know that it can make you feel bad sometimes. But a new study shows that it can also cause serious problems. A study from Huazhong University in China showed that people who worked in shifts were much more likely to get type 2 diabetes. This was even higher for men, who were 35% more likely to have the disease than those who worked normal office hours. Unhealthy eating habits might also be to blame, but more research is needed.
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Having diabetes can lead to a lot of different problems if you don’t keep a healthy lifestyle. One is that it can raise your chances of getting head or neck cancer. People with diabetes, especially men and older people, were much more likely to get these types of cancer than people without diabetes, as a study from Taiwan recently showed. It was also found that other conditions related to diabetes, like obesity, didn’t have any effect on cancer risk.
If you like to cook, there’s a good chance you like to use a few different herbs in your food. Not only are they tasty, a new study shows that some of them might even be good for your health. Rosemary and oregano are common herbs that might help lower blood glucose levels. However, these herbs were only good at controlling blood glucose when they were grown in certain ways. For example, those grown in greenhouses were not as good as Greek oregano and Mexican rosemary bought from stores, though researchers aren’t sure why this is.
Most doctors already know that losing weight can be an important way of lowering your risk of getting diabetes. New research shows just how good this can be in the long-term. A new study showed that, while weight loss over 6 months was good at lowering diabetes risk, it was better when the change was long-term. People in the study who lost weight and kept it off for 2 years were much less likely than others to get the disease. Researchers say that this is a sign of how important long-term changes can be for your health.
Everyone prefers to visit a doctor that knows how to talk to people, especially when giving important news or health advice. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that a recent study shows that doctors who went to special training for this had much happier patients than those who didn’t. As many as 98% of doctors who went to this training program said that they were able to use it in their normal practice and their patient happiness went up by as much as 9% in some cases. This shows how important it is for doctors to be able to understand their patients, if they want to treat them as well as they can.
If you have diabetes, you should already know how important it is to eat the right things if you want to keep your blood glucose levels healthy. Experts are now saying that cutting down on food with lots of carbs could be the ideal way of controlling your diabetes. It seems to have a big effect on blood glucose levels and can be easily replaced by protein and saturated fat in lots of meals, with no serious side effects. The same researchers also criticize low-fat meal plans, which they say don’t work as well.
Probiotics, friendly bacteria that are found in your body and help to keep you healthy, may be useful for a lot of different things. A recent study seems to show that taking probiotic supplements could even lower your blood pressure. The supplements were tested on over 500 people in 6 different tests. It was found that those who took the probiotics, no matter how healthy they were, usually had healthier blood pressure than those who didn’t. The difference is small, researchers say, but important enough that this could be useful for treating this problem in the future.
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Prediabetes, a problem where people have higher than normal blood glucose but not diabetes, can lead to a lot of health problems. Doctors think that people with this condition have a high chance of heart disease. So it’s no surprise when a new study showed that people who did have prediabetes and then lowered their blood glucose had a much lower chance of heart disease than those who still had prediabetes at the end of the study. This shows how important it can be to notice prediabetes early and make sure you get good treatment.