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Diabetic Directive: 6 Steps to Take Post-Diagnosis

One in four readers of this post may have diabetes. 

Complications from diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Many other medical conditions that are leading causes of death are worsened when diabetes is also part of the equation. 

Each year, nearly two million Americans are diagnosed with some form of diabetes – most of them with type 2 or “adult-onset” diabetes. In all, it’s estimated over twenty million people have been diagnosed with the disease, with another eight million or so who are undiagnosed (unaware they have the condition). (PDF)


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7 Ways Stress Causes Fat Gain 

Stress is part of life - good stress, bad stress, and various versions of in-between stress.

Without stress, there is no life. There's nothing for our bodies to adapt to. The real problem most of us have, however, is too much stress in relation to our ability to bounce back from it. In short, we don't have enough chance to build resilience.

Don’t get me wrong. Some stress and some cortisol are necessary – even good (at the right times, under the right circumstances, for limited durations).

It's excess stress, which I’ll call distress, that takes a toll on us - our health and even our weight. In my experience, there are several ways stress negatively impacts body composition. When we understand the body's reaction and our potential choices, however, we can develop better resilience and ideally spend more time in a state of eustress.

Let's break down how stress acts on the body's metabolism and related systems. 

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7 Non-Food Factors That Increase Insulin Resistance

Low carb diets garner major attention as viable options to combat the still-growing problems of obesity and diabetes, and rightfully so. Indeed, they seem to work wonders.

There's much more to the insulin sensitivity picture, however, than the balance of protein, carbs, and fat. We need to also understand how other lifestyle factors influence this intricate picture. Read on to learn more about what elements of your lifestyle might be putting you at increased risk.



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What You Should Know about Resistant Starch 

Not everything you know about starch is necessarily correct. 

With regard to starch, our minds tend to wander to those blood sugar spikes, the insulin overload, and the inevitable energy crashes - not to mention their ability to stop efficient fat loss dead in its tracks.

For starchy carbs, these associations would be mostly correct - albeit incomplete. There's more to the story, it seems.

Consider for a moment that one kind of starch may be a boon to your gut health and perhaps even an aid to your weight loss endeavors.

Enter the concept of resistant starch. What is it, how does it work, and what could it offer you? Read on to find out more.


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What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You about Diabetes

In a few years, it may appear completely normal to have diabetes.

You read that correctly – it’s likely you won’t be normal (in the sense of average) unless you’re being treated for diabetes (or pre-diabetes). The scariest part? Your kids may be in the highest risk category for this new “normal.”

Diabetes is a disease state in which the body cannot regulate blood glucose concentrations by normal physiologic processes.

There are two main types of the disease – type 1 being the less common variety characterized by the inability to produce a key hormone to regulate blood sugar (insulin), and the more common type 2 characterized by abnormal blood sugars due to insulin resistance (and eventual loss of the ability to produce enough insulin). Type 3 diabetes is a more recent term proposed to describe altered glucose metabolism in the brain, which seems closely related to the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.


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The Metabolic Effects of Your Sedentary Lifestyle

If you’re like most people, you probably believe you live an active lifestyle. In fact, when surveyed, 65% of the population claimed to live an active lifestyle. However, when people’s level of activity is actually measured, research shows only 5% of the population is living an active lifestyle![i] For perspective...

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October 2011 Nutrition & Fitness Bites

The following is a brief collection of interesting studies that came out last month. They’re written in “bite sized” paragraphs and can serve as good reminders of some of the healthy habits you should be pursuing...

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