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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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What's the Real Impact of Glucose Imbalance?

If you answer yes or “unsure” to more than three of the following questions, this article is for you.

  • Are you irritable if you miss a meal - or jittery/anxious if you go more than 4 hours without food?
  • Do you crave carbohydrates (e.g. bread, potatoes, or pasta) or sweets excessively (daily)?
  • Are you calmer after eating?
  • Have you been diagnosed with diabetes, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome?
  • Are you more than 20 pounds over your ideal body weight with the majority of weight gain around your mid-section?
  • Do you have an elevated waist to hip ratio?
  • Do you have sporadic energy boosts and drops throughout the day?
  • Do you feel unusual thirst or hunger?
  • Do you get a headache if you go too long without eating?
  • Is your fasting blood sugar above 90mg/dL?

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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 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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What You Should Know About Your Blood Glucose Levels

If you’re like many Americans, you tend to judge your health based on how you look and a little on how you feel. You’re not that out of shape. You generally feel pretty good, although you’d like to feel a little better. But you’re not really sure you’re healthy on the inside, you just hope so. A variety of different markers of metabolism can identify how healthy you really are, like the ones we’ve talked about in the Longevity and Vitality lab test. However, if you had to pick just one thing to have measured, the most important could very well be your blood sugar levels. Think about this: 25.8 million Americans are thought to have diabetes, with 7 million people having diabetes, but not knowing about it. Additionally, 79 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition where blood sugar regulation begins to be a problem, but it’s not bad enough to begin using drug therapy.

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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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