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March 2011

STEVIA: Can Nature’s Sweetener Help Your Blood Sugar?

You know that awful feeling when a sugar low is coming. I break out into a cold sweat, feel panicky, get nauseated, and have trouble answering extremely simple questions like "Do you need to eat?" Well, I was feeling it again, and again, and I didn't know why. That's what I hate the most: When things go wrong, but I think I've been doing everything right.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 8, 2011

July 2010

Moderate Alcohol Intake Lessens Chance of Developing Type 2, Says Dutch Study

While teetotaling is the surest way to avoid abusing alcohol, it turns out that moderate alcohol intake may be one way to stave off the development of type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 16, 2010

March 2010

Women Who Drink Moderately Appear to Gain Less Weight than Non-Drinkers

The study started out with nearly 20,000 trim middle-aged and older women. Over time, women who drank alcohol in moderation put on less weight and were less apt to become overweight compared to non-drinkers. This was true even after taking into account various lifestyle and dietary factors that might influence a woman's weight.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 9, 2010

January 2010

Do sugary drinks really fuel weight gain?

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Studies reporting a link between sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain have garnered a lot of attention, but actual research on the issue has yielded mixed results, researchers note in a new report.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jan 5, 2010

December 2009

Joy and Jolly: Making Your Holiday Less Stressful

‘Tis the season to be jolly? The most wonderful time of the year? Joy to the world? Between Black Friday, meal preparations, decorating, dealing with clashing family members, and party after party, the holiday season can be one of the most stressful times of the year. The joy and jolly that we sing about in Christmas carols hardly resonates in our lives as we prepare for and then attempt to survive the stress of the holidays.

comments 3 comments - Posted Dec 17, 2009

November 2009

Portion Distortion: Take Charge!

We hear it all the time, from the diet ads on television to the lectures from our doctors and dietitians.  What matters is not only what you eat, but also how much you eat.   But how can you control your portions?  Is it possible to have a healthy relationship with food?  How can you make sure you are full, but not stuffed? Can you keep your blood sugars under control?  The answer to all these questions is yes! 

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 24, 2009

September 2009

New Research Shows Direct Link Between Soda and Obesity

DAVIS, CA, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 - While health officials have long suspected the link between obesity and soda consumption, research released today provides the first scientific evidence of the potent role soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages play in fueling California's expanding girth.

comments 4 comments - Posted Sep 24, 2009

A Healthy Tax on Soft Drinks Could Fund Programs and Lower Consumption

We're drinking so much sugar-sweetened soda that it's become a taxing problem, according to a Health Policy Report published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine. Between 1977 and 2002, Americans doubled their intake of sugary beverages. Unfortunately, that's not good news for anyone but the beverage companies. Although high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and fruit juice concentrates are naturally derived sweeteners (as opposed to artificial low- or no-calorie sweeteners), this added sugar has been linked to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

comments 24 comments - Posted Sep 19, 2009

High Fat Hangover

Those of you who are familiar with the South know what kudzu is. An Asian vine that can grow a foot taller every day, it was brought to the American Southeast in the 1930s in a sadly boneheaded attempt to control erosion. Unfortunately, the little green visitor liked it here so much that in the decades since, it has colonized 10 million acres of farms and woods, becoming a massive and costly nuisance.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 16, 2009

April 2009

China Develops Low-Sugar Veggie Drink with Aid of Bacteria

Scientists at Jilin University in Changchun, China, have used an ancient trick, employing sugar-loving bacteria, to produce a low-sugar, low-calorie vegetable juice aimed at people with diabetes and pre-diabetes who have abnormally high blood sugar.

comments 4 comments - Posted Apr 9, 2009

November 2008

Are You an Athlete With Diabetes? Then You Need This Book!
Are You an Athlete With Diabetes? Then You Need This Book!

Diabetes Health board member Sheri Colberg, PhD, has published a completely revised, updated, and expanded version of her 2001 book, Diabetic Athlete's Handbook: Your Guide to Peak Performance. Dr. Colberg, a diabetic athlete herself, has a PhD in exercise physiology. Her book draws upon the experiences of hundreds of athletes with diabetes to provide the best advice for exercisers with diabetes, either type 1 or type 2.

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 24, 2008

Facing the (Food and Fitness) Facts: 11 Myth-Busters to Help You Take Charge of the One Thing You Can Control These Days

No doubt about it: Most of us have never felt less in control of our destinies. The stock market is bottoming out and no one knows what to do about it. Jobs are down, food prices are up, and who knows what's going on with gas. To make things even more expensive, the holidays are upon us. Mix all these factors together, and you have a recipe for runaway stress and anxiety. But there is one thing you can control: your body weight. That's right. Now is the time to get fit, lose any extra pounds that might be hanging around, and develop the habits that will keep your weight at a healthful level over the long term. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 24, 2008

June 2008

More Proof the Universe Likes Us: Researchers Say Natural Compounds in Cocoa Improve Blood Flow in Type 2s
More Proof the Universe Likes Us: Researchers Say Natural Compounds in Cocoa Improve Blood Flow in Type 2s

A study recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology has some exciting news for people with type 2 diabetes who love cocoa: A small test group of type 2s who drank cocoa enhanced with extra flavonols enjoyed an up to 30 percent improvement in their blood vessel health and function after one month.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 19, 2008

April 2008

Is That Soda Really Sugar-Free? Test It With Tes-Tape Before You Drink

Carol Whitton of Coral Springs, Florida, discovered that her blood sugar often increased sharply after she drank a diet soda while dining in a restaurant. So she started to test her diet drinks for sugar, a practice she learned from watching the “Living With Diabetes” television program.

comments 28 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2008

February 2008

Blood Red Beet Juice Brings Down Blood Pressure

According to British researchers at Barts and the London School of Medicine, drinking 500 ml (about one pint) of beetroot juice every day can significantly reduce blood pressure. It's the nitrate contained in the juice that produces the effect.

comments 3 comments - Posted Feb 17, 2008

December 2007

Tired of Taking Pills?  New Diabetes Supplements Come in Sugar-Free Drink
Tired of Taking Pills? New Diabetes Supplements Come in Sugar-Free Drink

Diabetes Essentials is a group of four nutritional supplements recently released by Nutrition 21. They include Diachrome Blood Sugar Health capsules; the same product in a drink powder called Nutrition to Go; Multivitamin Nutrition to Go powder; and Heart Health tablets.

comments 4 comments - Posted Dec 10, 2007

March 2007

Hard Data About Soft Drinks: Good Health Is Drowning in 52 Gallons of Sugar Water
Hard Data About Soft Drinks: Good Health Is Drowning in 52 Gallons of Sugar Water

You can call it a sparkling beverage, but you can’t call it healthy: An analysis of 88 studies on the effects of regular (non-diet) soda pop, the best-selling item in grocery stores, has concluded that it’s not good for you. Soft drinks, sold to the tune of $11.7 billion a year, are associated with reduced milk and nutrient intake and with increased calorie consumption, body weight, and type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 15, 2007

February 2007

Drinking Java May Stave Off Diabetes Development
Drinking Java May Stave Off Diabetes Development

Caffeinated coffee offers a “protective effect” against developing diabetes, according to research presented at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, California.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2007

September 2006

Sports Drinks
Sports Drinks

As little as 15 years ago, drinking fluids during sports practice or exercise was considered a sign of weakness. In fact, water was often withheld from athletes as punishment or as an attempt to make them “tough.”

comments 2 comments - Posted Sep 1, 2006

July 2006

School’s Out for Sugary Drinks
School’s Out for Sugary Drinks

On May 3, 2006, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation—a joint initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association—ironed out an agreement with representatives of Cadbury Schweppes, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and the American Beverage Association to establish new guidelines limiting portion sizes and reducing the number of calories available to children during the school day. In short, only lower-calorie and nutritious beverages will be sold in schools.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2006

April 2006

Women Who Consume Alcohol May Lower Their Type 2 Risk

There is a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes in women who consume alcohol. That was the finding of researchers in the Netherlands investigating the relationship between alcohol consumption and type 2 in older women.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

Obesity and Soft Drinks Linked

U.K. researchers say there is an association between obesity and the consumption of soft drinks.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

November 2004

Is There a Better Beer for Diabetes?

This article is by no means an endorsement for consuming alcohol. Every person with diabetes should check with his or her healthcare professional about the use of alcohol. In addition to the effects of alcohol on diabetes control, including potentially causing hypoglycemia, there are possible interactions with other medications.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2004

June 2004

Sugar-Free Kahlua Syrups on the Way

Allied Domecq Spirits and Kahlua recently announced a licensing agreement with Seattle-based Da Vinci Gourmet, the maker of flavored syrups and sauces for specialty coffee and tea drinks and sodas.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2004

Hey, Kool-Aid!

Containing only 10 calories and 2 grams of sugar per 6.76-ounce serving, Kool-Aid Jammers 10 Tropical Punch is a new option for kids with diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2004

April 2004

Drink More Tea, Lose More Body Fat?

It’s a good bet that the Mad Hatter, the March Hare and the Dormouse didn’t have to worry about body-fat composition, considering all the tea drinking they did in “Alice in Wonderland.”

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2004

March 2003

Java Jive

It's okay to have another cup of coffee. In fact, have the whole pot.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2003

December 2002

Pour It On

With more flavors of calorie-free syrup than Baskin-Robbins has ice cream, Da Vinci Gourmet sugar-free flavored syrups can add flavor to your dishes and drinks in more than 30 ways—from almond to white chocolate and a plethora of flavors from the mundane to the esoteric.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2002

November 2002

Gulp! New Sugar-Free Flavor Added to Slurpees!

7-Eleven began test-marketing Crystal Light Raspberry Ice Slurpees at 7-Eleven stores in Detroit, Michigan, and Kansas City, Missouri, in July, with plans to expand to stores across the country that offer at least six Slurpee flavor barrels. 7-Eleven had previously added Crystal Light Lemonade to its array of Slurpee flavors.

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 1, 2002

Water, Water Everywhere, but Does it Have Enough Zinc?

Can drinking water contribute to your risk of getting type 1 diabetes? Maybe, say researchers who analyzed the acidity, color and mineral content of tap water from the homes of 64 people with type 1 diabetes and 250 randomly selected control subjects.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2002

August 2002

Shake It Up Baby

Now you can have your shakes and drink ‘em, too! Carbolite Foods is introducing new high-protein, low-carbohydrate, whey-based shake mixes to give consumers choices in addition to the company's soy-based vanilla- and chocolate-flavored mixes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2002

Got Milk?

Mama told you to drink your milk. Now there is evidence that she might have been inadvertently protecting you from developing insulin resistance syndrome (IRS) during your young adult years.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2002

Got Milk?

Mama told you to drink your milk. Now there is evidence that she might have been inadvertently protecting you from developing insulin resistance syndrome (IRS) during your young adult years.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2002

January 2002

Drink Up

Researchers in the United Kingdom are suggesting that zinc and magnesium in the domestic drinking water of far southwest England may, by association, protect against childhood diabetes. According to the September 2001 issue of Diabetic Medicine, the researchers are calling for further confirmation of any protective qualities.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2002

December 2001

Wine and Dine: Drinking Alcohol Associated With Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Men

Tossing back a couple of brews while watching the big game could be protecting you from getting type 2 diabetes, according to researchers in the United States and Australia.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2001

June 2001

New Vitamin Fortified Spring Water Now Available

Very Fine Products of Littleton, Massachusetts has announced the arrival of Fruit2OPlus, a new line of flavored spring water enriched with vitamins and herbs.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2001

October 2000

Splenda-sweetened Fruit Soft Drink Now Available Nationwide

Stewart's Beverages of Denver has introduced a new gourmet soft drink called "S," which is sweetened with a blend of the low-calorie sweeteners ACE K and Splenda. According to Stewart's marketing director, Ellen Gibson, "S" is a safe diet drink for people with diabetes, pregnant women and people on low-sodium diets.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2000

March 2000

Surprising Findings for Moderate Drinkers

Moderate drinkers may be less at risk for developing type 2 diabetes than nondrinkers and heavy drinkers, according to research by Ming Wei, MD, and his colleagues at the Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. The research was published in the January 2000 issue of Diabetes Care. Wei's team examined the effect of alcohol consumption and the rates of type 2 diabetes in 8,663 men in the state of Texas. Over 6 years, 149 subjects developed diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2000

November 1999

Splenda Spreads its Wings

Artificial sweetener Splenda is gradually making its way to many sugar-free products on the market. Tropicana Twister Light drinks are the latest to sweeten with Splenda.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

July 1999

Barely Sweetened

A new iced tea with exotic, natural flavors could be just what you're looking for to escape the summer heat. Honest Tea is all natural, brewed in spring water, and has about 5 grams of carbohydrate and 34 calories or less per serving, depending on the flavor.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 1999

January 1998

Eat, Drink, Test and Be Merry

Last month I excitedly reported that a march on Washington had been announced. However, it grew so fast that the planners had to step back and take a second look. They are now calling it a "Political Impact Rally," and the date might be changing. For more information, a toll free number has been set up by volunteer Robin Harrison. Call (888) 253-7144 to find out more about this emerging, grassroots advocacy campaign.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1998

August 1996

Another Good Reason To Drink Coffee

People who have a difficult time recognizing when their blood sugar is dropping may have to look no further than a cup of coffee for help.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1996

January 1996

Diabetes More Common In Milk-Drinking Countries

Finland consumes more cow's milk than any other country and Finnish people have the highest incidence of diabetes in the world-40 cases per 100,000 people. This is about six times higher than the frequency of diabetes in France. The French drink much less milk and have only 7.5 people with diabetes per 100,000 among the Caucasian population.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 1996

September 1995

Water: What You Drink Can Change Your Life

As a doctor living with diabetes for more than 25 years and caring for more than 8000 people with diabetes, I know that diabetes can, though does not need to, cause accelerated aging of the vascular and nervous systems. Eating the best foods, including plenty of fresh raw vegetables and fruits, taking vitamins and anti-oxidants, controlling blood sugars, blood pressure and cholesterol are all crucially important in keeping healthy with diabetes. But there has been one element left overlooked by most people: water.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1995

March 1994

Drinking & Diabetes

Researchers in Paris have discovered a possible link between alcohol and diabetes (European Journal of Medicine, October, 1992). Using a routine health check of over 7000 workers (excluding people previously diagnosed with diabetes and pregnant women), alcohol consumption was compared with blood glucose levels after adjusting for other risk factors.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1994

December 1992

Nitrates in Drinking Water Linked to Diabetes

The results of a recent study conducted in Colorado suggest that the exposure to low levels of nitrates in drinking water may play a role in the development of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 1992

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