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A New Take on Gestational Diabetes
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Pregnancy can play havoc with a woman's blood sugar, but what happens between pregnancies may be just as important. Read more >


An Artificial Sweet Tooth
Charlotte LoBuono

Artificial sweeteners are not a free ride. They tend to make people crave sweets, leading to weight gain and worse. Read more >


Me? High Blood Pressure?
Aditya Khetan MBBS, Richard A Josephson MS MD, and Sri Krishna Madan Mohan MBBS, MRCP, FACC

Aging makes hypertension more likely. Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Know how to take your pressure properly. Read more >


Good Potato, Bad Potato
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Potatoes can be good for you, but they can also send you to an early grave. How you cook them is what counts. Read more >


It's a Not-So-Small World After All
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

About a third of all the people on the planet are overweight or obese. These countries have the highest average BMIs. Read more >


No Juice, Baby
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you've been giving your little one juice in his or her sippy cup, it's time to reconsider. Check out the AAP's new guidelines. Read more >


The Affordable Care Act's Impact
Neil Wagner

When Harvard researchers looked at how the ACA has affected the health of low-income adults, this is what they found. Read more >


Stop! Before You Hand Over that Cookie
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Overweight kids are much more likely to develop type 2 diabetes and a variety of life-altering and expensive health problems. Read more >


Hot Peppers -- and Pot -- Calm the Gut
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Marijuana and the capsaicin in hot peppers get your gut and your brain talking to each other. A very good thing. Read more >


Shifting the Blame for Heart Disease
Charlotte LoBuono

Is our focus on reducing saturated fat blinding us to the importance of a healthier lifestyle? Some think so. Read more >


Salt Makes You Hungry, Not Thirsty
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A set of new findings has completely changed our understanding of what too much salt does to your body. Read more >


To Prevent Alzheimer's, Start Early
Esther Entin, M.D.

In your 40s and worried about dementia? Try to reduce these cardiovascular risk factors. Read more >


A Remission Strategy for Type 2 Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

A study proves it may be possible, with intensive therapy, to reverse type 2 diabetes. No meds necessary. Read more >


Changing the World, One Hamburger at a Time
Neil Wagner

Reducing the amount of red meat you eat isn't just good for your health, it's good for the environment, too. Read more >


The Gluten-Free Path to Diabetes
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If you don't have celiac disease, forget trying to go gluten-free. It will save you money, and it's better for your health. Read more >


"Take a Long Walk and Call Me in the Morning"
Neil Wagner

Being prescribed a step count can encourage patients with diabetes or high blood pressure to be more active. Just add a pedometer. Read more >


Stop Fat Shaming
Charlotte LoBuono

When overweight people are stereotyped as incompetent, lazy or ugly, it's bad for their mental and physical health. Read more >


The Bitter Truth About Artificially-Sweetened Drinks
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

No-cal beverages tend to trigger overeating, and they damage the environment. Tap water is a far better bet. Read more >


Diets: Which Is Better — Low Carb or Low Fat?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What's the best way to lose weight in the New Year? Here are some answers. Read more >


Get a Bike, Change Your Life
Esther Entin, M.D.

When people over 40 start bicycling — even a little — a variety of heart-protective measures improve. Read more >


A Big Fat Summer Vacation
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Free access to high calorie foods and hours in front of screens mean that vacation makes many kids fat. It's better at school. Read more >


For Diabetics, A Little Exercise after Every Meal
Charlotte LoBuono

Ten minutes of exercise three times a day is way better for diabetics than one 30-minute session once a day. Read more >


Good-Hearted Chocolate Lovers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The news on chocolate keeps getting better. Now we know more about why it is so good for you. Read more >


The Soda Lobby's Unhealthy Influence
Neil Wagner

A new report shows how Coca Cola and Pepsi spend millions lobbying to keep soda consumption high. Read more >


Standing Desks Go to School
Neil Wagner

Giving students standing desks to use during the school day makes a big difference in BMIs and obesity. Read more >


Why Latinos Live Longer
Leslie Carr

Latinos age more slowly and live longer than members of other ethnic groups do. It's called the “Hispanic Paradox.” Read more >


Big Waistlines, Shrunken Brains
Alice G. Walton

Being overweight can age your brain 10 years. Read more >


Are We Treating Diabetes Too Aggressively?
Neil Wagner

A study finds we are over-treating type 2 diabetes especially in seniors. Read more >


Inferior Vegetarian Diets
Charlotte LoBuono

Of course, eating more veggies is good for you, but not all vegetarian diets are equally good. Read more >


A Healthy Reason to Love Carbs
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Of all the factors researchers explored, fiber intake made the biggest difference in how well a person aged. Read more >


Eating for Two
Esther Entin, M.D.

Mothers' weight gain during pregnancy actually changes their babies' metabolisms. Read more >


Exercise's Hidden Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

Everyone knows exercise is good for them, but it's even better than you think. Read more >


Silent Heart Attacks
Esther Entin, M.D.

They are more common that even doctors believed, and are likely to be missed — unless you know what to look for or check an EKG. Read more >


Bad to the Brain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fructose damages genes in the brain, leading to a variety of problems. Luckily, one nutrient offsets its effects. Read more >


Insulin Users' Sticker Shock
Neil Wagner

“Evergreening,” a process that is far less friendly than it sounds, is the reason insulin prices have tripled. Read more >


The Ultra-Processed Food Invasion
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Ultra-processed foods are just bundles of emulsifiers, salt, added sugars and calories. Read more >


The Five Percent Solution
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Good news for people struggling to lose weight: even small losses can bring serious health benefits. Read more >


Put Some Barley in Your Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Barley reduces blood sugar, the risk of diabetes and heart disease, and it leaves you feeling full. Read more >


Age-Related Cataracts
Enoch B. Kassa, M.D and Yang Sun, M.D., Ph.D.

Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness around the world even though they are usually fully correctable with surgery. Read more >


Health Risks May Remain After Losing Weight
Neil Wagner

Being overweight takes a toll on your body that may last longer than we expect. Read more >


Potatoes Are A Potential Pregnancy Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Pregnant women may want to cut down on their potato consumption. The tuber may raise the risk of gestational diabetes. Read more >


Mexico's Successful Sugar Tax
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Mexico's tax on sugary beverages has had an impressive impact on consumption and, hopefully, health Read more >


Diets Tailored to Our Genes
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

They're coming — diets that take into account your body's particular way of using food and exercise. Read more >


Why Baby Fat Is Bad News
Esther Entin, M.D.

Infants who gain too much weight in the first months of life are far more likely to go on to develop type 1 diabetes. Read more >


Mighty Microminerals
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You need to know if you are getting enough trace minerals like copper, selenium, and magnesium. Read more >


A Depression-Diabetes Connection?
Neil Wagner

People who are insulin resistant and depressed may be helped by treatment with the diabetes drug, pioglitazone. Read more >


Like Magic: A Quick Turn-Around For Kids’ Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Simply reducing sugar in the diets of children who are overweight changes their metabolism for the better. Read more >


Dialing Down Medication for the Elderly
Sabriya Stukes

Some seniors on blood pressure and diabetes medications can end up dangerously over-medicated. Read more >


The Damage Sugary Drinks Do To Kids’ Hearts
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Soda and sports drinks don't just encourage obesity. They can raise blood fats to dangerous levels. Read more >


Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Antibiotic Use
Leslie Carr

Antibiotic use and overuse appear to either contribute to or serve as early signal for developing the most common form of diabetes. Read more >


Back to School? Keep Moving
Alice G. Walton

Kids sit for hours and hours a day. Breaking up that time with a little activity can make a big difference. Read more >


High Protein Breakfasts Help Kids Lose Weight
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids eat less later when they eat more early in the day. Give your kid an egg for breakfast. Read more >


Enlist Fruit in The Fight Against Weight Gain
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

An antioxidant in fruit helps turn white fat into brown, and that can mean good things when you step on the scale. Read more >


Abundance Tips The Scale
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Obesity is a growing worldwide phenomenon. Here's one of the reasons why. Read more >


There's No Place Like Home
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When you eat out, you consume far more fat, calories, and salt than when you eat at home. Fast food isn't even the biggest culprit. Read more >


New Plastics Are As Bad As the Old
Neil Wagner

Phthalates enter the body through cans and plastic bottles,containers and wrap. Two new forms, supposed to be safer, aren't. Read more >


Nut Case
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating nuts is even better for you than previously thought. But more is not better, and peanut butter may not count. Read more >


The Scales of Weight Loss
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's rarely recommended, but doing this every day could help you lose weight and keep it off. Read more >


Sugary Drinks and Fatty Livers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Drunk daily, sugary beverages can bring on liver disease. Artificially-sweetened beverages are safer. Read more >


A Plan of Action for Desk Jockeys, Couch Potatoes
Neil Wagner

Guidelines for workers and employers to help get more people off their seats and on their feet. Read more >


Time to Can The Soda
Esther Entin, M.D.

Simply substituting water for sugar-sweetened soda can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >


The Power of A List
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A grocery list is a tried and true method for saving money and buying healthier food. Read more >


Should 400,000 More Teens Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Over 400,000 more teens would be on heart medications if pediatric guidelines were followed. Read more >


Late Nights Bring Belly Fat, Diabetes
Neil Wagner

Night owls — even young ones — are far more likely than early birds to develop diabetes and other metabolic problems. Read more >


Antibiotic Use Appears Linked To Type 2 Diabetes
Charlotte LoBuono

The overuse of antibiotics doesn't just lead to resistance; it is linked to another major disease. Read more >


Vitamin D in Health and Disease
Malcolm D. Kearns, M.D. and Vin Tangpricha, M.D., Ph.D.

Nearly half of the population is deficient in Vitamin D. Age, skin color and weight can put you at risk. Read more >


Atypical Antipsychotics: What Parents Need to Know
Esther Entin, M.D.

Antipsychotic drugs can be lifesavers for kids. But parents, you have a major role to play. Read more >


Drinking Coffee Can Reduce Coronary Artery Calcium
Charlotte LoBuono

Moderate coffee consumption is good for the heart, especially the coronary arteries. Read more >


Health for Peanuts and Peanuts for Health
Alice G. Walton

They're cheap, heart-healthy and provide antioxidants. Health food for the rest of us. Read more >


Deficiency of Vitamin D, Not BMI, Linked to Diabetes
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Even overweight people have a reduced risk of diabetes if they have adequate levels of vitamin D. Read more >


Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Infants’Gut Health
Sami Hocine

Children who go on to develop type 1 diabetes have less diverse microbiota. Read more >


Dietary Guidelines for Fructose Questioned in Light of Diabetes Rise
Charlotte LoBuono

The dietary guidelines for fructose-based sugars are way too high, researchers have discovered. Read more >


Stand Up Routine: Sitting Linked to Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
Charlotte LoBuono

Get up on your feet. Sitting is bad for your health, even if you are physically active. Read more >


The Dangerous Use and Misuse of Alcohol and Alcohol Interactive Drugs
Sami Hocine

People who drink regularly could be at risk of serious alcohol and medication interactions. Read more >


How Light from E-Readers Disrupts Your Sleep
Sami Hocine

The blue light computers and other screens emit can make it hard to get a restful night's sleep. Read more >


Weigh Yourself Often for Better Weight Control
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Getting on the scale isn't always good news, but it is a wonderful motivator and helps keep diets on track. Read more >


Semen Quality Is a Reflection of General Health
Neil Wagner

Poor semen quality and fertility problems tend to be a reflection of other health issues. Read more >


A Steep Rise in the Cost of Diabetes
Charlotte LoBuono

An aging population, increasing obesity, and expanding treatment options add up to billions in costs Read more >


The Virtues of The Mediterranean Diet Show Up on Chromosomes
Sami Hocine

The Mediterranean diet works by keeping our telomeres, and so our lives, longer. Read more >


Fasting Can Be Good for Many Areas of Health, Not Just Your Weight
Alice G. Walton

Intermittent fasting can reduce inflammation, spur antioxidant enzymes and improve your metabolism. Read more >


Discovery Paves Way for Early Detection of Blood Cancer
Sami Hocine

Two new studies identify the genetic mutations that lead to some cancers and offer hope for treating precancerous conditions early. Read more >


Microbes for Weight Control
Sami Hocine

It may be possible to adjust the microbiota in our guts to help us lose weight — or at least make it easier to keep weight off. Read more >


Health is a Partnership, Not Solely Physicians' Responsibility
Neil Wagner

When a doctor tells a patient to exercise or take a medication and the patient doesn't, who is responsible? Read more >


Cholesterol Levels Reflect Number of Meals Eaten Away from Home
Charlotte LoBuono

The number of meals you eat away from home has a big effect on body mass and cholesterol levels. Read more >


Restaurants Are Cutting Calories
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Restaurant chains have been introducing lower-calorie items. This could help diners keep weight off. Read more >


Grapefruit Lowers Glucose and Improves Weight Control
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A compound in grapefruit lowers glucose as well as a common diabetes drug. Read more >


Weight-Loss Surgery: One Procedure Appears Better
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight-loss surgery can make a huge health difference. But is gastric bypass or banding better? Read more >


Minimizing Your Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Four lifestyle changes can reduce women's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy by 80%. Read more >


Fried Food Increases Risk for Gestational Diabetes
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant should try to limit the amount of fried food they eat, particularly when eating out. Read more >


An Apple A Day May Keep Obesity at Bay
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When it comes to keeping the beneficial bacteria in your colon happy, one apple stands above the rest. It may even help keep weight off. Read more >


Artificial Sweeteners May Cause Real Metabolic Problems
Charlotte LoBuono

Artificial sweeteners may cause the problems, such as glucose intolerance and diabetes, their use was intended to prevent. Read more >


Protein Production Put on Hold During Times of Stress
Sami Hocine

The misfolded proteins that accumulate in ALS and Alzheimer's appear to be the result of cells' response to stress. Read more >


A Growing Waistline Problem
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Waistlines have grown over an inch on average in the past ten years. This increase in belly fat is not good health news. Read more >


Junk Food Changes the Brain, But Healthy Foods Can Bring It Back
Alice G. Walton

Too much junk food may wire the brain for unhealthy choices. But you can change this. Read more >


Active Commuting Offers Health — and Environmental — Benefits
Leslie Carr

Commuters who drive themselves to work weigh five to seven pounds more than those who walk or bike. Read more >


Children‘s Lunch Boxes Fail Nutrition Test
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Tips for sendings kids to school with healthy lunches they'll enjoy. Read more >


Antibiotics in Early Life — and in Utero — May Bring Obesity Risk Later On
Alice G. Walton

Early exposure to antibiotics — even prenatally — can raise the risk for obesity later in life. Read more >


Enlisting Community Pharmacies to Improve Healthcare Delivery and Savings
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your local pharmacist just may be one of the best healthcare cost-containment strategies around. Read more >


The Childhood Obesity Crisis: Who Is in Denial?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids can have inaccurate ideas about their own weight. Parents, too. What helps. Read more >


At the Intersection of Obesity, Diabetes and Cancer
Sami Hocine

The obese suffer from chronic inflammation in fat cells. This not only can bring on diabetes, it may also promote cancer. Read more >


What Looks Like Depression in Type 2 Diabetes Might Be Something Else
Alice G. Walton

“Depressed” people with diabetes may not be clinically depressed – they may just be reacting to having an illness. Read more >


Sugars' Hidden Identities Create Problems for Consumers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

When we can't trust the labels on our soft drinks to report sugar content accurately, it spells trouble. Read more >


White Bread Will Make You Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating two slices of white bread a day raises the risk of obesity by 40%. Read more >


FDA Approves A New Sugar Substitute
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Advantame is 20,000 times sweeter than sugar, making it potentially far safer than other sugar substitutes. Read more >


Sugar-Sweetened High Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

Sugar-sweetened beverages have a direct effect on blood pressure. The more you drink, the higher it -- and your risk of heart attack -- go. Read more >


Stress Can Make A Bad Diet Even Worse for Your Health
Alice G. Walton

When we are stressed, the comfort foods we crave have an even worse impact on our weight and health than usual. Read more >


A Steep Rise in Diabetes Seen in Children and Teens in the U.S.
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids are eating more and exercising less. The upshot is a huge increase in diabetes -- and medical costs. Read more >


Could the Risk of Diabetes Be Lowered with Coffee?
Alice G. Walton

Coffee drinkers have a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes among other health benefits. Read more >


Early Morning Light May Help Keep Weight under Control
Alice G. Walton

Getting some early morning sun may not only wake you up – it may help you slim down. Read more >


First-Time Prescriptions Often Go Unfilled
Charlotte LoBuono

Almost a third of all first-time prescriptions go unfilled. Cost is the reason. There are alternatives. Read more >


Weight Gain During and After Pregnancy Signals Serious Health Problems
Esther Entin, M.D.

It's not a problem to gain weight when you are pregnant, but you need to lose it after the baby arrives. Read more >


Parents Have a Big Effect on Kids' Screen Time
Leslie Carr

Parents, you have more influence than you think when it comes to helping kids curb screen time. Use it. Read more >


Consistent Blood Pressure Control Cuts Risk of Second Stroke in Half
Leslie Carr

To avoid a second stroke, keep your blood pressure consistently under control. Read more >


Americans May Be Getting the Nutrition Message
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A survey of Americans' eating habits finds they're eating at home more. Waistlines benefit. Read more >


New Mothers Face An Increased the Risk of Stroke
Esther Entin, M.D.

New moms are at higher risk for having a stroke, but too often the signs go unnoticed. Read more >


Are Saturated Fats Really The Enemy? Maybe Not
Charlotte LoBuono

Several research studies say saturated fats may have gotten a bad rap. The real cardio culprits are sugars and... Read more >


Often Under the Radar, Binge Drinking May Lead to an Early Death
Alice G. Walton

Drinking five drinks twice a week is far worse for your health than drinking two drinks five times a week, even though they may seem equal. Read more >


New Guidelines Are First To Look At Stroke Risk in Women
Charlotte LoBuono

Because women's risk for stroke is far greater than that for men, it is important women follow the new guidelines designed for them. Read more >


Teens' Breakfast Behaviors Predict Metabolic Syndrome
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids who don't eat in the morning aren't just depriving themselves of nutrients, they are setting the stage for major health issues down the road. Read more >


Life After Weight Loss Surgery
Leslie Carr

Bariatric surgery can help some lose enough weight to improve their health, but it is not problem-free. Read more >


The Seeds of Obesity on View in Developing Economies
Neil Wagner

Economic development in poor countries offers a picture of how our obesity epidemic began. It starts with owning TVs, computers and cars. Read more >


Fermented Dairy Foods — Like Yogurt — Reduce Diabetes Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fermented milk products like yogurt, sour cream, kefir, and lassi can reduce diabetes risk by as much as 28 percent. Read more >


Coupons Can Be Hazardous to Your Health
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Grocery store coupons are great — if you are shopping for candy, soda and chips. Read more >


New Blood Pressure Recommendations May Mean You Don't Need Meds After All
Alice G. Walton

If you have borderline high BP, around 140/90 mm Hg, it may be better to hold off on treatment depending on your age and other factors. Read more >


Just an Extra 2,000 Steps per Day
Alice G. Walton

Simply walking an extra mile a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by about 10%. Read more >


Kids More Active With a Little Help From Their Friends
Esther Entin, M.D.

Peers can really affect how active -- or inactive -- a child is. Read more >


How to Keep Those Holiday Pounds Off
Neil Wagner

The holidays are a great time...to gain weight. Here are tips for ways to avoid picking up pounds. Read more >


Never Underestimate the Power of A Muppet
Neil Wagner

When the Muppets explain how to eat healthy and exercise, preschoolers listen. They even eat better Read more >


A Short Course in Eating Better
Alice G. Walton

It takes surprisingly little to help people shop smarter and eat better. Time for a tune up. Read more >


Experts Urge Doctors to Treat Unhealthy Lifestyles Just Like a Disease
Alice G. Walton

Preventive medicine means treating unhealthy lifestyles just as you would treat disease. Read more >


Psoriasis Drug Has Potential As Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes
Charlotte LoBuono

Alefacept, a drug used to treat psoriasis, helped diabetics produce their own insulin. Read more >


The Future of Medicare: The Great Divide
Neil Wagner

Medicare is running out of money. Is it misuse of benefits, or too few doctors offering services? Read more >


Antipsychotic Use in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Children taking certain antipsychotics for behavioral problems are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Certain Fruits Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Certain fruits greatly reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. But drinking juice increases it. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Helps Fight Stroke Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The Mediterranean diet appears to counteract the influence of genes in a healthy way. Score one for nutrition. > Read more >


Driving to Work Raises Diabetes Risk
Charlotte LoBuono

Those who drive to work have a far higher risk of diabetes than those who walk or bike. Even a bus is better. Read more >


High Blood Sugar Linked to Dementia Risk
Alice G. Walton

The higher your blood sugar, the greater your risk for dementia, whether you have diabetes or not. Read more >


The FDA Cracks Down on Diabetes Treatment Scams
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Fake diabetes treatments, from "natural" remedies to potentially dangerous drugs, are under scrutiny. Read more >


Breakfast May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Coronary Disease Death
Charlotte LoBuono

Having a good breakfast reduces the risk of heart disease and can even help you lose weight. Read more >


Living Longer With Obesity Increases Heart Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The longer you remain overweight, the greater the likelihood of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


The Rising Threat of West Nile Virus
Charlotte LoBuono

Know the symptoms. And please, use insect repellent when mosquitoes are active. Read more >


Kidney Dialysis in the Elderly: The Case for Grafts
Neil Wagner

How to avoid some complications when connecting elderly patients to dialysis machines. Read more >


Are Refined Carbs the Key to Food Addiction?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Addicted to carbs: Foods like soda and refined flour light up the brain the same way drugs do. Read more >


Social Media Improves Organ Donor Registration
Charlotte LoBuono

Social networking turns out to be a good way to get people registering at state organ banks. Read more >


Vegetarian Diets Cut Risk of Death from Chronic Diseases
Charlotte LoBuono

The risk of death from any cause is less among those whose diets are meatless. Read more >


Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
Alice G. Walton

So-called “soda bans” may actually help those who need it most. Read more >


Artificial Sweeteners Affect Sugar Metabolism
Neil Wagner

Sucralose appears to affect insulin metabolism in people who are overweight. Read more >


Just One Sugary Drink A Day Increases Diabetes Risk Significantly
Alice G. Walton

Oh come on! How much can one little sugary drink a day up your risk for diabetes? Pretty significantly. Read more >


The Fat-Autoimmunity Connection
Alice G. Walton

What being overweight does to your immune system is not good. Read more >


Behind Obesity: Could It Be Insulin, Not Calories?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

It's not calories that make us fat, argues Gary Taubes. And that's why we keep gaining weight. Read more >


Research Focuses on Treatment Ahead of Prevention
Alice G. Walton

Researchers tend to study treatments far more frequently than prevention. Is this backwards? Read more >


Gastric Surgery Produces Beneficial Genetic, Metabolic Changes
Leslie Carr

Gastric surgery is an extreme weight loss solution, but it can produce lasting metabolic and even genetic benefits. Read more >


A Shift Away from Fast Food
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Americans are eating less fast food. You can guess what group eats the most. Read more >


Water Often Not Available in Childcare Centers
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Childcare centers are missing the opportunity to help make children water-drinkers. Why is H2O so rarely easily available? Read more >


Too Much Sodium in the Diet May Trigger Autoimmune Diseases
Alice G. Walton

A high salt diet may trigger autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Read more >


Mississippi Passes An "Anti-Bloomberg" Bill
Neil Wagner

Good job Mississippi, no soda bans for you! The state with the highest obesity rate passes a law to protect its standing. Read more >


Take a Stand: Sitting Is Linked to Diabetes
Alice G. Walton

Spending less time sitting could reduce your diabetes risk as much as adding vigorous exercise to your day. Read more >


Aerobic Fitness Raises Scores on Reading and Math Tests
Alice G. Walton

Fitness is more important to academic performance than most people realize. Read more >


The Bitter Truth about Sugar
Charlotte LoBuono

The World Health Organization reviews the global effects of sugar on obesity. Guess what they found. Read more >


New Class of Diabetes Drug Raises the Risk of Pancreatitis
Alice G. Walton

Certain type 2 diabetes medications can double the risk of pancreatitis. The risk may be worth it, but must be weighed. Read more >


Vegetarians' Hearts Are Healthier than Those of Meat Eaters
Alice G. Walton

A vegetarian diet lowers heart risk by a third, a huge decrease. Read more >


Whole Grain Stamp Doesn't Tell the Whole Story
Neil Wagner

The ratio of fiber to carbs is what you want to look for when choosing whole grains. Read more >


Survey Says Dietitians Can Help Physicians Treat Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

What happens when physicians, nutritionists, dietitians, and other professionals work together to curb obesity? Progress. Read more >


Cell Phone App Boosts Weight Loss
Neil Wagner

Weight loss programs become much more effective when paired with an app that keeps track of your progress. Read more >


Health Tips to Carry Forward into 2013
Leslie Carr

New years are for fresh starts and self improvement. Here are some findings to take with you into 2013. Read more >


Sedentary Nation: Too Little Walking, Too Much Sitting
Neil Wagner

Sitting too much and moving too little can shorten life. They are also easy to remedy. Read more >


Even Occasional Family Meals Increase Kids’ Fruit and Veggie Intake
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Don't leave kids to fend for themselves at mealtime. Eating togther improves nutrition in a big way. Of course, what you serve matters, too. Read more >


Simply Cutting Down on Fat, without “Dieting,” Brings Weight Loss
Alice G. Walton

Cutting down on fat, without actually dieting, might be the easiest way to lose weight. Read more >


Endocrine Disruptor Compounds: What We Know; What We Suspect
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can't see, smell or taste these environmental toxins. But even lose doses can cause cancer. Read more >


Tea's Many Health Benefits
Charlotte LoBuono

Tea is a plant food. And much like a serving of fruit or vegetables, it provides important health benefits. Read more >


High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diabetes: Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
Neil Wagner

If you think HFCS is just another form of sugar, think again. Read more >


Doctors Often Misdiagnose Patient Preferences
Charlotte LoBuono

Patients often surprise their doctors by choosing different treatments than their doctors expect. Knowing all the options helps. Read more >


Deficiency of Vitamin D in Diabetics May Lead to Clogged Arteries
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Good levels of vitamin D prevent the sticky buildup that causes heart problems in diabetics. Read more >


What A Lack of Sleep Does to Metabolism
Esther Entin, M.D.

People who sleep too little have reduced insulin sensitivity, leading to weight gain and diabetes... Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome and Cognition in Adolescents
Esther Entin, M.D.

Childhood obesity can affect the brain, shrinking areas connected with memory and reducing performance on IQ and achievement tests. Read more >


Belly Fat May Not Be All Bad
Alice G. Walton

Belly fat has a lot of negative effects, but researchers may have a found at least one benefit. Read more >


Teens Showing Ominous Signs of Cardiovascular Trouble to Come
Esther Entin, M.D.

Overweight adolescents show early warning signs of cardiovascular disease. Read more >


Licorice, The Medicinal Plant of 2012
Michael J. Gertner

Licorice helps reduces blood sugar levels and prevents insulin resistance and fatty liver disease... Read more >


Low GI Foods: The Breakfast of Champions
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating low glycemic index foods can help prevent blood sugar spikes and overeating throughout the day. Read more >


Harmful Chemicals, Unlisted on Labels, Can Lurk in Everyday Products
Alice G. Walton

Worrisome compounds can appear in even the most "natural" household products... Read more >


Government Panel Issues New Vaccination Recommendations
Susan H. Scher, M.D.

There are new vaccination recommendations target young men and boys, pregnant women, and diabetics. Read more >


New Insights into How Exercise Works
Neil Wagner

Irisin, a newly-isolated hormone appears to help raise insulin levels and burn energy... Read more >


Shift Work: An Occupational Health Hazard?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Shift workers are at risk for type 2 diabetes, the longer you work rotating shifts, the worse it... Read more >


Maggots May Clean Wounds Better Than Scalpels
Alice G. Walton

Maggots not only appear to clean wounds more effectively than modern methods, they may offer... Read more >


Traffic Pollution May Increase Diabetes Risk
Alice G. Walton

A new study links traffic pollution to type 2 diabetes risk - especially in people who are healthier Read more >


The Secret Life of Saturated Fat Exposed
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Researchers have discovered just why unsaturated fats are so heart healthy. Now to get people... Read more >


Diabetes Study May Point the Way to a Better Sex Life (for All Men)
Neil Wagner

For many male diabetics weight loss is all they need to regain full sexual enjoyment. Read more >


Eating Nuts Can Help Diabetics Control Blood Sugar
Neil Wagner

Eating nuts instead of carbohydrates can help diabetics control their blood sugar. Read more >


Beyond LDL: Ultra-Bad Cholesterol
Neil Wagner

Sugar seems to make bad (LDL) cholesterol worse. Read more >


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Third-Line Diabetes Drugs May Be Needed
Alice G. Walton

A third-line diabetes medication may help manage blood sugar when other treatments aren't enough. Read more >


Diabetes is On the Rise in Obese Dogs and Cats
Alice G. Walton

Diabetes epidemic not only in humans, but cats and dogs are developing it in record numbers. Read more >


Teaching Old Cells New Tricks: How to Make Insulin
Neil Wagner

Researchers have turned beta cells into alpha cells. If they can do the reverse, they can create... Read more >


Diabetes Risk Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People with low levels of vitamin D are far more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Craving Fast Food? Skip the Coffee!
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Coffee and donuts may be a bad idea. Caffeine interferes with the body's ability to clear sugars from the blood. Read more >


High Fructose Corn Syrup De-Mystified
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

All sugars are basically the same, but some seem to pose a greater risk of weight gain than others. Read more >


Baby Fat May Predict Childhood Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Don't assume a chubby baby is a healthy baby. Don't deny infants food, but when solids are introduced, make healthy choices. Read more >


Whole Grains May Reduce the Belly
Alice G. Walton

Eating more whole grains (and fewer refined grains) can help reduce belly fat, and your risk for diabetes and heart disease. Read more >


Why Aren't People Eating Whole-Grain Foods?
Neil Wagner

Afraid you won't like whole grains? Popcorn is a whole grain. And there are many ways to eat and prepare them. Experiment. Read more >


Diabetes and the Nervous System: How Neuropathy Develops and How It Can Be Treated
John W. Wiley, M.D., and Roberto Towns, Ph.D.

Uncontrolled blood sugar can wreak havoc on diabetics' nervous systems. Learn the signs and symptoms. Read more >


Fighting Back Against Diabetes
Neil Wagner

Simple lifestyle changes in diet and exercise can greatly reduce the health impact of Type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome Seriously Raises Heart Risk
Alice G. Walton

Metabolic syndrome (insulin resistance, high blood pressure, blood fats and sugar) doubles the risk for heart attack and stroke. Read more >


Magnesium Reduces Diabetes Risk
Alice G. Walton

More magnesium in your diet, such as that found in whole grains, can reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. Read more >


FDA Restricts Diabetes Drug
Alice G. Walton

The FDA has issued restrictions on who can be prescribed the type 2 diabetes drug Avandia®... Read more >


Omega-3 Fatty Acids Reduce Inflammation, Boost Insulin Sensitivity
Alice G. Walton

Eating omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce inflammation that's linked to diabetes. Read more >


Metabolic Syndrome May Be Reversible by Tweaking the Diet
Alice G. Walton

You may be able to reverse metabolic syndrome completely by making some important changes to your diet. Read more >


Insulin Pump Superior to Injections in Study
Neil Wagner

If you have type 1 diabetes, consider an insulin pump. They tend to offer better blood sugar control. Read more >


Diabetes More Likely for White Rice Eaters than Brown Rice Eaters
Neil Wagner

Eating whole grains, such as barley and brown rice lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes. Read more >


High-Bran Diets May Help Diabetics Live Longer
Alice G. Walton

Eating diets high in bran may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Anemia Drug Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Neil Wagner

Elderly kidney patients should not be given ESAs, or erythropoesis-stimulating agents. The drugs pose a risk of stroke and clots. Read more >


Researchers Find More Reasons to Get a Full-Night's Sleep
Alice G. Walton

Getting a full night's sleep may help you live longer and help prevent type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Diabetes Rising
Dan Hurley

How a rare disease became a modern pandemic, and what to do about it. Read more >


New Method Predicts Kidney Failure Better than Conventional Tests
Alice G. Walton

Monitoring protein levels in the urine may be a better way to predict kidney function... Read more >


"Artificial Pancreas" Helps Control Nighttime Blood Sugar in Young Diabetics
Alice G. Walton

Used during sleep, the system, which calculates and administers insulin, was far more effective at preventing nighttime hypoglycemia. Read more >


Junk Food Seriously Ups Risk for Type 2 Diabetes
Alice G. Walton

An occasional fast food meal is no big deal. But eating them often raises the risk of diabetes and obesity greatly. Read more >


Antipsychotic Users Not Being Tested for Side Effects
Neil Wagner

Second generation antipsychotic drugs, like clozapine, olanzapine, and risperidone, can raise the risk of diabetes and heart problems. Read more >


Controlling Depression Helps Reduce Blood Sugar in Diabetics
Alice G. Walton

When diabetics suffer from depression, treating it can lower blood sugar and blood pressure levels as well. Read more >


Coffee - Even Decaf - Puts Diabetes at Bay, Says New Study
Alice G. Walton

People who drink between three and four cups of coffee a day reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes by 25%. Read more >


Diet and Exercise Stave off Diabetes Better than Meds
Alice G. Walton

Diet and exercise are the best way to prevent type 2 diabetes, even better than medication. Read more >


Boosting Fiber May Help Thwart Belly Fat
Alice G. Walton

fat is associated with an increased risk of heart problems and diabetes. Read more >


Mediterranean Diet Helps Diabetics Stay off Blood Sugar Meds
Alice G. Walton

The so−called Mediterranean diet appears to help some diabetics reduce their need for blood sugar medications. Read more >


Can Carnitine Help Diabetics?
Neil Wagner

Adding carnitine, a nutrient essential for proper fat metabolism, to rats' diets for eight weeks restored the rats' fuel−burning ability... Read more >


Hints of a Cure for Type 2 Diabetes?
Neil Wagner

When PEDF, a protein released by fat cells, was neutralized in obese mice their insulin resistance vanished. Read more >


Can Vitamin C Halt the Damage of Diabetes?
Neil Wagner

Vitamin C administered with insulin helped end the damage to blood vessels so common in both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Read more >


Blood Fats Better Indicator of Diabetic Neuropathy, New Study Finds
Alice G. Walton

Triglyceride levels can be better predictors of the risk of diabetic neuropathy than blood sugar levels. Read more >


Kidney Patients May Benefit from Slumbering through Nighttime Dialysis
Alice G. Walton

For kidney patients who need dialysis, the option of undergoing treatment overnight can be an appealing alternative to daytime sessions. Read more >


Women Who Eat Low-Glycemic Breakfasts Burn More Fat, Feel Fuller
Alice G. Walton

Low-glycemic foods, like whole grains, take longer to break down than high glycemic foods do, resulting in a slower climb in blood sugar. Read more >


Diabetes Drug Linked to Eye Disease
Neil Wagner

Glitazones work by increasing the sensitivity of muscle,fat and liver tissue to insulin, causing these tissues to take up more glucose. Read more >


Diabetes May Be Caused by Common Childhood Virus
Alice G. Walton

A common enterovirus may be the tipping point in a chain of events that cause beta cells in the pancreas to stop producing insulin and diabetes... Read more >


Exercise, Not Television-Watching, Reduces Type-2 Diabetes in African-American Women
Alice G. Walton

A quick way to greatly reduce your diabetes risk is to turn off the TV and go for a walk. Read more >


Risks for Metabolic Syndrome
Neil Wagner

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of factors that increases the chance of contracting heart disease, diabetes or stroke. Read more >


Diabetes And Exercise: Poor Sensation Is No Contraindication
Jordana Bieze Foster

Regular exercise helps control glucose levels and improves cardiovascular mortality in patients with diabetes. Read more >


How Calorie-Dense is Your Diet?
Neil Wagner

The two most important factors that determine the calorie density of a food are fat and water content. Read more >


Diabetes is Real; "Jaws" Is Just a Movie
Neil Wagner

Diabetes affects almost every organ in the body, causes severe circulatory problems and greatly increases the risk of heart attack. Read more >


Eating Broccoli May Protect the Heart from Damage Due to Diabetes
Alice G. Walton

Add protecting blood vessels in diabetes patients to the long list of broccoli’s health benefits. A compound in broccoli ... Read more >


Reduced Fertility in Diabetic Men May Be Due to DNA Damage in Sperm
Alice G. Walton

Scientists have found that men living with diabetes may be less fertile than non-diabetic men due to DNA damage in the sperm they produce. Read more >


Treating Heart Risk in the Obese — Pills Are Not Enough
Linda Hepler

Prevention, not handing out pills, is the key to improving risk for heart disease. Read more >


Using Breakfast to Stabilize Blood Sugar
Tom Gilbert

What you eat for breakfast can reduce the insulin rollercoaster and your risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes and heart failure. Read more >


Vitamin D in Childhood Lowers Diabetes Risk
Tom Gilbert

Giving young children extra Vitamin D supplements may help prevent type 1 diabetes later in life, says a new study. Read more >


Diabetic Muscular Infarction
Manuela Marinescu, M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.



Sleep and Longevity
Leslie Carr

We all understand that too little sleep can be bad for your health. Read more >


Alcohol and Health: A Double-Edged Sword
James H. O'Keefe, M.D., and John H. Lee, M.D.



Something to Lose Sleep Over — Sleep Loss and Your Health
Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Read more >


Stem Cell Transplant and Diabetes
Tom Gilbert

Stem cell transplantation can help people with type 1 diabetes mellitus get off insulin, at least temporarily, according to a new study. Read more >


Belly Fat and Disease
Tom Gilbert

As scientists learn more about the role of inflammation in diabetes, heart disease and other disorders, new research suggests that fat in the belly may be an important contributor to that inflammation. Read more >


Type 1 Diabetes - The Latest on New Insulins and Delivery Systems
Sheryl Merkin, M.S., F.N.P., C.D.E., Sharon Movsas, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. and Joel Zonszein, M.D., C.D.E.



Does Prostate Cancer Treatment Cause Diabetes and Heart Disease?
Tom Gilbert

A common treatment for prostate cancer puts men at increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. Read more >


Sleep Loss and Diabetes
Tom Gilbert

Short or poor quality sleep is associated with high blood-sugar levels in African-Americans with diabetes, according to new research. Read more >


If You Needed a Reason to Drink Coffee
Tom Gilbert

A study finds coffee drinking is related to a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Read more >


The Fight Against Diabetes
Sheryl Merkin, M.S., F.N.P., C.D.E., Sharon Movsas, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. and Joel Zonszein, M.D., C.D.E.

A lack of insulin or an inability to respond to insulin is known as "insulin resistance." Read more >


Bioartificial Kidneys: Potential Application in Renal Replacement
Frieda Wolf, M.D., and Eli A. Friedman, M.D.



Beyond Insulin
Sam Engel, M.D.



Breaking Up (Exercise) Is Good to Do
Tom Gilbert

Short bursts of intense exercise may be better for the heart than endurance training. Read more >


The Best Weapon vs. Diabetes — Prevention
Tom Gilbert

If you understand your risk for diabetes, you have the motivation you need to change your lifestyle. Read more >


Erythropoietin and Progressive Kidney Disease
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

In a perfect world, every medical treatment would be backed up by solid science, that is, rigorous clinical trials. Read more >


Less is Less: the Undertreatment of High Blood Pressure
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

If your doctor says your blood pressure is "a little high," you should betreated with anti-hypertensive drugs. Read more >


Pancreas Transplant: A Cure for Diabetes?
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

Type 1 diabetics with kidney disease should strongly consider simultaneous kidney and pancreas transplant. Read more >


New Drugs for Type 2 Diabetes
Eli Ipp, M.D.

Sulfonylureas are among the least costly and most effective medications for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. Read more >


PVD: A Practical Approach to Promoting Healing
Caroline Fife, M.D.

Cold feet? Or are your legs often pale when elevated or red while hanging down?You may have the inadequate blood flow associated with peripheral vascular disease. Read more >


Can Bacteria Be Trained to Do the Kidney's Work?
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

In industrialized countries, peritoneal- and hemo-dialysis sustain the lives of more than a quarter of a million patients whose kidneys don't work effectively (renal insufficiency). Read more >


When Kidneys Fail in Diabetes: Therapy Options
Eli A. Friedman, M.D.

Diabetes is a complicated and chronic disease that eventually destroys the kidneys. Read more >





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