Diabetes

Insulin therapy, a common treatment for diabetes, can cause people to gain weight. People taking insulin can manage their weight with certain diet and lifestyle strategies. Insulin is a hormone that regulates the levels of glucose in the blood. Another name for this is blood sugar. The hormone works by helping the body’s cells to
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High fructose corn syrup is a sweetener that manufacturers make from corn starch. As with other sugars, it can cause tooth decay, obesity, and metabolic syndrome when a person consumes it in large quantities. Health experts continue to debate whether or not high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is worse than other sugars. Many natural and
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Keto breath is an unpleasant side effect that a person can develop when they begin following a ketogenic diet. A person can try to reduce keto breath by drinking more water or slightly increasing the number of carbohydrates they eat. A ketogenic diet, or keto diet, involves a person eating very few carbohydrates. Instead, they
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Beriberi is a disorder that can occur when a person has a lack of thiamine, or vitamin B-1. A severe deficiency in this nutrient can lead to lasting damage in the nervous system and heart. The word beriberi comes from a Sinhalese word meaning “extreme weakness,” as it can cause severe and even life-threatening symptoms.
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Despite online claims, there is no best time of day to eat fruit — people can get similar health benefits from fruit at any time of the day. That said, people with weight loss goals or diabetes can benefit from timing their fruit intake. Many online sources claim that people can get better health benefits
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A recent study in mice concludes that targeted ultrasound could be an effective, noninvasive, drug-free way to boost insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes. A new study asks whether ultrasound could be an effective treatment for diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), type 2 diabetes now affects more
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Scientists have developed a way to increase the effectiveness of pancreatic islet transplantation, a promising therapy for type 1 diabetes. New findings could make pancreatic islet cell transplants more effective. Immune rejection by the recipient is a major barrier to pancreatic islet transplants from donors becoming routinely available for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.
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A low-protein diet puts less strain on the kidneys. As a result, this type of diet can benefit people with kidney-related disorders, such as kidney disease or phenylketonuria. When a person eats protein, the body produces a compound called urea. If the kidneys are not functioning well, urea can build up in the blood and
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A low-carb diet can help people with diabetes better manage their blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates or carbs raise blood glucose more than other foods, meaning the body must produce more insulin to digest them. Reducing carb intake can help stabilize blood glucose. It may also counteract some other effects of diabetes, such as weight gain
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Gestational diabetes is a temporary form of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy when the body stops producing or responding to insulin adequately. If the body is unable to respond to insulin appropriately, high levels of sugar build up in the bloodstream and cause the symptoms of diabetes. Gestational diabetes can potentially cause some health risks
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Researchers have noticed that a drug that doctors commonly use to treat insulin resistance can also address the pain of fibromyalgia, which has provided them with a new clue about this chronic condition. Researchers have managed to diminish fibromyalgia-related pain using a drug for insulin resistance. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that causes abnormal pain
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Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can occur during pregnancy. It is not always possible to prevent it, but a pregnant woman can take steps to reduce her risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gestational diabetes develops in approximately 2–10% of pregnancies in the United States each year.
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Diabetes develops when a person’s body does not make enough insulin to process sugars present in the blood. This can lead to many complications, including leg pain. When people with diabetes experience leg pain, it may be the result of nerve damage. Nerve damage can occur if a person with diabetes does not receive treatment
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For people with diabetes, reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is essential. A healthy weight helps manage blood sugar levels and reduce the chances of additional complications, such as a stroke or heart attack. People with diabetes who want to lose weight must do so safely. Trying to lose weight too fast or being too
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Diabetic ketoacidosis is a life-threatening complication of diabetes that occurs when the body breaks down fats too quickly. Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) occurs in people with diabetes when the body does not make or receive enough insulin. In this article, learn about the causes and symptoms of DKA as well as the risk factors and treatment
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There are steps that people can take to significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating well, and exercising often are three very effective preventative measures. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), over 9% of the population of the United States are living with diabetes. In 2015, the
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Our environment and lifestyle can affect the function of our genes without altering the genetic code. A review article summarizes research over the past decade showing how this contributes to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Does lifestyle affect how our genes behave? Nature versus nurture is a phrase with which many of us are familiar.
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A new small-scale study has found that men at risk of developing type 2 diabetes could benefit from eating all their meals within a restricted 9-hour time frame. Doing so, even without changing other dietary habits, can help keep blood sugar levels under control, the research suggests. Could glucose control relate more to when you
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A common cause of dizziness when lying down is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, a condition where tiny crystals that help sense gravity in one part of the ear mistakenly move into parts of the inner ear that detect head motion. People with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) experience benign, or not life-threatening, paroxysmal, or sudden
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