Is Sugar Making You Hungrier?

Do You Need To Reduce Your Intake Of Sugar? When you’re looking to manage type 2 diabetes, achieve healthy weight loss, or manage polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), you may have a goal of reducing added sugars. Additionally, if you are trying to manage what feels like food addiction, one thing to think about is that […]

Healthy Cooking Thursday – How Do I Make These Grains Delicious?

Recently, Robyn (as well as the US government) suggested reducing refined grains for numerous healthy reasons.  But there’s a reason that many folks avoid barley, quinoa, millet, amaranth, oats, brown rice, and all their whole grain buddies; many people find them hard to make delicious, aside from adding tons of fat and sodium to them.  Here […]

How To Reduce Refined Grains

The new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans was recently released and while many of the recommendations are not shockingly different from the 2005 guidelines, there were a few interesting changes. What caught my eye is the discussion, albeit it short, on reducing our intake of refined grains.  Previously, not much was mentioned about refined grains in […]

It Happened This Week: Social Media & Self-Esteem, Type 2 Diabetes, and Fall Soups & Stews

Do Facebook and Twitter make you feel better or worse about yourself?  Nourishing the Soul has an interesting piece on social networking and self-esteem. Another good study proves the power of a healthy lifestyle in keeping type 2 diabetes under control.  One of the investigators, Ed Horton of the Joslin Diabetes Center, has been a […]

Diabetes and Dolphins

It Happened This Week: FRESH, the movie, Type 2 Diabetes and Health at Every Size & Lemon Coconut Bars

Did Food, Inc. leave you depressed?  Then check out FRESH, the movie (trailer above) to see what folks around the US are doing to change the picture. Dietitians are doing their part to change the picture, too.  Under the clever title “Low Carbon is the New Low Carb,” Nutrition Unplugged reviews two new cookbooks written […]

Healthy Recipe: Veggie Enchiladas

Today’s recipe is courtesy of our good friend and colleague Alta Engstrom, RD, whose website First Kitchen is just the place for those who want to learn their way around a healthy kitchen.  This recipe gives a look at how easy it can be to make a great-tasting good-for-you meal in minutes.  It qualifies as […]

For a Smaller Waist, Eat Red Meat, Butter & Whole Milk?

I recently rediscovered the blog Junkfood Science whose author Sandy Szwarc, BSN, RN, CCP describes as “critical examinations of studies and news on food, weight, health and healthcare that mainstream media misses.  Debunks popular myths, explains science and exposes fraud that affects your health.” Like us at Green Mountain at Fox Run, Sandy is an […]

Healthy Recipe: Lemon Avocado Mousse

Today's healthy recipe is a refreshing, palate-pleasing appetizer spread from the California Avocado website. A surprisingly complete food, avocados contain fourteen minerals to stimulate growth, including iron and copper for your blood. The sodium and potassium in avocados keeps your body chemically balanced, and their low sugar content and absence of starch make them an […]

Diabetes: Curvy Women More Protected Against Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Got curves? Well, a new study (performed on mice) from Harvard Medical School suggests that 'pear-shaped' bodies, i.e., those of us with a little extra padding on the hips and buttocks, may be less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than 'apples' (people who tend to have extra fat around the middle). Not all fat is […]

Diabetes, Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Risk

It is well known that many people with type 2 diabetes (anywhere from 30-50%) suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but there is also a potential cardiovascular and other health risks associated with the disorder. Being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your upper airway temporarily collapses while you sleep and […]

Weighing In: The Ruby Gettinger Show on Style Network

Admittedly, I'm late in coming to the the Sunday 8 pm (EST) Style network show called "Ruby," which began in November 2008.  The first episode I watched was this past Sunday, and I have to say I was  intrigued to learn more about Ruby Gettinger, her issues with obesity, weight discrimination, and healthy living program […]

Heart Attacks in Diabetic Women More Likely to Be Fatal

Women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes under the age of 65 are at a higher risk than their male counterparts for worse outcomes after heart attacks. “The female advantage with fewer cardiovascular events than in men at younger ages is attenuated once a woman has the diagnosis of diabetes,” report Dr. Anna Norhammar, […]

Diabetes: Study Shows Regular Exercise Might Prevent Onset Of Diabetes In Black Women

Not many studies have been conducted on exercise and type 2 diabetes prevention in black women. But a recent publication in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows that several brisk walks per week can help to lower black women's type 2 diabetes risk. Julie Palmer of Boston University and her colleagues reviewed data from the Black […]

Diabetes: American Idol Judge Randy Jackson Diabetes Webcast on Heart of Diabetes

The American Heart Association wants the public to "Get in the K.N.O.W." about type 2 diabetes with American Idol Judge Randy Jackson.  Below is a youtube video of Randy Jackson talking about his part in the campaign to raise awareness about the disease. K.N.O.W stands for… Keeping active and maintaining a healthy body weight.A healthy […]

Diabetes: Fast Heart Rate Warns of Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

Findings published in the Dec. 11 online issue of the American Journal of Hypertension show that a 'too-fast' heartbeat in early adulthood could herald cardiovascular problems later in life. The study of 614 residents of a rural farming community in southwestern Japan found that a heart rate greater than 80 beats a minute during a […]

Diabetes: Body Clock Gene, Melatonin and Increased Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

In several past posts, I've blogged about genetics and type 2 diabetes.  Now more research finds a possible connection between the disease and a gene responsible for our internal 'clock.' Published online on December 7th in Nature Genetics, an international group of scientists revealed the results of studying ten genome-wide association scans covering over 36,000 people of […]

Diabetes: How Genes May Affect Your Reaction to Metabolic Stress

Metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes are a product of genes and lack of a healthy eating lifestyle. Now brand new research shows a link between a person's genetic profile and his or her metabolism. Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum München examined genetic and metabolite data from volunteers, pinpointing the various genetic markers responsible for […]

Diabetes: Can Genetic Screening Help Identify Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

Although genetic screening does seem to help identify people at risk for type 2 diabetes, current methods are just as effective. In a couple of new studies, researchers looked at newly discovered "genetic variants" for  an associated increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Results for both studies showed that the risk for type 2 diabetes increased with […]

Type 2 Diabetes May Increase Your Risk for Tuberculosis

A study from the University of Texas School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus (UTSPH) indicates that Type 2 diabetes patients may be more likely to contract tuberculosis (TB). From the diabetes blog at About.com: Type 2 diabetes, especially Type 2 diabetes involving chronic high blood sugar, is associated with altered immune response to TB, and this […]