Most Who Have Prediabetes Don’t Know It

Although a quarter of American adults have prediabetes, most aren’t aware they have it, according to the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Only 4% of Americans report having prediabetes. It is a condition marked by impaired fasting glucose (blood sugar), impaired glucose tolerance, or both. People with prediabetes are at an increased risk for […]

Diabetes: US Rate of Diabetes Doubled in Past 10 Years; High Incidence in South

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest the rising rate of obesity is behind the 2 fold increase of type 1 and/or type 2 diabetes. A breakdown of the incidence rate by 33 individual states is available in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weeky Report (MMWR), published just last week. "The figures […]

Diabetes: Denial and Depression

Debbie Hendrick, from DiabetesMine, brings up a good point about what she calles the 3 D’s: diabetes, denial and depression. Writing women with type 2 diabetes she’s come to know, Blogger Hendrick writes that she is “shocked how so many…strong, beautiful ladies talk about denial and depression. One women voiced, ironically, that “she had a hard time getting out […]

Diabetes: Halloween Treats Are Tricky for Diabetic Kids

Kids love Halloween, but for children with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, trick or treating pose a challenge. Tempting candy is hard to resist when all the other kids get to partake, so what can parents do to encourage healthy eating and good blood glucose management during the holiday? Place the emphasis on having […]

Weight Loss: Possible Explanation for Obesity-Related Insulin Resistance

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the association between obesity and insulin resistance, a condition in which normal amounts of insulin are inadequate to produce a normal insulin response from fat, muscle and liver cells.  Insulin resistance can precede the development of type 2 diabetes. "Obese adipose, or fat, tissue is characterized by the presence […]

Diabetes: Get in the K.N.O.W. with Randy Jackson

Get in the K.N.O.W.!  Randy Jackson, TV personality and well-known figure in the music industry, will be airing a diabetes webcast on October 14th at 1 p.m. (EST).  Joining him is Daniel Jones, M.D., from the American Heart Association.  Together, they hope to bring more awareness about the disease to the public through the Heart […]

Healthy Eating: Chicken Soup a Healthy Food for Pandas at China’s Wuhan Zoo

People have sworn by their grandmother’s chicken soup to fight off fall and winter colds, and some research* has actually studied the potential health benefits of the age-old folk remedy. Now even Pandas are responding to a healthy dose of chicken soup! CNN reports that over-stressed pandas at the Wuhan Zoo in central China (due […]

‘Baby’ Fat Cells May Be Key To Treating Obesity, Say Researchers

Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have discovered the location of immature fat cells which reside in blood vessel walls.  When a person takes in more calories than he or she can expend, these ‘baby’ fat cells begin to mature and are responsible for excess fat storage. By identifying where these fat cells exist in […]

Diabetes: Human Skin Cells Turned Into Insulin-Producing Cells

Millions of people with diabetes and type 2 diabetes may have a new treatment available in the future, and one that’s close to science fiction. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, researchers have learned how to reprogram skin cells into insulin producing cells. First the human skin cells were […]

Diabetes: Insidious and Deadly…and Underrated

In a recent focus group conducted by the American Diabetes Association, participants were asked to rank the severity of various health problems including cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  On a scale 1 to 10, cancer and heart disease were received 9s and 10s while diabetes/type 2 diabetes only got 4s and 5s. "The general consensus […]

Weighing In – Literally

One of the worse memories I have growing up as a child was school ‘weigh in’ days.  From 1st grade to high school, I sat in terrified anticipation as I watched the school nurse drag a giant scale down the hall for my yearly humiliation.  Each class lined up in the hallway waiting to be […]