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Diabetes and Prediabetes
Eating and lifestyle related to diabetes and prediabetes
With recommendations to limit consumption of sugar and refined grains, and focus on “quality carbohydrate”, how can you choose foods that support your goal of healthy eating?
Is glycemic index (GI) or glycemic load (GL) the key? What about amount and types of fiber, prebiotics, or whole grains?
Without going overboard based on “health halos”, how can you identify and include quality carbs in your day-to-day eating habits? Here, in Part One
on choosing healthy sources of carbohydrates, we’ll look beyond the headlines at glycemic index….
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How do you set priorities to assure that your “healthy choices” are doing the most good for health and vitality?
A look at several studies making headlines in the last few weeks shows that the answer may not be as clear-cut as it seems.
Let’s pull them together for a look at the big picture.
Tags: cancer prevention, dietary fiber, gluten, health halo, healthy diet, healthy eating, heart disease, heart health, nuts, prediabetes, processed meats, vegetables, whole grains
Anti-inflammatory diets are hot topics, both in research and in the media. Chronic inflammation is tied to diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more. So where do “anti-inflammatory diets” fit as you consider how doable eating choices can make a difference in your health, today and long-term?
In Part 1 of this video series, Susan Steck, PhD, MPH, RD, discusses inflammation and the variety of “anti-inflammatory diets”; in Part 2, she talks about development of an overall Dietary Inflammatory Index (DII) that pulls together inflammatory and anti-inflammatory food consumption into one score meant to represent the overall effect of someone’s eating habits. In this, the final section of our interview, Dr. Steck provides an update on research using the DII to study how diet may affect health. Dr. Steck is a registered dietitian and Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
Following the video, read on for additional insights.
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The latest national study shows that diets of about one in two Americans may be short on magnesium, a mineral research now links with better blood pressure control, bone health, and insulin sensitivity. Since insulin resistance and its resulting elevated insulin levels seem to raise risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, it’s worth a look.
The good news is that extreme measures are not needed. Find some smart tweaks to fill a magnesium gap in your diet, and you can actually fill multiple nutrient gaps at once.
Though many are probably unaware of it, one in three American adults has Metabolic Syndrome, a clustering of risk factors that together doubles the risk of heart disease and increases risk of type 2 diabetes five-fold. Some research also links it with 20% to more than 60% increased risk of several cancers, such as colon, endometrial and postmenopausal breast cancers.
Medications may successfully treat most components of metabolic syndrome, but they do so one at a time. You might take one (or more) to control rising blood sugar and one (or more) for blood pressure, for example, but neither helps elevated blood triglycerides or an expanding waistline. (Waist size is relevant because it can help indicate whether you have too much of a type of body fat that is particularly harmful.) A medication to treat one component of metabolic syndrome can sometimes make another component worse.
The question – as research increasingly shows the inter-connectedness of all these risk factors – is whether your lifestyle choices can multitask. Can you focus on healthy habits that pay-off with multiple health benefits? The exciting answer is yes. Continue reading →
Tags: cancer prevention, diabetes, healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, heart disease, heart health, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, plant-based diet, reducing cancer risk
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