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  1. Optimism Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    Optimism Lowers Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    If you don't have diabetes, you likely know someone who does have it -- and you may even be at risk of developing the condition later in life. This is because diabetes is serious health concern that has become more common with the passage of time. When the Center for Disease Control started tracking the illness in 1958, they found...
  2. New Diabetes Research Finds Link to Gut Health and Cognitive Decline

    New Diabetes Research Finds Link to Gut Health and Cognitive Decline

    Diabetes is a serious disease that affects the body's ability to properly handle glucose, or sugar, in the blood. In type 1 diabetes, the body is unable to produce any insulin -- the hormone responsible for ushering sugar from the blood into the cells where it can be used for energy. In type 2 diabetes, the body can make insulin...
  3. Fructose and Diabetes: Drinking Sweetened Beverages Increases Risk

    Fructose and Diabetes: Drinking Sweetened Beverages Increases Risk

    Glucose, or sugar, is the body's primary source of fuel. Insulin is responsible for moving this sugar into your cells so it can be used as energy. Not only do people with type 2 diabetes have a limited ability to process glucose, they also often exhibit a resistance to insulin, exacerbating the problem and contributing to uncontrolled higher-than-normal blood sugar levels. Alternatively...
  4. Exercise Affects Gut Bacteria, Regardless of Diet

    Exercise Affects Gut Bacteria, Regardless of Diet

    In the past year, scientists have examined how exercise alone has the power to alter the bacterial balance of the gut. Now, a group of researchers taking a poke at further unpacking the mechanisms behind how exercise affects gut bacteria have focused their research efforts on endurance exercise in particular. According to a new study, irrespective of changes to one’s...
  5. Increasing Prebiotics in Your Diet Improves Digestive Health, Sleep and More

    Increasing Prebiotics in Your Diet Improves Digestive Health, Sleep and More

    Confused about the difference between probiotics and prebiotics and how they work together? Here, we will take a brief look at what probiotics and prebiotics are, break down the differences between these important digestive helpers and learn how increasing the prebiotics in your diet not only improves digestion but also supports immune function, promotes sleep, lowers stress and provides many...
  6. Beyond Bone Health: Researchers Uncover New Vitamin D Benefits

    Beyond Bone Health: Researchers Uncover New Vitamin D Benefits

    With old research under fire and new research turning up previously unknown vitamin D benefits, the “sunshine vitamin,” has been an increasingly hot topic among the research community. As the summer draws to a close and the days begin to once again shorten, it’s a good time to take a look back at some of this year’s vitamin D research highlights and...
  7. Belly Fat and Vitamin D Levels Linked

    Belly Fat and Vitamin D Levels Linked

    Thanks to increased research attention in recent years, we are beginning to form a better understanding of how vitamin D — an essential nutrient long associated with bone health — impacts not only our musculoskeletal system but also other critical aspects of our health. Naturally produced by our skin when exposed to sunlight, vitamin D is also present in food sources...
  8. New Research Suggests Connection Between Vitamin D and Diabetes

    New Research Suggests Connection Between Vitamin D and Diabetes

    Previous research has demonstrated that deficient levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of developing diabetes. The most recent study on the subject, which was published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, offers support for this significant connection between vitamin D and diabetes. Vitamin D Deficiency Poses a Greater Risk of Developing Diabetes In a recent study carried out by a team...
  9. Meal Sizing Tips for Health and Weight Loss

    Meal Sizing Tips for Health and Weight Loss

    Breakfast is often regarded as the most important meal of the day. As famed nutritionist Adelle Davis said, “breakfast gets the day’s work done.” New research on meal size and weight loss gives credence to this conventional wisdom by showing that eating a larger, high-energy breakfast aids weight loss and blood glucose control when compared to having our largest meals...
  10. Gut Bacteria Influence Diabetes Risk

    Gut Bacteria Influence Diabetes Risk

    There was a time when bacteria were seen by the medical community as unwanted invaders and causes of serious disease. While some microbes are dangerous, there are several species that we actually need for optimal health. Our skin, our gastrointestinal tract and many areas of our bodies flourish when colonized in large numbers by certain kinds of bacteria. A new...

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