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Study Highlights Stress As Significant Risk Factor For Diabetes

Jenn Fusion | May 16th, 2013
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Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress, according to WebMD. Furthermore, it is estimated that 75 to 90 percent of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related complaints. Stress plays a role in everything from headaches, high blood pressure, and skin conditions, to asthma, depression, and diabetes. The cost of stress to society exceeds $300 billion annually. Stress causes dangerous physiological effects It’s no secret that stress kills. Mental duress triggers the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which has… Read more »

New Hormone May Change the Way Physicians Treat Diabetes

Ava Lawson | May 14th, 2013

Metabolic diseases such as Type II diabetes affect some 26 million Americans, and are linked to increased risk for severe health issues including heart disease and stroke. New research conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPS) may provide further treatment options for diabetes sufferers, as scientists have identified a hormone that controls how blood sugars are used by the body. The findings are published in the May 13 edition of the journal, Cell Metabolism. The research team discovered that when this… Read more »

Gastric Bypass Surgery Reduces Symptoms of Diabetes

Jessie Whitman | May 11th, 2013
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Gastric bypass not only helps people combat morbid obesity, but the weight loss surgery also reduces symptoms of type 2 diabetes by changing the amino acids and hormones the body produces while digesting food, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The adult-onset of type 2 diabetes is strongly correlated with excessive weight gain and increases the risk of suffering from high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and other chronic medical conditions. More than 18… Read more »

Clean Eating Philosophy Grows in Popularity

Jacky Gale | May 2nd, 2013
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Fad diets may sound appealing because they promise quick, easy weight loss. However, dieters seeking a more sustainable lifestyle have been increasingly turning to the clean eating movement. Clean eating isn’t a strict diet with regimented meal plans and calorie counts; in fact, it’s not really a diet at all. Instead, it’s a series of lifestyle changes that proponents claim can not only help you lose weight, but also reduce your risk for chronic diseases, give you more energy, and boost your overall… Read more »

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Boosts Diabetes Risk, Study Says

Ava Lawson | April 26th, 2013
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A Canadian study including more than one million women found that two conditions during pregnancy may increase later risk factors for diabetes. The groundbreaking research on diabetes and pregnancy was published in a recent issue of the clinical journal, PLOS Medicine. Under the leadership of Dr. Denice Feig at the University of Toronto, the team of scientists analyzed databases from the Canadian health system from April 1994 through March 2008. Among the discoveries were that conditions such as pre-eclampsia and high blood pressure… Read more »