The Ideal Diet for Diabetes

With type 2 diabetes, what you eat can make a big difference in your health and how well you manage your disease. The good news is that our concept of the best diet for diabetes has changed in recent years, moving away from rigid standards. “There’s a lot of leeway now,” notes Amy Campbell, MS, RD, manager…

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Complementary Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes

Nearly 26 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, one of the unfortunate results of our country’s obesity epidemic. The good news is that a healthy diet, exercise, and prescription medications help many people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels in check. Like all medications, however, diabetes drugs have side effects, which has led many people to…

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Top Ways to Control Ulcerative Colitis

  Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation and ulcers, or sores, in the large intestine. Ulcerative colitis symptoms include frequent bowel movements, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps, which may come and go unpredictably. When ulcerative colitis symptoms are mild or absent, the condition is in remission. When the symptoms come back, patients…

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An Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter

  Want to ace that next test? Try taking a mid-afternoon siesta. While the findings are preliminary, new research raises the prospect that sleep, specifically a lengthy afternoon nap, prepares the brain to remember things. Think of it as similar to rebooting a computer to get it to work more smoothly. “Sleep is not just for…

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Why does iron deficiency create fatigue?

  Millions of women experience fatigue on a consistent basis. For many of these women, an iron deficiency could be the reason why they are always so tired. In fact, fatigue is the most common symptom of this deficiency. Some other symptoms include a lack of energy, dark circles under the eyes, shortness of breath, heart racing, increased infections, or…

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7 Bad Habits That Cause Back Pain

  Back pain will affect 80 percent of us at some point in our lives and often results from repeated behaviors that stress your body. If you’re battling back pain now — or if you want to take steps to prevent an achy back — make an effort to avoid these seven bad habits: Not exercising. “The…

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Pain Management Without Drugs

  When chronic pain sets in, most people immediately look in their medicine cabinet or rush to the drugstore. But medication usually offers only temporary pain management relief — it’s not going to stop the pain or cure what’s causing it. Fortunately, there are many approaches available through pain management specialists who can provide you with better…

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