Nicotine Raises Blood Sugar Levels in Diabetics

Smoking is bad for everyone, but it may be especially harmful for diabetics. A new study finds that the nicotine found in cigarette smoke is responsible for raising blood sugar and increasing the risk of dangerous diabetes complications. Although it was known that smokers with diabetes are at higher risk for complications than non-smokers with…

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An Onion a Day to Manage Diabetes?

Onions can do much more for your health than make your eyes water, according to new research from Australia. Scientists at the University of Southern Queensland found that rutin derived from onions improved heart and liver functioning and reduced abdominal fat in rats previously fed a high-carb, high-fat diet. The rats had all developed signs…

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Diabetes Affects Cancer Risk

Diabetes is linked to a higher risk of specific cancers in both men and women, according to results from a large, long-term study. The NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, which followed more than 500,000 patients ages 50 to 71, found that having diabetes increased the risk of colon, rectal, and liver cancers in both men and women.…

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‘Healthy’ Foods to Avoid

  Fat-free! All-natural! Vitamin-enriched! Labels like these guide us through the grocery store. But products that tout nutritional benefits are often anything but good for you. The food industry is given wide leeway to promote their products, so it’s up to us to ferret out the imposters. That means reading nutrition labels to see what ingredients products…

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The Top 10 Lies We Tell Our Doctors

When you’re on the exam table, fibbing to your doctor about a few of your health habits might not seem like such a big deal — and if you do lie, you’re certainly not alone. Plenty of patients want to skirt a scolding about smoking, drinking, or a fried-food-filled diet.  But before you fudge the truth,…

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What kind of diabetes do I have?

First, you need to know what exactly Diabetes is. It is a chronic, potentially incapacitating and often deadly disease. Variable production and supply of insulin in the body is major cause of this disease. Either the body generates no or inadequate insulin (type 1 diabetes), or the body cannot utilize the insulin it produces effectively…

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How to keep your kids diabetes free?

  Childhood Obesity Takes a Toll Type 2 diabetes, considered primarily to be an “adult” disease, is also affecting more children from the last several years. This is due to an abnormal increase in weight. Kids are becoming more inactive and eating more junk food than ever before. With the arrival of handheld electronic games,…

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