November is American Diabetes Month. The CDC’s National Diabetes Statistics Report estimates that 9.3% of the U.S. population 20 years or older, or 29.1 million people, have diabetes. Those under 20 years old with diabetes number about 208,000. For all of these individuals, monitoring blood glucose is an important daily concern — and should be a priority for all of us. Continue reading “Science & Health Today: Blood Sugar Management”
The symptoms of high blood sugar can cause very serious long-term damage to your body — even if you feel fine. Continue reading “Science and Health Today: Nutrition and Metabolic Syndrome”
Remember high school anatomy class, where you learned that DNA and cells make up our bodies? You may not have learned about the epigenome back then, but scientists have been studying it for decades.
Metabolic syndrome — a cluster of symptoms including high blood sugar, obesity and cardiovascular problems — has reached epidemic proportions. Continue reading “Fighting the Metabolic Syndrome Epidemic”
Most people diagnosed with high blood sugar, insulin resistance or diabetes have it for years before knowing. The damage occurring throughout the body as blood sugar slowly rises is not always obvious. Continue reading “Healthy Blood Sugar: A Balancing Act”
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of symptoms that includes impaired glucose tolerance, high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, and abdominal obesity. This dangerous package is often the pathway to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. A study also shows metabolic syndrome raises colon cancer risk by 75 percent. Continue reading “Can Eating Right Reverse Metabolic Syndrome?”
It’s no secret the number of people with type 2 diabetes is sharply rising. Yet people are often shocked when they’re diagnosed with the complicated disease. By paying attention to some warning bells, especially symptoms of metabolic syndrome, people can take action to prevent or at least delay the onset of diabetes. Continue reading “Heed the Warning Bells of Metabolic Syndrome”