If your blood glucose levels are elevated to the point at which you are considered to have pre-diabetes, regular exercise may prevent you from advancing to diabetes, even if you dont lose weight. That was among the findings in a report released recently by the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and its 12-year extension, the DPP Outcomes Study. Researchers found that exercise, indepedent of weight loss, helped many people avoid diabetes.
The search for diabetes medications that help lower blood glucose levels without adding risks to heart health has been going on for years. Ever since studies linked the popular diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) with greater heart attack risks about 10 years ago, researchers have been developing a new generation of medications to take its place. Two new drugs have emerged from clinical trials with encouraging results. Empagliflozin and liraglutide have both been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death, while effectively helping to lower blood glucose levels.
Controlling your blood pressure, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and blood glucose levels are proven means of lowering your risk of cardiovascular disease. A British study of more than 500,000 men and women found that calcium and vitamin D supplementation is not not associated with a greater risk of hospitalization due to heart disease, any cardiovascular events, or death related to either of those causes. Psoriasis is generally thought of as strictly a skin disease because its most obvious symptoms are patches of dry, scaly skin anywhere on the body. Depression has long been known as a risk factor for heart disease and many other complications, but there was little evidence to show that successfully treating depression could actually lower a persons cardiovascular risks.
Bariatric surgery may have lasting benefits for obese individuals trying to control their blood glucose levels. Cleveland Clinics STAMPEDE trial found that the weight-loss surgerys positive effects may last at least five years or more for mild and moderately obese patients with type 2 diabetes.
Its easy to think of your digestive system and your cardiovascular system as two distinct parts of your body with little influence on each other. But of course, what you eat can impact your weight, your blood pressure (especially if your diet is salty) and your cholesterol. Healthy circulation is vital for the functioning of your stomach, intestines, and all your organs.
When your blood glucose (sugar) levels are higher than normal, but not yet at the point where you can be diagnosed with full-blown diabetes, you are said to have prediabetes. Its the stage right before type 2 diabetes, which raises the risk of numerous cardiovascular and other health concerns.
Every five years the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture issue Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The recommendations are based on the latest research on nutrition and public health. The guidelines released at the beginning of January, like those issued in years past, have their share of critics and supporters. The latest edition received some criticism from health experts for not urging less red meat consumption, for example.
If youre at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, you may want to consider adding some walnuts to your next salad. Or just grab a handful for an afternoon snack. A small study recently published suggests that eating one ounce of walnuts a day may help improve your cholesterol levels, arterial health, and the overall quality of your diet.
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Diabetes patients face an exponentially greater risk for heart disease, but they are also more vulnerable to coronary bypass surgery complications. So what are the best options?
Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery is an increasingly popular weight loss procedure for obese individuals with type 2 diabetes or who are at risk for diabetes. The operation was once viewed as risky, but a recent Cleveland Clinic study suggests that its as safe as an appendectomy or gallbladder surgery. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.