Diabetes sufferers have to be careful what they consume in their diet in order to manage symptoms such as excessive thirst and hunger, fatigue and blurry vision.This is because certain foods can cause blood sugar levels to spike - dangerous for diabetics who’s bodies struggle to deal with sugar in the bloodstream properly.While patients can enjoy sugary foods in moderation and sparingly, there is a sweet-tasting vegetable that could help steady blood sugar levels.Despite its name, sweet potatoes are considered to be perfectly safe - and even beneficial - for diabetics to consume. Low GI foods - such as sweet potato - have less of an immediate effect on blood glucose levels, meaning they are suitable for type 2 diabetes sufferers. They are high in fibre and have a low glycaemic index.The glycaemic index - commonly shortened to GI - measures how carbohydrates influence blood sugar.Low GI foods - meaning … [Read more...] about Diabetes diet: THIS popular carb could help manage type 2 symptoms
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Diabetes sufferers will probably be wondering whether they can safely consume sugary foods in the upcoming months, particularly with Halloween and Christmas on the horizon - and the answer is they can in moderation.Those with type 1 and type 2 forms of the condition are often told they need to be careful of the amount of sugar they consume.This is because sufferers’s bodies cannot properly deal with glucose - or sugar - in their blood, causing levels to rise too high.In healthy people, glucose enters the body’s cells to be used as fuel, whereas for diabetes sufferers it simply accumulates in the bloodstream.Eating sugary foods in abundance can can cause blood glucose levels to rise dangerously high. If a diabetes sufferer consumes too much sugar over a long period, they can damage their blood vessels and cause health problems. If this happens continually over a long period in someone with … [Read more...] about Diabetes diet: THIS is what sufferers need to know about eating sugary foods
Diabetes sufferers have blood sugar levels that rise too high in their bloodstream, and consuming a particular type of sugar is known to drive the type 2 form of the condition.The sugar - called fructose - is found naturally in food including apples, cherries, mangoes, watermelon and pears. However, because of its very sweet flavour it is often added in large amounts to processed foods. From fizzy drinks to sweets, sweetened yogurts to canned fruit: all these foodstuffs contain added fructose. New research suggest it's this natural component that could also be responsible for fatty liver disease. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found fructose sugar could cause harm to the liver which in turn could lead to cirrhosis and a liver transplant. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation found fructose could cause harm to the liver which in turn could lead … [Read more...] about Diabetes diet: Eating THIS could irreversibly HARM liver as well as cause type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a lifelong condition where your blood glucose level is too high because the body doesn’t make enough of a hormone called insulin.Unlike type 1 diabetes which is triggered by an autoimmune reaction, lifestyle factors - such as diet and being overweight - are often the reason people are diagnosed with type 2.However, experts earlier this month suggested that it is possible to reverse the condition.This is defined by diabetes.co.uk as a significant long-term improvement in insulin sensitivity.Recent research published in the British Medical Journal revealed that losing a certain amount of weight could ‘cure’ type 2 diabetes. Sustained weight loss of around 15kg was found to lead to total remission in type 2 diabetes sufferers, according to scientists at the University of Glasgow. Sustained weight loss of around 15kg was found to lead to total remission, according to … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes symptoms: Is it possible to REVERSE the condition?
The number of type 2 diabetes sufferers experiencing a serious - and potentially deadly - heart problem is on the rise, experts have warned.People with the condition are at an increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke or heart failure.Patients are currently 2.4 times more likely to suffer a heart attack than the general population, twice as likely to suffer a stroke and 2.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with heart failure.This is because when someone has diabetes, the high levels of glucose in their blood can damage the walls of their arteries, which can cause fatty deposits to develop. The latest estimates revealed that almost 240,000 people are diagnosed with a heart disease or stroke in England and Wales each year. If these fatty deposits rupture, it can trigger a blood clot, which could lead to heart attack or stroke.The latest estimates by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) revealed that almost … [Read more...] about Diabetes warning: Sufferers TWICE as likely to have a deadly stroke
The number of type 2 diabetes sufferers experiencing a serious - and potentially deadly - heart problem is on the rise, experts have warned.People with the condition are at an increased risk of having a heart attack, stroke or heart failure.Patients are currently 2.4 times more likely to suffer a heart attack than the general population, twice as likely to suffer a stroke and 2.7 times more likely to be diagnosed with heart failure.This is because when someone has diabetes, the high levels of glucose in their blood can damage the walls of their arteries, which can cause fatty deposits to develop. The latest estimates revealed that almost 240,000 people are diagnosed with a heart disease or stroke in England and Wales each year. If these fatty deposits rupture, it can trigger a blood clot, which could lead to heart attack or stroke.The latest estimates by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) revealed that almost … [Read more...] about WARNING: Diabetes sufferers TWICE as likely to have a deadly stroke
Matcha is a green powder, produced from green tea leaves. Used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies centuries ago, it has become fashionable in recent years thanks to celebrity fans, which include Drake, Gwyneth Paltrow, Brad Pitt and Kylie Jenner.Leaves for matcha are picked from the top of the plant, and the whole leaf is used, making it richer in antioxidants and polyphenols than normal green tea.This gives it with a number of health benefits - including cancer prevention.Rick Hay, a registered nutritionist, told Express.co.uk one of the many nutritional benefits of matcha is the high level of antioxidants – which can in turn have a cancer-fighting effect on the human body. The primary health-boosting quality of green tea - and matcha tea in particular - is undoubtedly its content of antioxidants. Rick Hay, registered nutritionist He said: “The primary … [Read more...] about Cancer diet matcha link: Why THIS trendy health food might protect you from disease
Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are different conditions, but they present similar symptoms.However the majority of people with type 1 diabetes are diagnosed in childhood and early adulthood.The signs of type 1 and type 2 diabetes should never be ignored.If they are not treated, the condition can lead to serious and complex health conditions, such as diabetic ketoacidosis.Untreated type 2 diabetes can affect the heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys.The common symptoms of diabetes include:Going to the toilet a lot, especially at nightExcessive urination can be triggered by excess glucose in the blood which interferes with the kidney’s ability to concentrate urine.Being really thirstyThe medical term for increased thirst is puldisia. Feeling thirsty all the time, or having a stronger thirst than usual, which continues after drinking can be a sign of diabetesFeeling more tired than usualFeeling tired can be a symptom of low blood sugar.ARE YOU AT RISK OF LIFE-THREATENING … [Read more...] about Diabetes symptoms: Warning signs of type 1 and type 2 diabetes
People in the UK drink around 55 million cups of coffee a day, according to the British Coffee Association.The variety of ways in which people drink their coffee has expanded rapidly - as well as instant and filtered coffee, you can order a latte with a host of dairy-free milks.But over the years there has been much about whether frequent coffee consumption could harm health in the same way as smoking and excessive amounts of alcohol.Doctors warned that it could increase risk of heart disease, and damage the digestive tract. No significant link has been identified between caffeine in coffee and heart-related problems such as heart attack, stroke, high cholesterol and irregular heartbeats. However, more recently, studies have shown that a regular caffeine hit won't harm us.Indeed, no significant link has been identified between caffeine in coffee and heart-related problems such as heart attack, stroke, high … [Read more...] about Anti-ageing diet: THESE three deadly conditions could be prevented with coffee
Researchers have discovered that a drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes patients could also benefit those with type 1 diabetes.A study by the University of Buffalo has revealed that type 1 patients given dapagliflozin - a medication traditionally given to type 2 sufferers - experienced a significant decline in their blood sugar levels.Until now, there hadn’t been a significant development in treatment for type 1 diabetes since the discovery of insulin in the 1920s.Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes sufferers have higher than normal blood sugar levels. When the drug was taken in addition to insulin - needed by type 1 diabetics every day to survive - there was an improvement in blood glucose levels. However, the former is where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing cells, while the latter is caused when the body doesn't produce enough insulin, or the body's cells don't … [Read more...] about Diabetes treatment: THIS new drug could be biggest development since discovery of insulin
People over 40 should be checked to see if they are at risk of type 2 diabetes, with almost two million offered a place on a diet and exercise programme, a health watchdog has said.Every week 4,500 people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes across the UK.Experts also said risk assessments for the condition should be carried out in GP surgeries and pharmacies.The health watchdog, NICE, said people should also be encouraged to test themselves for the condition - which is linked to obesity - in community venues and the workplace.Anyone attending the free NHS Health Check with their GP once they hit 40 should be screened for existing type 2 diabetes or the chance of having it in future, it said.Professor Mark Baker, director of the centre for guidelines at Nice, said: "We know that helping someone to make simple changes to their diet and exercise levels can significantly reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes."And that this approach is a cost-effective way of managing an illness … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes symptoms: THIS is the age you should be tested – are you at risk?
A new device which offers non-surgical treatment to tackle type 2 diabetes and obesity has been hailed as being ‘highly effective’. A study has shown that an implanted Endobarrier device can improve diabetes control.Experts said it can also help weight loss in those who remain overweight and struggle to control their diabetes.The device works like a gastric bypass surgery by preventing food from coming into contact with the first part of the small intestine, but without painful invasive surgery.A 60cm long tube-like liner or sleeve coats the inside of the small intestine, allowing food to pass through but not to be absorbed, and is removed after a year.Researchers said the device helps kick start a change in lifestyle and help people achieve better overall health.Dr Emily Burns, head of research communications at Diabetes UK, said: “Type 2 diabetes can lead to devastating complications such as blindness, amputations and stroke, so it’s essential people with the … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes – THIS treatment could help weight loss and tackle disease
New research has revealed that a particular group in the UK with type 2 diabetes could be at risk of misdiagnosis.A study published this week in PLOS Medicine showed that one of the standard tests used to diagnose the condition might not work in many African Americans.This group were found to have a genetic variant that significantly reduced the accuracy of a blood test - HbA1c test - which is used to identify and monitor type 2.It means that many people globally could be going undiagnosed or be misdiagnosed - in the US, for example, scientists estimate 650,000 African Americans might be living untreated. In the UK, people from ethnic minorities are two to three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. In the UK, people from ethnic minorities are two to three times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.“It’s important that everyone with diabetes gets the right diagnosis as soon as … [Read more...] about Diabetes diagnosis: THIS group is up to three times more likely to develop type 2
Type 2 diabetes symptoms occur glucose - or blood sugar - stays in the blood and isn’t used as fuel for energy.The main symptoms are common to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes symptoms.However, one woman contacted This Morning’s second opinion complaining of bad breath.The woman, called Sarah, asked Dr Zoe Williams and Dr Ranj Singh for a second opinion.The doctors joined hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on the morning programme.Sarah said: “It is quite embarrassing. I have tried a number of things.”She said doesn’t know what could be causing the problem or how to get rid of it and even said some people have noticed.Dr Zoe asked if Sarah had any other medication conditions. Sarah said she has type 2 diabetes.Dr Zoe said: “Type 2 diabetes can cause dry mouth, or a sour taste in your mouth.” Bad breath is a common side effect of type 2 diabetes She said bad … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes symptoms: THIS could be a warning sign of condition
A Mediterranean diet has well known health benefits and includes healthy fats such as vegetables oils, fish and nuts.Now a team of research have dug deeper into the health benefits of one of the key components of the Mediterranean diet - olives and olive oil - to really understand the benefits.Scientists have not previously known which specific compounds in the fruit contribute to its nutritional benefits.Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced does not work properly and can be linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight. A team of researchers by Virginia Tech discard that the olive-derived compound oleuropein helps the body produce more insulin.Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas - just under the stomach.It helps the body use glucose for energy and is released into the blood stream."Our work provides new mechanistic insights into the long-standing question of why olive products can beanti-diabetic," said … [Read more...] about Prevent type 2 diabetes: THIS fruit could help you lose weight
Type 2 diabetes is generally perceived as incurable, but for many patients it can be reversed with sustained weight loss of around 15kg, experts have revealed in the BMJ.Louise McCombie at the University of Glasgow and colleagues have said some patients and doctors might not realise that type 2 diabetes can be reversed.The team has called for greater awareness, documentation, and surveillance of remissions to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.Type 2 diabetes now affects about 3.2 million people in the UK.The NHS currently spends almost £1 billion a year - £22 million a day - on antidiabetes drugs, and costs are rising worldwide as diabetes rates and drug prices escalate.Emily Burns, Head of Research Communications at Diabetes UK, said: “The ability to put type 2 diabetes into remission could be transformative for millions of people around the World, and evidence is building to suggest that it's possible.“In the meantime, we need to ensure … [Read more...] about Reverse type 2 diabetes – THIS is how much weight you should lose to cure condition
Scientists have linked the condition to taking statins, which are prescribed to lowers levels of high cholesterol.High cholesterol can increase the risk of heart attack or a stroke and even increase the risk of heart disease.Statins are one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the UK.There has been much controversy surrounding statins over the past few decades, with many experts questioning if the benefits of the drugs still outweigh any potential risks.However, a study has revealed taking statins can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.The use of statins in people aged 60 and over increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by nine per cent, according to a new study.The researchers, from the University of Glasgow, stressed the risk is low, especially when compared with the beneficial effect that statins have on reducing heart problems.The study, which was published in The Lancet looked at more than 91,000 people prescibred the medication.Earlier this year, … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes and statins link: Do the cholesterol-busting drugs increase risk?
Protein is a macronutrient - a type of food required in large amounts in the diet - along with carbohydrates and fats.It is broken down by the body into amino acids, which are the ‘building blocks’ of cells, and vital for numerous processes in the body.Animal products, such as meat, milk and eggs are generally high in protein.However, you can also get protein from plants such as legumes, like peas and beans, and nuts. In the UK it is recommended people get 0.75g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight, meaning that if you weigh 70kg you should eat 52.5g protein a day. In the UK it is recommended people get 0.75g of protein per kilogram of bodyweight, meaning that if you weigh 70kg you should eat 52.5g protein a day.However, often older people don’t consume enough protein for their body’s growing needs.This is because body composition changes as you age, and there’s a natural … [Read more...] about Best diet for older people: Three reasons why eating MORE protein can be anti-ageing
People with diabetes have a much greater risk of developing problems with their feet, due to the damage raised blood sugars can cause to sensation and circulation.Now a footwear company has warned warm wet weather increases the risk of serious infections for diabetics.It said the currently weather - warm but humid and with heavy downpours could cause problems for people with diabetes.Experts at IOMO Footnurse Socks are reminding people with the condition that warm wet weather could leave them at an increased risk of foot ulcers.WHAT IS TYPE 2 DIABETES?“For the 4 million people in the UK who are living with diabetes, ill-fitting footwear is more than just an uncomfortable inconvenience,” said a spokesman for the company. “With diabetes, a simple cut or blister can turn into what’s known as a diabetic foot ulcer, but with due attention to what we put on our feet can minimise the risk.“Raised blood sugar levels impact on sensation and circulation, meaning … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes warning – how the weather could increase risk of THIS complication
Substances found in the popular drink have been linked to delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes - but few studies have tested the hypothesis.Now, scientists from Denmark have found one of the previously untested substances could improve the function of cells and importantly - improve insulin sensitivity in laboratory mice. Experts believe the finding could help to treat or even prevent the disease.Pervious studies have considered drinking coffee could reduce the risk of developing diabetes.After discounting caffeine as the reason for this - experts found a substance in coffee called cafestol could boost insulin secretion in pancreatic cells when they were exposed to glucose.Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body does not produce enough insulin or the insulin produced does not work properly and can be linked to lifestyle factors such as being overweight.Experts found the substance Cafestol also increased the uptake of sugar in the blood - glucose in muscle cells.They found this was as … [Read more...] about DELAY type 2 diabetes: Substance in this common drink could prevent disease