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Jenny Smiechowski

What women with diabetes should know about their coronary calcium risk

Whether you’re a man or a woman, there’s one factor that automatically increases your heart disease risk — diabetes. People with diabetes are two to four times more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than people without it. And according to the latest research, if you’re a woman with diabetes, there’s one medical test you should get to gauge your risk of having a severe heart attack…

Joyce Hollman

Plaque similarities point to Alzheimer’s/diabetes connection

Diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease often go hand in hand. The evidence for this is becoming stronger. Recently, electron microscopy has enabled scientists to see that amyloid strands that appear in diabetics bear a strong resemblance to the ones that are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease.

Joyce Hollman

Keep diabetes away with a spoonful of cinnamon

It’s nearing the end of summer, so our favorite Fall spice may be on your mind, with good reason! Because not only is cinnamon tasty, it’s helpful for losing weight and managing blood sugar so well it could keep prediabetes from developing to full-blown diabetes…

Joyce Hollman

Berberine: The powerful plant compound that lowers blood sugar

Looking for a safe, natural way to control your blood sugar and even lower cholesterol? Berberine is a natural plant compound found in the barberry and goldenseal plants that, in study after study, has been shown to safely do just that. Here’s all you need to know…

Jenny Smiechowski

How high blood sugar stands in the way of getting fit

When you first take up exercising, it’s excruciating. You can’t breathe and every muscle hurts. But, eventually, you build up aerobic capacity and it gets easier, unless you have high blood sugar, that is. New research shows why exercise can be the hardest for those who have the most to benefit…

Margaret Cantwell

Prevention or prescription: Black cumin seed, golden oil and diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is considered one of the most preventable diseases. That doesn’t mean it’s easy to do so. Many conditions can contribute to the disease and make it harder to reverse, including obesity, hypertension and metabolic syndrome. But there is quite a bit of published research that indicates Nigella sativa could help…


Jenny Smiechowski

The three best foods for fighting diabetes

It’s easy to get confused about what you should eat to lower your risk of type 2 diabetes. Should you go low-carb? Vegan? Low-cal? There’s so much conflicting information out there. So, here’s some simple advice — if you want to escape type 2 diabetes, focus on these three food groups to slash your risk up to 50 percent…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

Cortisol: The forgotten blood sugar trigger

The pandemic has caused stress for all of us. Whether your worry is about the virus itself, finances, or getting used to the “new normal,” anxiety levels are soaring. If you have diabetes, you should know that stress is an often forgotten trigger that can send your blood sugar levels through the roof as well…

Joyce Hollman

5 ways oatmeal can beat back metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome sneaks up on people. It might start with your cholesterol. Before you know it, your blood pressure goes up. Next, your doctor is concerned about your blood sugar which is going up with your weight. Before you wake up one day on more medications than you’ve ever taken in all your years, try a daily bowl of oatmeal instead.

Virginia Tims-Lawson

Passive stretching: The artery ‘workout’ that improves blood flow

You have roughly 100,000 miles of blood vessels and veins that make up your arterial superhighway… and much working against them. Your heart, and more, depend on them. Luckily, new research has found a way to make it easier than ever to decrease arterial stiffness and improve blood flow. Just grab a partner and stretch…

Joyce Hollman

5 serious conditions that can make you really thirsty

Excessive thirst can be a sign of dehydration or overheating. But it can also signal a much more serious health problem. If you’re finding yourself more thirsty than usual, it may have absolutely nothing to do with the summer heat, and everything to do with an underlying condition, like one of these…

Jenny Smiechowski

Pump up your pear intake for better blood pressure and blood sugar

Everyone’s always telling you to eat probiotic foods. But once you’ve got that good bacteria in there, you have to feed it the right things to get it to stick around. That’s where prebiotic foods come in. One juicy fruit is perfectly suited to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut in a way that helps lower blood pressure, balances blood sugar and more…