Cheese Could Lower Your Risk Of Diabetes

Your News Brief for August 10, 2014

Cheese could lower your risk of diabetes

Zamorano_CheeseYou might already know that there many different kinds of fat, and that some are better for you then others. Some healthcare providers now say that even fats they used to think were unhealthy might actually be good for you. Saturated fat found in dairy products, like cheese, was shown to lower people’s chances of getting diabetes. Over 340,000 people were tested, and those who ate more dairy had more of a certain kind of saturated fat in their blood that lowered the risk of type 2 diabetes. Other saturated fats did not have the same results, however.

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Mindfulness training helps keep veterans with diabetes healthier

mindful-trainingIt’s already well known that lots of stress can affect your health and make any conditions you have worse. So it’s no surprise that, if you have diabetes, lowering stress helps to keep your blood glucose levels healthier. A recent study of older veterans found that if they were given special training to help deal with stress, their overall stress levels went down by as much as 41%. Even better: their A1C dropped to a lower, healthier level. Using special tricks like careful breathing and meditation, these veterans were able to lower their blood glucose by a large amount.

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Special coaching can help with depression and diabetes in some patients

coachingAnyone with a mental health problem will tell you that it can be hard to deal with sometimes, especially if you have another condition at the same time. Depression is common and a lot of people with diabetes struggle with this condition. However, a recent study showed that when people with both of these problems were given special coaching to help cope, their overall health got much better. They were usually less depressed in general and their A1C was at a lower, healthier level than before the coaching. Since this was so effective, healthcare providers are already using it to treat some patients.

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Job stress could lead to type 2 diabetes

job stressMany jobs can be very stressful and involve a lot of hard work, which can be a serious problem for your health. They may even lead to diabetes or other, similar conditions, if you’re not careful. A study of over 124,000 people from Helsinki, Finland, showed that those suffered from “job strain,” a problem caused by doing stressful work, were are higher risk of getting diabetes. This was true even if they had healthy lives in general. The risk was high for both men and women, but men had a slightly higher risk.

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Mixing the speed of walking controls blood glucose better

walkingA lot of people like to walk after meals to stay healthy, since it’s easy for most people and doesn’t need any special equipment. If you want to get the most out of your walks, it might help to mix up your walking speeds. A new study showed that people who changed speeds while walking, instead of always walking at the same pace, had lower blood glucose levels. Although lots of intense exercise is better, mixing power walking with slower walking is a good option for people who can’t do hard exercise or struggle to keep it up.

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Large weight loss might increase your risk of depression

weight-loss-depressionBeing on a strict meal plan can be stressful for a lot of people. Though losing weight is usually connected to being healthier, especially if a person has diabetes or is obese, some healthcare providers believe it could make you depressed. In a new study, people who lost at least 5% of their body weight were much more likely to become depressed then those who kept a steady weight. However, this doesn’t prove that losing weight leads to depression, and more studies need to be done before anything can be known for sure.

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Fast food and restaurant food could contain the same number of calories

resto-burger-caloriesIt’s already well known that eating fast food can be unhealthy, and cause you to gain weight. But did you know that eating at a table service restaurant might not be any better? A study looked at the eating habits of 12,500 Americans and found that people who ate out had more calories then they did at home, and that eating either restaurant meals or fast food made almost no difference. However, some experts say that the study doesn’t look at portion sizes or types of food, so might not have given very good results.

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Banning vending machines in schools may not be enough

vending-machineObesity is a problem for lots of American children, and many healthcare providers say the problem is getting worse. As a way to help this, some schools have banned vending machines from their grounds so that kids don’t feel tempted to have sugary snacks between meals. However, a recent study showed that if they can still get these snacks from other places, just banning vending machines didn’t make any difference to children’s health. Researchers say that small changes like this aren’t enough to make a difference, and that schools need to do more if they want children to be healthier.

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Teenagers not sure about using social media to talk about their diabetes

diabetic-teenagerHealthcare providers are always looking for new ways to help people with diabetes. One of the ways they can do this is by using social media, in the hope that more young people will look for help that way. However, a recent study showed that, though most young people with type 1 diabetes used social media sites like Facebook, only a few used it to talk about their disease or to get help dealing with it. This shows that most teenagers are not sure about sharing their experiences online, especially with people who might not have diabetes themselves.

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Learning about blood glucose problems could help prevent them

diabetes_awareness_wristbandFor many people with type 1 diabetes, keeping blood glucose at safe levels can be hard to do. Sometimes, if they don’t check their blood glucose levels enough or don’t know it’s a problem, a person’s levels can get too low. This dangerous condition is called “hypoglycemia.” Researchers recently tested 96 people to see how this happened and found that those who were told about this and regularly checked their blood glucose to stop it were less likely to have problems with the condition. This is good news, as awareness could be a big part of stopping serious hypoglycemia from damaging public health.

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Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN—an award-winning RD, certified diabetes educator, and past national spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is the author of The African American Guide to Living Well With Diabetes, which received the Favorably Reviewed designation from the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and Eating Soulfully and Healthfully with Diabetes.

Dr. Lori Shemek, PhD, CNC, CLC, the best-selling author of “Fire-Up Your Fat Burn! and leading health and weight loss expert, is also known as “The Inflammation Terminator.” She has made it her mission to educate the public on the toxic effects of certain foods and lifestyle choices and how they create inflammation in the body. She is a leading authority on inflammation and its role in weight loss, preventing disease and optimizing health.

Rebecca Bitzer – MS, RD/LD, CEDRD is an award-winning Registered Dietitian, writer, speaker, blogger, and REBEL Dietitian business owner. Rebecca and her team of six Registered Dietitians have counseled thousands of clients struggling with diabetes for over twenty-five years. They work closely with each other along with internists, endocrinologists, therapists, and families.

Maureen Sullivan – RN, CDE has worked for many years as a Registered Nurse, most of them in emergency and trauma services. She is a Certified Emergency Nurse, Certified Diabetes Educator, and the former manager of a hospital stroke program. Maureen’s wealth of knowledge, passion for nursing and education, and ability to engage people makes her an excellent teacher and a captivating lecturer. Recently, Maureen has been concentrating on writing, speaking and teaching, as well as working on her award-winning weekly podcast, “The Health and Humor Show.”

Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN is a nutrition communications specialist, registered dietitian in private practice, social media consultant, speaker, spokesperson and corporate consultant. She is currently the owner of Nutrition Starring YOU, LLC and Lauren strongly believes that we should “Think Healthy, not Skinny”, and “EveryBODY is unique, your diet should be too”. Lauren was co-host of the Family Food Experts Kitchen radio show, available for listening on iHeart Radio and iTunes. Also known as one of the “NutritionBabes”, Lauren co-founded, a popular Health and Wellness website in 2009. was voted one of Healthline’s Top 100 Health Blogs in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Mark Heyman, PhD, CDE is a clinical health psychologist and the director of the Center for Diabetes and Mental Health (CDMH). In addition to treating patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, Dr. Heyman provides training for health care providers on how to identify and address the emotional and behavioral aspects of diabetes in their patients. He also works with pharmaceutical and medical device companies to help them understand these issues and incorporate this information into their sales, marketing, and patient education materials. He is particularly interested in empirically supported behavioral interventions that promote behavior change and improve physical and mental health in people with diabetes.

Katie Ferraro, MPH, RD, CDE is a nationally-recognized registered dietitian, certified diabetes educator and author with an expertise in nutrition communications and curriculum development. She is the co-author of “Diet Therapy in Advanced Practice Nursing” (McGraw Hill, 2014) and an Assistant Clinical Professor of Nutrition at the University of California San Francisco and University of San Diego’s graduate schools of nursing.

Dr. Beverly S. Adler, PhD, CDE (aka “Dr. Bev”) is a clinical psychologist and certified diabetes educator, author and speaker. She specializes treating the emotional issues of people with diabetes. In her private practice, she provides individual, family and/or group therapy utilizing a cognitive behavior therapy orientation, combined with a spiritual approach. Her goal is to empower her patients to manage their diabetes.

Dr. Bev is the author of two self-help diabetes books. She has written numerous articles which are published in print and online – always focused on diabetes from the emotional perspective. She also speaks to audiences of people living with diabetes, as well as, to audiences of healthcare professionals and diabetes educators. Dr. Bev, herself, has been living successfully with type 1 diabetes for 40+ years.

In August 2016, Dr. Bev was honored to receive the “CDE Entrepreneur of the Year” Award from her Metropolitan NY Association of Diabetes Educators.

Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, FAND is an internationally recognized nutrition and diabetes expert with more than two decades experience. Through writing, speaking and one-on-one coaching, Jill empowers people to grab control of their health. She has worked as both a nutrition counselor and a diabetes educator in the hospital and research settings, and now in private practice in Newport News, VA. Jill is known for her practical approach and caring attitude. Her no-nonsense strategies to eating well include foods that both taste good and are good for you.

Marlene Koch (pronounced ‘cook’) is a nationally recognized nutritionist, popular TV personality and New York Times bestselling author. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science. She is a registered dietitian and one of a select group of dietitians to hold an advanced certificate in Child and Adolescent Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Marlene has taught professional chefs from the American Culinary Federation the principles of healthy cooking and eating. She has been adjunct Nutrition professor and cooking instructor for Columbus State College and the Columbus State Culinary Academy, and she is a nationally recognized expert in weight loss, diabetes, child and adolescent nutrition, and sugar substitutes.

Marlene has sold over one million cookbooks, and is a regular guest on QVC.

Barbara Ruhs – MS, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and owner of Neighborhood Nutrition LLC, a consulting firm focused on providing solutions to help food companies and supermarkets improve consumer health & wellness. She’s a former supermarket dietitian and has run a successful business for 17 years. A leader in the field of nutrition, her mission is to help people by impacting the way food is produced, marketed and sold. She’s a strong advocate for supermarket dietitians and believes the retail food industry has the greatest potential to impact public health.

Cheryl Orlansky has over 25 years of experience in health promotion and chronic disease prevention and management. Her first career as a registered dental hygienist led her towards a path of wellness and nutrition! Her expertise is in diabetes, weight management and cardiovascular disease for individuals and groups. She works in a large private practice including endocrinology, internal medicine, rheumatology, neurology and sleep medicine. She is an award winning dietitian with current leadership positions in state and local dietetics organizations.

She has been interviewed and quoted in media outlets for WebMD, Atlanta Sports and Fitness, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. She has partnered with V-103 Radio to lead supermarket tours as part of a community outreach during National Nutrition Month.

Cheryl helps her clients reach balance through lifestyle choices: cooking and eating, activity and purpose in life.

Jackie Newgent, RDN, CDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and classically-trained chef. With a passion for helping people (including her father) with diabetes, she’s author of The With or Without Meat Cookbook: The Flexible Approach to Flavorful Diabetes Cooking and the award-winning The All‐Natural Diabetes Cookbook, both published by the American Diabetes Association. Jackie is also author of 1,000 Low-Calorie Recipes and Big Green Cookbook. Her next book, The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook—2nd Edition, was published in 2015.

Nutritionist Rania Batayneh, MPH is the author of the best-selling book, The One One One Diet. She holds a master’s degree in public health nutrition from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and is also a Wellcoaches Certified Health and Wellness Coach endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

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