Diabetes Risks in the News

milkA protein in milk may help with blood glucose control

If you’re an athlete or use the gym a lot, you might have heard of whey protein, which is found in milk. It’s normally used to boost muscle growth, but a new study shows that it might also be helpful for controlling blood glucose levels. In the study, 15 people who were already using diabetes medicines (like metformin) were given whey protein supplements. The researchers checked their blood a few times. They found that the study subjects’ blood glucose was lowered by almost one third, and their insulin was much more effective, too. Whey supplements could be a good way to help with blood glucose control, as long as it’s part of a healthy lifestyle.

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Obesity link is strong between siblings

You might have heard that there is a connection between obesity in children and in their parents. However, a new study shows that brothers or sisters could have a much stronger link in terms of obesity risk. Families in the US were tested for obesity levels and it was found that younger children were much more likely to be obese if they had at least one older brother or sister who was also obese. More research is needed to confirm this.

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200252833-001Older people might be treated too aggressively in hospitals

If you’re an older person with diabetes and have been in a hospital recently, it’s possible that you were given too much insulin. A recent study showed that people over 75 who were admitted to hospital were often given too much insulin as part of their treatment, which caused their blood glucose to become dangerously low. This can lead to serious health problems, including comas. This is possibly because the focus is on reducing blood glucose without enough attention on the side effects insulin can have on elderly people.

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Obese children might have larger fat cells, which are linked to diabetes173298690

Many healthcare providers think that childhood obesity raises the risk of diabetes in later life, but they are not always sure why this is. A new study has found that children who are overweight sometimes have bigger fat cells than those who are at a normal weight. This causes inflammation around the fat cells, which is also a common sign of diabetes. The researchers believe that these changes in the size of fat cells from a young age might show how obese children develop diabetes in later life, but more research is needed.

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Interrupted sleep may be as bad as not having enough sleepamily sleeping with alarm clock near  their  heads

In a recent study, people were tested for their ability to concentrate and remember details after a night of sleep. It was found that, on days when they were interrupted 4 times while sleeping, the people performed badly on these tests and were more moody than after a night of peaceful sleep. When they had bad quality sleep, people performed and felt as badly as people who had only 4 hours sleep, which is half the recommend number of hours for one night.

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Exercise during pregnancy might result in smaller babies82154145

Pregnant women are often told to rest as much as they can in the last 3 months of pregnancy, but now more healthcare providers recommend they do at least some light exercise. A new study has shown that exercise has an effect on newborn babies. Pregnant women that met the recommended amount of physical activity were more likely to have children that had a lower than average amount of body fat. It’s not clear what effect this has on their general, but some scientists have said that it might have some negative side effects they don’t know about yet.

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Insulin resistance might cause diabetes, even at a healthy weightweight-loss

Most healthcare providers agree that being overweight can increase your chances of getting diabetes, but it’s not the only thing to think about if you want to lower this risk. A recent study showed that not being able to use insulin properly (called insulin resistance) is also a big part of diabetes risk. People who have these problems with insulin are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, no matter how much they weighed.

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Anti-depressants connected to diabetes risk in childrendrugs

Many women get depressed during pregnancy, and some take anti-depressant medicines as a way of treating this. Doctors already know that using anti-depressants can be risky for pregnant women, as this can sometimes cause health problems. A recent study made this even clearer, as the results showed that anti-depressants raised the risk of diabetes and obesity in the children.  Depression puts the life of both the baby and the mother at risk, however, so researchers say that these medicines should still be used in serious cases. They also do not recommend that women using them should stop without talking to their healthcare provider first.

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Diabetes could raise your risk of urinary tract infections (UTIs) UTI

You may know that just having diabetes puts you at higher risk for other diseases, which makes a healthy lifestyle very important. One of the possible problems that a person with diabetes can have is urinary tract infection. A recent study showed that people with type 2 diabetes, especially those who had just been diagnosed, were at higher risk of these infections than others, by as much as 54%. The risk was even higher among young people. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why this is, but they think that high blood glucose is a factor.

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UK guidelines suggest new surgery options to fight obesitysurgery

If you have type 2 diabetes and are at risk of becoming seriously ill, weight-loss (bariatric) surgery might be a good option for you. New guidelines given to the National Health Service in the UK show that this is an option many more healthcare providers are thinking about in order to help with the rise in diabetes and obesity. Normally, this kind of surgery is only recommended when a patient is already obese and healthy meal plans have failed. However, this could change to include people that less overweight as well, if they are at a high risk of illness.

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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 www.NutritionStarringYOU.com. 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 NutritionBabes.com, a popular Health and Wellness website in 2009. NutritionBabes.com 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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