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You May Be Testing Your Blood Sugar Wrong – Here’s How to Do it Right

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The Missing Pieces of Blood Sugar Lab Tests

Sometimes, standard biomarkers don’t tell the entire story about health risks.

Aside from blood sugar (glucose), consider these two additional biomarkers for assessing risk of diabetes — a chronic elevation of blood sugar that can increase risk of heart disease, and dysfunction with the kidneys, nerves, and eyes — (1) insulin and (2) hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c). The tests are performed concurrently on the same individual, and tracked over time.

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Are These 3 Popular Sugar Alternatives Healthy?

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In the pursuit to consume less sugar and stabilize blood sugar, we may use sweeteners like aspartame (“Equal”), sorbitol, sucralose (“Splenda”) or saccharin (“Sweet n Low”). Although these sweeteners have been approved by the FDA as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS), they are also known to present significant health costs.

Health Costs Associated with Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners also make a difficult baking substitute. Due to different sweetness-to-volume ratios than sugar, they aren’t necessarily compatible for certain recipes, making

Fortunately, there are more natural alternative sweeteners available. Here are a few that are growing in popularity and increasingly found in products and cabinets.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

Artificial Sweeteners and Gut Health: Are They Linked?

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Taste without the calories – is this a dream come true? For food marketers, yes. But if you’re a consumer interested in living a healthy lifestyle, not so much.

An average consumer mindful of calories may often opt for artificial sugar that are baked into protein bars, sprinkled in their coffee, or a part of their daily diet soda habit. Artificial sweeteners are regulated by the FDA, and defined by the Mayo Clinic as any sweetener that you use instead of regular table sugar (sucrose). Artificial sweeteners are many times sweeter – anywhere from 40 to 8,000x sweeter – than regular sugar.

Artificial sugars can be found in just about any grocery store shelf item, from chewing gum and cookies to sports drinks and soda. Typically the products are marked as “sugar-free,” or “diet.” Some foods contain multiple forms of these sweeteners to either lower the calorie/sugar gram count in their nutrition facts labeling or to maintain structure or shelf stability.

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Artificial sweeteners are typically found in the products marked as “sugar-free.” | Credit: Flickr creative commons, m01229

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

4 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Carlos let´s go

For those with a high risk of Type 2 diabetes — 86 million Americans over the age of 20, according to the American Diabetes Association — glucose is the name of the game.

Glucose, the main type of sugar that circulates in your Continue reading

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Your Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Understanding Blood Sugar

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Bill McBain

We’re back this week on the blog with more resources to educate and decode how to best manage (and digest) all of the health information flying around out there.

If you’re currently rocking an activity tracker (such as a Fitbit or a Jawbone UP band) you’re not alone – one in 10 Americans use devices like these (known as wearables) to track their day-to-day activity and help quantify their efforts to stay active, healthy, and/or fit. You’ll no doubt see the rise in this “one in 10” number over the next few years, but it won’t be limited to step counters and run trackers. Consumers can look forward to an explosion of sensors that will monitor important body information, such as breathing and heart rate. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

It’s World Diabetes Day. Have You Been Tested Recently?

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Credit: Flickr Creative Commons, Carol Browne

November 14th is World Diabetes Day,* created to spread awareness of type 2 diabetes and to bring attention to promising medical advancements that can help people avoid or manage the disease.

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disease, and its prevalence is growing around the world. Hundreds of millions of people have the condition, and what’s worse, nearly half of them have no idea. The damage the disease does to the body puts these people at risk of developing a number of other serious issues like cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness, and loss of limbs.

In the US, more than 5,000 people per day learn that that they have this life-threatening, life-long disease. But fortunately, like many diseases, it doesn’t happen overnight. Early detection and lifestyle changes often allow people to bring their blood glucose levels back into the normal range before permanent effects settle in. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.