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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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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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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

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“Carbs Are Killing You”

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The Dilemma

In 1984 the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute set out to do a noble thing: fight heart disease, obesity, and all the complications that come with it. They launched a massive campaign to promote low-fat diets. Saturated fat consumption certainly went down, but obesity and diabetes levels went up.

The Study

This raised the question: is it really fat consumption that makes us fat? Researchers from Stanford University attempted to answer just that. The study was simple: one group ate all the fat and protein they wanted, but were restricted to 20-50 grams of carbohydrates per day while the other group was put on a calorie-restricted low-fat diet where carbs made up 55-60 percent of all calories. Both groups lost weight, but the low-carb group saw nearly twice the benefits in weight loss, triglyceride levels, and blood pressure.

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Training Your Fuel System with Dr. Justin Mager

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Morning workouts. Sets and reps. Mile markers. Best times. Pushing yourself to the limit. Pushing your limit.

All connotations with the word ‘training.’ Finding out how far the body can go and then taking it there and further again . . . and again . . . and again.

But that’s only half of it. Athleticism isn’t just muscles flexing and extending, coordination of movements, and pushing for more speed. On a cellular level, the body is also converting fuel into energy to support these processes. So shouldn’t we train that system, too?

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Best of #AskGreatist – In Case You Missed It!

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With outlets like Twitter and Facebook, social media is not just a way to keep in touch with old friends. Now, more than ever before, the world is at your fingertips. Want to know the guidelines for ‘organic’ food? Google it. Think you felt an earthquake but not quite sure? Check Twitter. Need some quick health advice? #AskGreatist.

Last week WellnessFX teamed up with Greatist to answer many of your health questions on Twitter–in real time!  Our Medical Director Doctor Murdoc Khaleghi tackled questions about exercise, supplementation, and fighting the common cold. AskGreatist is hosted by Greatist and various guests every Tuesday at 7pm. Just log-in to Twitter at that time and search for the #AskGreatist hashtag! 

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