Diabetes News Roundup

Facts and findings about the disease and healthy living.

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206: Number of calories a 50-year-old, 150-pound woman burns during 30 minutes of shoveling snow. A 200-pound man the same age burns 276 calories.

Source: HealthStatus

15: Grams of sugar in a cup of homemade hot cocoa with whole milk.

Source: USDA

14: Grams of sugar in an average candy cane. It also has 60 calories.

Source: CalorieKing

Cold Call

Stress can make blood sugar soar and can also lead to mindless snacking. But why? Blame your brain. A recent experiment looked at a group of people trying to stick to healthy eating habits. Researchers had half of them dunk one hand in an ice bath for 3 minutes, which is proven to cause stress. Afterward, researchers tempted the whole group with junk food while observing their brains with an MRI scan. Those who had the ice bath were more likely to give in to temptation, and their brains showed lower function in the areas responsible for self-control.

Source: Neuron

Rise and Shine

When you eat breakfast, you could have better control over your blood sugar throughout the day. In a study, people with type 2 diabetes skipped breakfast one day and ate it another day. Their lunches and dinners had the same number of calories on both days. On the day they skipped breakfast, the participants had higher blood sugar levels after lunch and dinner than on the day they had three meals.

Source: Diabetes Care

1 in 3: Number of Americans who could have diabetes by 2050 if present trends continue.

Source: American Diabetes Association

Tea Time

Type 2 diabetes raises your chances of getting a heart attack or stroke -- but regularly drinking tea could lower that risk. Researchers believe the benefits come from a plant chemical in tea called flavonoids, which might reduce plaque buildup in the arteries. Some studies show that tea can improve the way your blood vessels respond to stress. It may also lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Stick to a cup or two a day for best results, and don’t add too much sugar, experts say. 

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Source: Harvard Medical School

Get a Move On

The recommended 30 minutes of exercise a day, 5 days a week, sounds like a lot when you’re starting from zero. But don’t be afraid to start small, especially if you’re older than 60. A recent study found that half as much exercise -- 15 minutes every weekday or 75 minutes a week -- goes a long way. Researchers followed more than 120,000 adults ages 60 or older for about 10 years. Those who did moderate to vigorous exercise for just 75 minutes a week were 22% less likely to die during the 10-year period than those who didn’t exercise at all.

Source: British Journal of Sports Medicine

176: Calories in a 4-ounce serving of roasted, skinless white turkey meat.

Source: USDA

Club Med

The Mediterranean diet, rich in fish, vegetables, and whole grains, supposedly works wonders for your health. But what about for people with type 2 diabetes? Yes, say new nutrition guidelines from the American Diabetes Association. If you have type 2 and follow this eating plan, you can reduce your risk of getting heart disease by 30%.

Source: American Diabetes Association

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WebMD Magazine - Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on September 20, 2015

Sources

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HealthStatus.

CalorieKing.

Neuron.

Diabetes Care.

American Diabetes Association.

Harvard Medical School.

British Journal of Sports Medicine.

USDA.

American Diabetes Association.

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