Diabetes News Roundup

Facts and findings about diabetes and healthy living.

Medically Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on October 15, 2015
From the WebMD Archives

Wine Not?

A glass of wine could be just what the doctor ordered.

In a study of 224 people with type 2 diabetes, one group had a glass of red with dinner every night. Another group had white, and the rest had water. Otherwise, their diet was the same.

After 2 years, the red wine drinkers had higher "good" HDL cholesterol and lower overall cholesterol. White wine drinkers had lower fasting blood sugar.

Neither group saw any negative effects of the nightly drink -- their blood pressure and liver function were unchanged. Nor did the wine interfere with their medications or quality of life.

Ask your doctor if a glass of vino may be right for you.

Source: JAMA

205: Number of calories a 150-pound woman burns playing on the playground with kids for 45 minutes.

Source: USDA

Meat First

Want to keep your blood sugar under control after meals? Eat your carbs last.

In a small study, adults with type 2 diabetes ate the same meal of chicken, vegetables, bread, and orange juice on two different days. One day they had the bread and juice 15 minutes before the rest of the meal. The other day, they ate the chicken and veggies first.

When those in the study started their meal with meat and veggies, their blood sugar was 28% lower 30 minutes after the meal than when they started with carbs. Their blood sugar levels remained lower for up to 2 hours after the meal.

Source: Diabetes Care

2: Number of times per year you should have your A1c checked. This test shows an average of blood sugar measurements during the last 3 months.

Source: NIH

3: Number of vaccinations every adult with diabetes should get: pneumonia, flu, and hepatitis B. You may need others as well. Ask your doctor.

Source: American Diabetes Association

Cash Cow

Want to lose weight? Make a friendly wager.

In a study of 4,000 people, dieters who stood to lose money if they didn’t reach their goals lost more weight than those who dieted risk-free.

Dieters faced one of four consequences if they didn’t lose the pounds: Their money would go to a charity they didn’t support; it would go to an unnamed charity; it would go to a designated friend; or the dieter would lose no money at all.

Regardless of where their money was headed, dieters who had cash on the line lost more weight than those who didn’t. 

Source: American Public Health Association

Tooth Be Told

If you have diabetes, regular checkups with your dentist are extra important.

Researchers studied the rates of tooth loss among more than 37,000 people ages 25 and older during a 40-year period. Those who had diabetes lost twice as many teeth as those who didn’t.

At your next visit, make sure your dentist knows you have diabetes, and ask how often you need a checkup. 

Source: Preventing Chronic Disease

132: Calories in an English muffin. A bagel has more than twice as many.

Source: USDA

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Diabetes Care.


American Diabetes Association.

American Public Health Association.

Preventing Chronic Disease.


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