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Moderate Drinking May Make People Less Likely To Develop Diabetes

Moderate Drinking May Make People Less Likely To Develop Diabetes

Moderate Drinking May Make People Less Likely To Develop Diabetes

Drinking in moderation three or four times a week appears to help stave off diabetes compared to both heavy drinkers and people who don’t drink.
The study, published in Diabetologia, looked at the drinking habits and conditions of 70,551 Danish men and women, each followed on average for slightly less than five years. This result seems to be in line with other studies that suggest alcohol reduces an individual's chance of diabetes, although this one also estimates the optimal frequency for alcohol consumption. Frequency appears to be more important than quantity.
"Our findings suggest that alcohol drinking frequency is associated with risk of diabetes and that consumption of alcohol over 3-4 days per week is associated with the lowest risk of diabetes, even after taking average weekly alcohol consumption into account,” the researchers wrote in their paper.
The research showed that individuals of any gender that drink seven glasses of wine a week, lower their risk of diabetes between 25 and 30 percent compared to people that drank less than one glass. Beer instead affected gender differently. Women drinking beer in moderation had the same risk as women not drinking, while men drinking six glass of beer a week were 21 percent less likely to develop diabetes.
The data was also adjusted based on other factors – family history of diabetes and diet are clearly important, as is age, sex, level of education and exercise, body mass index, and smoking status, which were all taken into account while producing the statistics.
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Signs of High Blood Sugar: Stop It Before Diabetes Takes Over

Signs of High Blood Sugar: Stop It Before Diabetes Takes Over

I love chocolate and sweets, and I know many people who love it as well. One of the misconceptions is that eating chocolate will cause high blood sugar. Actually, sugar is present in many more foods than chocolate (e.g., white flour and white flour-based products are also high in sugar). Nevertheless, it’s important to talk about the signs of high blood sugar, because it is one of the most troublesome diseases of the 21st century. What is awful is that children today suffer from diabetes, and it all comes down to bad eating habits and an unhealthy diet and lifestyle. Any diabetes treatment plan includes control of blood sugar.
That being said, let’s take a look at the problem, causes, and signs of high blood sugar you should not ignore.
What are high blood sugar levels?
In order to understand what classifies as high blood sugar levels, we must understand the normal levels first. These numbers are for people without diabetes. Normal blood sugar can be divided into three groups: fasting, before meals, and after meals. The normal fasting blood sugar level on awakening should be under 100 mg/dl. A before-meal blood sugar level is normal when it is between 70 and 99 mg/dl. Two hours after your meal, the blood sugar level should be less than 140 mg/dl. Now, just as there are two types of normal blood sugar levels (fastening and before a meal are almost the same), there are two types of high blood sugar.
Fasting hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) is when your sugar is above 130 mg/dl on awakening, before meals, or after not eating or drinking anything for 8 hours.
Postprandial ( Continue reading

Eating strawberries can reduce diabetes risk

Eating strawberries can reduce diabetes risk

Strawberries pack beneficial qualities that may protect us from developing diabetes and heart disease, according to new research from the University of Warwick in the UK.
Researchers there discovered that extracts from strawberries activate a protein in our bodies that can increase antioxidant activities.
Called 'Nrf2,' this protein decreases blood lipids and cholesterol, both of which can lead to cardiovascular problems.
First study of its kind
This study was the first to prove that strawberry extracts actively stimulate proteins that can protect us from disease.
Previous studies found that eating strawberries could counter post-meal blood glucose and low density lipoprotein, called 'bad' cholesterol, decreasing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
"We've discovered the science behind how strawberries work to increase our in-built defenses to keep cells, organs and blood vessels healthy and which can reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular problems such as heart disease and diabetes," said Paul Thornalley, professor from Warwick Medical School and lead researcher.
Future studies could help identify the best varieties of strawberries and how to process and eat them for the optimal health benefits.
Eat your veggies--and fruits
Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other nutrients important for good health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CDC says that compared to those who eat only a small amount of fruits and vegetables, people who eat higher amounts are likely to reduce their risk of dis Continue reading

If You Suffer From Diabetes, Hair Loss, Heart & Joint Inflammation Try This Powerful Fruit

If You Suffer From Diabetes, Hair Loss, Heart & Joint Inflammation Try This Powerful Fruit

The tamarind fruit originates from Asia and Africa and is most often used in Indian cuisine, where it’s consumed in combination with salt and black pepper. The tamarind fruit has a unique taste and besides tasting great, it also offers a wide range of health benefits. Here are the main health benefits of the fruit:
Improves eyesight
Tamarind is rich in vitamin A, which can improve your eyesight and prevent problems such as macular degeneration.
Inflammation in the joints and connective tissues
These problems are common as we age, but you should know that they can be controlled and prevented with tamarind. The fruit is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce the pain and protect your connective tissues, and its antibacterial properties can protect your body from infections. Tamarind has a rich nutritional profile that can reinforce your immune system, detoxify your body and prevent different diseases and conditions.
Treats diabetes
The fruit can regulate your blood sugar levels and treat diabetes – just buy some tamarind paste from your local health store and mix it with herbs and jamun to create a powerful mixture that you can consume to treat and prevent diabetes.
Treats hair loss
Tamarind is one of the best natural remedies against hair loss. Boil the fruit in water until it’s soft, then squeeze it to obtain liquid and apply it on your scalp. Rub the mixture gently, then leave it to work for an hour before rinsing with water. Repeat the process every day for best results.
Great for your heart
The tamarind contains nutrients such as potassium which are gre Continue reading

Home Remedies for Diabetes

Home Remedies for Diabetes

9. Guava
Due to its vitamin C and high fiber content, eating guava can be really helpful in maintaining the blood sugar level. It is best for diabetics not to eat the skin of the fruit so peel it first. However, too much consumption of guava in a day is not recommended.
10. Okra
Okra, also called ladies’ finger, has constituents such as polyphenolic molecules that can help reduce blood glucose levels and control diabetes.
A 2011 study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and BioAllied Sciences found okra seed and peel powder to have antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic potential.
Cut off the ends of a few okras and prick them in several places using a fork. Soak the okras in a glass of water overnight. In the morning, discard the okras and drink the water on an empty stomach. Do this daily for several weeks. Check more about it here.
Also, include okra in your diet.
Additional Tips
Keep monitoring your blood sugar levels.
Get plenty of fiber in your diet.
A few minutes of daily exposure to sunlight can also help control diabetes because it helps produce vitamin D, which is essential for insulin production.
Drink plenty of water throughout the day. In fact, replace your regular sodas and sugary juices with water. In addition to providing hydration, water helps break down sugars.
Try deep breathing, meditation, listening to your favorite music, or working on your hobby to relieve stress as it may raise your blood sugar.
Resources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23030429
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jdr/2013/712092/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S Continue reading

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