New Study: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Health in Women

June 14, 2018

The next time you have a doctor, it might be a good idea to get a full physical if you have diabetes. A new study shows that both women and men with diabetes are at an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease. Results of the study showed that having diabetes tripled the risk of death from ischemic heart disease or stroke in women and doubled the risk for men. This study did not look at individuals with any previous cardiovascular disease, only new events.

Having diabetes may increase your of other conditions like cardiovascular disease. It is important to have regular checkups with your medical doctor to find out your specific risk factors, as well as, the specific precautions you need to take to prevent problems. If you notice any chest pain and/or shortness of breath contact your doctor immediately, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital if you believe it is a life-threatening condition.

If you have concerns about your risk of having a heart attack or stroke talk to your doctor or CDE. They will be able to tell you if you are at risk, the steps you can take to stay healthy and prevent complications, and how to recognize the signs of a heart attack or stroke.



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Does the time of day that you eat impact your BMI?

June 6, 2018

Have you ever skipped breakfast, or opted for a late night snack? A new study says that people with Type 2 diabetes who eat breakfast later are more likely to have a higher BMI. Researchers led by Dr. Sirimon Reutrakul at the Chicago College of Medicine wanted to figure out if the time of day that you eat impacts your BMI.

The study found that people who waited to eat breakfast until later in the morning and thus ate the rest of their meals later in the day were linked to a risk of a higher BMI.

This isn't the first study that links time and frequency of eating to BMI changes. Another study, led by Hana Kahleova, MD, PhD, recommends eating breakfast and lunch, skipping supper, avoiding snacks, making breakfast the largest meal of the day.


What are your thoughts? Have you noticed that frequency of meals and the time you eat impacts your BMI or your overall weight? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.



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Artificial Sweeteners and Diabetes – Is there a link?

May 31, 2018

If you have diabetes, you may have tried products like Diet Coke, or other drinks and nutrition bars with artificial sweeteners. It's easy to see why! The products tend to taste great, and the low-calories offer weight loss benefits. But, like any product, there isn't anything without zero risk or side effects.

A new study is showing that the use of artificial sweeteners is linked to obesity and diabetes. So, suggestions for switching from regular Coke to Diet Coke may not actually be a beneficial health change. According to the lead researcher for the study, Brian Hoffmann, Ph.D.,  "In our studies, both sugar and artificial sweeteners seem to exhibit negative effects linked to obesity and diabetes, albeit through very different mechanisms from each other."

It's also possible that more people are now using artificial sweeteners in an effort to cut calories and sugar intake. But, while there may be some weight loss, there may be long-term consequences. What's important to understand is that artificial sweeteners may increase the risk of diabetes and obesity in a different way, and by different mechanisms than regular sugar.

According to Hoffman, “What I like to tell people is that most things in moderation are going to be fine. So if you enjoy your diet soda here and there, then have your diet soda here and there. If you like your normal soda here and there, have it here and there."

Read the study here.


Do you currently eat and drink products containing artificial sweeteners? Let us know in the comments below on what your thoughts are on them!




New Study: 51% of People with Diabetes Treated for Stress

May 16, 2018

A new independent study in the UK of people with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes showed that 51% of people have been treated for stress or other mental health issues. This study is important because it shows one of the less talked about complications of diabetes - mental health. Mental health is something that, in general, we don't talk about enough.

The study also stated that 75% of young adults (16-34) believe that their mental health has been negatively affected by their diabetes. Additionally, 46%) say that more awareness of diabetes-specific mental health issues would help prevent high levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Stress is a normal part of everyday life and can become elevated when you're first diagnosed with diabetes and throughout the ups and downs of having diabetes and neuropathy. In fact, if you're more stressed it can actually impact your blood sugar levels and ability to manage your diabetes and neuropathy. It's important if you're starting to experience or feel stress to find some support and help. There are a number of apps and relaxation techniques you can try to reduce techniques.

The ADA has a number of excellent techniques for managing and reducing stress. Check out their website, and let us know in the comments below what you've done for stress management.



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Diabetes and Irregular Menstrual Periods

May 14, 2018

A new study was recently published by Dr. Megan Kelsey, an associate professor of pediatric endocrinology at Children's Hospital of Colorado and the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora, linking irregular menstrual periods with type 2 diabetes.

The study, "Menstrual Dysfunction in Girls from the Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth (TODAY) Study", followed a cohort of girls over time and collected information on period cycles. It was a randomized controlled trial, that looked at the effects of metformin alone versus metformin plus rosiglitazone versus metformin plus lifestyle changes. Then, other information was determined and extracted.

The study found that 21% of those enrolled in the study had irregular periods. Furthermore, girls with irregular periods had a higher BMI, higher levels of total testosterone, free androgen, and AST. Girls also had lower levels of estradiol.

This information leads to more questions about the reasons for irregular periods and the potential consequences of irregular periods for women and girls with type 2 diabetes.


If you're a woman with type 2 diabetes, have you found that it impacts your periods? Do you find that there is enough education on menstruation and hormone cycles? What would you like to see done differently in terms of education? Let us know in the comments below.


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Diabetes Health: Have you checked your vitamin D levels?

May 8, 2018

When you think about Vitamin D, you're probably thinking about getting enough time out in the sun. Vitamin D is an important vitamin for the body, and you can typically get enough vitamin D from natural sources. For example, Vitamin D can be obtained by sun exposure and foods. Some foods high in Vitamin D include fatty fish, cheese, and egg yolks. However, for many people, they don't get enough Vitamin D due to diet and lifestyle.

In a recent study, research showed that people with lower levels of Vitamin D were at an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. This may be one of many contributing factors that increase a person's risk.

Typically, Vitamin D intake is recommended at 400–800 IU/day, or 10–20 micrograms. However, there are other studies that indicate you may need higher levels. So, it's important to talk to your doctor to see if you're getting enough Vitamin D and other essential nutrients. We encourage you to always get a test to see if you are vitamin deficient, as this can potentially cause other problems.


What do you think of the study? Have you had your Vitamin D levels tested? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!







AARP and ADA® Launch The Let’s Be Well Diabetes Box™

April 30, 2018

AARP and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have joined together to provide a new item for people living with type 2 diabetes, the Let's Be Well Diabetes Box. The box is designed to help people with diabetes by providing them with educational tools and resources, as well as a variety of curated items.

A box includes:

  • Educational Materials
  • Portion Control Plate
  • Foot Cream
  • ADA Portion Control Content Wheel
  • Athleema Resistance Bands
  • A copy of ADA Diabetes Forecast Magazine
  • A Bobble Water Bottle
  • The ADA 12-Week Diabetes Cookbook
  • Glukos Energy Liquid Gel

The Let's Be Well Diabetes Box, with a $75 retail value, is available for purchase for $49.99 including shipping at www.LetsBeWellBox.com.

Is this something you would want to have if you were just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes? Or, if you have had type 2 diabetes for a number of years, is it something you'd want now? We'd love to hear your feedback.