The 2018 State of Obesity report has been released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The results are not heartening. Seven states have adult obesity rates over 35%. No states reported a decline in adult rates of obesity.
Exercise is crucial for everyone’s health and wellbeing, but it’s especially important for those seeking to lose weight and improve their health. This includes obese and overweight individuals striving for weight loss through diet and exercise, but also gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, and lap band incorporating exercise into their new post bariatric surgery lifestyle.
Insulin sensitivity is how sensitive a person’s body is to insulin. Ideally, you want your body to be highly sensitive to insulin, meaning your body responds quickly, appropriately, and efficiently when it senses insulin is released. Insulin takes carbohydrates into cells to be used for fuel.
Weight loss has long been known to help improve blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Medical professionals often recommend a weight loss of about 5 to 10% of a person’s body weight to help improve their blood sugar control and hemoglobin A1c (HgbA1c), which indicates long-term glucose control.
Finding delicious and low carbohydrate meals can be difficult for people with obesity and diabetes. Delicious recipes are easy to find, and low carbohydrate recipes are all over the internet. But, recipes that are both delicious AND low in carbohydrates can be a lot trickier to find.
"Eat your vegetables" is something you probably hear in your sleep. Between your doctor, dietitian, endocrinologist, and bariatric surgeon you probably have heard that adage a hundred times. And it’s true, you should eat your vegetables. They are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which are all great for diabetics. But, some vegetables could actually be causing spikes in your blood sugar.
Bariatric surgery, specifically gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, improves blood sugar in obese patients with Type 2 diabetes significantly more than medical nutrition therapy alone. These are the findings from the three year follow up by the researchers in the STAMPEDE clinical trial. In the study, 150 obese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes were split into 3 groups: medical nutrition therapy, gastric sleeve, or gastric bypass. The goal researchers were trying to achieve was a glycated hemoglobin (or Hgba1c) of 6% or less, which indicates well controlled blood sugar levels.
Yes, you read that right. Scientists are looking at how platypus venom can help people with diabetes. First, the obvious question: platypuses have venom? Apparently, platypuses are a rare animal that have fur, lay eggs, produce milk but have no nipples, and are venomous.
We know the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but are apples good for diabetics? It’s quite a paradox: fruit is good for you (reduces risk of heart disease, obesity, and cancer), but fruit has sugar (sugar raises blood sugar levels, makes insulin surge, and can lead to obesity). It gets even more confusing if you’re talking about diabetics.