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Posts Tagged "diabetes"

Is walking good for you?

We all know by now that we should be walking more; getting off the bus/tube a stop or two early, walking the kids to school, getting up from our desk every 30 minutes and probably spending less time in front of  the TV, laptop or playing video games.  All in all we spend too much time sitting down and being inactive. So is walking good for you?  We all know that...

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A Diabetes Crisis?

As the rates of diabetes are continually on the rise, an obvious but important question is are we eating too much sugar? A survey by Diabetes UK has discovered that patients with type-2 diabetes, is expected to hit 5million by 2025. This is quite startling, and it clearly shows that governments alongside the food industry have not acted in the best interests of the...

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Can Curcumin Prevent Diabetes?

Can you prevent diabetes? There has recently been further research which supports the health benefits of curcurmin (the active component of turmeric). This study looked at the effectiveness of curcurmin in the prevention of diabetes. The trial was conducted at Srinakharinwirot University in Nakornnayok in Thailand, involved 240 adults with pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes...

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Statins Increase Risk of Diabetes

A recent US study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine has found that statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) may be responsible for an increased risk of diabetes in post menopausal women. The report found that women who took statins of any kind, were on average 48% more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. Statins are commonly prescribed medications in the UK....

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Eating Vegetables to Lose Weight

Eating vegetables such as asparagus, garlic and artichokes could help with weight loss and help reduce risk of diabetes. These vegetables are known as fermentable carbohydrates are believed to activate the release of hormones that suppress appetite. The vegetables also lead to better glucose control by enhancing the release of insulin. Insulin is the hormone that is...

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What are Antioxidants?

Have you been wondering what are antioxidants? Antioxidants are naturally produced by the body, but due to the level of free radical damage that we are exposed to, it is advisable to supplement the diet with antioxidants. Antioxidants can be obtained from the diet in foods such as fresh vegetables and fruits, although the levels are not high enough to combat the...

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What are Free Radicals?

Have you been wondering what are free radicals? The chemical definition of a free radical is an atom or a group of atoms that contain at least one unpaired electron. Electrons are essential to provide a chemically stable atom. An unpaired electron is very reactive and will join to other atoms and this will cause a chemical reaction. Free radicals in the body are...

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