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Obesity an Advantage for those with Type 2 Diabetes?

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One more weight myth to add to the ever-growing pile … Now there’s definitive evidence showing that being obese is no advantage when it comes to those with type 2 diabetes. A recent study done by the Harvard School of Public Health showed that there is no correlation between being obese and having lower mortality [...]

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Sugar and Type 2 Diabetes: A Disturbing Trend

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As Type 2 diabetes becomes a widespread health issue, more and more experts point to an overabundance of sugar in processed foods, sweets and sodas as a root cause. Sweet treats tend to promote positive feelings because they release endorphins, the ‘feel-good’ chemicals in our brains. This explains why so many of us crave them. [...]

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Type 2 Diabetes, Artificial Sweeteners: Troubling Connection

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Type 2 diabetes was once a relatively rare condition; however, in recent years, the number of Canadians with diabetes has risen dramatically. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, more than 9 million Canadians have diabetes or prediabetes, and this number will likely grow over the coming years due to several factors: The number of people [...]

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NAACP and Hispanic Federation Don’t Support NYC Soda Pop Ban

Posted in Diabetes, Diet & Nutrition, Obesity

In New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to ban the sale of soda pop in containers larger than 16 oz. met with fierce opposition before it passed. Set to take effect in March, the ban is now coming under fire from ethnic minority business owners. The oversize soda pop ban is part of Mayor [...]

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Paula Deen Loses 36 Pounds Since Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis

Posted in Diabetes, Losing Weight, Obesity

Almost a year after she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, celebrity chef Paula Deen has lost 36 pounds and managed to keep it off. Type 2 Diabetes is a condition where the body produces Insulin, but it is either not enough, or the body cannot effectively process the sugars found in food. “It’s all [...]

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Obesity Epidemic in Canada Means Healthcare System Must Adapt to Increased Rates of Heart Disease and Diabetes

Posted in Diabetes, Obesity, Weight Loss Surgery

Canada’s obesity epidemic shows no signs of slowing. With obesity comes a well-known group of associated health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. However, at the same time, thanks to medical advances, people are living longer than ever before. So what do both of these facts mean for Canada’s healthcare system? First, it means a [...]

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Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk Tied to Walkable Neighbourhoods

Posted in Diabetes, Losing Weight

People living in communities that lend themselves to walking have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes than those living in neighbourhoods that aren’t pedestrian friendly, says a new Canadian study. With the world’s population becoming increasingly concentrated in cities, lead author Dr. Gillian Booth and her team wanted to examine the relationship between [...]

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Top 5 Ways to Avoid Prediabetes

Posted in Diabetes, Diet & Nutrition

Prediabetes is a relatively new diagnosis, but a serious one nonetheless. Put simply, prediabetes is defined as higher than normal blood glucose levels that don’t quite meet a diabetes diagnosis. The Canadian Diabetes Association estimates that as many as 6 million Canadians have prediabetes, putting them at increased risk for being diagnosed with diabetes later [...]

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How Sugar Filled Drinks Affect Your Body

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With the kids going back to school, you may be tempted to pack a soda in their lunch box. Just as a treat for the first couple of days. Turns out you may want to reconsider these sugar filled drinks and their empty calories. These drinks may contain 10 teaspoons or more of sugar. Why [...]

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Could Weight Loss Surgery Help Prevent Diabetes?

Posted in Diabetes, Weight Loss Surgery

Diabetes is a serious disease that is caused by the body’s inability to either produce enough insulin or make use of the insulin that is produced. It’s a condition that affects an estimated 285 million people worldwide. Now, a study published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine is raising questions about whether weight [...]

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