Are Older Adults Being Overtreated for Diabetes?

Older patients are not the same as younger patients. You’d think this was obvious, yet doctors often use a one-size-fits-all approach to prescribing treatment that can put their older patients at risk. The latest example of this: another study showing that patients 65 or older with diabetes may be overtreated by doctors who too aggressively try to control blood sugar levels, regardless of their patients’ other health problems. The new study, by Yale researchers, analyzed a decade of data on 1,288 …

Fitness Is for Much More Than Weight Loss

Well, many of us have done it again. We promised ourselves that we wouldn’t overeat during the holidays. But those savory dishes just kept calling our names. And, on top of that, somewhere along the way many of us got too busy and fell off the exercise wagon. Regardless of what your weakness has been, the good thing now is that we all have another chance. Regardless of age, doctors say, exercise has benefits for all of us. So with …

’Tis the Season to Eat Wisely

Macaroni and cheese, candied yams, salty hams and tons of sugary desserts. These are just a few of the temptations between Thanksgiving and Christmas that could cause us to literally eat ourselves to death! Seriously. But, there is hope for us all. Although November is traditionally observed as National Diabetes Month and even National Family Week at the end, let’s carry wise, life-giving habits into December and throughout the years ahead. >> High-Calorie Foods That Are Good for Your Health Heart …

Midlife Diabetes Tied to Memory Problems Later in Life

Having diabetes or prediabetes in midlife is linked to memory problems later in life, according to new research published in Annals of Internal Medicine. In fact, diabetes appears to age the brain about five years faster than normal aging. Johns Hopkins researchers in Baltimore tracked the blood sugar levels and brain health of more than 15,000 adults ages 48 to 67 with regular exams for 20 years and found there was nearly 20 percent greater decline in memory and cognitive function in those with …

Las enfermedades del ojo del diabético son un asunto serio

Mi esposo Manuel siempre ha hecho lo posible por manejar de la mejor manera su condición de diabetes tipo 1, que padece desde que era un niño. Sin embargo, dicen que la diabetes es una condición crónica muy traicionera, que va erosionando poquito a poquito, perniciosamente, el cuerpo de maneras a veces insospechadas. Y luego vienen las crisis como las enfermedades del ojo del diabético. Fotos: 6 maneras de vencer y prevenir la diabetes. Recuerdo como si fuera hoy el …

Sustitutos del azúcar ¿un arma de doble filo?

Un estudio publicado por la revista Nature (en inglés), pone en duda la función de los edulcorantes artificiales. Sí, esos de sobrecitos de colores; los mismos con los que endulzas el café y hasta tus postres favoritos. Resulta que la investigación revela que estos aditivos artificiales podrían provocar intolerancia a la glucosa, debido a que alteran la microbiota intestinal en algunos individuos. “Se ha demostrado que este enorme y poco comprendido mundo microbiano que reside dentro de cada uno de …