FDA Warns of Massive Recall of Diabetes Test Strips

If you have diabetes and use glucose test strips to check your blood sugar levels, you need to check the brand name of those strips. A massive recall of up to 62 million strips made by Nova Diabetes Care has just been announced by the company and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA’s warning says the strips can show incorrect, abnormally high readings and patients need to discontinue their use immediately. The agency said the strips are …

Diet Soda: Zero Calories, But Still Makes You Fat

Regular soda is full of sugar and calories that can make you fat, but what about no-calorie, diet soda? Shouldn’t it help keep you from gaining weight? A growing number of studies say no. In fact, drinking diet soda seems to have the same effect on your waistline as regular sodas, causing weight gain and a craving for more sugar, reports Msnbc.com. A new paper published in Obesity Reviews finds that consuming large amounts of fructose (a type of sugar), artificial sweeteners, and …

Sugar: Should Feds Make It A Controlled Substance?

It’s addictive and can lead to serious chronic disease, so why shouldn’t sugar be regulated by the government just like those other addictive, unhealthy substances, tobacco and alcohol? That’s the argument a team of health researchers from University of California, San Francisco, put forth in a report in the February issue of the journal Nature. Robert Lustig, M.D., and professors Laura Schmidt and Claire Brindis, contend that it’s simplistic to dismiss sugar as merely “empty calories” that make people fat. …

The Takeaway: Carbonation Nation, Exercising Away Arthritis and Skinny Genes

My parents tell stories of the once-a-week (if that) treat that soda was for them growing up, but by the time I reached childhood, there was an extra icebox in the basement just for Pepsi, Coke and Country Time Lemonade. Sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks have become the go-to beverages for many of us””according to the CDC, about half of Americans consume them on any given day. Diet drinks weren’t included in the study (while diet beverages might not have the calories and sugars of ‘the real thing,’ they are associated with their own health risks), but as it stands, the average grown man gets an extra 175 calories per day from sugary drinks; the average woman, 94 calories.

A Rose by Any Other Name…

I’ve been seeing this article around the news sites I frequent today, and it even started with my trusty morning commute newspaper (Can you believe I read something in print?) We’ve all heard of “high-fructose corn syrup” and probably heard that it is something we should stay away from in our diets. Well, it turns out the Corn Refiners Association knows that Americans have a negative connotation with their sweet substance, and they are petitioning the FDA to change the …