FiberrFiber Fights Diabetes 3 Ways

It provides a potent, life-saving trio of benefits for people who have or are or prone to diabetes: It normalizes blood sugar, lowers blood cholesterol, and promotes weight loss. No, it isn’t the latest wonder drug. In fact, it’s as close as your cereal box or fruit bowl.

Dietary fiber—or what your grandma called “roughage”—is the indigestible part of plant foods, explains Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RD, CDE, CDN, a certified diabetes educator and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Fiber fits under the classification of carbohydrates. It’s the third
type of carbohydrate—sugars, starches, and dietary fiber—and is found in foods such as fruits and vegetables, dried cooked beans, and whole grains.”

Read more: 3 Ways How Fiber Fights Diabetes

SugarResearchers keep finding more reasons for people to reduce their out-of-control sugar consumption. Lewis Cantley, PhD, director of the cancer center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, reported on a link between sugar consumption and cancer. And in a study at the University of California, Davis, researchers concluded that added-sugar diets promote heart disease.

The American Heart Association recommends that only 5% of our daily calories come from sugar, which amounts to roughly 2 tablespoons for a 2,000-calorie diet, yet Americans are consuming far more than that—almost 130 pounds of added sugars per year.
Read more: 12 Tips for Cutting the Sugar

GrapesFight Stress With Food?
Yes, Really!

Because stress is widely believed to influence heart health, health pros often encourage stress reduction methods as part of an overall strategy for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. But don’t overlook the power of food.

Many of us have a tendency to reach for unhealthful comfort food when stressed or depressed, but some foods really can help relieve stress and anxiety. It’s a win-win proposition because not only do these foods help combat stress, which in turn may improve heart health, but many, such as nuts,whole grains, fruits, and veggies, are also known to have a more direct effect on cardiovascular health. Adding these nutritious foods to your meal plan can join an overall healthful diet, exercise, and relaxation training as core weapons in the fight against heart disease.

In 2007, Kristen Brown’s healthy, 31-year-old husband died suddenly from a heart attack. Her emotions were turned upside down, and she searched for a way to cope with her feelings.

Instead of turning to antidepressants as her doctor recommended, the now 34-year-old mom and author of The Best Worst Thing: A Memoir,searched for a more natural path. “I changed my eating habits to include more fruits, vegetables,and grass-fed meats and less processed foods and cut way back on alcohol,” explains Brown, who also supplemented with B vitamins and tried herbs to diminish stress. “It helped tremendously, and the healthy food habits have continued and are being instilled in my daughter as well.”
Read more: How to Fight Stress

FiberDiverticular Disease

Eat to Beat It

The colon is the Rodney Dangerfield of bodily organs: It doesn’t get the respect it deserves.

Shaped like an inverted U, the colon is part of the large intestine and functions predominantly to maintain fluid balance, aid in the absorption of certain vitamins, and remove waste from the body, the latter being essential to help expel the environmental toxins we’re exposed to each day that can sour our health. So when trouble brews in the colon, it’s important to take notice.

Two conditions comprise diverticular disease: diverticulosis and diverticulitis. Diverticulosis is the development of pouches (diverticula) in the colon or bowel walls. Most people don’t experience symptoms of this condition, which is usually only spotted during a colonoscopy. Diverticulitis occurs if the pouches become inflamed and rupture,which can trigger a range of odious symptoms,including intense abdominal pain, fever, chills,diarrhea, bloody stools, and vomiting. Complications can include the formation of abscesses and fistulas, intestinal rupture, peritonitis and, in rare cases, death.

Medical experts have yet to pinpoint the cause of diverticular disease. However, many believe that diet is a major culprit in the malady’s progression. It’s been noted that diverticular disease is much more prevalent in Western industrialized countries than in underdeveloped nations. The theory is that the modern Western diet that is super-sized in processed, fast food is not friendly to the colon. This theory is supported by the fact that when countries such as China and Japan adopt a more Western lifestyle, the prevalence of diverticulosis often rises.

Read more: Diverticular Disease - How to Beat it?

Turkey-PaillardsSome people see the diagnosis of diabetes as a ‘cup half-empty’ situation. No more favorite foods, no fun activities, no expectation of living a long and healthy life.

Nothing could be further from the truth, according to Sam Talbot, executive chef at the Surf Lodge in Montauk and Imperial No. 9 in New York City and a Bravo Top Chef final four contestant. He’s also an avid surfer, world traveler, and, now, author. “You can eat a wonderful variety of great-tasting foods, do everything from jumping into the surf or out of a plane, and really enjoy life,” he says.

Talbot should know. The Charlotte, North Carolina,native was diagnosed with juvenile (insulin-dependent) diabetes at age 13.

“I had all the classic symptoms,” he recalls. “Cotton mouth, thirsty all the time, and up seven or eight times a night to urinate. I tried to keep going,but my mom, whose brother had diabetes, knew something was wrong and recognized the signs.

Talbot rebelled, like any typical teenager, against the need to measure, calculate, and balance every morsel that went into his mouth. That was until a few years later, when he landed a summer job at the upscale grocery store Dean & Deluca. “I saw how passionate people were about the food business,” he says. “Plus, I thought it was cool to be able to cook well not only for myself, but for others too.”

Read more: Diabetes-How Chef Sam Talbot Dishes on Diabetes

SyndromeYou have what?

The names may sound odd, but these potentially serious syndromes are very real. Here's what you should know.


What it is: A condition that occurs when the shoulder capsule (tissue around the joint) thickens, causing pain and limiting motion. It can worsen over weeks or months. Frozen shoulder is twice as common in women as in men and typically crops up between ages 40 and 65.

What causes it: Usually nothing in particular-it often happens out of the blue, says Stephania Bell, PT, an orthopedic clinical specialist and memeber of the American Physical Therapy Association. But it can be linked to diabetes, thyroid disease or a previous shoulder injury.

What helps: Physical therapy and exercises that stretch and strengthen your shoulder. Most people see significant improvement within one year, says Bell. You can find a physical therapist in your area at
Read more: Serious Body Syndromes
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