When he was four years old, Evan Costik was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It was a scary time for his parents. His dad, John, a programmer for an upstate New York grocery chain, began sleeping on the floor next to Evan’s bed. Every couple of hours, John got up, pricked his son’s finger, and squeezed a drop of his blood onto a diabetes test strip. Evan’s ideal blood sugar level was 80 to 120 milligrams per deciliter. Less was dangerous. One night, Evan’s level fell to 36. He could have died.
Nutritionists have been evolving in their assessment of fats in the diet. There are several schools of thought, and people disagree about animal fats, seed oils, and other sources of fat. But almost all health experts agree on the benefits of extra virgin olive oil.
Little known just a few years ago, kale has become a popular food. It is a cruciferous vegetable, related to cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens and brussel sprouts. Among all the healthy greens, kale is one of the most nutritious. It is filled with beneficial compounds, many of which are medicinal in their health effects.
A new heart failure drug in development by Bayer is poised to move to final-stage testing this year. The experimental medicine, called finerenone, demonstrated a “striking” reduction in deaths during the mid-stage trial. The German company has done well with its recently launched stroke prevention pill, Xarelto, and it believes finerenone could be another potential billion-dollar therapy.
The Huffington Post recently invited readers to submit their most vexing health questions to be answered by the site’s team of doctors. Here are some of the questions most often asked:
Between two to 18 percent of pregnant women develop gestational diabetes, a condition that dangerous for both mothers and babies. Also, many women who are diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy develop type 2 diabetes within ten years. Now a new study from Finland proves that diet, exercise and weight control counseling during early pregnancy can reduce the risk of gestational diabetes.
Cucumber is more than just a popular addition to salads. It also offers an array of health benefits. Here are some of the ways cukes can keep you healthy:
Research has now proven beyond doubt that the food you eat affects your mental health. To maintain a state of optimal mental and emotional balance, you must factor in the decisions you make around food. That is true of depression as well as other mental health issues.
Five different artificial sweeteners are currently on the market, but the most commonly used is aspartame. Aspartame and the other products are marketed to diabetics and people trying to lose weight. Yet research shows they actually cause the problems they claim to solve. Research has proven aspartame increases insulin sensitivity more than sugar. It has also been proven that artificial sweeteners promote weight gain.
The past few years, Americans have become aware of the adverse effects of high-fructose corn syrup, and we are checking labels to eliminate it from our diet. But increasingly, dieticians are also warning consumers against the health dangers posed by more traditional sources of sugar. A new school of thought holds that regular table sugar and even honey can harm health.