CNN HEALTH: ‘Gluten-Free’ Now Really Means Gluten-Free, 10/31/2014

October 31, 2014

CNN Health: ‘Gluten-Free’ Now Really Means Gluten-Free

In August of last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) declared that food manufacturers had to make their gluten-free products meet FDA requirements in one year. Federal regulations stipulate that the “gluten-free” label means that the product contains fewer than 20 parts per million of gluten. This measure is the lowest amount scientists can consistently detect in a food.

A product labeled “gluten-free” also can’t contain any of the following:

• An ingredient that is any type of wheat, …

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Diabetes Series

September 30, 2014

 

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AARP: Could Probiotics Lower High Blood Pressure?, 9/12/2014

September 12, 2014

Could Probiotics Lower High Blood Pressure?

Probiotics are known to offer a multitude of health benefits, including improving digestive and brain health, assisting the body in fighting off infections and now even aiding in lowering high blood pressure. In a study of 550 people, researchers found those with high blood pressure saw benefits from probiotics after two months of daily ingestion.  The cited reductions in high blood pressure were relatively small, but is a significant shift in the body’s health in terms of risk for heart …

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Are You Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic?

September 05, 2014

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AARP: Brain-healthy Lifestyle Works to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, 8/28/2014

August 28, 2014

Brain-healthy Lifestyle Works to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, U.S. Dementia Rates Drop

Research is showing prevention of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia may be possible by living a healthy lifestyle.  In a two year, controlled study, researchers looked at 1,260 adults at risk of Alzheimer’s and broke them into two groups, one with a healthy lifestyle intervention and the other without.  The study found adults with regular activity and healthy eating fared better on tests of memory, planning, problem solving and quick thinking.

 

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MAYO CLINIC: Lifestyle Changes Can Help Reduce Cholesterol, 7/24/2014

July 24, 2014

Lifestyle Changes Can Help Reduce Cholesterol

Have you been diagnosed with high cholesterol? Does high cholesterol run in your family? High cholesterol levels increase risk of heart disease and heart attacks. If you are prone to high cholesterol or taking medication to control your cholesterol levels, consider making lifestyle changes to manage your cholesterol. By following these 5 lifestyle habits you can lower and manage cholesterol levels. (Talk to your doctor before making any serious changes.)

Maintain a healthy weight. Having excess weight can increase your cholesterol. …

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CDC: Have Diabetes? Get Tips for Safe Travel, 6/30/2014

June 30, 2014

Have Diabetes? Get Tips for Safe Travel

With summer upon us, that means many of us may be traveling to take a vacation and get a much needed break. Even while you’re away from home, you can still manage your diabetes to ensure happy, healthy travel. Here are some quick tips for staying on track while you’re at your getaway destination:

Don’t Forget Your Medication

Pack twice the amount of supplies you may need, just in case!
Carry a copy of your prescriptions with you, in case of emergencies.
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MAYO CLINIC: Don’t let denial keep you from managing your diabetes, 6/17/2014

June 17, 2014

Diabetes Management: Take Action!

Many people are in disbelief when they are first diagnosed with diabetes. Fear, grief, and depression can all be common reactions to a diabetes diagnosis. However, these beliefs can be harmful to your health if action isn’t taken right away. It can be overwhelming at first, but most importantly, you have the power to control the outcomes.

Acceptance is the first step to fighting for your health, setting goals, and creating a plan of action. You don’t have to tackle diabetes management on …

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