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Stay Hydrated: Liven Up Your Water with Fruit & Herbs!

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How to Make Herb-Infused Spa Water

Infused waterDrinking the recommended 8 glasses of water a day can be challenging. But make no mistake: Staying hydrated should be a top priority. You lose water every day when you breathe, sweat and go to the bathroom, so it makes sense that you must replenish your body with fluid.

Drinking plenty of water can also help control appetite, which is great for people who are trying to lose weight, which includes many prediabetics.

If you’re an athlete or live in a hot climate, hydration is especially important. Starving your body of water can lead to light-headedness and muscle cramps. Not to mention severe thirst!

Our Prediabetes Concierge Chef believes that spa water is the perfect solution for people who need to hydrate more often. Infusing your water with delicious fruits, veggies and herbs not only gives it great flavor (making it a healthier alternative to flavored juices), it also makes it more visually appealing!

It’s a relaxing indulgence that can bring tranquility and peace… with just one sip!

Try these palate-pleasing spa-water combinations:

  • Honeydew and mint
  • Cantaloupe and basil
  • Cucumber and mint
  • Orange and strawberry
  • Lime, blueberry and mint

To make the spa water, simply put sliced fruit, veggies or sprigs of herbs in a pitcher of water and let steep for at least 2 hours. Easy peasy!

Drop That Diet Soda! Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diabetes?

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Artificial Sweetener Hurts Body Ability to Control Blood Sugar

Glass of Cola with a Straw in ItArtificial sweeteners were invented more than a century ago as a cheaper sugar substitute, and, later, it was considered a smart solution for people could not eat sugar or who were looking to avoid blood sugar swings (diabetics).

Ironically, researchers are reporting that artificial sweeteners may actually contribute to the development of diabetes in some people.

In the latest study, artificial sweeteners disrupted the body’s blood sugar control, which defeats the whole purpose of people consuming sweeteners instead of sugar, said one of the study’s researchers.

The new study from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel included a variety of experiments, mostly on mice, and found that gut microbes (bacteria that helps digest food) can help explain why some people can handle artificial sweeteners while in a smaller number of people it will trigger diabetes.

The researchers looked at the interaction between gut microbes and consumption of the sweeteners aspartame, sucralose and saccharine. Depending on the types of microbes the subjects had in their intestines, some people and mice saw a doubled to quadrupled increase in blood sugar after consuming the artificial sweeteners for just one week.

Over time, elevated high blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes.

The health risks (and the benefits) of consuming artificial sweeteners have been debated for decades.

To sweeten coffee, drinks and dishes that call for sugar, the health coaches and nutritionists at PreDiabetes Centers recommend using agave nectar, a natural sweetener that is sweeter than sugar (meaning you need less of it) and has a very mild effect on blood sugar levels.

Tips for People with Diabetes (and Prediabetes)

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Good-for-You Changes Can Boost Health and Prevent Disease

Man Meditating on a Rock at the BeachMaking little changes to your diet and daily habits can have lasting (life-changing!) health effects. Try one or all of these healthy tips today and see if you feel different after a week, month or even longer. When it comes to health, it’s never too late to reinvent yourself.

Go vegan.
A vegan diet–a diet free of all animal and animal byproducts, including dairy and eggs–can ease diabetic nerve pain. And guess what? It also has been proven to help prevent a number of serious diseases, including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, arthritis, and osteoporosis.

Get nutty!
Eating about ½ cup of tree nuts a day (such as cashews, walnuts, pecans or almonds) can help with blood sugar control. Of course, nuts are high in fat, which means they must be eaten in moderation!

Get your “om” on.
Meditation can help regulate blood glucose levels and significantly lowers hemoglobin A1c levels (your average blood glucose level over a few months). It can also reduce stress levels and boost cardiovascular health.

Looking to jumpstart a diabetes-prevention exercise plan? Here are 3 exercises to add to your workout routine!

Prediabetes Is a Serious Health Crisis

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Epidemic of Prediabetes and Diabetes Means Greater Rates of Heart Attack, Cancer and More Disease

Male Doctor Hand Abstract with Lab Coat and Stethoscope.As reported in an article in USA Today over the weekend, prediabetes and diabetes is no laughing matter. The disease affects millions of Americans, and it leads to other health problems that are potentially fatal.

It’s no secret that–thanks to a fast food-choked, nutrient poor diet–Americans are getting fatter. The rising rate of obesity in the U.S. is contributing to the escalating number of people with prediabetes and diabetes. (12.3% of Americans 20 and older have diabetes, even if it’s not diagnosed. Another 37%, or 86 million, have prediabetes, the condition that occurs before a type 2 diabetes diagnosis – this is up from 27% a decade ago.)

Of course, genetics can contribute to the development of diabetes too, as well as a sedentary lifestyle. And once you develop prediabetes, the chances of developing diabetes are high.

Here are a few scary statistics and facts the USA Today article cited:

  • Prediabetes raises the risk of cancer by 15%, according to a recent article published in Diabetologia
  • Just 10% of the 86 million adults with prediabetes know they have the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, which is a risk factor for diabetes
  • Promoting lifestyle changes can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by almost 60%
  • Prediabetics can prevent or delay diabetes by losing 5%-7% of body weight

We know that making changes to your lifestyle (including your diet and activity level) can be frustrating and difficult. Let us show you how to make these changes! Sign up for a free blood draw and consultation with our prediabetes physician.

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