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Get Your Pumpkin On with Our Lip-Smackingly Good Pumpkin Spread

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A Healthy Recipe for Pumpkin Maple Pecan Butter

pumpkin-butter-PRWhat’s the most riveting, spooktacular highlight of October?

Pumpkins, of course! (Right up there with scary movies and mini chocolate bars!)

Our PreDiabetes Centers Concierge Chef did her magic and created a rich, decadent pumpkin butter to smear on toast, pancakes, fruit and more. Plus, it’s nutritious—chock-full of fiber and packed with an important antioxidant called beta-carotene, which converts in the body to a form of vitamin A, a vitamin that’s critical to overall health and immune system function, as well as skin health.

Satisfy your craving for a pumpkin treat with our delicious Pumpkin Maple Pecan Butter. Get the recipe!

Can Grapefruit Juice Treat Diabetes?

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Grapefruit Juice Just as Effective as Metformin, Says Study

GrapefruitIf you like sipping tart, lightly sweet grapefruit juice, then you may have an advantage when it comes to diabetes prevention.

A study published in the journal PLOS ONE found that grapefruit juice might have glucose-lowering effects that make it just as effective as the diabetes drug metformin.

Researchers gave mice one of three beverages: sweetened diluted grapefruit juice, sweetened water, and water that contained metformin. They found that mice who ate a typical fatty American diet and drank grapefruit juice had a 13%-17% drop in blood glucose levels and a threefold decrease in insulin levels (meaning the body is churning out less insulin because blood sugar is being processed more efficiently), compared to the mice who drank sweetened water. They also lost 18% more weight.

The research team also found that mice who consumed grapefruit juice experienced the same reduction in blood glucose levels as the mice who drank metformin-spiked water.

The amount of grapefruit juice used in the mice equates to about four cups a day in people, says the study.

Caveat: This study was funded by the California Grapefruit Growers Cooperative. (Yes, a grapefruit producer!) Does that mean the experiment was rigged? Not so, says the study’s co-author, a professor and chair of nutritional sciences and toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley, who says that the data is accurate and the study’s funders had no hand in the experiment or the presentation of results.

Looking for a surefire way to prevent diabetes? Catch it early, when the disease is in the prediabetic stage. Diagnosing the disease early on enables you to take action and make necessary changes to your health regimen. Get screened for diabetes today.

A Healthy Halloween: The Best Sweets for People with Diabetes

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5 Treats That Are Prediabetes-Friendly

Fruit leatherDespite your best dieting efforts, around this time of year it’s tough to say “no” to candy. And people who need to control their blood sugar levels—including prediabetics and diabetics—must take extra caution when it comes to the food they eat.

Don’t worry: Sweets aren’t off limits for prediabetics and diabetics; you just have to choose their sweet treats wisely.

Here are 5 Halloween treat options that are better for people who are watching their waistline and blood sugar levels…

Fruit snacks and fruit leather.
Ditch the traditional sugar-choked chewy candies, especially the ones covered in sweet and sour dust. (These candies contain between 150-250 calories and 30-35 grams of sugar per serving!)

Instead, opt for high-quality fruit snacks, which have between 70-90 calories and 10 grams of sugar per bag. Fruit leather is another good bet: It’s made of 100% real fruit!

Dark chocolate.
Rich in antioxidants, dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa is much healthier than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate has health benefits: Its flavonoids can help lower insulin resistance and improve blood glucose regulation, say studies. But not all dark chocolate is created equal–some are high in sugar and calories. Look for dark chocolate that contains 70% cocoa or more.

Sugar-free candy.
People with prediabetes and diabetes know to cut down on sugar consumption. Sugar-free candy is made from a variety of artificial sweeteners, though products made from sugar alcohols like xylitol are best for people with prediabetes because they have a lower effect on blood sugar levels.

Minty gum.
Though not the most exciting option for young children, most minty gum is much healthier than chocolate or hard candy and lasts longer.

Fresh fruit.
We know—it doesn’t sound very enticing, but fruit contains natural sugar that can satisfy your sugar craving. Some fabu ideas: Freeze a banana (or keep it at room temperature), dip it in almond butter and roll the dipped banana in cacao nibs. You can also nosh on sliced peaches swimming in chunky oatmeal (topped with granola, if you feel the urge). And don’t forget that fresh fruit pairs deliciously with plain frozen yogurt!

Don’t Work Overtime! Long Work Day Ups Diabetes Risk

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People Who Are Overworked in Lower-Tier Jobs Experience Stress, Depression and Other Health Problems

Working in Office CubicleIf you’re thinking about clocking a few extra hours at work, you may want to think twice. It could raise your risk for diabetes.

A new study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that long working hours raises the risk of diabetes because it exacerbates its risk factors—stress, sleep disturbances, depression, and poor eating habits, to name a few.

Researchers looked at data from 19 studies involving more than 220,000 men and women in several countries and found that workers of lower socioeconomic status (manual workers) who worked more than 55 hours a week saw the risk for diabetes increase by 30% compared to those who worked 35-40 hours per week.

However, they found that this was not the case among those who were of a higher socioeconomic status.

Job stress can most definitely affect your health and diabetes risk. It can even influence daily habits, including your diet and exercise levels. Find out which other factors influence diabetes risk.

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