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Sleep Apnea Can Hurt Your Quality of Life: Treatment Is Crucial

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Sleep Mask Treatment Helps Seniors with Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea and diabetesDid you know that sleep apnea is common in diabetics? The sleep disorder, characterized by loud snoring and breathing that repeatedly stops and starts, can cause daytime fatigue (and frustration for your bed partner!).

So what’s the connection between diabetes and sleep apnea? Lack of sleep can cause high blood sugar levels, and, conversely, high blood sugar levels may cause frequent urination, which causes sleep loss.

Also, sleep apnea is linked to obesity, a common condition in prediabetics and diabetics.

Recently, a study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine found that seniors who wore a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) mask at night reduced their levels of daytime sleepiness and even lowered their healthcare costs. CPAP treats moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea (the most common form of sleep apnea) by pushing a stream of air through the patient’s nose to keep the airway open. The study looked at 278 sleep apnea patients aged 65 and older in the UK.

Learn more about sleep problems and diabetes.

Low Levels of Vitamin D Increases Alzheimer’s Risk

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Prevent Dementia with Vitamin D Supplementation

Natural supplementsPeople with diabetes have a greater risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia.

The latest research has more to offer about Alzheimer’s risk: People deficient in vitamin D are also at increased risk of developing the degenerative disease, which destroys memory and other important mental functions, say British researchers.

Scientists measured levels of vitamin D in 1,658 men and women, with an average age of 73, all of whom did not have dementia. After five years, the researchers found that those with the lowest levels of vitamin D were most likely to develop dementia.

Of the study subjects, 71 developed dementia.

The normal range for vitamin D levels is 30 to 74, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Those who had levels of 25-50 had a 53% increased risk for dementia of any kind and a 69% increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. People with readings of 25 or less had more than a doubled risk of developing Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

The study was published in the journal Neurology.

Want to know more about Alzheimer’s disease? It’s actually called “type 3 diabetes” by some. Find out why.

People who are insulin resistant often have low levels of vitamin D. You can get vitamin D from your diet and in supplement form, and the body also makes substantial vitamin D following exposure to ultraviolet sunlight. Vitamin D is critical: It boosts bone health by promoting calcium absorption, cell growth, immune function, and inflammation control.

Be sure to add vitamin D supplements to your daily health regimen. Stock up on supplements today!

If You’re Able to Run, It Could Add Years to Your Life!

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Running May Lengthen Your Life

RunnersRunning is an all-star sport. The benefits are myriad: it burns calories, improves fitness and can even help you stress less, fight cancer and boost bone health.

Now, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology says that running may lengthen your life by three years!

While avid, long-term running showed the greatest health benefits, even modest amounts of running were beneficial.

Running at a slow speed for just 5-10 minutes a day reduced the overall risk of death by 28% and reduced risk of heart disease death by 58%.

Running was linked to a 30% lower risk of death from any cause and a 45% lower chance of death from heart or stroke, compared to people who don’t run.

The study followed 55,000 adults aged 18 to 100 followed over a 15-year period. One-quarter of the group were runners.

You know what could also lengthen your life?

Catching prediabetes in time and preventing the development of diabetes!

Sadly, a diabetes diagnosis can shorten a person’s lifespan by 7 ½ years, according to a study published in JAMA. People with diabetes often develop serious, long-term conditions, including heart disease and kidney disease.

Do everything you can to life a long, healthy life and get tested for diabetes today!

This Not-So-Favorite Vegetable Could Help with Diabetes Prevention and Treatment

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Okra Could Help Treat Diabetes and Cardiovascular Problems

OkraThat green mushy veggie that’s popular in the South? It’s okra, and you’ve probably eaten some iteration of it (say, fried or pickled). And chances are good that you hated it.

Well, you may want to reconsider your love of okra.

A new study shows that two of the flavonoids in okra can help regulate sugar and fat metabolism, which could be helpful in reducing the risk of diabetes.

Of course, the study was performed on mice, so it’s unclear if this will hold true in humans.

In a study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Chinese researchers gave obese mice water that contained a concentrated extract of minced okra for two weeks. Meanwhile, a separate group received water without okra.

They found that okra-drinking mice had lower glucose and insulin levels, lower levels of triglycerides (“bad” cholesterol) and they were able to prevent the development of fatty liver disease.

In another experiment, the two flavonoids in okra were mixed with high-fat food and fed to the obese mice. They found that these obese mice had lower glucose and triglyceride levels and improved liver function, compared to the mice that received flavonoid-free food. And when young, lean mice given high-fat food with flavonoids for six weeks, the researchers found that the mice gained less weight and had lower triglycerides and cholesterol than the non-flavonoid-eating mice.

But it turns out you’d have to eat a lot of okra before it could help prevent diabetes. The amount of okra given to the mice was massive. It’s the equivalent of a person eating 3 pounds of okra a day!

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