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    The actor who played Tony Soprano in HBO's the Sopranos, James Gandolfini, recently died of cardiac arrest (a heart attack). He was a well known actor who was overweight. At this point it is impossible to say what exactly caused Mr. Gandolfini's heart attack, but we can say one thing for sure: Being overweight or obese significantly increases you chances of having a heart attack. The best prevention for a heart attack is to lose weight with exercise and a heart healthy diet (avoid foods that are high in cholesterol or high in carbohydrates). Also be on the lookout for the signs for a heart attack, such as: chest pain or discomfort, shortness of breath, pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or ...Read More

    Another new study -- unveiled at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society -- showed that weight loss from dieting alone will improve insulin sensitivity in people with type II diabetes mellitus by 70%. Add exercise to that and you get a 86% insulin improvement. Unfortunately, weight loss from excising alone (no diet) did not improve insulin sensitivity. The study took place for a year, and the subjects that exercised did so for 4 and 1/2 hours a week. This is just another study that has come out that shows that even with type 2 diabetes things are not hopeless. Type II diabetes is one of the only diseases that can be brought under control by diet and exercise!

    (Image ©Pam Roth) A new study -- unveiled at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society -- showed that half of men, with type 2 diabetes mellitus, showed resistance to aspirin. It turns out the aspirin was not as effective at preventing heart attacks and strokes in half of diabetic men because the diabetes interfered with the anticlotting abilities of aspirin. The solution is simple: increase the levels of aspirin the patient is taking. (The aspirin still works, it just requires more to get the job done). If you or someone you loves has type 2 diabetes it is important to be under the supervision of a medical doctor.

    (Photographer: Anissa Thompson on stock.xchng) Have you ever been diagnosed as having prediabetes? Prediabetes is a condition in which a person has elevated blood sugar levels, but does not yet have type 2 diabetes mellitus. It is a serious condition, and must be taken seriously. Prediabetes is not the same as diabetes; however, if left untreated it will turn into diabetes (if treated it will go away entirely). All diabetics at one point had prediabetes. Unfortunately  once you have diabetes you can never go back to the way things were before. Is that what you really want? Get a blood test as soon as possible. And if you have prediabetes -- or diabetes -- you need to do something about it before it is too ...Read More

    (Image ©everyday-stock235 on deviantART) How do you know if you have Type 2 Diabetes mellitus? Unfortunately, a person can diabetes for years without any symptoms. If you are overweight, or you have a family history of diabetes it is important to go to a family practice doctor or lab at least once a year to get a blood test to test for diabetes. That being said there are signs and symptoms of diabetes that you should be on the watch for. The symptoms of diabetes are: Frequent urination Excessive thirst Increased hunger Abnormal weight loss Blurred vision Dizziness Tiredness   If you or a loved one experiences any or all of these symptoms  then it is important to go see a doctor as soon as possible! Diabetes is completely treatable, but you are going to ...Read More

    (Image ©StockProject1 on deviantART) A new study from the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona (published in the New England Journal of Medicine) has found that one in five patients that successfully treated their type 2 diabetes with gastric bypass surgery experienced a resurgence in their diabetes within five years of the surgery. This number does not include patients that had bariatric surgery which did NOT successfully bring their diabetes under control. It is not immediately clear why so many patients' diabetes returned, but it is currently believed that the longer an individual has diabetes the more likely it is return. This is believed because we know that the longer someone has diabetes the worse it becomes. Many people believe that type 2 diabetes is ...Read More

    (Image ©needanewname on deviantART) Diabetes can be a frightening disease. But it is treatable. It is something that you can beat. But you can't do it alone. It is important to be under the care of a medical doctor if you are diabetic or if you have prediabetes. This is true even if you don't have insurance. Remember what we said: diabetes is fatal if not under control. Your life is not something you can afford to be cheap about. Besides, weight loss programs that are any good (shameless plug: learn more about our weight loss program) cost less than the money you spend on the food that you would've been eating had you not been on the program (eat less food and your grocery bill goes ...Read More

    (Image ©StockProject1 on deviantART) To combat diabetes you need to use both diet and exercise. We have discussed diet, now let's talk about exercise. Like the diet, our goal with the exercise regiment is simple: lose weight! You need to lose weight. To do this we recommend two approaches (these are not steadfast rules, do whatever works for you!) towards exercise: 1) Moderate Intensity Cardio (Always be careful not to push yourself too hard) For this type of exercise the goal is get yourself breathing heavily and keep that going for as long as possible. The fact that you're breathing so hard indicates that the exercise is working. Think about it, you're burning calories so your body needs lots of air to fuel the flames. Any cardio exercise will ...Read More