An explanation of blood sugar

By Alina Bradford Blood sugar, or glucose, is the main sugar found in blood. The body gets glucose from the food we eat. This sugar is an important source of energy and provides nutrients to the body’s organs, muscles and nervous system. The absorption, storage and production of glucose is regulated constantly by complex processesContinue reading “An explanation of blood sugar”

Houston’s health crisis: by 2040, one in five residents will be diabetic

Diabetes is so common in Patricia Graham’s neighbourhood that it has its own slang term. “At churches you run into people you ain’t seen in years, and they say, ‘I’ve got sugar,’” she says. Graham does not quite have “sugar”, but when foot surgery in 2014 reduced her activity level, her blood sugar level soared.Continue reading “Houston’s health crisis: by 2040, one in five residents will be diabetic”

Coffee drinkers may live longer

Coffee lovers may live longer than those who don’t imbibe — with lower risks of early death from heart disease and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, a large U.S. study finds. Researchers said the study, published online Nov. 16 in Circulation, adds to a large body of evidence on the good side of coffee.Continue reading “Coffee drinkers may live longer”

Keeping gut bacteria in balance could help delay age-related diseases

Why do some people remain healthy into their 80s and beyond, while others age faster and suffer serious diseases decades earlier? New research led by UCLA life scientists may produce a new way to answer that question—and an approach that could help delay declines in health. Specifically, the study suggests that analyzing intestinal bacteria couldContinue reading “Keeping gut bacteria in balance could help delay age-related diseases”

New scientific evidence that intermittent fasting has health benefits

by Charles Q. Choi Instead of eating three square meals a day, an eating schedule that involves “intermittent fasting” could help fight not just obesity but many related diseases of modern life, such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s, researchers say. he advice given on fighting obesity usually focuses on consuming fewer calories andContinue reading “New scientific evidence that intermittent fasting has health benefits”

Sleep or die — growing body of research warns of heart attacks, strokes

We have all experienced the aftermath of a bad night’s sleep: grogginess, irritability, difficulty carrying out even the simplest of tasks. A growing amount of research suggests that not getting enough shut-eye could also have insidious effects on heart disease, obesity and other conditions. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the largest physician-based organization forContinue reading “Sleep or die — growing body of research warns of heart attacks, strokes”

Sitting too much may be twice as dangerous for your health as being obese.

There’s been a fast growing body of evidence in the last several years that lack of exercise – or sedentariness – is a major risk factor in health. It’s been linked to heart disease, cancer, and to an early death. And now, a new study finds that lack of exercise may actually be even moreContinue reading “Sitting too much may be twice as dangerous for your health as being obese.”