How Medications can Sabotage your Diet

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May 272012

How Medications can Sabotage Your Diet

Losing weight can be challenging! It takes determination and patience to reach your goals. Although following a restricted calorie diet and exercise can steadily take the weight off, you might encounter a few unexpected obstacles. Did you know that certain medications can throw a wrench into your weight loss endeavors? Its very true. Certain medications can enhance your appetite, promoting you to eat more. These medications include oral corticosteroids which are sometimes prescribed for conditions that cause inflammation. People are commonly prescribed steroids for asthma, serious skin conditions and infections. In addition to increasing your appetite, steroids can also affect blood sugar levels and cause you to retain fluid, which can also add excess weight. Typically, however, the weight gained from taking corticosteroids is generally temporary and will soon resolve after the medication has been discontinued.

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Diabetes and Your Diet

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May 272012

Diabetes and Your Diet

Diabetes relates to a persistent elevation in blood glucose levels. Many factors influence the development and management of diabetes including genetics, weight, predisposing medical conditions and diet. A healthy diet that is rich in lean protein, healthy grains, fruits and vegetables have a beneficial impact on stabilizing blood sugar levels. Foods that are high in starch, sugar and saturated fat can cause spikes in blood glucose levels and contribute to weight gain. Excess weight is a risk factor in the development of diabetes and people trying to manage their blood sugar levels should take steps to manage their weight. Continue reading »

Ways To Lower Your Blood Sugar

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May 162012

Ways to lower blood sugar

Persistent elevations in your blood sugar levels can indicate the presence of diabetes. People with diabetes are at risk for heart attack, coronary artery disease and stroke. In addition, their risk of high blood pressure, kidney failure and pancreatic conditions also may rise. Although some people may require the use of medications such as oral hypoglycemic medications or injections of insulin to manage their elevated blood sugar levels, there are a number of other ways to lower your blood sugar levels in the absence of medications. Continue reading »