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When I was in medical school at Duke, there was a lot of talk about the type A personality as a risk factor for having a heart attack. Over the decades studies have found that the primary risk factor and predictor in this personality was hostility (unresolved anger). How do you deal with your anger? Do you have healthy ways to resolve it, or do you “just let it rip?”


You’ve probably heard over the last few years there’s too much consumption of sugar. The average American eats a whopping 152 pounds a year! Sugar is a known risk factor for obesity and adult onset diabetes, dementia, cirrhosis of the liver; the latest research has determined that it is also a risk factor for heart disease.



As a child, I loved candy and sweets. I’m very lucky I didn’t have more than a few cavities. I still do, but for many years, I have significantly limited my consumption of sugar and eliminated sweetened beverages in exchange for water. Do you drink sodas, soda pops, or as we call them in the Midwest US pops? Do you drink more than one a day? Or do you eat a lot of processed foods?


A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition indicates that the effects of the metabolic syndrome, a significant risk fact for developing type 2 (adult onset) diabetes, is reduced by adding omega-3 fatty acids to a high complex carbohydrate, low fat diet.  In particular, the supplements improve the blood lipid (fat) levels.   “Fish oil […]


Nutrition researchers from USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) are evaluating the components of cinnamon and other spices to explore their beneficial effects on insulin levels and other functions.   Richard Anderson’s research, conducted at the Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center in Maryland indicates that certain spices may be beneficial to some diabetic patients.   Their […]


Loyola University’s Nursing School located in Chicago, IL plans to conduct a large trial to evaluate vitamin D’s effect on depression and insulin resistance in women with diabetes.   Sue Penckofer, Ph.D., RN, a professor at the school remarked, “Vitamin D deficiency continues to be a problem despite the nutrient’s widely reported health benefits.   […]


Many diabetes experience severe nerve pain, known as diabetic neuropathy. Approximately 70 percent of all diabetics experience this condition.  It usually affects the feet, but can also impact the hands.  Symptoms including pain, tingling and or a burning sensation in the extremities. This damage is cause by prolonged elevation of the blood sugar level, over […]

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