6 Environmental Triggers for Diabetes

Most of us are aware of the lifestyle triggers for diabetes– poor diet, sedentary lifestyle, obesity– but few are aware of the environmental insults that may play a cumulative role in the development of type 2 diabetes. Termed diabetogenic, these 6 environmental toxins can act as endocrine disruptors or glycemic pathways to alter glucose metabolism and trigger a diabetes response. …

Over-the-Counter to Cognitive Decline

Over-the-counter drugs are usually considered safe– that’s why you don’t need a prescription, right? Unfortunately, some over-the-counter drugs may not be as safe as they seem. These drugs are classified as anticholinergic, which means that they block acetylcholine, an important neurotransmitter in the nervous system. When this neurotransmitter is blocked, you’ll have trouble with the involuntary movement of smooth muscles …

Thyroid problems and iodine deficiency

Iodine is a micronutrient required for thyroid hormone production. Adequate (but not excessive) levels of iodine, a trace element found mostly in the soil and water of coastal areas, are required for the synthesis of the thyroid hormones thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which play key roles in our many metabolic systems. The major concerns regarding the global and growing …

Beat Diabesity in 5 Simple Steps

Diabesity? Is that a typo? What is it? No, it’s not a mistake– diabesity is a combination of obesity and diabetes, two of the most prevalent diseases in the United States today. Similarly, obesity is at an all-time high reaching over 35% in seven states and costing us $145 billion a year. The National Institute of Health defined diabesity in …

4 Foods That Will Help Fortify Brain Function

In order for the brain to function optimally, it needs the right amount of nutrients. If it doesn’t get enough of the material it needs, it will struggle to build brain cells and keep the lines of communication open between the cells and their receptors. When this occurs, cognitive decline is not too far behind. Food is a great natural …

Do Low-Carb Diets and Low Thyroid Sufferers Mix?

Are you jumping on the low-carb bandwagon? It’s true; low-carb diets can be an effective way to lose weight and reduce risks associated with low thyroid function like obesity and cardiovascular disease. The low-carb diet forgoes carbohydrates and replaces them with fat and protein. Some research has found that those with low thyroid function struggle to digest and absorb carbohydrates, …

Type 2 Diabetics Can’t Afford to Ignore This Trace Mineral

While everyday minerals like calcium and magnesium get all of the attention, I’d bet most people have never heard of the essential mineral manganese. But just because it isn’t well-known doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. In fact, a recent study found that type 2 diabetics have significantly lower levels of this critical trace mineral. This doesn’t mean that low …

Essential Nutrient Linked to Alzheimer’s Risk

Every time a new study is published about brain health and Alzheimer’s, my ears perk up. When the research focuses on nutrition and lifestyle factors, it really gets my attention. So, when a recent study compiled evidence suggesting the mineral, selenium, is deficient in the brain tissue of those with Alzheimer’s, I made a cup of tea and put on …

Recent Study Finds New Stress-Related Cause for Diabetes

This month, the Journal of the American Heart Association published a study that linked stress to an individual’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. “Yeah, yeah,” you might think. “I’ve heard it all before–cortisol is to blame, blah, blah, blah.” But before you stop reading, this new study took a new approach, and throws aldosterone under the bus. Aldosterone is …