When is weight a risk factor for Covid-19?

How much you weigh makes a difference in the likelihood of getting Covid-19. It turns out that obesity is a risk factor for the illness,  along with advanced age, heart disease, diabetes and a host of other health problems. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that 42.4 percent of Americans qualify as “obese,” whichRead more

A Winner: Donato’s Lower Carb Pizza

I’m excited about Donato’s lower carb pizza, made with cauliflower crust. It has 30 percent fewer carbs than regular pizza – but it tastes like regular pizza! I did a stint as a newspaper restaurant critic, so I’m pretty picky about food. This pizza passes my test – it has a crispy/chewy crust that servesRead more

Why One Diet Doesn’t Fit Everyone

Consider the following: Amy and Carmen both have prediabetes. The two friends go out to dinner and eat the same foods in the same amounts. Two  hours later, Amy’s blood sugar level is normal while Carmen’s is way too high. Confusing? It turns out there is no one-size-fits-all-diet that is good for all of theRead more

When sugar free isn’t

Gripe: Having to be a sugar vigilante. When ordering beverages out, I always double check to make sure my sugar-free drink is truly sugar free. I feel frustrated. So do others.  Posters on the message board of  www.diabetesdaily.com complain that their orders for a sugar free beverage are messed up so often, they give up orderingRead more

Internet articles to trust

  Have high-ish blood sugar? You  may be on your own to figure out what to do; unless there’s an actual diagnosis of diabetes, insurers may not offer extensive professional counseling. One  self-help strategy is to read online to learn about lowering blood sugar. How do you know what information to trust? Type  “high bloodRead more

No stress blood tests

With prediabetes comes routine blood tests. Truth:  They will be frequent but they don’t have to be bad. The following tips really help needle phobes! 1. Drink lots and lots of water the day before. Phlebotomists say that being well hydrated “plumps up” veins, which makes it easier for the phlebotomist to draw blood, resultingRead more