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  • Can a Person with Prediabetes Eat Sweet Potatoes?

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr January 21, 2022

    You’ve probably heard that people with prediabetes or diabetes should not eat sweet potatoes because they contain too many carbohydrates and cause insulin and blood sugar spikes.  That, my friend, is a myth! You can eat sweet potatoes if you have prediabetes or diabetes. But, you must be cautious of your portion size and the types of food you pair them with. Get this right, and you can avoid the…

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  • Not Just High, But Low Levels of LDL ‘Bad’ Cholesterol May Raise Diabetes Risk

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr January 14, 2022

    Both high and low levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol may increase the risk of diabetes, a new observational study has found. Compared to people with normal cholesterol levels, individuals with low and high levels of LDL cholesterol had a 57% and 29% higher risk of diabetes, respectively.   The study, “Both low and high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol are risk factors for diabetes diagnosis in Chinese adults,” was published…

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  • Type 2 Diabetes: A simple Explanation

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr November 7, 2021

    Diabetes is a long-term disease characterised by high blood glucose levels, which over time leads to damage of the heart, blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nerves.  There are two types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. However, over 90% of diabetes cases are type 2. Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that causes glucose and insulin levels in the blood to remain persistently high. It usually happens when…

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  • High Blood Levels of This Nutrient Increases Life Expectancy by Almost 5 Years

    Somi Igbene PhD ANutr July 28, 2021

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still the leading cause of death globally. Many factors contribute to its development, but unhealthy lifestyles, particularly diet, inactivity, and smoking, are key risk factors.  According to research, a healthy diet consisting of wholegrains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and protein-rich foods such as legumes and seafood provides many anti-inflammatory nutrients such as essential omega-3 fatty acids that lower CVD risk.   New evidence has expanded omega-3 FA…

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