Why Are Healthcare Costs Out of Control?

(DGIwire) — People who pay for their health insurance and other healthcare related costs are well aware that they continue to rise sharply. Reasons for these costs are often discussed with blame widespread. The underlying reason however falls squarely on us as individuals. Did you know that just twenty conditions are responsible for more than […]

Microbes and Mood: A Gut Feeling?

(DGIwire) —  The National Microbiome Initiative was started by the U.S. Government this year with a budget of five-hundred million dollars. Microbiomes are not a common dinner table subject but perhaps that will soon be changing. According to Wikipedia, microbiota, microbiome and microbe are largely synonymous and are used to describe “the ecological community of […]

Eliminating Diabetes

(DGIwire) — In 2015, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) estimated the number of people with diabetes was 415 million. The actual number however, may be as high as 520 million, according to researchers from Monash University with partners in the UK and US. They say that the incidence of global diabetes has been grossly underestimated […]

What Your Waist Says About Your Health

(DGIwire) — Is your weight causing problems for your life…or lifestyle?  Some people aren’t sure.  Do scales tell the whole story?  Although widely used as a calculator for idea weight, BMI or a measure of your body mass index is not a definitive measure, either.  Perhaps your family and friends tell you that you look […]

Is Fruit Killing You?

(DGIwire)  There are many diets and health advisors today who declare that we all must limit fruit consumption.  Too much can kill you and cause all kinds of imbalances and health issues, they say. Fruit is making you fat! Causing imbalances in your blood sugar. Maybe even triggering or accelerating your diabetic state.  Such claims are particularly […]

Resolution: Improve Your Health, Americans

(DGIwire)  Health and fitness are always at the top of the list when it comes to New Year Resolutions regardless of anyone’s age. That is the good news and also the bad news because overall health in America is going in the wrong direction. Although you may hear that average life span in the United […]

Large Waistlines Are Hazardous to Our Health

(DGIwire) — The Mayo Clinic performed a large study involving almost 16,000 people from five countries around the world. It found that people with coronary artery disease who had large waistlines were at more than twice the risk of dying. Even those with a modestly enlarged belly showed the same risk, and some of these people had […]

Are you Skinny Fat?

 (DGIwire) –Recently, researchers at the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit in the UK reported that being slim might not lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes or other metabolic disorders.  They found a so called “lean gene” which was linked to lower body fat but increased risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. After […]

Travel Tips for Diabetics

(DGIwire) –Planning ahead when you travel is always a smart move to reduce stress. If you are diabetic or traveling with one, planning becomes extra important. These 5 diabetes travel tips are easy and may prove crucial to not only your diabetic management, but to a more enjoyable—whether an outing for the day or a […]

Boomers Waking Up to the Realities of Obesity

(DGIwire) — According to statistics, baby boomers born between 1946 and 1964 are more overweight and obese than current or previous generations.  Around 70% are either overweight or obese and this number has been increasing.  This is very bad news.  As this wave of 77 million Americans reach retirement age, it is setting the stage […]

Protein Confusion: How Much Should Your Diet Include?

(DGIwire) — A new article in the journal Cell Metabolism, cited research around protein consumption by adults aged 50 years and older which was specifically designed to determine how different levels of protein intake might affect health. So, do we now finally know how much protein we need?  Absolutely not!  In fact, the results appear […]

America Needs a National Health Policy Overhaul

 (DGIwire) — With the World Health Organization (WHO) report on rising obesity rates in Europe making headlines this week, people might miss the fact that Europeans are following a well established American trend. Experts predict obesity in America is only going to get worse.  With 33% of Americans now classified as obese, it is estimated […]

70 Million American’s Don’t Know They Are Pre-Diabetic

(DGIwire) — Diabetes is currently one of the most prevalent diseases in the world.  The Centers for Disease and Control (CDC), has stated that approximately one in three U.S. adults (an estimated 79 million people) have pre-diabetes, a condition in which blood glucose or hemoglobin A1c (A1c) levels are higher than normal but not high […]

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