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by Theresa Greenwell, International Science
Type 2 diabetes is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. Many others have a condition known as prediabetes which can eventually turn into full type 2 diabetes. Both of these situations are genetically and lifestyle influenced, which means that how one eats and lives can positively or negatively influence the risk level of developing either condition.
Due to the fact that type 2 diabetes and prediabetes can be influence by lifestyle, researchers are constantly looking for ways to reduce overall risk levels. This research includes looking at medication, exercise and different ways of eating. As eating habits often are the easiest to manipulate (in theory), this is where many researchers concentrate their energies.
A recent study published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases (April 2015) looked into the influence of dietary carotenoid intake on the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Dutch researchers analyzed the dietary intake of carotenoids (from food) for 37,846 individuals over a 10 year period. The belief was that the antioxidant capabilities of carotenoids could reduce diabetes risk by reducing oxidative stress. From their review, the researchers were able to ascertain that dietary habits that provided greater amounts of alpha- and beta- carotenes, were associated with a reduced risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
While alpha- or beta- carotene supplements were not the focus of this particular study, these supplements cannot be fully ignored for possibly giving a similar benefit. As more supplement companies focus on using ingredients derived naturally from dietary sources, it can be assumed that more studies will eventually come to light that will support carotenoid supplements for reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Sluijs, et al. Dietary intake of carotenoids and risk of type 2 diabetes. Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.26(4): 376-381, 2015.
Over the last few years fitness trackers have become incredibly popular. And here at TLS Headquarters, we are 100% in support of this trend. Fitness trackers make creating healthy habits fun! They encourage a competitive spirit as you’re challenged to meet your daily goals. You will be more aware of your health and better prepared to Live the Lifestyle, one step at a time.
But with so many options, how do you choose? Here are a few things to consider when shopping for a fitness tracker, along with some of our favorite trackers:
Design – It’s important to consider your lifestyle. Are you looking for something discreet that you can clip inside your pocket? Check out the FitBit One, which features a minimalist design. Or are you, like me, a tad forgetful and better suited to a wristband that you never have to take off? Take a look at the FitBit Flex or the Jawbone UP.
Function – Are you a long distance runner looking for detailed information? Or are you looking for a tracker that simply counts your daily steps? For fitness enthusiasts who desire detailed workout information, the GARMIN® VIVOACTIVE™ is GPS enabled.
Compatibility – Before purchasing, make sure that your tracker of choice is compatible with your mobile phone.
Fitness trackers are all the rage, and for good reason; in a study by researchers at Indiana University, people who wore a pedometer (a type of accelerometer) daily walked 16% more than they did prior to participating in the study, and lost an average of 2.5 pounds.
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