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Research Looks at the Brain; Diabetes

By Shirley Archer, JD, MA | April 20, 2015 |

Two distinct mental strategies used to manage pain—focusing attention externally and re-appraising the pain—involve different brain pathways, according to new research using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The study appeared in the journal Anesthesiology (2011, 115 [4], 844–51).

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Powerful Postures to Melt Stress

By Lawrence Biscontini, MA | April 19, 2015 |

In today’s complicated world, just listening to the evening news on television or radio can raise cortisol rates in the body. High stress levels, combined with current technological advancements, almost unending sensorial bombardment, and the ever-changing dietary habits of many developed countries, can deny the body time for repose and resynthesis.

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Understanding Inflammation

By Len Kravitz, PhD | April 9, 2015 |

Inflammation is the body’s immune, self-protective and healing response to harmful stimuli, irritants, pathogens and damaged cells. Most inflammation is acute, such as when you sprain your ankle. Symptoms of inflammation include swelling, redness, pain and (sometimes) impaired movement or function.

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Is Magnesium a Diabetes Healer?

By Sandy Todd Webster | March 16, 2015 |

A Tufts University study led by Adela Hruby, PhD, MPH, has found that healthy people with the highest magnesium intake were 37% less likely to develop high blood sugar or excess circulating insulin, common precursors to diabetes.

Among people who already had those conditions, those who consumed the most magnesium were 32% less likely to develop diabetes than those consuming the least.

The second association held true even when researchers accounted
for other healthful factors—such as fiber—that often go along with magnesium-rich foods.

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Exercise and Type 2 Diabetes

By IDEA Authors | February 23, 2015 |

Did you know that diabetes affects nearly one-tenth of the U.S. population—a widening epidemic with more than 5,000 new cases per day (ADA 2013)? Type 2 diabetes, formerly called non-insulin-dependent diabetes or adult-onset diabetes, accounts for about 90% of diabetes cases (IDF 2014).

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Working with Diabetic Clients

By Peggy Kraus, MA | November 1, 2007 |

Look around your exercise floor. Although there are no outward or telltale signs, it is likely that several of your members or clients have some form of diabetes. It is also likely that many of these people either are unaware of their condition or have difficulty managing and regulating the disorder. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20.8 million pe…

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