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What does Tom Hanks have in common with Halle Berry, Drew Carey, Patti LaBell and Paula Deen? Tom is just the latest Hollywood star to disclose that he has Type 2 Diabetes. When he announced his disease on a recent David Letterman show, he said that he has had high blood sugar numbers since he was 36 (he’s now 57).

Diabetes is at epidemic levels in the U.S. and growing. A recent study found that nearly 26 million people in this country have diabetes and another 79 million Americans have pre-diabetes, a condition that places people at higher risk for … Read the rest

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Healthy Meals in a Snap

soda-alternative200One half of Americans drink a soda or other sugary beverage each day, and 1 in 20 drinks the equivalent of more than 4 cans of soda each day. That’s the finding of a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Sweetened drinks are linked to the explosion of obesity (especially childhood obesity) and its related medical problems. Of course, the American Beverage Association disputes the connection, but the data seems pretty clear. Health officials have been urging people to cut back for years, but advocates say those efforts have not been … Read the rest

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Girl Eating AppleA recent study by the American Diabetes Association looked at the cost of health care and work-related costs associated with diabetes. This is an increasing issue for businesses as well as individuals, since both share in the costs.

The U.S. has seen a 41 percent increase in the costs associated with diabetes since 2007. That’s a huge increase! Most of that increase is a result of more people being diagnosed with the disease, not increased medical costs for each person, and that’s even scarier!

We know from other studies that excess weight is a leading contributor to diabetes, so it … Read the rest

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Perhaps you’ve already seen one of their new ads. Coca-Cola company is airing a 2 minute spot on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC to say that they support anti-obesity campaigns. In the ads, they say they have don’t their part by providing drinks with fewer calories and drinks in smaller sizes. They caution people against consuming too many calories from any source, including soft drinks.

Pardon me, but isn’t that like Ford Motor Company telling you to save gas by owning fewer cars? Or, Allstate advising you to save money by purchasing less insurance? Or, Costco telling you to watch … Read the rest

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There may be more risks associated with obesity than you think. According to a recent poll by the Associated Press, only a few people knew a majority of the risks associated with obesity. Even scarier, about one quarter of people think it’s possible for someone to be very overweight (i.e., obese) and still be healthy!

Most people know that being obese has serious health consequences, including heart disease and diabetes. But other consequences aren’t so well known. For example, only 7 percent of people surveyed mentioned cancer, although doctors have long known that weight increases lead to higher risks of … Read the rest

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