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Letter from the Editor: Coffee, Donuts and Diabetes, Oh My!

Apr 16, 2011

Coffee, donuts and diabetes, oh my! This week there is a new study out that goes against at least 20 studies we have covered in Diabetes in Control in the past year. Caffeine and Carbs Don’t Mix, from the new Journal of Caffeine Research, suggests caffeine disrupts glucose metabolism, possibly contributing to the development and poor control of Type 2 diabetes. This seems to go directly against other research suggesting that the disruption of glucose metabolism might be why caffeine prevents diabetes. Wonder if any of these researchers think that eating donuts might have something to do with it?

This week’s Item #12, Aerobic Exercise Can Improve Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, highlights the value of aerobic exercise and how walking on a treadmill for just one hour a day may slow the progression of NAFLD in obese people with prediabetes. This dovetails perfectly with an article that Dr. Sheri Colberg did for us back in November of 2007 entitled, Secret #27: Make It Strenuous.



dLife.com: April 10, 7PM ET on CNBC

Topics: Vietnam veterans who developed Type 2 diabetes after exposure to Agent Orange recount their struggles. Plus, Chef Michel Nischan in the dLife kitchen with a cheesy veggie favorite, and Jim Turner in the dentist’s chair. Sundays on CNBC at 7 PM ET, 6 PM CT, and 4 PM PT. Catch up on dLife.com.

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Dave Joffe, Editor-in-chief