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Weight Loss After Travel: When Should We Be Concerned?

Since I am a diabetes educator who also specializes in obesity medicine, I see a lot of different responses to travel. For all, I see both weight loss and weight gain after travel. The interesting thing is for people with obesity, I see both. What I also find interesting is a lot of my patients who go to Europe tell me they eat pasta, more bread and other carbs, but when they lose weight, glucose levels improve. Why? Usually because they also tell me they are more active.

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International Textbook of Diabetes Mellitus, 4th Ed., Excerpt #124: The Insulin Resistance Syndrome Part 5

When designing any risk scoring system, those proposing such a score must weigh up various competing factors. Metabolic syndrome benefits from the inclusion of clear (and now unambiguous, with the exception of waist circumference) criteria. However equal weighting is given to the five criteria while it is known that they do not contribute equally to the development of cardiometabolic disease. As noted above, two of the five criteria are strongly linked to cardiovascular disease but only weakly to risk of developing diabetes.

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Why Being Physically Active Does a Body Good

Dr. Sheri Colberg on Avoid Weight Gain from Insulin Use and Treating Lows

By Sheri R. Colberg, PhD, FACSM

How active are you? Unless you’re exercising more than several hours a day already, you probably have room to add more in for additional health benefits. Exercise is about the best medicine that there is for so many health conditions, including diabetes. Being active helps manage emotional stress and stave off depression—far better than antidepressant medications and with no bad side effects. It naturally bestows your body with antioxidant effect, making you less likely to develop most types of cancer—or even the common cold.

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