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Foods To Avoid With Your Type 2 Diabetes

Foods To Avoid With Your Type 2 Diabetes

When you have type 2 diabetes, the smallest changes in your diet can make a world’s difference to your health.

  • If you are overweight, lose some weight.  Dropping 10 pounds can affect the way that your body reacts to insulin and improve your cholesterol and blood pressure. Knowing what types of foods to incorporate into your diet will ultimately make this process incredibly easy. The Metabolic Research Institute has created a list of foods to stay away from if you have type 2 diabetes.
  • Avoid Refined Sugar  Foods high in refined sugar such as desserts and soda should be avoid. These foods lack nutritional value, and their high quantities of sugar can spike your blood sugar levels which can triggers a majority of the symptoms that individuals associate with type 2 diabetes.
  • Dried Fruit While this snack is often found to be healthy and high in fiber and nutrients, the dehydration process causes these fruit’s natural sugars to concentrate. Although dried fruit is a better option than brownies and ice cream, it will still cause your sugar levels to rise tremendously.
  • If you’re looking for a sweet and healthy treat, stick with fresh fruit options.
  • Avoid low-quality carbohydrates.  White Rice, Bread & Flour These foods are incredibly low-quality carbohydrates. In fact, any food that is made with white flour isn’t a great part of your diet if you have type 2 diabetes. This includes white bread, pasta, rice, cake, etc. This is because your body processes this very similarly to sugar, raising your glucose levels. A great way to tackle this part of your diet is by switching out any white flour items with whole-grain or wheat options. While managing your diet doesn’t create a treatment for your type 2 diabetes, it can make a big difference.

Make these changes to your diet today! Questions?  Give us a call at (516) 802-3060.

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Heart Disease In Women

Heart Disease In Women

At the Metabolic Research Institute in West Palm Beach, we utilize clinical studies and research trials to find cures and solutions for a variety of health problems that Americans are coming across more frequently, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease. When we work on these cases we have the bigger picture in mind, and because of that, we want to provide you with some of the primary causes of heart disease in women. With this information, we hope that you’ll make an effort to take precautionary actions in your own life!

For those of you who may not know what heart disease entails, heart disease affects the blood vessels and cardiovascular system. From there, a process called atherosclerosis begins; this is when plaque builds up in the walls of your arteries, making it difficult for blood to flow through. This process can create blood clots and can cause a stroke or heart attack.

Heart disease can take shape in other ways too. Another form of heart disease is heart failure or congestive heart failure, which means that your heart is still working, but it isn’t receiving enough oxygen or pumping blood the way it should be. An arrhythmia or abnormal heart rhythm is another form of heart disease. When this form of heart disease takes place, your heart is either beating too fast or too slow. When this happens, your blood flow is affected because the heart is lacking the ability to consistently pump the amount of blood your body needs.

90 percent of women have at least one risk factor for developing heart disease in their lifetime, and 1 in 3 of these women will die each year from heart disease. This means that a woman is more likely to die of heart disease than cancer. Talk to your doctor about the risks of heart disease that you may have, and how you can take action to preventing it from happening to you.



Managing Your Diabetes During The Holidays

Managing Your Diabetes During The Holidays

Diabetes is a difficult to manage on a day to day basis, but it’s especially difficult during the holiday season when the world serves candy and sweets onto our kitchen tables. The Metabolic Research Institute works hard every day to try to provide answers and a treatment to the diabetic community, but while we work, we wanted to provide you with a couple of tips from the American Diabetes Association that will help you manage your type 2 diabetes during the holidays.


Focus on what the holidays are really about, friends and family. The more time that you spend focused on the people surrounding your table, the less you’ll focus on the tempting and sugary foods that are filling it. Catch up on what everyone’s been doing, spend time outdoors or volunteer within your community to keep busy.


The amount of physical activity you do will make a difference on the way that your body reacts to your diabetes. Spend time off doing physical activity, whether it be high, or low, intensity. This helps you manage your diabetes and your weight and makes staying on track easier post holiday season. A great way to ensure you stick to this is by preparing for a town or city run/walk or set a goal for the new coming year.

These two tips will make a big difference in managing your diabetes this season, and you’ll notice the mentality carry over to your day to day life. For more information on the work that Metabolic Research Center does and how you can help, call us today!



The Long Term Effects Of High Cholesterol

The Long Term Effects Of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol is one of the most common health issues that is found in adults. While there are some individuals who don’t take it seriously, the diagnosis of high cholesterol is something that requires immediate action.  The longer high cholesterol goes without treatment, the worse the effects on your body will be. Many assume that high cholesterol is harmless in the long run, but in fact the opposite is quite true.

Studies show that the average American’s cholesterol level is in the borderline high range, and 1 in 6 Americans has high cholesterol. High cholesterol can lead to stomach pain from fatty deposits, atherosclerosis, and an increased strain on your heart. However, the two largest effects that a high cholesterol can have on your body are the increased chance of a stroke or a heart attack.

If there is a clog in one of your coronary artery, your heart doesn’t receive enough blood or oxygen. This ends up weakening your heart and creates long term damage. This can lead to a few things. A blood clot could form blocking the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart, it could also break off and make its way to one of your arteries. Once an artery is completely blocked, you have a heart attack.

The second risk that high cholesterol puts you at are the chances of a stroke. This happens from plaque buildup that keeps your brain from getting enough blood or oxygen. Through the same method as the heart attack arteries, if a clot blocks one of the arteries that feeds your brain blood and oxygen is blocked, you’ll have a stroke.

These long term effects are dangerous and life threatening. Both have the ability to completely take your life. The Metabolic Research Institute in West Palm Beach is working hard to discover a high cholesterol treatment for individuals at risk of a heart attack or stroke. If you’re aware that you have high cholesterol, talk with your doctor to determine which actions are best for you so that you can manage your cholesterol.



Treating The Diabetic In Your Life On Valentine’s Day

Treating The Diabetic In Your Life On Valentine’s Day

As with most holidays, the food offerings that Valentine’s Day bring can be absolute torture to a diabetic. While more than 100 million Americans deal with type 2 diabetics, a majority of our nation has no idea what it’s like to manage, or live with,  diabetes. Holidays are the toughest time of year because of all the sweets that rise to the surface and fill the aisles of our grocery stores. Not being able to enjoy the sweets doesn’t mean that diabetics shouldn’t be able to enjoy these holidays. The Metabolic Research Institute in West Palm Beach has found great ways for you to treat the diabetic in your life this Valentine’s Day.


Managing a healthy blood sugar level is hard when you’re a type 2 diabetic, but being diabetic doesn’t mean that sugar will kill you. Enjoying a small piece of cake, or a few pieces of chocolate will certainly not do a lifetime of damage to a diabetic. Straying away from the lectures, and allowing the diabetic in your life to enjoy a few sweets, is a great way to treat them.


Diabetics don’t have to cut sweets out of their lives entirely, but they do have to know what are viable options for sweets, and which options do more damage than they do good. The primary alternative that people think of is dried fruit. While dried fruit does have the chewy texture that gummy candies do, and is still sweet, dried fruit is actually much more processed and contains more sugar, meaning it does more damage. Find sugar free candies or sweets to use instead!

Make sure that you show diabetic that you love, just how much you care. The Metabolic Research Institute works hard every day to find a treatment to this difficult, and life changing, disease. Making sure that you help any diabetics in your life maintain their blood sugar level, while still offering a way to enjoy the holiday, is already a great way to treat them!