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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Best Books on Metabolic Health

April 22, 2022
Written by
Team NutriSense
Brooke McKelvey

Metabolic health is one of the most critical aspects of overall health and wellbeing. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to know where to start to improve things like metabolic health, especially if you’re just learning about it. Whether you're looking for weight loss tips, ways to improve your cholesterol levels, or to learn more about metabolism, a little reading material can go a long way.

With World Book Day just around the corner, this weekend is a great time to set aside some time to learn more about your health between the pages of a good book. There's a book for every health query, from a deep dive into endocrinology, more conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol, an introduction to chronic diseases like obesity, or an explanation of metabolic syndrome and gestational diabetes.

To help you get started, here’s what the credentialed dietitians and nutritionists at NutriSense think are the best books on metabolic health:

The Complete Guide to Fasting 

Written by: Dr. Jason Fung

Fasting is an ancient practice used for medicinal and spiritual purposes for centuries. However, in recent years, fasting has gained popularity as a weight-loss tool. While there are many different types of fasting, they share one common goal: to improve your health and wellbeing by giving the body a break from digesting food.

There is growing evidence that fasting can have powerful effects on the body. Intermittent fasting, for example, has been shown to boost metabolism, can impact your blood sugar, and may promote weight loss. 

In his book, Dr. Jason Fung provides a guide to various types of fasting, including intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting, and extended fasting. Fung discusses the history of fasting and its place in multiple cultures and religions and then delves into its science. The book also includes a section on common questions, like what to eat and how to break a fast.

Smart Fat 

Written by: Steven Masley M.D. & Jonny Bowden Ph.D.

Smart Fat" is all about the benefits of including healthy fats in your diet. The book starts by busting some common myths about fat, like the idea that all fat is bad for you. It then explains the different types of fat and their respective benefits.

Masley and Bowden argue that the advice that all fat is bad is based on flawed research and outdated information. They point to studies that show that saturated fat is not associated with an increased risk of heart disease and may even have some health benefits. The authors also dispel the myth that all fats are equal, explaining more about typically good (like omega 3s) and bad fats (like trans fats).  

One type of "good" fat is monounsaturated fat, found in olive oil and avocados, which can lower cholesterol levels and protect against heart disease. Another is the omega 3 fatty acids found in sardines and mackerel, which can reduce your risk of conditions like heart disease and stroke.

The book also includes recipes and menu plans to help readers incorporate more healthy fats into their diets.

Glucose Revolution

Written by: Jessie Inchauspé

Jessie Inchauspé, or as you may know her, Glucose Goddess, has written a book all about how empowered you can feel when you start monitoring your glucose levels. 

"Glucose Revolution" is an excellent book for anyone interested in learning more about glucose's important role in the human body. The book begins with a brief overview of the role of glucose and the dangers of uncontrolled blood sugar. Inchauspé then discusses types of diabetes, symptoms, and the importance of diet and exercise in regulating blood sugar levels. The book also includes a variety of recipes and meal plans designed to help readers control their blood sugar. 

Inchauspé explains the science behind how the body uses glucose. She also provides a detailed plan for managing blood sugar levels effectively. 

Hangry

Written by: Sarah Fragoso & Dr. Brooke Kalanick N.D. M.S.

Hangry: 5 Simple Steps to Balance Your Hormones and Restore Your Joy" is part self-help, part scientific guide to understanding the phenomenon of being hangry. Hanger is a state of mind characterized by extreme irritability and irrational anger caused by low blood sugar levels.

This book offers a comprehensive guide to understanding and addressing the hormone issues and other health problems that can come with this condition. Drawing on their own experiences with hormonal imbalances, the authors give readers practical advice on identifying symptoms, making dietary and lifestyle changes, and restoring hormonal balance. In addition to offering sound advice, the authors also provide helpful recipe ideas and tips for dealing with stress. 

Primal Endurance 

Written by: Mark Sisson & Brad Kearns

Primal Endurance” presents a new approach to endurance training based on ancestral health principles. It explores how primal living can help optimize health by explaining how our ancestors lived active, healthy lives without the need for formal exercise or strict diets.

The authors argue that modern humans have become too reliant on technological conveniences and have lost touch with our primal roots. As a result, the book suggests that we face an epidemic of chronic disease and obesity. The authors believe a more primal lifestyle can help, including eating real food, staying active even in simple ways like walking, and getting adequate sleep.

The Diabetes Code 

Written by: Dr. Jason Fung

Another book by New York Times bestselling author Jason Fung, “The Diabetes Code” offers a groundbreaking new approach to preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes. Drawing on cutting-edge research, he shows that the key to managing diabetes is to focus on the underlying hormonal imbalance that leads to high blood sugar levels.

Dr. Fung argues that it’s possible to effectively manage diabetes and avoid the serious complications of uncontrolled blood sugar by normalizing this imbalance. In addition, by following his recommendations for diet and lifestyle, readers can dramatically reduce their risk of developing diabetes in the first place.

With its clear and accessible style, the book is an essential guide for anyone seeking to understand and manage this condition.

Wired to Eat 

Written by: Robb Wolf

In his book “Wired to Eat,” Wolf explores the idea that our modern diets are at odds with our genetic makeup. He argues that the human body is designed to thrive on a diet of lean meats, vegetables, and fruits—the foods that our ancestors ate for millennia (AKA the Paleo diet).

The book suggests that typical Western diets of processed foods and grain-based carbohydrates have created a disconnect between what we eat and what our bodies need. As a result, we see an increase in obesity, diabetes, and other diet-related diseases.

By returning to a more traditional way of eating, the book claims that we can improve our health and reclaim our rightful place as the top predators on the planet. Wolf, a former research biochemist, does an excellent job of explaining the science behind our nutritional needs in layman's terms.

He provides practical advice for dietary changes to improve our health, including eliminating processed foods and eating more whole foods like vegetables, fruits, and meat. He also emphasizes the importance of including healthy fats in our diets, such as those found in olive oil, avocados, and nuts.

Metabolic Storm 

Written by: Dr. Emily Cooper

In “Metabolic Storm,” Dr. Cooper explores the role of metabolism in our overall health. Drawing on experience as a medical doctor and researcher, she argues that many of our modern health problems can be traced back to disruptions in our metabolic process.

The book provides a detailed look at how metabolism works and how it can be affected by diet, stress, and lifestyle choices. In addition, Dr. Cooper offers practical advice on how we can optimize our metabolism for better health.

Metabolic Storm is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in taking control of their health and wellbeing.

The Inflammation Spectrum

Written by: Dr. Will Cole & Eve Adamson

The Inflammation Spectrum: Find Your Food Triggers and Reset Your System” is a comprehensive guide to understanding and managing inflammation. The book explains what inflammation is and how it can lead to chronic diseases like heart disease and arthritis. It then outlines the different kinds of food that can trigger inflammation, from sugar and refined carbohydrates to dairy and red meat.

The authors also provide practical advice on reducing inflammation through diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes. By following the recommendations in this book, readers will be able to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases and improve their overall health.

The Fatburn Fix

Written by: Catherine Shanahan M.D.

In a world where fad diets abound, and new workout regimens are constantly emerging, optimizing your health can be challenging. “The Fatburn Fix: Boost Energy, End Hunger, and Lose Weight by Using Body Fat for Fuel" makes a clear and compelling case for using body fat for fuel to boost energy, end hunger, and lose weight. 

The book is based on a simple premise: our bodies were designed to use body fat for fuel, but modern diets and lifestyles have interfered with this natural process. As a result, we store more body fat than we burn, leading to weight gain.

Making some simple changes to our diet and lifestyle will not only help us lose weight but can also boost energy and reduce hunger cravings. In addition, using body fat for fuel has several other health benefits, including reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

Good Calories, Bad Calories

Writen by: Gary Taubes

Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health” argues that the prevailing scientific consensus on diet and health is wrong and that obesity results from too many carbohydrates, not too many calories. The book helped spark a low-carbohydrate diet craze. 

“Good Calories, Bad Calories” challenges conventional ideas on diet and health. Taubes argues that the key to good health is not counting calories but consuming the right calories. He argues that all fats and carbs are not equal and that certain types of carbs can be detrimental to our health.

Taubes' work has been praised by leading researchers in nutrition and sparked a national debate on the best way to eat for health. Whether you agree or not, the book is sure to spark challenge traditional assumptions about diet and health.

The Hungry Brain

Written by: Stephan J. Guyenet Ph.D.

The Hungry Brain: Outsmarting the Instincts That Make Us Overeat” explores the science behind why we overeat. It debunks the common misconception that we eat more because we're hungry. Instead, it argues that we're programmed to seek out high-calorie foods to survive.

The book also delves into the role of hormones and neurotransmitters in regulating hunger and satiety and how our modern diet and lifestyle can disrupt this delicate balance. 

Dr. Guyenet’s research provides insights into why we often make poor food choices and how we can make better ones. By making conscious choices about what we eat, we can finally break free from the cycle of overeating and unnecessary dieting.

Why We Get Sick

Written by: Benjamin Bikman

"Why We Get Sick: The Hidden Epidemic at the Root of Most Chronic Disease—and How to Fight It" explores the little-known epidemic of inflammation and its impact on our health. Chronic inflammation has been linked to various diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer's. While some inflammation is necessary for healing, too much can be damaging. 

The book advocates for whole foods, an anti-inflammatory diet, regular exercise, stress reduction, and adequate sleep. He also offers practical advice on reducing inflammation through diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes.

Drawing on his extensive experience as a researcher and clinician, he provides a much-needed resource for anyone who wants to understand how to protect themselves from chronic disease.

The Obesity Code

Written by: Dr. Jason Fung

Yes, we’re big fans of Dr. Jason Fung’s work! Another bestseller, “The Obesity Code,” explores the root causes of obesity and offers new approaches to weight loss.

Dr. Fung argues that obesity is not simply a result of overeating or a sedentary lifestyle but a hormonal disorder caused by insulin resistance. He demonstrates how the standard 'calories in, calories out’ model is ineffective in treating this condition and outlines a new approach to reset hormones.

Readers can learn how to reset their metabolism for weight loss, and although some of the concepts may be new to some readers, it’s easy to understand and apply the theories in practice.

The Menopause Reset 

Written by: Dr. Mindy Pelz

Dr. Mindy Pelz is a renowned hormone specialist who has helped countless women transition through menopause. Her book, “The Menopause Reset,” outlines a comprehensive approach to managing menopause symptoms. Drawing on her years of research and clinical experience, Dr. Pelz provides an in-depth look at the hormonal changes during menopause and offers practical advice for dealing with everything from hot flashes to mood swings. 

She also debunks many myths surrounding menopause, such as the belief that it is a natural part of aging that cannot be prevented or treated. Instead, Dr. Pelz shows how menopause can be managed effectively using lifestyle changes, hormone therapy, and other treatments. 

“The Menopause Reset” is an essential resource for any woman who wants to take control of her health during this critical life stage.

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Catherine is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with NutriSense. On this episode, she discusses what a continuous glucose monitor is, why it's important for women's health and what the data can show midlife women.

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Breaking Down CGMs, How They Work, and Their Accuracy
Breaking Down CGMs, How They Work, and Their Accuracy

If you want to make the most of your CGM, it's helpful to know how to use it correctly. This involves learning more about what the device is, how to calibrate it if you ever need to, and what precision and accuracy mean in regards to it. Read on to learn more. 

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​​Springtime Sniffles: Causes and Prevention Tips for Your Seasonal Allergies
​​Springtime Sniffles: Causes and Prevention Tips for Your Seasonal Allergies

If you're one of the millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, you know how important it is to find ways to make yourself feel more comfortable during this time of year. Read more about springtime allergies and what you can do to manage them.

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Preparing for a Healthy Ramadan
Preparing for a Healthy Ramadan

From April 2 to May 2, people worldwide observe Ramadan, a time of fasting and spiritual reflection. Learn more about the traditions, and how to healthily break a fast during this holy month with tips from one of our dietitians.

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Obesogens: What Are They and Do They Affect Blood Glucose and Weight Gain?
Obesogens: What Are They and Do They Affect Blood Glucose and Weight Gain?

Obesogens are in everything, from the products we use and the food we eat, to the air we breathe! Learn more about what these endocrine-disrupting chemicals are and how you can avoid exposure to them.

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Pairing Your Food: Are there Good and Bad Combinations?
Pairing Your Food: Are there Good and Bad Combinations?

Are eggs and beans bad for you? Should you forgo the fruit juice with your cereal at breakfast? The NutriSense Nutrition Team tells you more about how healthy some common food pairings are for you.

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Eating for Endurance
Eating for Endurance

Learn everything you need to know about eating if you are an endurance athlete.

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A Closer Look at Heart Rate Variability
A Closer Look at Heart Rate Variability

Heart rate variability is the variation in time between your heartbeats. Learn more about it, why tracking your trends matters and how it can give you insights into your fitness, stress, diet, and overall health.

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Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Multiple Sclerosis
Living with Autoimmune Conditions: Multiple Sclerosis

Living with an autoimmune condition can be challenging. Continuing our series on these conditions, learn more about detecting, treating, and managing Multiple Sclerosis.

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Reading Nutrition Facts Labels Like a Pro: Dietitian Tips and Tricks
Reading Nutrition Facts Labels Like a Pro: Dietitian Tips and Tricks

When you're looking to buy a specific food product, the nutrition facts label can help you make informed choices about the foods you eat. Our dietitians put some tips together on what to look for on nutrition labels to make the best choices for your health.

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FUELED | Wellness + Nutrition with Molly Kimball
FUELED | Wellness + Nutrition with Molly Kimball

Molly Downey, RDN, LDN, nutrition manager at NutriSense, delves into all things glucose and wellness, and how devices like these can inform us about our health, on this episode of FUELED with Molly Kimball.

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Are Sardines Good for Your Health?
Are Sardines Good for Your Health?

Sardines are small, but they pack a big nutritional punch! Learn more about the health benefits associated with eating them and check out some fun facts about this flavorful, nutrient-dense food.

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9 Essential Ways to Track Your Fitness (That Don’t Involve a Scale)
9 Essential Ways to Track Your Fitness (That Don’t Involve a Scale)

Most fitness tracking metrics involve stepping on the scale, but they don't always have to! Here are nine other ways to track your fitness.

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Foods You Should Avoid Eating If You Have Prediabetes
Foods You Should Avoid Eating If You Have Prediabetes

There are many food items that can worsen the effects of prediabetes. Here are some foods you should avoid or limit your intake of throughout your day.

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How Many Meals Should You Eat in a Day?
How Many Meals Should You Eat in a Day?

What's the perfect time to eat, and how many meals should you eat in a day? Explore how eating at different times and frequencies each day impacts your body and blood glucose.

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NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Glucose-Friendly Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks
NutriSense Dietitians Recommend: Glucose-Friendly Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

Looking for a way to add apple cider vinegar into your diet? Start with some of these delicious glucose-friendly ACV drinks, recommended by our Nutrition Team.

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Benefits of Walking After Eating: From Regulating Blood Sugar To Lowering Blood Pressure 
Benefits of Walking After Eating: From Regulating Blood Sugar To Lowering Blood Pressure 

Find out how taking a walk after your next meal can benefit various aspects of your health, including your blood glucose levels.

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I Think, I Can—Using Technology as a Window Into Your Physiology
I Think, I Can—Using Technology as a Window Into Your Physiology

Molly explains how using a continuous glucose monitor is what personalized health care means. If you want to fine-tune your health, tune in to this special episode of I Think, I Can.

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My Day | My Life: Nutritionist Carlee Hayes' Canine Cuddles
My Day | My Life: Nutritionist Carlee Hayes' Canine Cuddles

My Day | My Life explores the lives of people who have, in one way or another, mastered the art of aging. In this episode, meet Carlee Hayes, dietitian and Nutrition Manager at NutriSense.

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Common Workout Injuries and How to Prevent Them
Common Workout Injuries and How to Prevent Them

Worried about getting injured during your next workout? Learn about the most common workout injuries, how they can affect blood glucose levels, and some tips to help you prevent them.

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Eat with NutriSense This St. Patrick's Day
Eat with NutriSense This St. Patrick's Day

Would eating the same meal, at the same time, have the same blood glucose response for three different people? See what our team found out after sampling a delicious corned beef and cabbage dish in preparation for St. Patrick's Day!

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Build Healthy Habits During Lent
Build Healthy Habits During Lent

Do you know what you're giving up for Lent this year? For those who observe it, this can be a good time to give up bad habits, and add healthy ones into your routine! Read on to find out more about how to build healthy habits this season.

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Do You Know How Healthy Your Breakfast Cereal Is?
Do You Know How Healthy Your Breakfast Cereal Is?

Cereal is one of the most popular breakfast foods out there—but how healthy is it, really? Review the nutritional content of some popular breakfast cereals, and learn how to choose a healthy option for your individual needs.

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Obesity: What You Should Know and Some New Research on the Condition
Obesity: What You Should Know and Some New Research on the Condition

Did you know that more than two in five adults have obesity? Find out more about the pressing public health issue, review some new research that is shedding light on the condition, and learn how to diagnose and treat it.

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Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim
Tips for a Healthy, Happy Purim

Purim, a joyous occasion celebrated around March or April every year, is just around the corner! Read on to learn more about the holiday and the delicious foods that accompany it.

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Vinegar and Blood Sugar: Does It Lower It?
Vinegar and Blood Sugar: Does It Lower It?

Read on to find out what impact, if any, vinegar really has on our body’s ability to balance blood sugar.

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Meal Frequency and Insulin Sensitivity: How Many Times Should You be Eating in a Day?
Meal Frequency and Insulin Sensitivity: How Many Times Should You be Eating in a Day?

If you have insulin sensitivity, is eating two large meals a day or three to five smaller meals better? Find out more about the relationship between meal frequency and insulin sensitivity, and how many times you should be eating in a day.

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Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Endometriosis
Understanding the Causes and Symptoms of Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common yet often ignored condition. Learn more about the symptoms to watch out for, how you can seek treatment, and read first-hand accounts from two women who have dealt with endometriosis.

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The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices
The Benefits and Risks of Popular Ayurvedic Herbs and Spices

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian holistic healing system that dates back over 5,000 years. In the second installment of our series on the practice, review the benefits and risks associated with popular Ayurvedic herbs and spices.

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Can Eating Pizza Raise Your Blood Glucose Levels?
Can Eating Pizza Raise Your Blood Glucose Levels?

Pizza can be challenging to enjoy eating without worrying about how it affects your health. But while it may be indulgent, it is possible to prepare or order it in a way that won’t wreak havoc on your health or blood sugar levels. Read on to find out more!

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Do Artificial Sweeteners Raise Insulin Levels?
Do Artificial Sweeteners Raise Insulin Levels?

Review our post on the impacts artificial sweeteners have on blood glucose, insulin, and other areas of your personal health.

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What Research Says About Sleep and Blood Sugar Levels
What Research Says About Sleep and Blood Sugar Levels

Recent research has shown that sleep and blood glucose are intricately connected. Read on to learn more about what this means for your blood sugar levels and overall health.

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Understanding the Relationship Between Menopause and Metabolic Health
Understanding the Relationship Between Menopause and Metabolic Health

Did you know that menopause can affect your metabolic health, and vice versa? Read on to understand the relationship between metabolic health and menopause, and how to manage metabolic health during your menopausal journey. 

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How a Continuous Blood Sugar Monitor Can Help You Find Your Perfect Diet
How a Continuous Blood Sugar Monitor Can Help You Find Your Perfect Diet

In this episode learn the truth about how we react to certain foods in regards to our blood sugar response and how you can tailor your diet according to your CGM results.

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All About Blood Sugar With Molly Downey, RDN
All About Blood Sugar With Molly Downey, RDN

This week, dive into how to eat your carbs and manage your blood sugar, too with Molly Downey, RDN, LDN.

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A NutriSense Dietitian's Favorite Kitchen Staples
A NutriSense Dietitian's Favorite Kitchen Staples

Food can be fun, pleasurable, and nutritious all at the same time. Read on to learn more about the two nutrient-dense kitchen staples one of our dietitians swears by to help optimize her health!

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10 Tastiest Nutrient-Dense Foods From Around the World
10 Tastiest Nutrient-Dense Foods From Around the World

Instead of the type or amount of food you eat, you should focus on the amount of nutrients you're adding to every meal. Here are some of our favorite nutrient-dense foods from around the world to help you get started.

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Do Pineapples Raise Blood Sugar Levels?
Do Pineapples Raise Blood Sugar Levels?

Learn everything you need to know about pineapples, your health, and your blood glucose levels, and see how our dietitians like to eat the sweet, tropical fruit. 

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Setting Up The Right Diet Plan For Prediabetes [+Sample Diet Plan Included]
Setting Up The Right Diet Plan For Prediabetes [+Sample Diet Plan Included]

Learn more about the relationship between prediabetes and your diet, and see how to build a diet plan that works for you with some great tips, tricks and recipes from our nutrition team!

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What You Should Know About Acupuncture
What You Should Know About Acupuncture

Learn more about the research on, as well as the benefits and risks of acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine that involves inserting needles into your body for pain and stress relief.

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Triglycerides and Blood Glucose [+Tips to Lower Triglyceride Levels]
Triglycerides and Blood Glucose [+Tips to Lower Triglyceride Levels]

Learn everything you need to know about the relationship between triglycerides levels and blood glucose.