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Definition Pre-diabetes is a health condition that carries no symptoms. Commonly referred to as "impaired glucose tolerance," approximately 54 million people in the United States twenty years and older have this condition. And although their blood glucose levels are higher than they should be, they are not at the level to be classified as diabetes. People develop this condition, and if it goes undiagnosed, it can lead to the more serious type 2 diabetes. Medical research has revealed that people with pre-diabetes may already be suffering some damage to their heart and circulatory system. Who is at Risk? Certain population groups have a higher risk of diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and pre-diabetes. For example, diabetes affects Hispanics, Native Americans, African Americans and Asian Americans. In addition, seniors are also considered high risk for various types of diabetes. Doctors are now more cautious when they suspect a patient may be at risk for diabetes, because o...
Brian Wansink loaned me the title for this article. I borrowed it from his forthcoming book, Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More That We Think.
The book, which I read in galley proofs, is not only great research but also great writing. I hope that it will be a best-seller, and I have every expectation that it will be. Bantam Books will publish it as a hardcover on October 17 for $25, ISBN 978-0-553-80434-8. You can pre-order it now from Amazon.com .
Professor Wansink, the director of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab, has spent 20 years studying the hidden cues that determine how we eat. He has worked on more that 250 studies and has written more than 100 journal articles about our eating behavior.
He told me about his new book when I corresponded with him about one of those studies. I reported on that study, “Size Matters,” here .
The book is every bit as useful and interesting as that study of the cues that we get from the size of the bowls and silverware that we use. That ...
How much we eat matters. It determines our size, which in turn is the most important part of controlling our diabetes.
But what determines how much we eat? It can’t be just because we are hungry, since almost everyone overeats sometimes. We get cues from our environment.
The good news is that we can control one of these cues, which gives us a simple way to guide ourselves to eating less. For a long time some dieters have assumed that this cue works. Now we have the scientific proof that it does.
The size of the bowls that we eat out of and the size of the spoons that we use to serve ourselves matters. Most of us can use smaller bowls and spoons to help ourselves better control how much we eat. On the other hand, people who need to put on weight can use bigger bowls and spoons.
It’s just an illusion. But even when we know that it is an illusion it can help us. After learning about this research, I have shifted from serving myself in big bowls to small bowls and on dinner plates...
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