News and Updates for the Patient and Family

How stress causes gray hair

Stress can have a variety of negative effects on the body. The idea that acute stress can cause hair to turn gray is a popular belief. But until now, that link wasn’t scientifically proven.

Hair color is determined by cells called melanocytes, which produce the pigment melanin. New melanocytes are made from melanocyte stem cells that live within the hair follicle at the base of the hair strand. As we age, these stem cells gradually disappear. The hair that regrows from hair follicles that have lost melanocyte stem cells has less pigment and appears gray.


How to Keep Your Heart Healthy:
Diabetes and Heart Health

Heart disease is a serious and common condition. If you have diabetes, you’re twice as likely to have heart disease than someone who doesn’t have diabetes.

But there’s a lot you can do to lower your risk for heart problems. And those actions will make it easier to manage diabetes, too.

Being more physically active makes your heart stronger and can improve your blood sugar levels. It can promote weight loss as well, which lowers your heart disease risk. Eating healthy food that gives you the nutrition you need is also really important.

Find out more about how heart disease and diabetes are connected and what you can do (and not do) to keep your heart healthy.

Study Finds Strong Relationship Between Cognitive Decline and Chronic Conditions

A recent study found that adults with a history of stroke, heart disease, and COPD were more likely to report cognitive decline compared to adults without those conditions.

The study also found that a significant proportion of adults with cognitive decline also had chronic diseases. Cognitive decline may affect a person’s ability to manage their chronic conditions.

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Diabetes is Different for Women

Diabetes doesn’t treat men and women the same. Diabetes increases the risk of heart disease (the most common diabetes complication) by about four times in women but only about two times in men. Women are also at higher risk of other diabetes complications, like blindness.

If you’re a woman with diabetes, you may need to change your management plan from time to time, depending on what’s happening in your life. But no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you can’t go wrong with the basics:

  • Check blood sugar regularly
  • Eat healthy food in the right amounts
  • Be active on most days

Find out more about what you can do to stay on track and be your healthiest in our Diabetes and Women feature.

Living Well With Diabetes

You don’t get really good at dealing with diabetes overnight. But over time, you’ll figure out how to go from getting it done to taking it in stride. See if any of these tips are familiar (or worth trying!).

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Healthy Eating Tips for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again: treats at work, big holiday meals, edible gifts—and it all goes on for weeks. How do you stick to your diabetes meal plan when temptations are everywhere?

Not to worry! No food needs to be on the naughty list. You can have a serving of the dishes you really love and can’t get any other time of year. Being active can help make up for eating more than usual and reduce stress during this most stressful time of year.

Try these 5 tips for staying on track no matter what’s cooking.

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