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PUMA Forever Faster 2 Concept Store Is Now Opened

PUMA Singapore will be launching two new concept stores in Paragon and Bugis+. Introducing the new Forever Faster 2 concept, both stores are conceptualized to mirror PUMA’s brand ethos of weaving sports into lifestyle and will house the widest selection of the latest offerings from PUMA’s athletic fashion and fitness categories for lifestyle wear or for training purposes.

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Starting at the facade, with the campaign of the season, the consumer experiences the PUMA brand DNA throughout their entire journey. Showcased through 360 package across clearly designated sections in accordance to categories and clearly spilt by gender, the layout is strategized to facilitate ease and aid customer understanding of the products – all with the intention to offer an enhanced purchasing experience for all shoppers. With PUMA’s strong heritage as a footwear company, the impressive selection will also be showcased on an extensive footwear wall that will be one of the key features in the store.

Situated along Orchard Road, in the heart of Singapore’s shopping district, the PUMA
store at Paragon mall is a 979 sq ft. concept store, and is now opened. The 1,712 sq ft. concept store in Bugis+ is strategically housed in the vibrant youth enclave, and
will be opened in January 2017.

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BE@RBRICK 101

A Beginner’s Guide To All Things BE@RBRICK

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What does Pharrell, Grace Coddington and Ben Baller all have in common? An affinity for toy collecting. This may sound peculiar at first, but the toy in question is the BE@RBRICK – a little bear-shaped brick toy that’s made its ways into studios, MTV cribs and galleries across the world. It wouldn’t be too far of a stretch to say that these vinyl toys have become canvases for modern expression, playing a crucial role in the intersection of style, art and fashion.

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BE@RBRICKs are a form of collectible toy that resemble a cross between LEGO and well, a bear. These block-style figurines boast teddy bear-style heads that have become an integral pillar of the collectible toy scene. In fact, it wouldn’t be so far-fetched to say that it almost single-handedly carved out the fad of toy collecting in modern times, treading the very fine line between toy and art. Since its inception, BE@RBRICKs have become one of the most recognizable characters in the world, and some of the most sought after.

While regular toy figurines are normally reserved for kids, these bear-like objects have spoken to a more sophisticated crowd. Having been known to sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars on resell markets (the most expensive one sold for close to $200,000 USD), BE@RBRICKs are anything but juvenile.

With anything is a collector’s item, there’s a bit of a learning curve getting in. Let us teach you the basics.

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The Beginnings

BE@RBRICKS are designed and produced by Japan’s MediCom Toy, a company that is best known for its plastic figurines. The company was founded in 1996 to make limited edition figures and licensed products. It has long created plastic figurines of popular culture.

The BE@RBRICK’S design and concept was loosely based on another line of MediCom Toy’s — the Kubrick, which pay homage to famed director Stanley Kubrick. The line of Kubricks are also represented by a logo that uses the same font as A Clockwork Orange‘s official poster, while the name also coincidentally includes the Japanese word for nine — “ku.” Both Kubricks and BE@RBRICKS are comprised of nine parts — a head, torso, hips, arms, hands, and legs with joints that can move. While the Kubrick toys bear resemblance to a human form, the BE@RBRICK, as mentioned, is an anthropomorphized bear.

Most BE@RBRICKS are comprised of hard plastic, but over time, different series have introduced different materials into the mix, including metal and wood. Regardless, the most common form of BE@RBRICKS are made of plastic, however, MediCom Toy has experimented with different plastics over time.

The first BE@RBRICK was released May 27 2001 and given out as a free gift to attendees of the World Character Convention in Tokyo, Japan. This iteration was a simple white bear featuring the BE@RBRICK logo — a blue bear shape with a red “@” enclosed within. Measuring in at 70 mm, this marked the standard BE@RBRICK size — the 100%.

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Sizing Specifications

With the first BE@RBRICK dubbed the 100%, all following sizes also follow the same system. Generally, BE@RBRICKS range between 50% to 1000%. Aside from these standard sizes, there have been some collections that featured BE@RBRICKS of different shapes and sizes — these fall under the “OTHER” category.

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  • 50%, 35 mm – These BE@RBRICKS are normally released in the form of keychains.
  • 70%, 50 mm – First introduced in 2006, the 70% BE@RBRICKS were originally collectible items alongside other products. Since then, many have adopted this format as a form of lucky charm. In response to this, MediCom toy has produced 70% BE@RBRICKS adorned with auspicious and customizable tags.
  • 100%, 70 mm – The most classic and common format. All BE@RBRICK series are released in this size and are available in blind boxes.
  • 200%, 145 mm – A relatively newer format and are only released in the “Chogokin” Series. These are all constructed of die-cast metal and weigh in at 400 g.
  • 400%, 280 mm – The second most common format, most collectors buy BE@RBRICKS in 400% form.
  • 1000%, 700 mm – The largest regular BE@RBRICK size, the 1000% is normally reserved as collectible statue pieces.

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Releases

All BE@RBRICKS releases can be categorized into “SERIES” and “TYPES.” There are two drops a year, and each BE@RBRICK “SERIES” are released in the summer or the winter. Each SERIES are consecutively numbered and consist of four different TYPES. As of press time, the latest is SERIES 31.

  • Basic — Nine different designs with each figure bearing a letter that all come together and spell “BE@RBRICK”
  • Standard — All BE@RBRICKS in this series consist of th different recurring “THEMES” (see below).
  • Artist — Normally consists of designs created in collaboration with an artist.
  • Secret — Unannounced designs that are usually rarer, may also consist of collaborative designs. They may belong to any of the below Themes

Within the “Standard” Series are different “THEMES.” The most common themes include the following

  • Jellybean — a solid-colored figure constructed of translucent plastic.
  • Pattern — a figure boasting a pattern.
  • Flag — a figure boasting a nation’s flag
  • Horror — a figure that is made to resemble a character or theme in the horror genre.
  • SF (Science Fiction) — a figure based on a science fiction theme, usually a film.
  • Cute — a figure bearing resemblance to something “cute.”
  • Animal — a figure bearing resemblance to another animal.
  • Hero — a newer THEME which was introduced in SERIES 21, and consists of superheroes from DC Comics.

All BE@RBRICKS are limited edition and rarely re-released. All of the aforementioned SERIES are purchasable in blind boxes — each box usually contains one figure. All boxes are available in a case, and each case consists of 24 blind boxes. All contents of boxes are random, and it is impossible to discern what is inside a blind box without opening the package. Hence, it is extremely difficult to collect a whole set.

Aside from the schedule SERIES releases that come in the summer and winter, there are general releases that fall throughout the year. These drops are usually individual designs or sometimes in a collection of two or three. These designs vary — they can be tied to a certain season or holiday, commemorating a theme or event, but they are largely collaborative designs.

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Rarity

Each BE@RBRICK SERIES and THEME has its own level of rarity, with the most common being the Basic themed figures. Each blind box states the rarity of the themes, all of which is listed below.

Basic BE@RBRICKS — 14.58 percent

Standard BE@RBRICKS

  • Jellybean — 11.45 percent
  • Pattern — 11.45 percent
  • Flag — 9.37 percent
  • Horror, 9.37 percent
  • SF — 10.41 percent
  • Cute –13.54 percent
  • Animal — 8.33 percent
  • Hero — 7.29 percent

Artist BE@RBRICKS — 4.16 percent or 1.04 percent

Secret BE@RBRICKS — 0.52 percent (1/192)

In addition to these numbers are even rarer releases. The most difficult BE@RBRICKS to collect are those that were never intended for public purchase — such as giveaways, promotional items and one-of-a-kind figures.

Because BE@RBRICKS are so limited in nature and difficult to collect, there is a lot hype around different releases. While the more common collectibles are not hard to obtain, the rarer figures are often resold for multiples of its original price. Some of the rarest BE@RBRICKS include collaborations with KAWS, Chanel, Andy Warhol and many more. KAWS even went on to collaborate with Medicom Toy on OriginalFake, an offshoot brand that unfortunately shuttered in 2013.

BE@RBRICKS have done almost the impossible, positioning itself in the intersection of art, fashion, culture, and fun. Its simple and familiar design has won over everyone regardless of gender or age. MediCom Toy has opened up the floodgates for collectibles, and pioneered for toys a way to market and sell products with hype. While its limited edition method ensures long-lasting interest, it’s the various collaborations that BE@RBRICKS partake in that truly make these forms of art.

Its collaborative efforts also allows artists, musicians, companies and more to offer their own fanbases a token that they can purchase or vie for. Not only does this help increase the visibility of these brands, but they also disseminate BE@RBRICKS across varied interest groups and demographics — perpetuating its continued success.

BE@RBRICK’s role in streetwear cannot be denied. With its limited edition and rare items, it has paved the way for other brands to introduce their own limited edition products and toys. Figurines have become an undeniable staple in streetwear circles, and it’s surely not going anywhere.

Credits to Helena Yeung for the article

GLOW WITH THE FLOW

Held for the first time at the island’s hottest beach destination, ILLUMI RUN saw participants get doused in ILLUMI Glow Water as they ran and danced through five ultraviolet music zones. The fourth edition of the run also included an ILLUMI Glow Slide, making it Singapore’s first night run with a slide

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A wave of neon colours hit Sentosa’s Palawan Green this evening, as the island’s hottest beach destination played host to thousands of ILLUMI RUNNERs, who ran and danced through the night while getting doused in ILLUMI Glow Water.

Held for the first time on the beach, the fourth edition of the ILLUMI RUN also showcased exciting new features such as a ‘Neon Paradise’ route and an inflatable glow slide, making it Singapore’s first night run with a slide. The key feature of the ILLUMI RUN village, the ILLUMI Glow Slide saw participants getting soaked in Glow Water as they slid down the 30-metre long structure, ensuring not one participant got through the night spot-free.

ILLUMI RUN flagged off at 7.30pm and participants ran and partied through the Neon Paradise route, featuring exciting glow zones like Cosmic-Land, which promised neon bubbles and psychedelic rainbow light displays, and Flower Dreams, where runners were treated to a one-of-a-kind neon rain shower as they danced across a colourful field of flowers.

The evening culminated in a party on Palawan Beach, where Asia’s most sought-after DJs such as DJ TiNC, Rave Republic and Taiwan’s DJ Cookie pumped up the luminescent crowd, ending the night on a neon high.

“This was our first time holding ILLUMI RUN at Sentosa, and we cannot be happier with the positive feedback we received. We’re extremely grateful to all the participants who came down tonight, and hope all enjoyed the new experience of running and dancing through the beach while getting splashed with ILLUMI Glow Water,” said Jeffrey Foo, Director of Infinitus Productions, conceptualiser and organiser of ILLUMI RUN. It was indeed very heartening to see runners having so much fun as they took a dive on it and got soaked in Glow Water. We are already looking forward to delivering an even better ILLUMI RUN experience next year.”

ILLUMI RUN 2016 DETAILS

Date                                       :           17 December 2016
Time                                      :           19:00 HRS to 23:30 HRS (Flag off at 19:30)

Venue                                     :           Palawan Green, Sentosa
Tag everything with           :           #illumirun / #illumirun2016 / #illumiruns

Also find us on Facebook       :           www.facebook.com/illumirun
And Instagram                        :           www.instagram.com/illumirunsg

K-Swiss X A Bathing Ape

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AAPE has just collaborated with the American sportswear K-Swiss and they mashed the Classic 66 with the iconic camo of BAPE.  I am in the middle of my decision to decide if I am adding this to my collection? let me know what you think?

The sneaker has a storied history and was the first leather tennis shoe to be debuted at a major Grand Slam tournament. This revitalized version stays true to the design specifications of the OG model, and features five stripe branding, D-rings, unique three-piece toe design and original shield logo branding. What sets this ’66 apart, however, is the unmistakable AAPE camouflage.

 these drop December 15 at retailers

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Quest to Run Sub 2 Marathon: Breaking2

Today Nike unveils Breaking2, an innovation moonshot designed to unlock human potential.

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Like all daring dreams, Breaking2 has an audacious goal: Enable a sub two-hour marathon time.

Many consider this feat impossible. It requires reducing the current men’s world record time of 2:02:57 by three percent. However, that challenge is exactly what drives Nike; the impossible is an opportunity to envision the future of sport.

To help achieve a sub two-hour marathon, Nike is working with a diverse team of leaders across several fields of science and sport with a holistic approach to athletes, product, training, nutrition and environment.

Breaking2 provides an opportunity to explore whether the impossible is within reach. It is the ultimate embodiment of Nike’s mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete on the planet.

THE ATHLETES

Reaching a sub two-hour marathon requires shaving seven seconds off each of the 26.2 miles of the marathon. Even for the world’s best runners this is a massive leap.

Nike spent significant time identifying three elite athletes who are perfectly equipped for (and bold enough to take on) the challenge.

Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea are all lined up to attempt the impossible and run a sub two-hour marathon. These runners are not afraid of the unknown — they attack it.

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THE TEAM

Nike is always looking for barriers to break and the idea of a sub two-hour marathon has come up many times.  Fueled by a long-standing passion for running, Nike began working on a footwear solution specific to the marathon in 2013. This effort ultimately transitioned a year later into a full-on commitment to breaking the two-hour marathon, precipitating the formation of the Breaking2 team.

The Breaking2 team includes world-class experts across biomechanics, coaching, design, engineering, materials development, nutrition and sports psychology and physiology. Alignment of the group’s diverse knowledge bases aims to unpack performance at the molecular level. In this, the team will obsess every detail of the Breaking2 attempt, from weather conditions to jerseys, enabling Eliud, Lelisa and Zersenay to maximize their potential.

THE INNOVATION

To run the perfect race, the athletes require the most innovative product. This is a critical pillar of the Breaking2 attempt, and where Nike is able to deliver unrivaled performance benefits. After years of extensive research and development, Breaking2 will debut a system of groundbreaking innovation that has the potential to elevate every runner.

THE ATTEMPT

To go faster than ever, each second is optimized by careful consideration of course and conditions.

The date and location of the sub two-hour race attempt will be revealed next year.

Join us to follow the progress of Breaking2 here.

WHERE TO COP THE ADIDAS YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “BLACK/WHITE”

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Adidas Originals has just revealed the official global store list for the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 v2 Black/White. The shoes officially release on December 17th, 2016, with an MSRP of $220. In addition to the store list, you can purchase the shoes through the adidas Confirmed App reservation system, which is now applicable to fourteen U.S. cities as well as Paris, Antwerp, Amsterdam, and Copenhagen. Please note that the U.S. store list only includes official adidas retail stores and not boutiques. Check with your local sneaker boutique to see if they are releasing the Yeezy Boost 350 Black White.

WHERE TO BUY ADIDAS YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 ONLINE

adidas.com (11am est)
AFEW (Raffle)
Antonioli (IG Raffle)
BackDoor (Raffle)

Barneys (Random time)
Citadum (IG Raffle)
HBX (Raffle)
KicksUSA (TBD)

Foot Action (10am est)

Foot Locker (10am est)
Finish Line (10am est)

Eastbay (10am est)
END Clothing (Raffle)

Champs Sports (10am est)
Highs & Lows (Raffle)
Oki-ni (Raffle)
Philip Browne (Raffle)
SneakersnStuff (Raffle)
Starcow (IG Raffle)
Triads Clothing (IG Raffle)
Wellgosh (Raffle)
YCMC (Raffle)
YME (Raffle)
Stay tuned for more online retailers

If want them earlier and don’t mind paying extra:
Stadium Goods (Available Now)
eBay (Available Now)

SINGAPORE

adidas Originals Store Singapore
9 Scotts Road Singapore

Limited Edt Chamber
10 Bayfront Ave Singapore

MALAYSIA

Sole What
Lingkaran Syed Putra Kuala Lampur

adidas Originals Store Pavilion
168, Jalan Bukit Bintang Kuala Lumpur

Crossover
Jalan PJS 11/15 KUALA LUMPUR

PHILIPPINES

adidas Glorietta 2
Ayala Avenue cor. Pasay Road, Ayala Center, Makati Manila

Commonwealth
SM Aura Premier, Fort Bonifacio Manila

Sole Academy
Bonifacio High Street Manila

 

9 Tips to Lower Blood Sugar Naturally

Lifestyle Changes to Help Control Diabetes

It’s the Holy Grail for people with diabetes – checking your blood sugar and seeing the numbers right in line. Can lifestyle changes help? Yes, say nutrition experts and top diabetes doctors. Check out these 9 tips to for lowering your blood sugar naturally…
If you have diabetes, lowering blood sugar isn’t just a short-term goal: It absolutely helps prevent or delay diabetes complications, including kidney, eye and nerve diseases, such as diabetic peripheral neuropathy.

Most of these conditions require 10 or more years to develop, but “it’s still worth aggressively managing blood sugar levels to slow the onset of complications,” says Edward Geehr, MD, Lifescript Chief Medical Officer.

Here are 9 tips to keep your readings on target…

1. Never eat huge meals.

“I always tell my patients to spread their food out over the day, keeping carbohydrates consistent,” says Jill Weisenberger, MS, RD, a Virginia certified diabetic educator and Lifescript’s nutrition expert.

“Don’t eat small meals to save up for a big dinner,” she advises.

To help your body regulate blood sugar levels:

    • Avoid fasting
    • Don’t skip meals
    • Know your carb counts

How many carbs per meal are ideal?

“It’s tailored to each individual,” says Weisenberger, who factors in medication, hormones and other key information for each patient.

A typical starting point is 45 grams per meal for women and 60 grams for men, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). But some experts now recommend a greater reduction in carbs from the diet.

From there, make adjustments according to your blood glucose readings

2. Eat more resistant starch

Resistant starch – found in some potatoes and beans – bypasses the small intestine, gets metabolized by the good bacteria and then behaves as dietary fiber in the large intestine, Weisenberger says.

“Even after your next meal, your blood sugar will be lower,” she says. “It’s called the ‘second-meal effect.’”

You’ll find resistant starch in a potato that has been baked and then cooled, but not in a warm potato. So a half-cup of potato salad will bring on better blood sugar readings than the same amount of warm mashed potatoes.

Resistant starches are also found in:

    • Unripe bananas
    • Beans and lentils
    • Whole grains, including wheat, oats, rice and buckwheat
    • Corn
    • Cold pasta

3. Beans are a girl’s best friend.

Can something as simple and inexpensive as beans really help with diabetes control?

Absolutely! says the ADA. That’s because beans are slowly digested, resulting in only a small rise in blood glucose levels.

People with type 2 diabetes who ate at least a cup of legumes (beans, chickpeas and lentils) daily for three months had lower blood glucose (blood sugar) levels, as measured by the A1C test, according to a 2012 Canadian study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine

(An A1C, or glycated hemoglobin test, is a way to measure your average blood glucose levels over a 2- to 3-month period.)

Beans also are an excellent source of folate, which is linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease, a common diabetes complication.

Eating 1-3 cups of cooked beans a day will lower total cholesterol 5%-19%.

And if you love the convenience of cooking once and enjoying leftovers for days afterward, it’s easy enough to whip up a batch of homemade lentil stew, 9-bean soup or chili once a week.

Not a big bean eater? Sneak beans into your favorite foods, including:

    • Soups
    • Salads
    • Side dishes
    • Casseroles

But introduce them gradually into your diet, the ADA says. Chew thoroughly, drink plenty of liquids to aid digestion and take enzyme products such as “Beano” to avoid gastrointestinal distress.

For convenience, go for canned beans, which require less preparation time and are as healthy as dried varieties.

4. Shed a few pounds.
Carrying around extra pounds causes insulin resistance, keeping the blood sugar-lowering hormone from working.

Your weight-loss goals don’t have to be enormous either. Some of Weisenberger’s patients have seen improvements in blood glucose readings with only a 5-pound loss, she says.

 
5. Get more high-quality shut-eye.

Poor or limited sleep affects body chemistry, and getting more slumber helps with blood sugar control, Weisenberger says.

Chronic lack of sleep may contribute to the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a Feb. 2015 University of Chicago study.

Healthy volunteers who didn’t get enough sleep for several nights in a row had higher blood levels of fatty acids, which reduced the ability of insulin to regulate blood sugar, the researchers found.

Lack of sleep is also linked with other health conditions, including heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Aim for at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.

Having sleep troubles? Follow these recommendations:

    • Sleep in a cool, dark room.
    • Exercise early, and not within 3 hours of bedtime
    • Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
    • Don’t look at screens for at least an hour before bedtime, including TV, tablets, cell phones and computers.
6. Make friends with some cactus.

The paddle-shaped nopal cactus (also known as “prickly pear”) might reduce blood sugar.

The fruit and stem of the nopal plant may slow carbohydrate absorption and lower post-meal blood glucose readings, according to some preliminary studies. But no large studies have proven if nopal is effective to prevent or treat diabetes, says NYU Langone Medical Center.

Popular in central Mexico, nopal is boiled, grilled, fried or mashed, added to soups and stews, and even eaten raw. It’s a good source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein.

7. Banish stress.

When you’re stressed out, your body creates a lot of stored energy – glucose and fat – so cells can use it when called into action.

In people with diabetes, this extra energy doesn’t make it to the cells, so glucose stays in the blood and results in high readings, according to the ADA.

How can you burn off tension?

Yoga and meditation have helped lower blood sugar levels in her patients, Weisenberger says. For even better results, try these practices as well:

    • Tai chi
    • Deep breathing
    • An attitude of gratitude
    • Positive thinking
    • Giving yourself pep talks

Not your thing? Then create your own stress-relieving routines, such as:

    • Learning a craft
    • Starting a hobby
    • Exercising or stretching to music
    • Taking a warm bath or shower
    • Watching a movie
8. Move a little more each day.

Exercise normalizes blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes (but not type 1).

“In type 2, exercise helps improve insulin resistance,” says James G. Beckerman, MD, a cardiologist in Portland, Ore. “The end result is lower blood sugars.”

But exercise is important for both types of diabetes because it helps prevent heart attack, stroke or diminished blood flow to the legs.

Because exercise can immediately reduce blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetics, work with your health care team to determine the right amount of activity and timing for insulin.

A combination of strength-building resistance and aerobic exercise may be the most beneficial, Dr. Beckerman says.

[Check out more ideas in Kathy Smith’s Exercises for Diabetics.

9. Never skip breakfast.

We’ve all heard that breakfast is the day’s most important meal. This is especially true for those who have diabetes. After fasting 8-12 hours, your body needs food to balance blood sugar levels and injected insulin from the previous night.

A high-protein breakfast may help women maintain better glucose control, according to 2014 University of Missouri research.

In the study, women aged 18-55 years old consumed meals with similar calories, fat, and fiber contents — but differing amounts of protein. Researchers monitored the amount of glucose and insulin in the participants’ blood for four hours after they ate breakfast.

The best breakfasts contained 39 grams of protein and led to lower post-meal glucose spikes than the meals with less protein, the researchers found.

Besides, eating breakfast can help overweight people with type 2 diabetes shed extra pounds. Of the 4,000 participants In the National Weight Control Registry who maintained at least a 30-pound weight loss for about 5.5 years, almost all said they ate breakfast daily.

For more information, visit Diabetes Health Center.

How Much Do You Know About Diabetes?
In the United States alone, 29.1 million people have diabetes. And 8.1 million of them don’t even know it. Unfortunately, misinformation about diabetes is rampant – and mixing up the facts about this disease can have dire consequences. Test your knowledge with our diabetes quiz.

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