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Consumer Health: Are you an emotional eater?
Weight loss and emotional eating
Emotional eating is eating as a way to suppress or soothe negative emotions, such as stress, anger, fear, boredom, sadness and loneliness. Emotional eating often leads to eating too much, especially too much of foods that are sweet, fatty and high in calories. And this can sabotage your weight-loss efforts. When negative emotions threaten to trigger emotional eating, try these nine tips to stay on track.
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Marijuana and depression: What's the link?
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Does caffeine affect blood sugar?
For most young, healthy adults, caffeine doesn't appear to affect blood sugar levels noticeably. Some studies suggest that drinking coffee — caffeinated and decaffeinated — may reduce your risk of developing diabetes. If you already have diabetes, however, the impact of caffeine on insulin action may be associated with higher or lower blood sugar levels. Learn more from Dr. M. Regina Castro, a Mayo Clinic endocrinologist.