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Weight-Loss Surgery May Beat Diet, Exercise as Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

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WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – In a small study of obese patients, weight-loss surgery was better at keeping type 2 diabetes at bay than diet and exercise alone, researchers report. In fact, three years after weight-loss surgery, more than two-thirds of those who had a procedure called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to shrink their stomach didn't need any diabetes medications. And one-third of the people who chose a procedure called adjustable gastric banding no longer needed diabetes medications three years after surgery, the study found. "Surgical treatments show promise for durable, longer-term, type 2 diabetes control in people with obesity," said lead researcher Dr. Anita Courcoulas, a professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The report was published July 1 online in JAMA Surgery. The researchers recruited 61 obese patients with type 2 diabetes for the study. They ... Read more

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Diabetes Rates Fall in Neighborhoods With Healthy Food, Parks and Gyms

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MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – Neighborhoods with easy access to healthy foods and safe places to exercise may help residents reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The study found that the risk of developing diabetes was 12 percent lower in neighborhoods with access to healthy foods. The researchers also found a 21 percent reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in areas with greater opportunities for physical activity. "Most of the efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes focus on individuals," said lead researcher Paul Christine of the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Mich. "Our study points to the need to consider neighborhood environments as targets that could complement individual-based intervention programs," he said. A greater availability of places to exercise included gyms and pleasant places to walk, Christine said. And, while the availability of ... Read more

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Fat No Longer the Focus of New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

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FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Nutrition experts are hailing a federal decision to drop recommended restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Over the past decade, research has shown that a diet rich in healthy fats can be better for people, particularly if those fats help offset consumption of foods containing high levels of salt, sugar and refined grains, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, wrote in a viewpoint article on the federal decision. The report appears in the June 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. That research prompted independent scientists on the federally funded 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee to quietly abandon current recommended restrictions on dietary fat, he said. For the first time since 1980, the ... Read more

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Order in Which Food Is Eaten May Affect Type 2 Diabetics' Blood Sugar

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TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – The order in which obese people with type 2 diabetes eat their food can affect their blood sugar levels, a small study suggests. The new research found that having protein and vegetables before carbohydrates was linked to lower blood sugar and insulin levels after the meal. "We're always looking for ways to help people with diabetes lower their blood sugar," principal investigator Dr. Louis Aronne, a professor of metabolic research and of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, said in a university news release. "We rely on medicine, but diet is an important part of this process, too. Unfortunately, we've found that it's difficult to get people to change their eating habits," Aronne added. "Carbohydrates raise blood sugar, but if you tell someone not to eat them or to drastically cut back, it's hard for them to comply. This study ... Read more

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Could a Microbe in Your Gut Help You Lose Weight?

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TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – It's possible that among the millions of bacteria living in your gut, at least one microbe might change how your body processes food and affect your weight, a small French study suggests. The microbe – Akkermansia muciniphila – makes up 3 percent to 5 percent of the gut bacteria. The strain is linked with a fiber-rich diet. It's also associated with lower levels of blood sugar, insulin and fats, which help ward off obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A. muciniphila also helps with a healthier distribution of body fat, the researchers said. "This bacteria is a potential target for new therapies in the field of metabolic disease," said lead researcher Dr. Karine Clement, director of the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. "However, first the molecules produced by this bacteria have to be identified to explain ... Read more

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More Than Two-Thirds of U.S. Adults Now Overweight or Obese: Study

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MONDAY, June 22, 2015 – Fewer than one-third of Americans are currently at a healthy weight, with the rest of the population either overweight or obese, a new report finds. About 35 percent of men and 37 percent of women are obese. Another 40 percent of men and 30 percent of women are overweight, researchers said in the June 22 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine. "Obesity is not getting better. It's getting worse, and it's really scary. It's not looking pretty," said Lin Yang, a postdoctoral research associate at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Obesity has been linked to a number of chronic health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and arthritis, Yang said. "This generation of Americans is the first that will have a shorter life expectancy than the previous generation, and obesity is one of the biggest contributors to this ... Read more

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Any Added Sugar Is Bad Sugar, Some Experts Contend

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FRIDAY, June 19, 2015 – High-fructose corn syrup has long been portrayed as a major villain in the American diet. But a new school of thought contends that plain old table sugar or even all-natural honey can be just as harmful to a person's health. Any source of excess sugar contributes to obesity and diabetes, and singling out high-fructose corn syrup might distract consumers from the real health hazards posed by any and all added sugars, many dietitians now say. For example, people swigging all-natural sodas sweetened with pure cane sugar are still doing themselves harm, just as if the sodas had been loaded instead with high-fructose corn syrup, said Mario Kratz, a research associate professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. "The science is pretty clear that normal household sugar doesn't differ from high-fructose corn syrup," said Kratz, who ... Read more

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Exercise May Have Benefits Beyond Fitness in Type 2 Diabetes

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WEDNESDAY, June 17, 2015 – Exercise appears to benefit people with type 2 diabetes in a number of ways, a new study suggests. Researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas looked at health records from people with type 2 diabetes. They found that people who exercised had lower body fat, smaller waist size and better blood sugar control than people who were inactive. The positive effects of exercise were seen whether people did aerobic exercise, resistance training or a combination of the two. People also saw positive effects from exercise even if they didn't have any improvement in their heart/lung (cardiorespiratory) fitness, the investigators found. "What we observed is that exercise improves diabetes control regardless of improvement in exercise capacity," co-author Dr. Jarett Berry, associate professor of internal medicine and clinical sciences at UT ... Read more

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Tight Food Budget Can Wreak Havoc on Diabetes Management

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THURSDAY, June 11, 2015 – People with type 2 diabetes who don't always have enough money for food have worse blood sugar control than people who don't worry about where their next meal will come from, new research finds. "We talk about healthy eating a lot in diabetes education, but we also need to talk about food accessibility. We need to ask, 'Can you get these foods?' " said study author Britt Rotberg, assistant director of the Emory Diabetes Education Training Academy and the Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program in Atlanta. Rotberg presented the findings on Tuesday at the American Diabetes Association meeting in Boston. Findings presented at meetings are generally viewed as preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal. Worrying about having enough food – dubbed "food insecurity" – is an issue for about 14 percent of households in the United States. But ... Read more

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Certain Diabetes Drugs May Aid Weight Loss by Curbing Cravings

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TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – A class of drugs used to treat diabetes also appears to help patients lose weight by changing how the brain responds to food, a new study suggests. Researchers have been trying to learn how gut-hormone based medications called GLP-1 receptor agonists also help people with type 2 diabetes shed excess pounds. A Dutch team said the drugs may reduce cravings and increase satisfaction while eating. The researchers looked specifically at the injectable GLP-1 receptor agonist exenatide (Bydureon, Byetta). Their findings are to be presented Tuesday at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) annual meeting in Boston. Studies presented at meetings are generally viewed as preliminary until they've been published in a peer-reviewed journal. "When you eat, there are several hormones released. GLP-1 is one of them," Dr. Liselotte van Bloemendaal, a Ph.D. student at the ... Read more

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Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps the Heart in Type 2 Diabetes

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WEDNESDAY, June 3, 2015 – Strictly controlling blood sugar levels appears to keep people with type 2 diabetes from developing heart problems, a new study finds. Tight control of blood sugar reduces the odds of heart attack, stroke, heart failure or amputation by about 17 percent, according to the study. But controlling blood sugar alone won't prevent deaths from heart disease or other causes. For that, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol are also needed, the researchers suggested. "In addition to regular exercise, a good diet and not smoking, people with diabetes can dramatically reduce their risk of strokes and heart attacks by taking a statin, keeping their blood pressure under control and getting their average blood sugar at least to moderate control with an A1C of about 8," said lead researcher Dr. Rodney Hayward. He is a senior research scientist at the VA Center for Clinical ... Read more

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Could Type 2 Diabetes Shield Against ALS?

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MONDAY, June 1, 2015 – Type 2 diabetes may reduce the risk of developing the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease after the famed baseball player who died of the illness, destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Little is known about its causes, and no treatments exist to halt it. About half of ALS patients die within three years of diagnosis, according to the study authors. This study of Danish residents found that type 2 diabetes – but not obesity, which is often linked to type 2 diabetes – was associated with a possible lower risk of developing ALS. "We found a protective association between type 2 diabetes and ALS," said lead author Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "This is a very new finding." Only in the past six months ... Read more

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More Evidence That High-Fiber Diet May Curb Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 – People who get a lot of fiber in their diet may be lowering their odds for type 2 diabetes, new research shows. "We are not certain why this might be, but potential mechanisms could include feeling physically full for longer, prolonged release of hormonal signals, slowed down nutrient absorption, or altered fermentation in the large intestine," wrote study author Dagfinn Aune, a Ph.D. student affiliated with the Imperial College London in England. His team, which published the findings May 26 in the journal Diabetologia, looked at data on more than 29,000 Europeans tracked for an average of 11 years. Those with the highest amount of fiber in their diet (more than 26 grams a day) were 18 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest fiber intake (less than 19 grams a day), even after Aune's team accounted for other dietary and ... Read more

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Coffee May Help Men Keep Impotence at Bay

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THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – Coffee perks millions of Americans up each morning, and a new study finds it might help keep men's sex lives percolating, too. The study, from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, found that men who consume more caffeine each day had a lower risk of erectile dysfunction. The exception? Men with diabetes – for them, extra caffeine didn't lower their odds for impotence, the researchers said. "Even though we saw a reduction in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction with men who were obese, overweight and hypertensive, that was not true of men with diabetes. Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for erectile dysfunction, so this was not surprising," lead author Dr. David Lopez, assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health, said in a university news release. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but one expert said the ... Read more

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Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites

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WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The cluster of heart risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" might raise the risk of heart disease more for black women than it does for white women, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to having at least three health conditions – including a large waist size, high blood pressure, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, high levels of blood fats called triglycerides, and impaired sugar metabolism – that can all work together to boost the odds of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In the new study, a team led by Dr. Michelle Schmiegelow at University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark looked at data from more than 14,000 American women, aged 50 to 79. All were taking part in a long-term national study. About 47 percent were white, 36 percent were black and 18 percent were Hispanic. Over 13 years of follow-up, about 1,100 of the women were ... Read more

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