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Depression Plus Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk

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WEDNESDAY, April 15, 2015 – Depression and diabetes are each hard on the brain, and having both conditions may significantly raise the risk of dementia, according to new research. "What this argues for is, we need to do a better job of both identifying diabetes and depression and then really treating them once identified," said study researcher Dr. Dimitry Davydow, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. His team looked at dementia risk among 2.4 million people in Denmark, age 50 and older, who had depression, type 2 diabetes or both, and compared them with people who had neither condition. The researchers also took into account pre-existing medical conditions, such as cerebral vascular problems, complications such as kidney problems and other ailments. "Even after taking those into account, diabetes ... Read more

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Health Tip: Diabetics Who Compete

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-- Diabetes doesn't have to sideline you from the sport you love. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these safety suggestions: Don't exercise unless your blood sugar level is at least 100 mg/dL, or within one week of a severe episode of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Monitor your blood sugar throughout exercise. Make sure it stays within the range recommended by your doctor. While you exercise, carry with you a form of quickly absorbed glucose. Exercise with a buddy until you are well trained, to help ward off an episode of hypoglycemia. Wear a medical alert bracelet that identifies you as diabetic. Snack and drink before, during and after your workout. Read more

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More TV Time May Mean Higher Diabetes Risk, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, April 2, 2015 – If you're on the verge of developing diabetes, parking yourself in front of the TV might be one of the worst things you could do for your health, a new study suggests. Every extra hour a person with prediabetes spends watching TV each day raises their risk of developing full-blown type 2 diabetes by 3.4 percent, according to research published April 1 in the journal Diabetologia. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. But the increased risk associated with being a couch potato occurred whether or not the study participants were taking diabetes drugs, or whether or not they were eating healthy diets and exercising, the researchers found. However, people who tried to prevent diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes did end up watching less television over time, the study found. The results are troubling, given the epidemic of obesity that continues to ... Read more

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Night Owls Run Higher Risk of Health Problems, Study Finds

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WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2015 – Night owls are more likely than early risers to develop diabetes and other health problems, even if they get the same amount of sleep. That's the conclusion of a new study that included more than 1,600 people in South Korea, aged 47 to 59, who provided information about their sleep habits and underwent tests to assess their health. "Regardless of lifestyle, people who stayed up late faced a higher risk of developing health problems like diabetes or reduced muscle mass than those who were early risers," Dr. Nan Hee Kim, of Korea University College of Medicine in Ansan, South Korea, said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. "This could be caused by night owls' tendency to have poorer sleep quality and to engage in unhealthy behaviors like smoking, late-night eating and a sedentary lifestyle," Kim added. Of the 1,600 people in the study, 95 were night ... Read more

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Connection Between Diabetes, Advanced Breast Cancer Detected in Study

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FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 – Women with diabetes may have an increased risk of being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer, a new study from Canada shows. "Our findings suggest that women with diabetes may be predisposed to more advanced-stage breast cancer, which may be a contributor to their higher cancer mortality," Dr. Lorraine Lipscombe, a scientist at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Women's College Hospital in Toronto, said in a hospital news release. She and her colleagues said that breast cancer screening and detection methods may need to be modified for women with diabetes in order to reduce their risk of being diagnosed with advanced cancer. The researchers analyzed data from more than 38,000 women ages 20 to 105 who were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer between 2007 and 2012. Nearly 16 percent of the women had diabetes. Women with diabetes were 14 percent ... Read more

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Study Ties Frequent Antibiotic Use to Higher Odds for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 25 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 25, 2015 – Repeated use of certain antibiotics may increase a person's risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from one million people in the United Kingdom and found that those who were prescribed at least two courses of four types of antibiotics – penicillins, cephalosporins, quinolones and macrolides – were more likely to develop diabetes. The risk of diabetes rose with the number of antibiotics prescribed, the findings showed. Two to five courses of a penicillin increased the risk of diabetes by 8 percent, while more than five courses increased the risk by 23 percent. Two to five courses of quinolones increased the risk of diabetes by 15 percent, and more than five courses increased the risk by 37 percent, the study found. The higher risk of diabetes associated with the antibiotics was determined after adjusting for other ... Read more

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Latest Diabetes Care Guidelines Focus on Individual Approach

Posted 23 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 23, 2015 – When caring for people with diabetes, primary care doctors need to tailor blood sugar targets and treatments to the individual patient, new recommendations suggest. That's just one of the guidelines highlighted in an article that experts from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston published in the March 23 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. The article summarizes important changes in the American Diabetes Association's (ADA) 2015 Standards of Care guidelines, which include screening Asian-Americans for diabetes at lower weights and giving statins to anyone with diabetes who is over 40. "This extends the opportunity for primary care physicians who see the bulk of patients with diabetes to be exposed to the guidelines. We choose three areas from the guidelines we thought needed highlighting," said senior author Dr. Martin Abrahamson, senior vice president ... Read more

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Adopting U.S. Culture Ups Diabetes Risk in Mexican-American Kids

Posted 23 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 23, 2015 – The more that Mexican-American children adopt mainstream U.S. culture, the greater their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at almost 150 Mexican-American children from North Texas. The kids were between the ages of 10 and 14. The researchers assessed how integrated the children were with U.S. culture by looking at things such as whether they spoke English, watched English-language TV shows and movies, preferred reading, writing and thinking in English, and had non-Hispanic white friends. As children adapted to a more American way of life, their risk of diabetes increased by about 43 percent for each level of what the researchers called "acculturation." The findings show the need for further research, according to principal investigator Kimberly Fulda, an associate professor of family medicine at the University of North Texas ... Read more

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Why Insulin Resistance May Be More Common in Men

Posted 23 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 23, 2015 – New research may help explain why obese men are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than obese women. As people become overweight, their skeletal muscle develops insulin resistance that can lead to type 2 diabetes, the Canadian study authors explained. They discovered that differences in the activity of a protein in this muscle may make men more likely to develop diabetes than women. When that protein – called PTEN – is active, it prevents insulin from signaling properly in muscle. This reduces the amount of sugar taken by muscle and increases the risk of diabetes, according to the study published March 17 in the journal Scientific Reports. "In our study, women's muscle appeared more efficient in neutralizing this protein, and this allows insulin to work better to move sugar from circulation to muscle," lead author Dr. M. Constantine Samaan, an assistant ... Read more

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Medicaid Expansion Spotted Many Undiagnosed Diabetes Cases

Posted 23 Mar 2015 by

MONDAY, March 23, 2015 – The number of people with newly diagnosed diabetes increased by 23 percent in states that expanded the number of low-income people who are eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, a new study reports. "The study demonstrated the benefit of new Medicaid coverage in identifying people with diabetes and initiating therapy in those historically not having health insurance," Dr. Robert Ratner, chief scientific and medical officer for the American Diabetes Association, said in an association news release. States that have chosen to expand eligibility for Medicaid – the government-run insurance program for lower-income people – now provide access to most non-seniors who make at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. That's about $16,105 for an individual, according to the study researchers. The study compared 26 states that had initially ... Read more

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For Mexican-Americans, Heart Risks Can Rise Even If Not Obese

Posted 20 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 – In Mexican-Americans, heart-damaging risk factors such as high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels are common, even in the absence of obesity, a new study finds. Those who weren't obese but were metabolically unhealthy showed similar signs of early artery hardening as those who were obese, according to the study published in the March 18 issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association. Hardening of the arteries increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. The findings suggest that "interventions to maintain metabolic health may be a more important goal than focusing on weight loss alone [for Mexican-Americans]," study lead author Dr. Susan Laing, a professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, said in a journal news release. Laing's team used ultrasound to measure the thickness of neck arteries ... Read more

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2 Factors Greatly Boost New Moms' Odds of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 18 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 – Obese women who develop diabetes during pregnancy, and then gain 11 pounds or more after giving birth, have more than a 40 times higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Diabetes that develops during pregnancy is known as gestational diabetes. While this type of diabetes often disappears after pregnancy, it's long been known that women who've had the condition have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. Background information in the new study pointed out that as many as one-third of women with type 2 diabetes had a history of gestational diabetes. Excess weight is a risk factor for both gestational and type 2 diabetes, according to the researchers. "Our findings show the importance of maintaining a healthy body weight both before and after pregnancy," said lead researcher Dr. Cuilin Zhang, a senior investigator in ... Read more

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Why Isn't There Any Cheap, Generic Insulin?

Posted 18 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 18, 2015 – New research examines why people with diabetes who depend on injections of lifesaving insulin still have no cheaper generic options to treat their disease. "Surprisingly, this issue has not been talked about, so we're asking the question: Why is there no generic insulin?" said senior study author Dr. Kevin Riggs, a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. In their report, published March 19 in the New England Journal of Medicine, Riggs and his colleague Dr. Jeremy Greene describe how the unique development of insulin allowed pharmaceutical companies to continually improve the medication while extending patents for decades. Generic drugs cannot be made until a patent on a brand-name drug expires. One expert pointed out the possible repercussions. "This is a big issue. Some patients simply cannot afford to pay for the ... Read more

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Diabetes Groups Call for Greater Scrutiny of Insulin Pumps

Posted 17 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 – The American Diabetes Association and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes are calling for more research into the safety and effectiveness of insulin pumps. The diabetes' groups recommended "the adoption of a more rigorous, standardized and transparent approach to safety." Among other things, they want European and American officials to bring their insulin pump standards into harmony. They also called for a single, worldwide database devoted to information about harmful events involving insulin pumps. They also recommended the database include the number of patients using the products, and the results of studies into new features. The associations also want more funding for studies of "safety, efficacy, outcomes and adherence under real-world conditions." "Technology is evolving rapidly for treating diabetes," Dr. Anne Peters, director of the ... Read more

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Could the Future Be Finger-Stick Free for Diabetics?

Posted 13 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 13, 2015 – A lot of excitement surrounded the announcement from Apple that its new watch will be able to monitor blood sugar levels. Has Apple figured out a way for folks with diabetes to check their blood sugar without the dreaded finger stick? Not quite. The Apple watch, which will be available April 24, will receive information from a continuous glucose monitoring device. These devices rely on sensors inserted – with a needle – under the skin to measure blood sugar levels every five minutes or so. Information from the sensor is relayed to a small transmitter that sticks on top of the skin, and then to a receiver that displays the current blood sugar information and predicts which direction blood sugar is going, and how quickly. The Apple watch will be able to display the information that's displayed on the receiver. Such information is vital for people who treat ... Read more

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