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Health Tip: Selecting Shoe Inserts

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-- Shoe inserts can ease the pain of flat feet and other foot ailments, while providing comfort and cushioning. The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these suggestions for buying shoe inserts: If you have health problems that can affect circulation, such as diabetes, consider a prescription orthotic from your doctor. Consider what you plan to do (walk, run or just perform daily activities) and choose an insert to meet your needs. Bring the shoes you'll wear with the inserts and be sure they fit well. Read more

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Any Exercise Is Good, But Higher-Intensity May Be Better

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MONDAY, March 2, 2015 – For people who are obese and sedentary, any exercise can help trim belly fat, but it may take a bit more effort to get other health benefits, a new study suggests. Researchers found that when they got middle-aged, obese adults regularly moving – even with a half-hour of slow walking – it helped them shed a little bit of weight and a couple of inches from their waistlines. However, it took higher-intensity exercise to lower people's blood sugar levels – which, over the long term, might reduce their risk of type 2 diabetes. While "higher-intensity" might sound daunting, experts stressed that it's within reason for even dedicated couch potatoes. "The people in this study were middle-aged, sedentary and abdominally obese," said lead researcher Robert Ross, an exercise physiologist at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. "We didn't have them running. ... Read more

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Severely Obese Kids May Face Higher Heart Risks Than Thought

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MONDAY, March 2, 2015 – Extremely obese children – such as those at least 100 pounds overweight – are in deeper trouble in terms of heart disease risks than doctors have thought, new research suggests. In the study, about half the children suffered from high blood pressure, and almost 15 percent were diabetic. Seventy-five percent had high levels of a protein that's linked to heart disease. "Severe obesity in the adolescent age group is associated with numerous cardiovascular risk factors that were previously thought to only affect adults," said study author Dr. Marc Michalsky, an associate professor of clinical surgery and pediatrics at Ohio State University College of Medicine, in Columbus. The study didn't examine whether the children – with an average age of 17 – faced a higher risk of premature death. But it did show that the risk factors for heart disease are more severe in ... Read more

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Get Checked for Diabetes While Getting Your Teeth Cleaned?

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THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 – The dentist's office may be a good place to screen people for diabetes, a new study suggests. "In light of findings from the study, the dental visit could be a useful opportunity to conduct diabetes screening among at-risk, undiagnosed patients – an important first step in identifying those who need further testing to determine their diabetes status," wrote principal investigator Shiela Strauss. She is an associate professor of nursing and co-director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for New York University's Colleges of Nursing and Dentistry. The NYU study of 408 dental patients found that blood collected from the mouth during dental procedures was 99 percent as accurate for hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing as finger-prick blood samples. Testing HbA1c is recommended by the American Diabetes Association for diagnosing diabetes and for monitoring blood ... Read more

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Sanofi Receives FDA Approval of Once-Daily Basal Insulin Toujeo

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PARIS, Feb. 25, 2015 – Sanofi announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Toujeo (insulin glargine [rDNA origin] injection, 300 U/mL), a once-daily long-acting basal insulin, to improve glycemic control in adults living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Toujeo is expected to be available in the U.S. at the beginning of Q2 2015. "Sanofi is proud of its long heritage in diabetes and insulin therapies, including Lantus® which has supported patients in the management of their diabetes for more than a decade. With the FDA approval of Toujeo, Sanofi builds on its strong legacy and looks forward to bringing a new treatment option to people living with diabetes," said Pierre Chancel, Senior VP, Global Diabetes, Sanofi. The approval of Toujeo was based on FDA review of results from the EDITION clinical trial program, which was comprised of a series of ... Read more

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Low Levels of Vitamin D Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 – People with low levels of vitamin D appear to have an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, even if they aren't overweight or obese, a new study suggests. The study included almost 150 people in Spain. Their vitamin D levels were checked, as was their body mass index (BMI – an estimate of body fat based on height and weight). They also had tests for diabetes, prediabetes or other blood sugar (glucose) metabolism disorders. Obese people who didn't have diabetes or related disorders had higher vitamin D levels than those with diabetes. Lean people with diabetes or related disorders were more likely to have low vitamin D levels than those without such disorders. The results show that vitamin D levels were more closely linked to blood sugar levels than BMI, according to the study. What the study wasn't able to tease out, however, was whether or not vitamin D played a ... Read more

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Small Study Links Lack of Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 – A new study helps explain why getting too little sleep might boost diabetes risk. Researchers say lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of substances called free fatty acids in the blood. These substances interfere with the ability of the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. The researchers said these findings suggest that high rates of obesity and diabetes could be reduced by something as simple as having people get more sleep. "At the population level, multiple studies have reported connections between restricted sleep, weight gain and type 2 diabetes," said study senior author Dr. Esra Tasali in a University of Chicago news release. She is an assistant professor of medicine at the university. The study included 19 healthy men. They were between the ages of 18 and 30. The volunteers participated in two sleep scenarios. In one, they got a full ... Read more

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Smoking During Pregnancy May Raise Diabetes Risk for Daughters: Study

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MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 – Women whose mothers smoked while pregnant may be two to three times more likely to develop diabetes as adults, new research suggests. The finding is based on the tracking of 1,800 women whose mothers had been participants in an earlier study. All the mothers had received obstetric care in the San Francisco area at some point between 1959 and 1967. Because the study was initially launched to explore breast cancer risk, no sons were included in the current analysis. The findings build on prior research suggesting that fetal exposure to cigarettes boosts the risk for both obesity and low birth weight. "Our findings are consistent with the idea that gestational environmental chemical exposures can contribute to the development of health and disease," study author Michelle La Merrill, an assistant professor of environmental toxicology at University of California, ... Read more

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Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis

Posted 10 Feb 2015 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – A new analysis shows that people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes or die early when they take blood pressure medications – even if they don't actually have high blood pressure. "Stroke, heart attack and other circulatory diseases are the biggest cause of premature death and disability in people with diabetes," said review author Dr. Kazem Rahimi, deputy director with the George Institute for Global Health at the University of Oxford in England. "Any intervention that safely reduces the risk, even if modestly, will have an important effect." According to the American Diabetes Association, an estimated two-thirds of people with diabetes have high blood pressure or take blood pressure medication. Diabetics tend to have higher blood pressure than other people, Rahimi said, and this can lead to health problems. It's clear that ... Read more

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1 in 5 Younger Diabetics Lacks Good Medical Care, Study Says

Posted 3 Feb 2015 by

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 – One in every five young American adults with diabetes hasn't seen a doctor in the past 6 months, a new government report indicates. The study, from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, also found that those aged 18 to 39 with diabetes were much less likely than older patients to have gotten their blood pressure or cholesterol checked in the previous year. "Ongoing medical care is recommended for persons of any age who have diabetes in order to manage levels of glucose [blood sugar], obtain preventive care services and treat diabetes-related complications," wrote the team, led by Maria Villarroel of the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS). According to the agency, almost one in every 10 American adults (9 percent) has some form of diabetes. Most cases will be type 2, which is often linked to obesity and comprises ... Read more

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FDA Approves Glyxambi (empagliflozin and linagliptin) for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 2 Feb 2015 by

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. and INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 2, 2015 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Glyxambi (empagliflozin/linagliptin) tablets, from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (BIPI) and Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY), as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes (T2D) when both empagliflozin and linagliptin are appropriate treatments. Glyxambi is not recommended in patients with type 1 diabetes or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis. Glyxambi has not been studied in patients with a history of pancreatitis, and it is unknown if using Glyxambi increases the risk of developing pancreatitis in these patients. Glyxambi is the first and only diabetes treatment in the U.S. to combine the dual mechanisms of action of a sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitor and a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) i ... Read more

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Diabetes Patients Lax With Meds If Diagnosed With Cancer, Study Finds

Posted 29 Jan 2015 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 – People with diabetes are less likely to take their diabetes medications if they've been diagnosed with cancer, researchers report. The new study included more than 16,000 diabetes patients, average age 68, taking drugs to lower their blood sugar. Of those patients, more than 3,200 were diagnosed with cancer. "This study revealed that the medication adherence among users of [blood sugar-lowering drugs] was influenced by cancer diagnosis," the researchers wrote. "Although the impact of cancer was more pronounced among cancers with a worse prognosis and among those with more advanced cancer stages, the difference in prognosis associated with these cancers seemed to only partly explain the impact of cancer on medication adherence," they added. To determine the impact, the Dutch and Canadian researchers analyzed the patients' medication possession ratio (MPR), ... Read more

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Eating Right Helps Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Women

Posted 15 Jan 2015 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 – Healthy eating habits reduce women's risk of type 2 diabetes, new research finds. "This study suggests that a healthy overall diet can play a vital role in preventing type 2 diabetes, particularly in minority women who have elevated risks of the disease," said lead author Jinnie Rhee, a postdoctoral fellow in the division of nephrology at Stanford University School of Medicine. The researchers analyzed data from thousands of white, black, Hispanic and Asian women in the United States who provided information about their eating habits every four years and were followed for up to 28 years. A healthy diet featured lower intake of saturated and trans fats, sugar-sweetened drinks, and red and processed meats. It included higher intake of cereal fiber, polyunsaturated fats, coffee and nuts. Polyunsaturated fats include soybean, safflower, canola and corn oils, ... Read more

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Spending on Medical Research Falls in U.S. While Growing Globally

Posted 13 Jan 2015 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 13, 2015 – Spending on medical research is waning in the United States, and this trend could have dire consequences for patients, physicians and the health care industry as a whole, a new analysis reveals. America is losing ground to Asia, the research shows. And if left unaddressed, this decline in spending could rob the world of cures and treatments for Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, depression and other conditions that plague the human race, said lead author Dr. Hamilton Moses III, founder and chairman of the Alerion Institute, a Virginia-based think tank. Moses noted that a great expansion in medical research that began in the 1980s helped revolutionize cancer prevention and treatment, and turned HIV/AIDS from a fatal illness to a chronic condition. But between 2004 and 2012, the rate of investment growth declined to 0.8 percent a year in the United States, compared ... Read more

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Are Seniors With Diabetes Overtreated?

Posted 12 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 12, 2015 – Many older people with diabetes may be exposed to potential harm because doctors are trying to keep overly tight control of their blood sugar levels, a new study argues. Researchers found that nearly two-thirds of older diabetics who are in poor health have been placed on a diabetes management regimen that strictly controls their blood sugar, aiming at a targeted hemoglobin A1C level of less than 7 percent. But these patients are achieving that goal through the use of medications that place them at greater risk of hypoglycemia, a reaction to overly low blood sugar that can cause abnormal heart rhythms, and dizziness or loss of consciousness, the researchers said. Further, tight diabetes control did not appear to benefit the patients, the researchers report Jan. 12 in JAMA Internal Medicine. The percentage of seniors with diabetes in poor health did not change in ... Read more

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