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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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U.S. Doctors, CDC Join Forces in New Diabetes Prevention Effort

Posted 12 Mar 2015 by

THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 – Reducing the number of Americans with type 2 diabetes is a new mission shared by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the leading U.S. health agency, officials said Thursday. "Our health care system cannot sustain the growing number of people developing diabetes," Ann Albright, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's division of diabetes translation, said during a morning news conference announcing the partnership. More than 86 million Americans are living with prediabetes, the precursor to type 2 diabetes, but nearly 90 percent don't know it, the CDC said. "That's one in every three people. This isn't just a concern – it's a crisis," AMA President Dr. Robert Wah said during the news conference. Untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to kidney disease, amputations and vision loss. The chronic disease, associated with being ... Read more

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Study Suggests Link Between Adult Diabetes, Exposure to Smoke in Womb

Posted 8 Mar 2015 by

SATURDAY, March 7, 2015 – Women who were exposed to tobacco smoke in the womb may be at increased risk for diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at about 1,800 women with diabetes, aged 44 to 54, in California. They found a strong link between their diabetes and parental smoking during pregnancy. Smoking by mothers was associated with a stronger risk of diabetes than smoking by fathers, the researchers said. The link between parents' smoking and higher diabetes risk remained even after the researchers compensated for factors such as race or a woman's birth weight or current body-mass index. The study was scheduled for presentation Saturday at the Endocrine Society's annual meeting, in San Diego. Data and conclusions presented at meetings are usually considered preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. While the study doesn't establish a direct ... Read more

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Mom's Age at Childbirth Tied to Son's Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 8 Mar 2015 by

FRIDAY, March 6, 2015 – A woman's age at childbirth may influence how well her son is able to metabolize sugar by the time he becomes an adult, new Belgian research suggests. In essence, the study suggests that boys born to mothers under the age of 25 or over the age of 34 could face a higher risk for adult type 2 diabetes. "We found that in a group of healthy men between 25 and 45 years old, sugar handling was related to their mother's age at childbirth," study author Dr. Charlotte Verroken, from the department of endocrinology at Ghent University Hospital, said in an Endocrine Society news release. "Specifically, sons of mothers under 30 and over 34 years old at childbirth were more insulin resistant than were sons of mothers between 30 and 34 years old," she noted. "Moreover, sons of mothers who were younger than 25 years old at childbirth had higher fasting blood sugar levels than ... Read more

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Just a Half Hour of Lost Sleep Linked Weight Gain

Posted 5 Mar 2015 by

THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 – Think twice the next time you don't get as much sleep as you need: A new study suggests that missing just 30 minutes of shuteye during weeknights could boost your weight and disrupt your metabolism. Many people skimp on sleep during the week and try to make up for it on the weekend, wrote study author Shahrad Taheri, a professor of medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar. But weekday sleep debt may lead to long-term metabolic disruption, which may promote or exacerbate type 2 diabetes. "Sleep loss is widespread in modern society, but only in the last decade have we realized its metabolic consequences," Taheri said in a news release from the Endocrine Society. "Our findings suggest that avoiding sleep debt could have positive benefits for waistlines and metabolism, and that incorporating sleep into lifestyle interventions for weight loss and ... Read more

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Statins Linked to Raised Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 5 Mar 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 – Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may significantly increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study from Finland suggests. Researchers found that statins were associated with an almost 50 percent higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, even after adjusting for other factors. Statins appear to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes in several ways, the researchers said. One is that the drugs can increase a person's insulin resistance, and the other is that the cholesterol-lowering drugs seem to impair the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, according to the report. Commenting on the study, Dr. Ronald Goldberg, director of the Lipid Disorder Clinic and associate director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami, said the researchers "show evidence that statins increased insulin resistance, and that the people ... Read more

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Health Tip: Selecting Shoe Inserts

Posted 3 Mar 2015 by

-- 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

Posted 2 Mar 2015 by

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

Posted 2 Mar 2015 by

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?

Posted 26 Feb 2015 by

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

Posted 25 Feb 2015 by

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

Posted 23 Feb 2015 by

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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