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NFL Linemen Keep Growing, Putting Their Health at Risk, Experts Say

Posted 6 days ago by

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 – As the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers gear up for Sunday's Super Bowl 50 showdown, many may be focused on the potential dangers of concussion, but that's not the only health risk football players face. Concern about the size of players – especially linemen – has been growing along with the players' waistlines. And some researchers are now suggesting that these athletes should be monitored for health problems. Physicians who work with overweight National Football League and college-level football players "should be aware of the potential for elevated blood pressure, diabetes and abnormal cholesterol levels," said Jeffrey Potteiger, co-author of a commentary reviewing the possible risks facing these young men. And the risk is especially high in athletes who pack plenty of fat around the abdomen, he added. Potteiger, a physical education specialist and dean ... Read more

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'Obese' May Not Always Equal Unhealthy: Study

Posted 7 days ago by

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 – Many overweight and obese Americans might be perfectly healthy when it comes to blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels – while many thin folks may not be the picture of good health, a new study contends. Using a government health survey, researchers found that nearly half of overweight U.S. adults were "metabolically healthy." That meant they had no more than one risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease – including high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol or triglyceride levels, elevated blood sugar, or high concentrations of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation in the blood vessels). Among obese adults, 29 percent were deemed healthy – as were 16 percent of those who were severely obese based on body mass index (BMI, a ratio of weight to height). On the other hand, more than 30 percent of normal-weight Americans were ... Read more

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Diabetes Drug May Not Help Obese Women Have Normal-Weight Babies

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WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 – Giving the diabetes drug metformin to obese pregnant women may not help their newborns come into the world at a healthier weight, a new trial finds. The study, reported Feb. 4 in the New England Journal of Medicine, adds to evidence that metformin does not curb obese women's risk of having an abnormally large newborn. On the other hand, the British researchers found the drug did help control a woman's own weight gain during pregnancy. And it may slash the risk of a potentially dangerous complication called preeclampsia. "Those findings bring to light some potential benefits of metformin for these women," said Dr. Jerrie Refuerzo, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Texas Health McGovern Medical School, in Houston. For now, diet and exercise will remain the mainstay of managing obesity during pregnancy, according to ... Read more

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Sitting for Hours May Raise Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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TUESDAY, Feb. 2, 2016 – Sitting for long stretches might boost your risk for type 2 diabetes, even if you exercise, researchers report. Each extra hour in a sedentary position – whether working on the computer or lounging in the recliner – seems to increase your odds of type 2 diabetes by 22 percent, the study authors said. "We found that people with diabetes spend more time sitting than people without diabetes – about 26 minutes more" a day, said lead researcher Julianne van der Berg, from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. However, she cautioned that the link between sitting and diabetes is only an association, and doesn't prove that sitting causes type 2 diabetes. "We cannot have any conclusions about cause and effect," she said. These findings are independent of any high-intensity exercise, such as running or swimming, van der Berg added. "We all know that physical ... Read more

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Study Links Diabetes, Obesity in Moms-to-Be to Higher Autism Risk in Kids

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FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Mothers-to-be who are both obese and diabetic have a higher risk of giving birth to a child with autism than healthy women, a new study suggests. The two conditions in combination nearly quadrupled the risk that a child would receive an autism diagnosis, said researchers who looked at more than 2,700 mother-child pairs. Individually, maternal obesity or diabetes was linked to twice the odds of giving birth to a child with autism compared to mothers of normal weight without diabetes, the study found. "The finding is not a total surprise," said study author Dr. Xiaobin Wang, director of the Center on Early Life Origins of Disease at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. "Many studies have shown that maternal obesity and diabetes have an adverse impact on developing fetuses and their long-term metabolic health." "Now we have further evidence that maternal obesity ... Read more

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Suicide, Drugs Only Partly to Blame for Rising Deaths of Middle-Aged U.S. Whites

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FRIDAY, Jan. 29, 2016 – Death rates among middle-aged white Americans were higher than expected in 2014, likely because progress against common killers such as diabetes and heart disease has halted, a new study contends. Substance abuse and suicide rates among white adults ages 45 to 54 have risen, but not enough to explain why death rates in this group have shifted from their historical decline, according to the Commonwealth Fund report released Jan. 29. If death rates in this group had followed past patterns, they would have fallen 1.8 percent a year between 1999 and 2014. Instead, they rose, the new study found. "We are accustomed to making progress against diseases. We learn how to prevent them and how to treat them and, as we do that, fewer people die from them," Commonwealth Fund President Dr. David Blumenthal, a study co-author, said in a news release. "For middle-aged whites, ... Read more

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Sleepless Nights Might Raise Women's Type 2 Diabetes Risk

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THURSDAY, Jan. 28, 2016 – Women who have chronic sleep problems may have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, Harvard researchers report. Problems such as trouble falling or staying asleep, getting less than six hours of sleep, frequent snoring, sleep apnea or rotating shift work appear to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, the researchers said. They found that women who reported trouble falling or staying asleep all or most of the time had 45 percent greater odds of developing type 2 diabetes. Women who had four sleep problems had more than four times the odds of developing type 2 diabetes, the researchers said. "Women with sleeping difficulty, especially when also having other conditions, should be aware of potential higher risk of diabetes," said lead researcher Dr. Yanping Li, a research scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "Doctors ... Read more

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U.S. Food And Drug Administration Approves Humulin R U-500 KwikPen

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Eli Lilly and Company's Humulin R U-500 KwikPen (insulin human injection) 500 units/mL, a pre-filled device containing Humulin R U-500, a highly concentrated formulation of insulin. Humulin R U-500 is the only FDA-approved insulin that is five-times more concentrated than standard U-100 insulin. This insulin is used to treat high blood sugar in people with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes who need more than 200 units of insulin per day. The safety and efficacy of Humulin R U-500 used in combination with other insulins or delivered by an insulin infusion pump has not been determined. "People with diabetes and severe insulin resistance who have become poorly responsive to the effects of insulin may require much higher insulin doses – more than 200 units per day – to help keep their blo ... Read more

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Check Your Risk for Diabetes, CDC Urges

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 – No one is excused from diabetes. That's the message behind a new public education campaign targeting the 86 million American adults with what's known as prediabetes. More than one in three adults in the United States has prediabetes, a serious health condition that can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart attack and stroke, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you have prediabetes, you have higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to be diagnosed with full-blown diabetes. "Awareness is crucial in the effort to stop type 2 diabetes," David Marrero, director of the Diabetes Translation Research Center at Indiana University School of Medicine, said in a CDC news release. To learn your risk, you can take a short online test at The test can also be taken through texts and interactive TV and radio ... Read more

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Computer-Based Test Aims to Predict Dementia Risk

Posted 21 Jan 2016 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 – A new computer-based test might be able to predict a person's risk for dementia, just by analyzing the information family doctors gather during routine visits, a new study from Britain suggests. Researchers from University College London have developed an algorithm that uses medical data to predict a five-year risk of dementia, according to a report Jan. 21 in the journal BioMed Central. The algorithm assesses factors like age, sex, social interaction, smoking, body-mass index, alcohol use, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation), aspirin use and depression, the study authors said. "We chose the particular factors as other research has shown in some people that they [risk factors] can be linked to an increased risk of dementia," said Kate Walters, director of the Centre for Ageing and Population Studies at University ... Read more

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Catch-Up Sleep May Reverse Type 2 Diabetes Risk Tied to Sleep Loss: Study

Posted 19 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 18, 2016 – Though prior research warns that sleep deprivation may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests that "catch-up" sleep might reverse that risk – at least in the short-term. Short-changing sleep during the week only to sleep in for long periods on the weekend is a common pattern in the United States, according to the study authors. And, previous research has suggested that getting just four or five hours of sleep a night can boost type 2 diabetes risk by nearly 20 percent. But the new study hints that that risk might be reversed with just two days of extra sleep. "I have to say that this is a small, very short-term controlled study involving only healthy men," said study lead author Josiane Broussard, an assistant research professor with the Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory at the University of Colorado in Boulder. "In real life, you'd be ... Read more

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Stressed Teens May Face Higher Diabetes Risk as Adults: Study

Posted 14 Jan 2016 by

THURSDAY, Jan. 14, 2016 – Teens who have trouble coping with stress may be at increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults, new research suggests. For the study, researchers examined data from more than 1.5 million 18-year-old men who were conscripted into the Swedish military between 1969 and 1997. The participants all underwent standard testing for stress resilience, and none of them had diabetes at the age of 18. But during the follow-up period, from 1987 to 2012, more than 34,000 of the men were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, according to Dr. Casey Crump, from the department of medicine at Stanford University in California, and colleagues. Compared to men with the highest resistance to stress when they were 18, those with the lowest stress resistance were 51 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes later, the investigators found. However, the study only ... Read more

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Health Tip: Diabetics, Watch for Gum Disease

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by

-- Diabetes and gum disease can go hand-in-hand, each making the other worse. The American Diabetes Association mentions these warning signs of gum disease: Gums that bleed after flossing or brushing. Tenderness, swelling or redness of the gums. Receding gums that make nearby teeth appear longer. Bad breath. Pus that emerges when you press against the gum. Loose or moving permanent teeth. Changes affecting the alignment of your bite, or the fit of your dentures or bridge. Read more

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Scientists Identify Sugar-Busting Enzyme in Rats

Posted 12 Jan 2016 by

MONDAY, Jan. 11, 2016 – Scientists say they've identified an enzyme in rats that might dampen the toxic effects of excess sugar on cells and may someday point to treatments for obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. At issue: Can scientists manipulate the fuel processing system inside body cells? As diabetes specialist Dr. John Wilding explained, cells try to maintain a balance between two types of fuel – glucose (sugar) and lipids (fat). "If glucose levels are high, then the cell will use glucose as a fuel. But this switches to fat if fat levels are high," said Wilding, who had no role in the study. If levels of both fat and sugar are high, diseases such as type 2 diabetes can develop, said Wilding, a professor of medicine at University Hospital Aintree in Liverpool, England. In the new study, Canadian researchers said they've discovered an enzyme in liver and pancreas cells in rats ... Read more

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Protect Yourself From Colds and Flu This Winter

Posted 9 Jan 2016 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2016 – Cold and flu season is here, but that doesn't mean you have to resign yourself to days of misery. There are a number of ways you can protect yourself. While there's no vaccine to protect against colds, nearly everyone aged 6 months and older should receive a flu vaccination, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The vaccine is available as a shot or nasal spray. It's best to be vaccinated by October, but getting the vaccine in January or later can still offer protection, the FDA said. Flu vaccination is especially important for people at high risk for serious flu complications. The FDA said this group includes: children younger than 5 years, and especially those younger than 2; pregnant women; people with chronic health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart and lung disease; people 65 and older; and health care workers. So what can you do ... Read more

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