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Stand, Don't Sit, to Get Healthier, Scientists Say

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THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report. A new study found that sitting appears to be linked to increased blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can lead to added weight, diabetes and heart ills. But standing more helps improve all these measures and can give you a trimmer waist to boot, the researchers said. "Switching some of your sitting time to standing could have benefits for your heart and metabolism," said lead author Genevieve Healy, a senior research fellow at the University of Queensland in Herston. "More time spent standing rather than sitting could improve your blood sugar, fats in the blood and cholesterol levels, while replacing time spent sitting with time walking could have additional benefits for your waistline and body mass index," she said. However, the study did not ... Read more

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1 in 5 U.S. Adults Has a Physical, Mental Disability: CDC

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THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – More than 50 million Americans live with a disability, health officials reported Thursday. The most common disabilities are mobility limitations, such as having serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs – affecting one in eight adults – followed by disabilities in thinking and/or memory, independent living, seeing and self-care, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "This report is a snapshot of the percent of adults with disabilities in the U.S., so we can get a better understanding of who people with disabilities are," said researcher Elizabeth Courtney-Long, a health scientist at the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The researchers found that most people with disabilities live in southern states, such as Alabama (31.5 percent), Mississippi and Tennessee (31.4 percent). ... Read more

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Just 1 in 3 Seniors With Diabetes Has Disease Under Control

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THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Only one-third of American seniors with diabetes have their disease under control, a new study finds. "This research gives us a good picture of diabetes control in older adults and gets us thinking about what it means that older Americans are not meeting clinical targets and how we should address this from a public health perspective," study leader Elizabeth Selvin, a professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said in a school news release. The study included almost 1,600 diabetes patients, aged 65 and older, in Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi and North Carolina. The researchers looked at whether the participants met American Diabetes Association guidelines for three key measures of good diabetes control: blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. The results showed that only one in three of the ... Read more

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Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

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TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – In a rare piece of good news about the U.S. health care system, a new study finds that deaths, hospital stays and spending are all falling among older Americans. Between 1999 and 2013, yearly rates of death and hospitalization steadily declined among Americans in the traditional fee-for-service Medicare program. Meanwhile, spending on inpatient care showed the same pattern. Researchers called the findings striking. "The declines were steady throughout the study period," said lead researcher Dr. Harlan Krumholz, a professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. "The trends are actually pretty jaw-dropping." For a public used to hearing how broken the U.S. health care system is, the findings might come as a surprise, Krumholz acknowledged. "As researchers," he said, "we often focus on finding deficiencies in health care, so we can work on them. And ... Read more

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High Blood Sugar May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

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MONDAY, July 27, 2015 – High blood sugar associated with prediabetes may increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that insulin resistance – higher-than-normal levels of blood sugar that often precede type 2 diabetes – was related to poorer performance on memory tests taken by late-middle-age adults. "The findings are interesting because people with diabetes are at increased risk for developing Alzheimer's disease, but we are only now learning why they may be at increased risk," said lead researcher Barbara Bendlin, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The study results suggest that insulin resistance could increase the risk for Alzheimer's disease by altering the way the brain uses sugar (glucose), which is its primary fuel, she said. However, "by altering insulin resistance in midlife, it may be possible ... Read more

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Low Birth Weight Tied to Higher Type 2 Diabetes Risk Decades Later

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TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Your risk for type 2 diabetes might be affected by both your birth weight and your lifestyle, a new study suggests. "We found that both low birth weight and unhealthy lifestyle were associated with a significantly higher risk of type 2 diabetes," study leader Dr. Lu Qi, associate professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues said in a news release from the journal BMJ, which published the findings July 21. What's more, the effect was largest for people who had a low birth weight and also had unhealthy adult lifestyles, Qi's team found. Just how would being born underweight influence a person's risk for type 2 diabetes much later in life? One expert not connected to the study said it may be due to what's known as the "thrifty gene hypothesis." The theory holds that "poor fetal growth leads to metabolic ... Read more

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High Soda Intake May Boost Diabetes Risk, Even Without Obesity

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TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Whether you are slim or obese, if you drink lots of sugary soda or other sweetened drinks you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, a new analysis reveals. Until now, health experts have thought that sugary drinks and type 2 diabetes are linked because sugar promotes weight gain, and body fat contributes to insulin resistance, which precedes diabetes. But this new study removed weight as a factor, and still found that every daily serving of sugar-sweetened beverages increases any person's risk of type 2 diabetes by 13 percent over 10 years. If this is correct, sugary drinks could lead to 2 million new cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States between 2010 and 2020, the researchers reported in the July 22 online edition of the BMJ. Type 2 diabetes disrupts the way your body converts sugar from food into fuel, and it causes serious problems if left ... Read more

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Common Diabetes Meds Tied to Lower Risk for Parkinson's

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TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – A class of diabetes meds that include widely used drugs such as Actos and Avandia may help protect users against Parkinson's disease, a new study suggests. The study included nearly 44,600 British diabetes patients who took what are known as glitazone drugs – Avandia's generic name is rosiglitazone, while pioglitazone is the generic name for Actos. Researchers compared the medical records of those diabetes patients against the records of more than 120,000 diabetes patients who did not take a glitazone. The investigators tracked these records from 1999 – when glitazones were introduced to treat diabetes – until 2013. During that time, patients who used glitazones were 28 percent less likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson's disease than those who never took one of the meds, the study found. This association between glitazones and lower risk of Parkinson's ... Read more

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Study Refutes Notion That Diabetes Drug Actos Raises Bladder Cancer Risk

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TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Despite smaller, prior studies suggesting that the diabetes drug Actos might raise users' risk of bladder cancer, a large new study finds no evidence for such an effect. However, the study did find an association between the use of Actos (pioglitazone) and a rise in the risk of pancreatic cancer, although experts say it's too early to draw any conclusive link. As explained by the researchers, certain prior studies had suggested an increased risk of bladder cancer with the use of Actos. Investigating further, a team led by Dr. Assiamira Ferrara of Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland looked at long-term data from nearly 200,000 diabetes patients. They found no statistically significant association between taking Actos and increased risk of bladder cancer. However, a small increased risk could not be ruled out, the investigators said. The also ... Read more

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Impotence Linked to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

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MONDAY, July 20, 2015 – Men who experience impotence may face twice the risk of undiagnosed type 2 diabetes compared to men without such sexual problems, a new study suggests. "This effect was more significant among middle-aged men 40 to 59 years old," said lead researcher Dr. Sean Skeldon, a resident in family medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada. "The probability of having undiagnosed diabetes increased from one in 50 in men without erectile dysfunction, to one in 10 in men with erectile dysfunction," Skeldon said. It's important to note this study only found a link between impotence and type 2 diabetes. It didn't prove a cause-and-effect relationship between the health issues. The report was published in the July/August issue of the Annals of Family Medicine. For the study, Skeldon's team collected data on more than 4,500 men 20 and older who took part in the U.S. ... Read more

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Insured Americans Up to 3 Times Likelier to Get Preventive Care: CDC

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THURSDAY, July 16, 2015 – Americans are up to three times more likely to receive preventive care for potentially fatal chronic diseases if they have health insurance, federal officials reported Thursday. Insurance provided across-the-board improvement in the number of people receiving any one of nine important clinical preventive services, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The type of health insurance doesn't matter. People paying for private insurance received the same preventive care as people on Medicaid or Medicare, according to the findings published in the CDC's July 17 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. "Having insurance was the most important factor, whether it was private or public insurance," said lead author Jared Fox, a CDC health scientist. Preventive care is available for nine of the 10 leading causes of death in the United ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Survivors Tend to Gain Weight: Study

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WEDNESDAY, July 15, 2015 – Among women with a family history of breast cancer, breast cancer survivors tend to gain more weight than women who are free of the disease, new research suggests. And that added weight might increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as recurrence of the cancer, the researchers said. The researchers compared 303 breast cancer survivors with 307 women who were cancer-free. All were participants in a study of women with a familial risk of breast and ovarian cancer. They included women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations that can raise breast cancer risk. "We found that breast cancer survivors, especially those with chemotherapy [treatment], gained more weight compared to cancer-free women," said lead researcher Amy Gross, a doctoral candidate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. The study was published July 15 in the ... Read more

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New Drug May Help Diabetic Kidney Disease Patients

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TUESDAY, July 14, 2015 – A new drug decreases dangerously high levels of potassium in people with diabetes-related kidney disease, a new study finds. Potassium is necessary for the heart, kidneys and other organs to work normally, but damage to the kidneys can cause potassium levels to increase to dangerous levels. This condition is called hyperkalemia. Elevated potassium levels are associated with sudden death – your heart stops, said lead researcher Dr. George Bakris, a professor of medicine at the University of Chicago. "High potassium is a problem seen in people with advanced kidney disease and advanced diabetes with kidney disease and with people with heart failure," Bakris explained. The new drug, patiromer, significantly reduced potassium levels when taken for a month, researchers found. Moreover, that effect lasted for a year. Patiromer is a powder you mix with water and drink ... Read more

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Health Tip: Controlling Diabetes During Hot Weather

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-- Hot weather can affect your blood sugar, so your diabetes may need a little extra management when temperatures rise. The Cleveland Clinic recommends: Drink lots of water. Talk to your doctor about any adjustments to your insulin before you exercise. Check your blood sugar more frequently. Carry glucose gel, glucose tabs or a glucagon kit, in case blood sugar gets low. Pack healthy snacks when you're on the go. Store medications and supplies to keep them from getting too hot. Sunburn can cause stress on the body and affect blood sugar, so take precautions to protect your skin. Read more

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Only 1 in 10 Americans Eats Enough Fruits and Veggies: CDC

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THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Only about one in every 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables, a new government report shows. Just 13 percent of U.S. residents consume one and a half to two cups of fruit every day as recommended by federal dietary guidelines, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. The news on the vegetable front was even worse. Less than 9 percent of Americans eat two to three cups of vegetables every day as recommended, the report showed. Even residents of California, the state with the best consumption rate for these nutritious foods, fell woefully behind. Only close to 18 percent of Californians ate enough fruit every day, and only 13 percent ate enough vegetables. Tennessee and Mississippi ranked among the lowest in terms of people eating enough fruits and veggies. The authors of the study, published in the CDC's July 10 issue ... Read more

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