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Smog Raises Heart Risks in Those With Diabetes, Study Says

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25, 2015 – Long periods of exposure to air pollution – including dust and car exhaust – heightens heart risks for women with diabetes, a large, new study indicates. Building on prior research linking shorter exposures to air pollution to higher heart disease in the general population, the scientists found that those with diabetes are especially vulnerable. "People respond differently to levels of air pollution, and our study was uniquely suited to look at this," said study author Jaime Hart, an assistant professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "There's pretty robust literature about the short-term effects of air pollution suggesting those with diabetes are at risk, so it's nice that our results actually went along with [that]," she added. The study was published Nov. 25 in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Heart disease is a ... Read more

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Adults With Heart Defects May Face Higher Risk of Stroke: Study

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TUESDAY, Nov. 24, 2015 – Adults who were born with heart defects are at increased risk for stroke, a new study finds. "We knew there was a connection between heart failure and stroke in patients with heart defects, but we were surprised to discover it was the strongest predictor," said senior study author Dr. Ariane Marelli, a professor of medicine at McGill University in Montreal. However, the study did not prove that heart defects cause stroke. For the study, researchers looked at stroke rates among more than 29,000 adults born with heart defects, and compared them with rates among people in the general population of the province of Quebec, Canada. Those with heart defects were nine to 12 times more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke (blocked blood flow to the brain) before age 55. In addition, they were two to four times more likely to have this type of stroke between the ages of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Stay Well Despite Diabetes

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-- Managing diabetes is a long-term job that requires careful planning to stay on top of your health. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises: Take daily steps to eat well, get exercise, inspect feet for wounds and take your medication. At each quarterly doctor visit, have a foot check and blood pressure check. Twice yearly, have a dental checkup and an A1C check. Once annually, have a cholesterol test and a test for kidney function. Get all doctor-recommended vaccines, including the annual one for flu. Have annual visits with an eye doctor and podiatrist. Read more

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Doctors' Group Urges Greater Use of Generic Drugs

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MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – Whenever possible, doctors should prescribe generic drugs for their patients, the American College of Physicians suggests. Doing so could help patients save money, and might increase the odds that they'll take their medications as directed, the national organization said. Every year, about $325 billion is spent on prescription medications in the United States, according to the American College of Physicians (ACP). The group believes this tally could be significantly reduced if people used generic medications, which are just as effective as brand-name drugs. "While the use of generic drugs has increased over time, clinicians often prescribe more expensive brand-name drugs when equally effective, well-proven, and less-expensive generic versions are available," ACP President Dr. Wayne Riley said in a news release from the organization. To shed light on the issue, ... Read more

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Breast-Feeding May Cut Risk of Type 2 Diabetes for Some Women

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MONDAY, Nov. 23, 2015 – New research suggests another potential benefit for moms who breast-feed – a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The study found that breast-feeding for more than two months was linked to around a 50 percent reduction in the odds of developing type 2 diabetes for mothers who had already experienced gestational diabetes in the past. And the longer women breast-fed, the lower the odds of type 2 diabetes, the study said. "The main policy implication is that we need to focus our breast-feeding promotion efforts to high-risk women, those who are obese or have a pregnancy with gestational diabetes," said study author Erica Gunderson, a senior research scientist with Kaiser Permanente Northern California. However, this study did not show that breast-feeding caused a lower risk of type 2 diabetes; it only found an association between these factors. The results ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercising With Diabetes

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-- Participating in sports or exercising don't have to be dangerous if you're diabetic. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that you: Talk with your doctor before you begin training or playing. Ask about any tests or supplies that may help make you safer. Work with your doctor to determine an appropriate blood glucose range. Check glucose often during exercise. Always pack a form of glucose that is easily absorbed. Exercise with a partner. Wear a medical ID bracelet that says you're diabetic. Before, during and after exercise, eat plenty of healthy foods and drink enough fluids. Read more

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Foods May Affect Each Person's Blood Sugar Differently, Study Suggests

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THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 – New research would seem to support what many have enviously suspected while watching a thin friend chow down – the same foods don't necessarily have the same effect from person-to-person. A new study from Israel suggests that people have very different blood sugar responses to the same food – with some showing large spikes even after eating supposedly healthy choices. Researchers said the findings, published in the Nov. 19 issue of the journal Cell, underscore the message that there is no "one-size-fits-all" diet. The investigators also suggested that carefully tailoring diets to meet individuals' blood sugar tendencies could be the wave of the future. "I think our research offers a new, distinct look at nutrition and how it may affect our body," said Dr. Eran Elinav, a senior scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, in Israel. "Each human being has a ... Read more

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Sleep Cycle Changes May Affect Your Health

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – Waking early on workdays and sleeping in on days off may not be as restful as you think: a new study suggests that when routine sleep habits are disrupted, your risk for diabetes and heart disease rises. The study included 447 men and women, aged 30 to 54, who worked at least 25 hours a week outside the home. They each wore a wristband that recorded their sleep and movement 24 hours a day for a week. Questionnaires were used to assess their exercise and eating habits. Nearly 85 percent of the participants slept longer on their days off than on workdays, the investigators found. The rest woke earlier on their days off than on workdays. Those with large differences in their sleep schedules on workdays and free days tended to have worse cholesterol and fasting insulin levels, greater insulin resistance, larger waist size, and higher body mass index (BMI), the ... Read more

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Could Viagra Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes in Those at Risk?

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – The impotence drug Viagra may help ward off type 2 diabetes in people already at risk for the illness, a small new trial suggests. The study, funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, found that Viagra (sildenafil) improved "insulin sensitivity" in overweight, pre-diabetic people. Insulin sensitivity involves the body's ability to efficiently use the hormone. The erectile dysfunction drug was also tied to a lowering of levels of a marker associated with a raised risk of heart and kidney disease, the researchers reported Nov. 18 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. However, the trial was small – just 42 patients – and "further studies will be needed to determine whether long-term treatment with drugs like sildenafil can prevent the onset of diabetes in high-risk patients," study lead author Dr. Nancy Brown said in a journal news ... Read more

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Type 2 Diabetes Drug Helps Some With Chronic Depression: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 18, 2015 – A new small study is adding evidence to the theory that insulin resistance may play a leading role in some people's depression. The study found that a medication normally used to boost insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes appears to help ease the symptoms of chronic depression. And, the effect was strongest in people who were insulin-resistant but didn't have diabetes, the study found. These findings "add to the neurobiological explanation of what's going on when people are depressed, and it should help de-stigmatize depression. It's a disease of the brain," said the study's lead author, Dr. Natalie Rasgon, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. "Depression is kind of a catch-all term, like the common cold; it can have more than one cause," Rasgon said. "In this study, we saw ... Read more

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Health Tip: You May Not Have to Give Up Dessert

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-- Dessert is a expected part of the holidays in many homes. And if you have diabetes, you may not have to completely avoid your favorite sweets. The American Diabetes Association recommends that you: Get your doctor's okay before you indulge in anything that's high in sugar. Split your dessert portion with someone. If it's covered in whipped cream, frosting or another high-calorie or high-sugar topping, scrape it off. Offer to bring your own dessert. Opt for sugar-free pudding, plain cookies or baked apples. If you do indulge, scale back the carbohydrates in your pre-dessert meal. Read more

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Too Few Psychiatric Patients Screened for Diabetes: Study

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Despite guidelines, diabetes screening rates are low among adults with severe mental illness who take antipsychotic medications, researchers find. In a new California study, fewer than one-third of mental health patients were screened for type 2 diabetes, despite an elevated risk for the disorder, the researchers reported in the Nov. 9 online edition of the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Treatment with antipsychotic drugs contributes to this risk, the researchers explained. This class of drugs includes clozapine (Clozaril), olanzapine (Zyprexa) and risperidone (Risperdal), among others. Anyone taking them should undergo diabetes screening every year, the American Diabetes Association says. These drugs often cause weight gain, a contributing factor to type 2 diabetes, the study authors noted in a journal news release. "To improve care for persons with serious ... Read more

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Childhood Cancer Tied to Raised Risk for Other Ills in Adult Life

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 11, 2015 – Childhood cancer survivors are at increased risk for diabetes and other autoimmune diseases, a new study suggests. "Cure is no longer a sufficient goal in childhood cancer care," the researchers wrote. "As the vast majority of these patients survive, attention must be paid to their long-term quality of life and health challenges." In the study, the investigators analyzed data from more than 20,000 adults in Denmark, Iceland and Sweden, who had cancer before the age of 20 and survived for at least one year, and compared them to nearly 126,000 adults who did not have childhood cancer. Over an average follow-up of 15 to 19 years, 3.6 percent of childhood cancer survivors were treated in a hospital at least once for an autoimmune disease. That rate is 40 percent higher than among the adults who did not have childhood cancer, according to Dr. Anna Sallfors ... Read more

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Short Bursts of Intense Exercise Might Benefit Type 2 Diabetics

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TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2015 – Short sessions of high-intensity exercise may provide more health benefits for people with type 2 diabetes than longer bouts of less intense activity, a new Canadian study suggests. The research included 76 adults recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Their average age was 67. They were randomly assigned to do either one 30-minute exercise session five days a week at 65 percent of their target heart rate, or three 10-minute workouts a day, five days a week, at 85 percent of their target heart rate. The participants were assessed three months later. Compared to those in the lower-intensity group, those in the high-intensity group did more exercise and had larger decreases in cholesterol and blood sugar levels, lost more weight, and had greater improvements in heart health. The patients in the high-intensity group showed a more than two-fold greater decrease ... Read more

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Even Easy Exercise May Lower Blood Pressure in Those With Diabetes

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MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2015 – Just a few minutes of easy exercise daily can help lower blood pressure in overweight and obese people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report. "It appears you don't have to do very much," co-author Bronwyn Kingwell, head of metabolic and vascular physiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes in Melbourne, Australia, said in an American Heart Association news release. "We saw some marked blood pressure reductions over trial days when people did the equivalent of walking to the water cooler or some simple body-weight movements on the spot," she noted. For the study, the researchers monitored blood pressure levels in 24 overweight and obese adults as they sat for eight hours. The average age of the study participant was 62. All had type 2 diabetes. The study participants took brief breaks from sitting, and either walked slowly for three minutes or did three ... Read more

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