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Progress Slows Against Heart Disease Deaths for Adults Under 55, Study Shows

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – There has been a sharp drop in heart disease death rates among Americans 65 and older in recent decades, but declines in death rates are slowing in those younger than 55, particularly women, a new study says. The findings appear Aug. 24 in the journal Circulation. "We think that these trends are not related to differences in treatment and hospitalization, but rather to a lack of effective preventive strategies for young people, particularly women," senior author Dr. Viola Vaccarino, professor and chair of epidemiology at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, said in a news release from the journal. One expert cardiologist agreed. "This is a true wake-up call – as much as progress is being made, we are falling behind in a group of young women who should be aggressively treated, managed and where prevention is essential," said Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, ... Read more

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Exercise Best Bet Against Diabetes for College Graduates

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Exercise is more likely to help prevent diabetes in college graduates than in those with less schooling, a new study finds. Researchers examined data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2012, and found adults with a college degree who were physically active were 6 percent less likely to have pre-diabetic symptoms or elevated blood sugar levels than those who weren't active. For adults who only had some college, a high school diploma or who never finished high school, being physically active reduced the risk of pre-diabetic symptoms by just 1 percent. Overall, being physically active reduced the risk for full-blown diabetes, but this, too, varied by education level. The likelihood of having diabetes was 2.5 percent among college graduates who were physically active and 4.4 percent among those who were inactive. Rates among adults ... Read more

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9 Factors You Can Control May Be Key to Alzheimer's Risk

Posted 21 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2015 – Up to two-thirds of Alzheimer's cases worldwide may stem from any of nine conditions that often result from lifestyle choices, a broad research review suggests. Those include obesity (specifically, high body mass index, an indication of obesity, in midlife); carotid artery disease, in which plaque buildup narrows major neck arteries and slows blood supply to the brain; high blood pressure; depression; being frail; being poorly educated; having high levels of a naturally occurring amino acid known as homocysteine; and (specifically among those of Asian descent) being a smoker and/or having either type 2 diabetes. The implication: Taking steps to minimize or eliminate such conditions might reduce the long-term risk for developing Alzheimer's, a brain disorder that affects memory and thinking. It is the most common form of dementia among seniors. "The current ... Read more

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Diabetes Drug Might Also Help Some Patients Lose Weight

Posted 18 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 18, 2015 – High doses of the diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) seem to help patients with type 2 diabetes lose weight, a new study suggests. In a trial funded by the drug's maker Novo Nordisk, people who took 3 milligrams (mg) of Victoza daily over 56 weeks lost an average of 6 percent of their body weight (14 pounds). According to Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the 3 mg-dose for weight loss, but not to treat diabetes. Only lower doses, either 1.2 mg or 1.8 mg a day, have the agency's blessing for treating type 2 diabetes. "This is the first study specifically designed to investigate the efficacy of liraglutide for weight management in patients with type 2 diabetes at a dose of 3 mg, and not surprisingly was found to be effective and tolerated ... Read more

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Neglecting Teen Health May Lead to Bigger Problems as Adults

Posted 17 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 17, 2015 – Nearly one in five teens has specific health care needs that are not receiving attention, and this may set them up for poorer physical and mental health in adulthood, a new study contends. "Previous research had shown that lack of medical care in this age group is associated with poor health and higher risk behaviors at the time. But, it wasn't known that these poor health outcomes persisted into adulthood," said lead author Dr. Dougal Hargreaves, a pediatrician and health services researcher at University College London, England, and at Boston Children's Hospital. The study was published online Aug. 17 in the journal Pediatrics. The researchers analyzed data from 14,800 participants in a long-term U.S. study of teen and adult health. The teens first answered questions in 1994-1995 when they were, on average, 16 years old. Then they responded in another ... Read more

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Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Language Problems in Women

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Insulin resistance, a key component of type 2 diabetes, may contribute to language problems in women that can potentially signal early dementia, new research suggests. The association was not seen in men, although the researchers could not determine exactly why that was so. In the study, the Finnish researchers measured what is called low verbal fluency, which is the rate at which you produce words. "Preclinical Alzheimer's disease typically starts with episodic memory decline. However, verbal fluency is a measure of executive function, and also deficits in executive function can be found early in the disease," said study author Dr. Laura Ekblad, a researcher at the University of Turku. Executive function includes higher-order processes such as working memory, planning and problem solving. But Ekblad added that the findings aren't cause for immediate concern ... Read more

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Could Your Smartphone Help Boost Your Heart Health?

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – Smartphones could become a high-tech tool to help boost heart health, experts say. The apps and wearable sensors on many cellphones can track exercise, activity and heart rates, and while evidence of their effectiveness in reducing risk factors for heart disease and stroke is limited, they could prove useful, a new American Heart Association scientific statement said. Currently, 20 percent of American adults use some type of technology to track their health data. The most popular health apps are associated with exercise, counting steps or tracking your heart rate, the heart association said. The authors of the statement reviewed the small number of published, peer-reviewed studies about the effectiveness of mobile health technologies in managing weight, boosting physical activity, quitting smoking, and controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and ... Read more

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Screen Teens With Depression for Heart Disease, Experts Say

Posted 11 Aug 2015 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 11, 2015 – Teens with major depression or bipolar disorder may face a higher risk for heart disease and they need to be followed closely, new recommendations from the American Heart Association state. "Youth with mood disorders are not yet widely recognized as a group at increased risk for excessive and early heart disease. We hope these guidelines will spur action from patients, families and health care providers to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease among these youth," Dr. Benjamin Goldstein, a child-adolescent psychiatrist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center at the University of Toronto, said in a heart association news release. Goldstein and his colleagues reviewed published studies and found that teens with major depression or bipolar disorder were more likely than other teens to have: high blood pressure; high cholesterol; obesity, especially around the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Diabetes Can Take a Toll on Teeth and Mouth

Posted 10 Aug 2015 by

-- Diabetes, especially when uncontrolled, can cause damage to your mouth and teeth. The website says possible effects of diabetes on the teeth and mouth include: Dry mouth, due to decreased saliva production. Increased risk of cavities due to less saliva. Gingivitis, characterized by bleeding, inflamed gums. Difficulty tasting food. Slower healing of mouth wounds. Increased risk of infection. Among diabetic children. teeth emerging earlier than expected. Read more

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Skipping Breakfast a Bad Idea for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 7 Aug 2015 by

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2015 – Running out the door without eating breakfast isn't a good idea for anyone, but new research suggests that for people with type 2 diabetes, skipping the morning meal may wreak havoc on blood sugar levels for the rest of the day. In a small clinical trial, researchers found that when people with diabetes skipped breakfast, their lunchtime blood sugar levels were 37 percent higher than on a day they ate breakfast. And blood sugar levels were still higher at dinnertime on the day the study volunteers skipped breakfast – 27 percent higher, the study said. "This is of high relevance since skipping breakfast has progressively increased over the past decades in Western society," said the study's lead author, Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz, a professor of medicine at Tel Aviv University in Israel. What's more, she said, high blood sugar levels after meals are strongly ... Read more

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Active As Teen, Free of Diabetes In Later Life?

Posted 6 Aug 2015 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 6, 2015 – High levels of physical activity during the early teen years might reduce the risk of diabetes later in life, a new study suggests. The research included 300 children who were checked for insulin resistance every year from ages 9 to 16. Insulin resistance is a condition that leads to high blood sugar and is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. At age 13, insulin resistance was 17 percent lower among more physically active youngsters than among those who were less active. However, this difference decreased over the next three years and was gone by age 16. "Insulin resistance rises dramatically from age 9 to 13 years, then falls to the same extent until age 16. Our study found that physical activity reduced this early-teenage peak in insulin resistance but had no impact at age 16," study author Brad Metcalf, a senior lecturer in physical activity and health at the ... Read more

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People With Type 2 Diabetes Do Benefit From Blood Sugar Checks

Posted 5 Aug 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 5, 2015 – Personalized blood sugar self-monitoring benefits people with type 2 diabetes even if they're not taking insulin, a new small study shows. Some experts have questioned the value of self-monitoring in this group, and many insurers – including Medicare – limit the reimbursement of blood sugar (glucose) testing strips to one a day for people with type 2 diabetes. This study included 11 people with type 2 diabetes who worked with the researchers to create personalized, structured self-monitoring blood glucose schedules. In most cases, self-monitoring twice a day was the most helpful in providing meaningful information about blood sugar levels. However, there was room for individualization based on a patient's type of lifestyle and needs. For example, a patient might check their blood sugar twice a day three days a week instead of once a day seven days a week, ... Read more

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Health Tip: Binge Eating Can Harm Health

Posted 4 Aug 2015 by

-- Binge eating involves eating large amounts of food very quickly, and having no apparent control over this behavior. The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases mentions these potential risks of binge eating: Possible depression, and missing out on responsibilities and social activities in order to binge eat. Increased stress. Increase in suicidal thoughts. Difficulty sleeping. Headaches, joint problems, digestive problems, muscle pain and issues with menstruation. Weight gain. Read more

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

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by

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

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by

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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