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Impotence Linked to Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 20 Jul 2015 by

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

Posted 16 Jul 2015 by

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

Posted 15 Jul 2015 by

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

Posted 14 Jul 2015 by

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

Posted 13 Jul 2015 by

-- 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

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by

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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Uncontrolled Diabetes May Boost Dementia Risk

Posted 9 Jul 2015 by

THURSDAY, July 9, 2015 – Diabetes patients with high rates of complications from the disease may face increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests. "We found that as diabetes progresses and an individual experiences more complications from the disease, the risk of dementia rises as well," wrote Dr. Wei-Che Chiu, of the National Taiwan University College of Public Health, in Taipei. Better blood sugar control can help prevent the mental decline associated with diabetes, he and his colleagues said. They examined data from more than 431,000 people in Taiwan who were older than 50 and newly diagnosed with diabetes. Complications of diabetes include vision loss, kidney failure and nerve damage. Over 12 years of follow-up, more than 6 percent of the patients were diagnosed with dementia. Those with a greater number of diabetes complications were at higher risk for mental decline than ... Read more

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Type 2 Diabetes May Damage Thinking Skills: Study

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – In as little as two years, people with type 2 diabetes may develop problems with blood flow in the brain, which could lower their thinking and memory skills, a small study suggests. "Our major finding is we have linked the acceleration of the cognitive decline to impaired blood flow regulation in the brain," said senior study author Dr. Vera Novak, an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. The problem the researchers found was with dilation of the blood vessels, which allows more blood to flow through the brain. Adequate amounts of blood are crucial for thinking skills and other activities. The researchers found that the higher someone's average blood sugar levels were over the previous several months (a measure called A1C), the worse the problem with blood vessel dilation was, Novak said. The study was published online July 8 in ... Read more

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Severe Burns May Trigger Dangerous Shifts in Gut Germs

Posted 8 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 8, 2015 – People who suffer severe burns may experience potentially dangerous changes in the 100 trillion bacteria inside their gastrointestinal (GI) tract, a small study suggests. At issue is the breakdown of good and bad bacteria typically found inside a healthy person's GI tract. Researchers from the health sciences division of Loyola University Chicago in Maywood, Ill., observed that after a severe burn, four patients experienced a big increase in the number of potentially harmful bacteria and a corresponding drop in relatively beneficial bacteria. The potentially harmful bacteria are part of a family that includes E. coli and salmonella. Such an imbalance, known as "dysbiosis," has been linked to many conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, study lead author Dr. Mashkoor Choudhry, a professor of surgical ... Read more

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Chronic Ills May Add Up to a Shortened Life Span

Posted 7 Jul 2015 by

TUESDAY, July 7, 2015 – While having one major health problem – such as diabetes, heart disease or stroke – can increase your risk for an early death, new research warns that the risk of dying prematurely goes up significantly if you have more than one of these conditions. Investigators determined that someone with one of those conditions faces double the risk of early death compared to people who have no such "cardiometabolic" problems. But, those coping with two conditions at the same time were found to face quadruple the risk. And having all three bumps up premature death risk eightfold, the study found. "Somewhat surprised" is how study lead author Dr. Emanuele Di Angelantonio, a university lecturer in medical screening with the department of public health and primary care at the University of Cambridge in England, described his team's reaction to the findings. Di Angelantonio ... Read more

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Beat Diet, Exercise as Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

Posted 1 Jul 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 – In a small study of obese patients, weight-loss surgery was better at keeping type 2 diabetes at bay than diet and exercise alone, researchers report. In fact, three years after weight-loss surgery, more than two-thirds of those who had a procedure called Roux-en-Y gastric bypass to shrink their stomach didn't need any diabetes medications. And one-third of the people who chose a procedure called adjustable gastric banding no longer needed diabetes medications three years after surgery, the study found. "Surgical treatments show promise for durable, longer-term, type 2 diabetes control in people with obesity," said lead researcher Dr. Anita Courcoulas, a professor of surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The report was published July 1 online in JAMA Surgery. The researchers recruited 61 obese patients with type 2 diabetes for the study. They ... Read more

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Diabetes Rates Fall in Neighborhoods With Healthy Food, Parks and Gyms

Posted 29 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 29, 2015 – Neighborhoods with easy access to healthy foods and safe places to exercise may help residents reduce their risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The study found that the risk of developing diabetes was 12 percent lower in neighborhoods with access to healthy foods. The researchers also found a 21 percent reduced risk of type 2 diabetes in areas with greater opportunities for physical activity. "Most of the efforts to prevent type 2 diabetes focus on individuals," said lead researcher Paul Christine of the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, Mich. "Our study points to the need to consider neighborhood environments as targets that could complement individual-based intervention programs," he said. A greater availability of places to exercise included gyms and pleasant places to walk, Christine said. And, while the availability of ... Read more

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Fat No Longer the Focus of New U.S. Dietary Guidelines

Posted 26 Jun 2015 by

FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 – Nutrition experts are hailing a federal decision to drop recommended restrictions on total fat consumption in the forthcoming 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Over the past decade, research has shown that a diet rich in healthy fats can be better for people, particularly if those fats help offset consumption of foods containing high levels of salt, sugar and refined grains, Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, dean of Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston, wrote in a viewpoint article on the federal decision. The report appears in the June 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. That research prompted independent scientists on the federally funded 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee to quietly abandon current recommended restrictions on dietary fat, he said. For the first time since 1980, the ... Read more

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Order in Which Food Is Eaten May Affect Type 2 Diabetics' Blood Sugar

Posted 23 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – The order in which obese people with type 2 diabetes eat their food can affect their blood sugar levels, a small study suggests. The new research found that having protein and vegetables before carbohydrates was linked to lower blood sugar and insulin levels after the meal. "We're always looking for ways to help people with diabetes lower their blood sugar," principal investigator Dr. Louis Aronne, a professor of metabolic research and of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, said in a university news release. "We rely on medicine, but diet is an important part of this process, too. Unfortunately, we've found that it's difficult to get people to change their eating habits," Aronne added. "Carbohydrates raise blood sugar, but if you tell someone not to eat them or to drastically cut back, it's hard for them to comply. This study ... Read more

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Could a Microbe in Your Gut Help You Lose Weight?

Posted 23 Jun 2015 by

TUESDAY, June 23, 2015 – It's possible that among the millions of bacteria living in your gut, at least one microbe might change how your body processes food and affect your weight, a small French study suggests. The microbe – Akkermansia muciniphila – makes up 3 percent to 5 percent of the gut bacteria. The strain is linked with a fiber-rich diet. It's also associated with lower levels of blood sugar, insulin and fats, which help ward off obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A. muciniphila also helps with a healthier distribution of body fat, the researchers said. "This bacteria is a potential target for new therapies in the field of metabolic disease," said lead researcher Dr. Karine Clement, director of the Institute of Cardiometabolism and Nutrition at Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital in Paris. "However, first the molecules produced by this bacteria have to be identified to explain ... Read more

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