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Diabetes Treatment May Affect Breast Density

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – Women with diabetes who take insulin appear to have a higher risk of dense breasts, a known risk factor for breast cancer, new research suggests. Women with diabetes who take insulin "have considerably increased breast density [compared to] women without diabetes," said study lead researcher Zorana Andersen. She's an associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Southern Denmark in Esjberg. Conversely, women taking the oral medication metformin instead of insulin to treat their diabetes seem less likely to have dense breasts, Andersen said. Women with breasts that were more than 75 percent dense had a four to six times higher risk of breast cancer than women whose breasts were fattier, with a density of less than 25 percent, the researchers said. Andersen and her team emphasized that, while insulin treatment was linked with greater chances of ... Read more

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MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have other chronic health problems than those without the nervous system disorder, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at how common several chronic conditions – high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, chronic lung disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia – were in nearly 23,400 people newly diagnosed with MS and more than 116,600 people without MS. The MS patients had higher rates of all the conditions, with high cholesterol being the exception. Their rates of mental illness, particularly depression, were also high. Nineteen percent of MS patients and 9 percent of those without MS had depression, the study found. For many of the chronic conditions, there were significant gender differences. High ... Read more

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Health Care Apps Often Offer Little Privacy Protection: Study

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – If you're relying on your smartphone to share medical information with your doctor, you may be risking the privacy of your health records, a new study warns. The new research finds that privacy policies for health programs – or "apps" – designed for smartphones that share highly sensitive medical information between patients and doctors are lacking, and often are completely missing. The study looked specifically at diabetes-related apps marketed to Android-phone users. But, the problem doesn't stop there, the researchers said. "Our findings apply not just to 'Google Play' or diabetes apps specifically, but all health apps and potentially apps in general," said study lead author and lawyer Sarah Blenner. She's with the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. "And the issue is that people in general are probably not aware that ... Read more

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Doctors May Be Missing Chances to Treat Prediabetes

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – A large number of Americans with prediabetes aren't being treated for the condition, which suggests that doctors are missing opportunities to prevent diabetes, researchers report. More than one-third of U.S. adults have prediabetes, which means their blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for circulatory problems, kidney disease, and nerve and retinal damage, the study authors said. "We know that prediabetes is considered one of the biggest risk factors for the development of diabetes, with estimates ranging from 15 to 30 percent of people with prediabetes developing diabetes within five years," said lead investigator Arch Mainous III. Mainous is chair of the department of health services research, management and policy in the College of Public Health and ... Read more

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Health Tip: If You Have a Wart

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by

-- Warts are skin growths that usually are harmless and can be treated without a doctor's care. But sometimes you should see a doctor about a wart. The American Academy of Dermatology explains these warning signs that an office visit is needed: Suspecting that the growth may not actually be a wart. Having a wart on the genitals or face. Developing a lot of warts, or warts that bleed, burn, itch or cause pain. Having a weakened immune system or being diabetic. Diabetics should never try to remove warts on the feet. Read more

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Fitness in Youth May Be Key to Diabetes Risk Decades Later

Posted 8 Mar 2016 by

MONDAY, March 7, 2016 – Teens with poor physical fitness are at higher risk for diabetes much later in life, even if they're not overweight or obese, a new study finds. The research involved about 1.5 million Swedes who all underwent physical fitness tests when they were conscripted into the military at age 18. Their health outcomes were then tracked up to the age of 62. Poor aerobic fitness and low muscle strength at age 18 was linked to a tripling of risk for diabetes in adulthood, regardless of the person's body weight, reports a team led by Dr. Casey Crump of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. The study was funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and published March 7 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Inactivity is a known risk factor for type 2 diabetes, but little was known about how physical fitness levels at a young age might affect ... Read more

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Small Weight Loss Yields Large Rewards, Study Finds

Posted 22 Feb 2016 by

MONDAY, Feb. 22, 2016 – Shedding just a few pounds can lower the risk of serious health problems in obese adults, a small study suggests. Researchers looked at 40 obese people who lost 5 percent, 10 percent and 15 percent of their weight. The study, published Feb. 22 in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that 5 percent weight loss was enough to reduce multiple risk factors for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. "These results demonstrate you get a large bang for your buck with a 5 percent weight loss," senior study author Samuel Klein, of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a journal news release. "Based on these findings, we should reconsider changing current obesity practice guidelines to stress a target goal of 5 percent weight loss, rather than 5 percent to 10 percent weight loss, which increases the perception of failure when patients do not achieve ... Read more

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Seven Steps Toward a Healthier Heart

Posted 19 Feb 2016 by

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 – Heart disease is the leading cause of death for U.S. adults, but a healthy lifestyle can reduce that risk, a heart expert says. The American Heart Association calls its prevention tips "Life's Simple 7" because they're easy to understand and follow, said Dr. Ravi Dave. He is director of the cardiac catheterization lab at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical Center, in Santa Monica. And because February is American Heart Month, and there's "no better time to focus on heart disease and kick-start your New Year's resolution to lose weight, eat better and start exercising," Dave said in a university news release. The seven steps are: Walk or exercise in other ways for at least 30 minutes five times a week to lower your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. Control your cholesterol. "Lowering and controlling blood-cholesterol levels will help ... Read more

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Diabetes Drug May Help Prevent Second Stroke: Study

Posted 18 Feb 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 – The diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone) appears to protect people who've already had a stroke from suffering a second stroke, a new study finds. Along with standard treatment after a stroke – including blood thinners, and blood pressure and cholesterol medication – the addition of Actos reduced the odds of another stroke by 24 percent compared to a placebo, the researchers said. "Actos represents a new option for patients who have had a stroke to help prevent a future stroke," said lead researcher Dr. Walter Kernan, a professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Conn. For the study, Kernan and colleagues randomly assigned nearly 4,000 patients who had suffered a stroke or a mini-stroke to Actos or a placebo. None of the patients had diabetes but they did have evidence of insulin resistance, putting them at risk for the blood-sugar disease. ... Read more

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Sleep Loss May Be Tied to Raised Diabetes Risk in Teen Boys

Posted 15 Feb 2016 by

SATURDAY, Feb. 13, 2016 – Teen boys who get too little of a particular type of sleep may be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The research focused on "slow-wave sleep" – an important stage of sleep that helps people store memories and recover after sleep deprivation. This type of sleep is also associated with lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol and reduced inflammation, the study authors explained. For the study, 700 children were assessed between the ages of 5 and 12. Just over half of the participants were boys. The investigators followed up with about 420 of the kids eight years later. Boys who lost a greater amount of slow-wave sleep between childhood and the teen years had a higher risk of developing insulin resistance than those whose slow-wave sleep totals remained fairly stable over the years. Insulin resistance increases the risk of ... Read more

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

Posted 5 Feb 2016 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 4 Feb 2016 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

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by

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

Posted 3 Feb 2016 by

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

Posted 29 Jan 2016 by

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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