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Blood Thinner, Certain Diabetes Drugs Are a Bad Combo

Posted 8 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 – Taking the blood thinner warfarin at the same time as certain diabetes drugs increases the risk of hospitalization, a new study warns. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 466,000 Medicare patients. They found that those who took warfarin along with the diabetes drugs glipizide or glimepiride – also known as sulfonylureas – had a 22 percent increased risk of making an emergency room visit or being hospitalized for low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). While doctors are warned about potential interaction between the drugs, there has been little actual data, said study author John Romely, an associate professor at the University of Southern California Center for Health Policy and Economics and School of Public Policy. "Until now, no one had really studied the interactions between them," he said in a university news release. The risk was especially high for men aged ... Read more

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Infertile Men May Have Higher Risk of Heart Disease, Diabetes

Posted 7 Dec 2015 by

MONDAY, Dec. 7, 2015 – Infertile men may have a higher risk of developing other health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and substance abuse disorders, compared with fertile men, a new study suggests. "We found that infertile men developed several chronic diseases in the years following an infertility evaluation," said lead researcher Dr. Michael Eisenberg, director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University Medical School, in Palo Alto, California. "What's interesting is that these are young, healthy men," he said. "Prior studies suggested a higher risk of [testicular] cancer or even death. But for the first time, we are seeing higher risk of these metabolic diseases." These findings suggest that infertility may provide a window into later health, Eisenberg added. For the study, Eisenberg and colleagues collected data on more than 100,000 men from an ... Read more

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Diabetes Drug Improves Gut Bacteria, Study Finds

Posted 4 Dec 2015 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 4, 2015 – The diabetes drug metformin appears to trigger favorable changes in intestinal bacteria, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed the intestinal bacteria populations in 784 people with and without type 2 diabetes who lived in China, Denmark and Sweden. The results showed that taking metformin had positive effects on the intestinal bacteria of people with type 2 diabetes. Specifically, the drug improved the ability of the bacteria to produce certain types of short-chain fatty acids that reduce blood sugar levels in different ways. The researchers also found that patients who take metformin have more coliform bacteria in their intestines, which may explain why the drug causes side effects such as bloating and increased flatulence. "We weren't able to show that other types of antidiabetic drugs had any actual impact on the gut microbiota. When studying type 2 ... Read more

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Another Downside to Diabetes: Tooth Loss

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – The physical toll associated with type 2 diabetes includes tooth loss, a new study finds. The risk of vision problems and amputations for people with diabetes is well-known. Now, research shows diabetics lose twice as many teeth on average as those without the disease. Also, blacks with diabetes have a greater risk of tooth loss as they age, compared with white or Mexican Americans, the study found. "We have more evidence that [poor] oral health is related to diabetes," said lead researcher Bei Wu, a professor of nursing and global health at Duke University in Durham, N.C. Gum disease is a common complication of diabetes. About half of U.S. adults have gum disease, and its prevalence is even higher among diabetics, Wu said. "The ultimate consequence of gum disease is tooth loss," she added. Why diabetes is linked to tooth loss hasn't been clear, Wu said. What ... Read more

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Diabetes or Obesity During Pregnancy May Affect Fetal Heart: Study

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 3, 2015 – Being obese or having diabetes during pregnancy can affect the heart of the fetus, a new study finds. But the impact of these changes aren't yet clear, the researchers added. The study included 82 pregnant women with diabetes, 26 obese pregnant women and 70 healthy pregnant women. The heart muscle of the fetuses in obese women and those with diabetes showed changes that weren't seen in the fetuses of healthy women. The changes were only visible with a special type of ultrasound of the heart called echocardiography. The changes weren't seen using standard echocardiography, the study found. The findings were to be presented Thursday at a European Society of Cardiology (ESC) meeting in Spain. Findings from meetings are typically seen as preliminary until they're published in a peer-reviewed journal. "Diabetes and obesity are major epidemics of the present century. ... Read more

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Could Energy Drink 'Shots' Raise Teens' Diabetes Risk?

Posted 3 Dec 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 – Caffeine-laden "energy shots" appear to trigger short-term insulin resistance in teenagers, Canadian researchers report. The finding suggests that this effect might lay the foundation for developing type 2 diabetes later in life, the researchers said. Teens who downed a tiny orange bottle of 5-hour Energy – which contains no sugar but has 208 milligrams of caffeine – were not able to metabolize sugar as efficiently as when they drank a decaf version of the same drink, the study found. Those who drank traditional 5-hour Energy experienced a 25 percent increase in both their blood sugar and blood insulin levels compared to when they drank the decaf version, the study authors said. "It's the caffeine," said senior researcher Jane Shearer, an assistant professor and diabetes researcher at the University of Calgary in Canada. "The elevated caffeine content in ... Read more

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Negative News on Statins Tied to Dropped Prescriptions

Posted 2 Dec 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 2, 2015 – News reports on the downsides of statins may push some people to stop taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs, a new study hints. The findings, published Dec. 2 in the European Heart Journal, cannot prove that media stories drive statin users to give up their prescriptions. Instead, Danish researchers found a broad correlation between "negative" media coverage and people's odds of quitting a statin within six months of their first prescription. But even without a clear cause-and-effect connection, experts said it's reasonable to assume that media stories had an influence over some statin users in the study. It rings true to Dr. Thomas Whayne Jr., of the Gill Heart Institute at the University of Kentucky. "I've seen this happen a lot," said Whayne, who was not involved in the study. "News stories come out, and you have patients saying, 'I'm not going to take ... Read more

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Metformin May Not Help Obese Teens With Type 1 Diabetes

Posted 2 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 – Metformin is the standby drug for millions of people with type 2 diabetes, but a new study finds that adding it to insulin therapy won't boost blood sugar control for overweight teens with type 1 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, which comprises about 5 percent of diabetes cases, the body is unable to produce the insulin it needs. So, supplemental insulin is a must for people with the disease. The new study was led by Kellee Miller of the Jaeb Center for Health Research in Tampa, Fla. As her team explained, young people with type 1 diabetes are at even higher metabolic risk if they become overweight or obese, especially in adolescence. That's because both obesity and puberty may cause the patient to require higher levels of supplemental insulin, complicating blood sugar control, the researchers said. Metformin – a pill taken to help lower blood sugar – is widely ... Read more

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New Diabetes Cases Among Americans Drop for First Time in Decades: CDC

Posted 1 Dec 2015 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 1, 2015 – In a sign that Americans may finally be turning the corner in the fight against diabetes – and possibly obesity – federal health statistics released Tuesday show that the number of new cases of diabetes has dropped for the first time in decades. The decline wasn't sudden or dramatic. But, the number of new diabetes cases went from 1.7 million in 2009 to 1.4 million in 2014, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "It seems pretty clear that incidence rates have now actually started to drop. Initially it was a little surprising because I had become so used to seeing increases everywhere we looked," CDC researcher Edward Gregg told The New York Times. The proportion of Americans with diabetes is still twice what it was in the early 1990s. And not every racial group has made strides against the blood sugar disease, which is often ... Read more

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Smog Raises Heart Risks in Those With Diabetes, Study Says

Posted 25 Nov 2015 by

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

Posted 24 Nov 2015 by

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

Posted 24 Nov 2015 by

-- 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

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by

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

Posted 23 Nov 2015 by

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

Posted 20 Nov 2015 by

-- 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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