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Could Type 2 Diabetes Shield Against ALS?

Posted 1 Jun 2015 by

MONDAY, June 1, 2015 – Type 2 diabetes may reduce the risk of developing the neurodegenerative disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a new study suggests. ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease after the famed baseball player who died of the illness, destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Little is known about its causes, and no treatments exist to halt it. About half of ALS patients die within three years of diagnosis, according to the study authors. This study of Danish residents found that type 2 diabetes – but not obesity, which is often linked to type 2 diabetes – was associated with a possible lower risk of developing ALS. "We found a protective association between type 2 diabetes and ALS," said lead author Marianthi-Anna Kioumourtzoglou, a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. "This is a very new finding." Only in the past six months ... Read more

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More Evidence That High-Fiber Diet May Curb Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted 27 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 27, 2015 – People who get a lot of fiber in their diet may be lowering their odds for type 2 diabetes, new research shows. "We are not certain why this might be, but potential mechanisms could include feeling physically full for longer, prolonged release of hormonal signals, slowed down nutrient absorption, or altered fermentation in the large intestine," wrote study author Dagfinn Aune, a Ph.D. student affiliated with the Imperial College London in England. His team, which published the findings May 26 in the journal Diabetologia, looked at data on more than 29,000 Europeans tracked for an average of 11 years. Those with the highest amount of fiber in their diet (more than 26 grams a day) were 18 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest fiber intake (less than 19 grams a day), even after Aune's team accounted for other dietary and ... Read more

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Coffee May Help Men Keep Impotence at Bay

Posted 21 May 2015 by

THURSDAY, May 21, 2015 – Coffee perks millions of Americans up each morning, and a new study finds it might help keep men's sex lives percolating, too. The study, from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, found that men who consume more caffeine each day had a lower risk of erectile dysfunction. The exception? Men with diabetes – for them, extra caffeine didn't lower their odds for impotence, the researchers said. "Even though we saw a reduction in the prevalence of erectile dysfunction with men who were obese, overweight and hypertensive, that was not true of men with diabetes. Diabetes is one of the strongest risk factors for erectile dysfunction, so this was not surprising," lead author Dr. David Lopez, assistant professor at UTHealth School of Public Health, said in a university news release. The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but one expert said the ... Read more

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Heart Risk Factors May Harm Black Women More Than Whites

Posted 20 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – The cluster of heart risk factors known as the "metabolic syndrome" might raise the risk of heart disease more for black women than it does for white women, a new study suggests. Metabolic syndrome refers to having at least three health conditions – including a large waist size, high blood pressure, low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol, high levels of blood fats called triglycerides, and impaired sugar metabolism – that can all work together to boost the odds of diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In the new study, a team led by Dr. Michelle Schmiegelow at University Hospital Gentofte in Denmark looked at data from more than 14,000 American women, aged 50 to 79. All were taking part in a long-term national study. About 47 percent were white, 36 percent were black and 18 percent were Hispanic. Over 13 years of follow-up, about 1,100 of the women were ... Read more

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Baby's Gender May Influence Mom's Diabetes Risk

Posted 20 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 20, 2015 – A baby's gender appears to affect a mother's risk for diabetes during pregnancy – called gestational diabetes – and type 2 diabetes after pregnancy, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from nearly 643,000 women in Canada. The women had their first child between 2000 and 2010. Women who were carrying a son were more likely to develop gestational diabetes, the researchers said. The study was published May 20 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. While it found a link between a baby's gender and a mother's risk of diabetes, the study wasn't designed to prove cause-and-effect. "It is thought that gestational diabetes occurs because of a combination of underlying metabolic abnormalities in the mother and temporary metabolic changes that take place during pregnancy," study author Dr. Baiju Shah, of the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook ... Read more

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Nation's Capital Named 'Fittest City' in U.S.

Posted 19 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – If you're a resident of Washington, D.C., congratulations – the nation's capital is also the fitness capital of the United States, according to a new report. Washington, D.C, is the fittest of the 50 largest cities in the United States, followed by Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Diego, according to the eighth annual American Fitness Index (AFI) rankings from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation. These metropolitan areas offer residents the best outdoor exercise options and have fairly low rates of obesity, diabetes and smoking, according to experts who drew up the list. Meanwhile, Indianapolis has the dubious distinction of being named the least fit city in the United States, below Memphis, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Louisville. The report's authors – including a panel of 26 health and physical activity experts – looked at U.S. ... Read more

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One-Third of Americans Have Dangerous Mix of Heart Risk Factors

Posted 19 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 – More than one-third of U.S. adults have a combination of health problems collectively known as metabolic syndrome that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes, according to new research. What's worse, the researchers found the rate of metabolic syndrome increases dramatically with age. Almost half of people 60 or older in the United States have metabolic syndrome, the study found. "That's concerning, because we know the population of the U.S. is aging," said senior author Dr. Robert Wong, an assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Francisco. "I think it will potentially place a huge burden on our health care system." Metabolic syndrome is a "perfect storm" of conditions that include high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, increased levels of blood sugar, and a wider waist circumference, Wong said. Medical experts are ... Read more

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FDA Issues Warning for Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

Posted 18 May 2015 by

MONDAY, May 18, 2015 – A certain class of type 2 diabetes drugs can lead to a life-threatening condition called ketoacidosis, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns. These prescription drugs are called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors and include canagliflozin, dapagliflozin and empagliflozin. They work by prompting the kidneys to remove sugar in the blood through urine. The drugs are sold under the brand names: Invokana (canagliflozin), Invokamet (canagliflozin and metformin), Farxiga (dapagliflozin), Xigduo XR (dapagliflozin and metformin extended-release), Jardiance (empagliflozin), Glyxambi (empagliflozin and linagliptin). Between March 2013 and June 2014, the FDA received 20 reports of the drugs triggering ketoacidosis, in which levels of blood acids called ketones are too high. If untreated, ketoacidosis can lead to a diabetic coma or even death, according ... Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: SGLT2 inhibitors: Drug Safety Communication - FDA Warns Medicines May Result in a Serious Condition of Too Much Acid in the Blood

Posted 17 May 2015 by

ISSUE: FDA is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and empagliflozin may lead to ketoacidosis, a serious condition where the body produces high levels of blood acids called ketones that may require hospitalization. FDA is continuing to investigate this safety issue and will determine whether changes are needed in the prescribing information for this class of drugs, called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors. BACKGROUND: SGLT2 inhibitors are a class of prescription medicines that are FDA-approved for use with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes. When untreated, type 2 diabetes can lead to serious problems, including blindness, nerve and kidney damage, and heart disease. SGLT2 inhibitors lower blood sugar by causing the kidneys to remove sugar from the body through the urine. These medicines are available ... Read more

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Health Tip: Travel Safely in the Air

Posted 12 May 2015 by

-- A little preparation can help you stay healthy and safe when traveling by plane. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends: Packing all necessary medications in a carry-on bag. Talk to your doctor about whether you should change your medication regimen while traveling. Pack some extras, in case your trip is extended. If you have a chronic illness such as epilepsy or diabetes, carry an identification card with your doctor's contact information and a list of your medications. Drink non-alcoholic, no-caffeine beverages to avoid dehydration. If you tend to have ear pain, take a decongestant before you fly, or chew gum. Stretch calves frequently, and walk around when it is safe to do so. Read more

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Health Tip: Store Diabetes Supplies Safely

Posted 11 May 2015 by

-- Safe storage of insulin and syringes can help maintain the integrity of medication and reduce the risk of injury. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Store insulin in an area that is protected against extreme heat and extreme cold. Avoid areas prone to temperature extremes, such as in your car, freezer or in direct sunlight. Check the expiration date on your insulin before using, and inspect it to be sure the insulin looks normal. Discard insulin that is expired, crystallized or clumped. Destroy or re-cap syringes when discarding them. Read more

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Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic Illness, But Death Rate Is Falling: CDC

Posted 6 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – A new study finds mixed results for the health of America's aging "Baby Boom" generation, with nearly half of people ages 55 to 64 taking a prescription heart drug and about 1 in 5 dealing with diabetes. However, the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also finds that the overall death rate in this age group has gone down over the past decade. The report shows that the "prevalence of diabetes and obesity among Baby Boomers remains remarkably high and is a public health concern," said Dr. Ronald Tamler, who directs the Mount Sinai Clinical Diabetes Institute in New York City. But he said the new findings also show that "interventions focusing on heart health are beginning to pay off." The new data comes from an annual report from the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, looking at 2014 statistics on the health of all ... Read more

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Little Risk of Vitamin D Toxicity, Study Says

Posted 6 May 2015 by

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – The risk for developing vitamin D toxicity is rare, researchers have found. With vitamin D supplementation on the rise, investigators set out to assess the odds of developing dangerously high blood calcium levels. "The evidence is clear that vitamin D toxicity is one of the rarest medical conditions and is typically due to intentional or inadvertent intake of extremely high doses," Dr. Michael Holick wrote in an editorial in the May issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Holick, of Boston University School of Medicine, was not involved in the study. Vitamin D is often recommended to improve or protect bone health, and there are indications it may also help prevent cancer, diabetes, and/or heart disease, the researchers noted. Apart from supplements, natural sources of vitamin D include oily fish (mackerel and salmon), fortified milk, and sunlight. The upper ... Read more

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Health Tip: Living With Diabetes and Heart Disease

Posted 6 May 2015 by

-- As if living with diabetes or heart disease weren't enough, some people face life with both conditions. To help people deal with this double whammy, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute suggests: Speak openly with your health care team about all of your emotions. Stressed out? Work with a therapist to help you cope. Join a support group for people living with diabetic heart disease. Share your feelings with friends and family members. When you need it, request help from loved ones. Read more

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Sleep Apnea Treatment May Help Lower Diabetes Risk for Some

Posted 6 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 5, 2015 – Treating sleep apnea may help people with slightly elevated blood sugar levels lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to a new study. "Assessment of sleep apnea should be considered in patients at high risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, since our study shows that treatment of sleep apnea can reduce these risks," the study's senior author, Dr. Esra Tasali, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Chicago, said in a university news release. People with higher-than-normal blood sugar levels who don't yet have diabetes are considered to have pre-diabetes. This condition affects about 57 million Americans, according to the researchers. Many people with pre-diabetes also have untreated sleep apnea – a sleep disorder that causes the upper airway to close repeatedly during the night, disrupting sleep and temporarily reducing oxygen ... Read more

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