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Heath Tip: Dining Out If You Have Diabetes

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

-- For people who manage diabetes with insulin, eating out can be a source of stress due to the risks of fluctuating blood sugar. The American Diabetes Association suggests how to make eating out safer while you're watching your glucose levels: Make a reservation for your usual mealtime. If the restaurant doesn't take reservations, avoid crowded restaurants that typically have a long wait, or go earlier. Always travel with a few crackers, in case the meal is delayed. If your meal is going to be late, eat a fruit orstarchat your usual mealtime. Then eat the full meal at the later hour. Talk with your doctor about what to do if you eat meals at varied times. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Insulin, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Hidden Gems in Your Health Insurance Plan

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2017 – You might only think about your health insurance coverage when it's time for a doctor visit. But there may be many hidden health gems in your policy – wellness programs. Usually offered through your employer, wellness programs are designed to improve your health and help you avoid chronic conditions or better manage ones that you may already be battling. About half of all U.S. employers offer wellness initiatives, according to a study sponsored by the federal Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services. They include such programs as ways to help you manage diabetes or lose weight, screenings to identify health risks, and interventions to promote a healthy lifestyle. But few people take advantage of these benefits, especially programs to uncover and treat health conditions, even when they're free. Yet participation can make a difference ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Weight Loss, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Increasing Salt Intake Tied to Diabetes Risk

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – High levels of salt consumption may increase an adult's risk of developing diabetes, researchers say. The new study included data from a few thousand people in Sweden. The findings showed that salt intake was associated with an average 65 percent increase in the risk of developing type 2 diabetes for each 2.5 extra grams of salt (slightly less than half a teaspoon) consumed per day. People with the highest salt intake (about 1.25 teaspoons of salt or higher) were 72 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those with the lowest intake, the investigators found. The study, led by Bahareh Rasouli of the Institute of Environmental Medicine at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was scheduled for presentation Thursday at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Lisbon, Portugal. The current study didn't look ... Read more

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Can Coffee or Tea Extend Survival With Diabetes?

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – A diagnosis of diabetes comes with a long list of "don'ts." But new research suggests that coffee and tea probably shouldn't be off-limits because each may help prevent an early death. Well, at least if you're a woman with diabetes, that is. Men with diabetes didn't seem to reap the rewards of consuming caffeine in the new study. The research found that women with diabetes who had up to one regular cup of coffee a day (100 milligrams of caffeine) were 51 percent less likely to die than women who consumed no caffeine during the 11-year study. "As caffeine is consumed by more than 80 percent of the world's adult population, it is essential to understand the impact of this factor concerning cardiovascular, cancer and all-cause mortality," said study researcher Dr. Joao Sergio Neves, an endocrinology resident at Sao Joao Hospital Center in Porto, Portugal. "Our ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

-- There's no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, and it may well be missed during a routine medical visit. But left untreated, sleep apnea can raise a person's risk for significant health risks, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Those risks include: High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Heart failure. Heart arrhythmia, the medical term for an irregular heartbeat. Driving accidents. Read more

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Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are at risk for chronic kidney disease, and another 59,000 Americans, 40 and older, are at risk for diabetes-related blindness. That's the sobering conclusion of new research by investigators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that, in many cases, these complications can be reversed or their progression slowed, said Dr. Joel Zonszein. He's director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He wasn't involved with the new study. "When we talk about prevention, we are really talking not about disease prevention, but rather about sustaining good quality of life by delaying more complications," he said. "We can prevent complications by changes in lifestyle and the correct medications," Zonszein added. In fact, many patients with ... Read more

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Lifestyle Tips for Better Diabetes Control

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Managing diabetes is more than just taking medication. Some adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. In fact, for some people, this can be enough to control blood sugar without medication. But it's true that old habits die hard. Here are easy ways to make meaningful changes. Regular exercise helps you lower blood glucose (sugar) as well as lose weight, according to the American Diabetes Association. Get active with fitness options you enjoy, like gardening, hiking or simply walking your dog. Set yourself up for success by setting realistic goals. Start with 10 minutes a day and build up to 30 over several weeks. Start with small adjustments when it comes to diet, too. Replace white bread and pasta with whole grains, eat fresh fruit instead of cake and cookies, and switch to no-fat dairy. If you're unsure which ... Read more

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'Healthy' Obese Still Face Higher Heart Risks

Posted 11 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Obese people face an increased risk of heart disease, even if they are free of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a large new study suggests. Researchers said the findings, based on 3.5 million British adults, cast doubt on the notion of "healthy obesity." In recent years, some research has suggested that obesity may not be a heart risk – as long as a person is "metabolically healthy." That typically means being free from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. The new findings paint a different picture. Researchers found that even metabolically healthy obese adults had a heightened risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke over the next five years. "It does not appear that obesity is benign," said Jennifer Bea, a researcher at the University of Arizona Cancer Center who wrote an editorial accompanying the ... Read more

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Sleep Apnea Wreaks Havoc on Your Metabolism

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 7, 2017 – People who leave their sleep apnea untreated for just a short time may face a higher risk of spikes in blood sugar levels, stress hormones and blood pressure, a new study finds. Even a few days of failing to treat sleep apnea can cause these levels to go up, researchers found. They say the findings support the ongoing use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices to protect sleepers from airway closure due to sleep apnea. "This is one of the first studies to show real-time effects of sleep apnea on metabolism during the night," said study senior author Dr. Jonathan Jun, an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. An estimated 20 to 30 percent of adults have obstructive sleep apnea, which causes a person's airway to close multiple times per hour during sleep. Sleep apnea causes daytime sleepiness ... Read more

Related support groups: High Blood Pressure, Hypertension, Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea/Hypopnea Syndrome, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Hypertensive Heart Disease

Recession Took Toll on Health of Rural Young Blacks

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – The Great Recession of 2007-2009 may have hit black American teens in poor rural communities particularly hard, a new study suggests. What the researchers discovered was that these young people now appear to be at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. The recession was the largest in the United States since the Great Depression in the 1930s, the study authors noted. And many in rural black communities in the Southeast have yet to recover lost jobs, social services and wealth, the researchers explained. This study included 328 black participants, aged 25 to 26. During the recession, they were 16 and 17, and lived in nine rural counties in Georgia with high poverty rates and high heart disease death rates. The investigators examined rates of metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Those risk factors include a large ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Heart Disease, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Ischemic Heart Disease, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Health Tip: Kids and Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 17 days ago by Drugs.com

-- There's a direct link between lack of sleep and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in children, recent research indicates. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a study in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who slept one hour less than recommended per night had several markers for diabetes: higher blood glucose, higher insulin resistance and increased body weight. Reducing these factors may lessen a person's chances of developing type 2 diabetes in later life, the researchers found. Read more

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Chronic Illness Can Plunge Young Adults Into Despair

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – Young adults with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes are more than three times as likely to try to kill themselves as their healthy peers, a new Canadian study suggests. They're also 28 percent more likely to think of suicide and 134 percent more likely to have plans to do so. "Evidence suggests risk for suicide attempts is highest soon after young people are diagnosed with a chronic illness," said lead researcher Mark Ferro, a professor in the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. "There is a critical window of opportunity for prevention and continued monitoring." The researchers also found that young people are more likely to have a mental disorder when they suffer from a chronic illness, although it's not clear if one causes the other. Still, "having a chronic illness may increase the risk for the development of psychiatric ... Read more

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Could Big Lifestyle Changes Be Key to Managing Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted 15 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 – When it comes to type 2 diabetes management, a new study finds that more is definitely better for lowering blood sugar levels. The study showed that adding intensive lifestyle management to standard diabetes care (diabetes medication and usual lifestyle change advice) brought blood sugar into a nondiabetic range. The intensive intervention worked so well that "half of the intervention group did not need glucose-lowering medications to maintain or even improve [blood sugar] control," said the study's senior researcher, Mathias Ried-Larsen. So, what exactly constitutes an "intensive" intervention? "Patients were prescribed exercise five to six times per week for 30 to 60 minutes per session. That included both endurance and resistance training," said Ried-Larsen, of Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen, Denmark. "In the beginning, the exercise was supervised by a coach, ... Read more

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Artificial Sweeteners Trick the Brain: Study

Posted 10 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 11, 2017 – New research may help explain the reported link between the use of artificial sweeteners and diabetes, scientists say. Researchers at Yale University School of Medicine say that in nature the intensity of sweetness reflects the amount of energy present. But in modern-day life, the body's metabolism is fooled when a beverage is either too sweet or not sweet enough for the amount of calories it contains. That means that a sweet-tasting, lower-calorie drink can trigger a greater metabolic response than a drink with higher calories, they said. "A calorie is not a calorie," explained senior author Dana Small, a professor of psychiatry. "The assumption that more calories trigger greater metabolic and brain response is wrong. Calories are only half of the equation; sweet taste perception is the other half," Small said in a university news release. When a "mismatch" ... Read more

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Heart Health Ignored by Many With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Taking steps to prevent heart disease is crucial for people with type 2 diabetes. But most diabetic adults in the United States aren't meeting recommended guidelines, health officials say. In a new report, researchers confirm that "cardiovascular risk reduction is critically important for the care of patients with diabetes, with or without known [heart disease or heart disease] risk factors." Drugs such as cholesterol-lowering statins, aspirin and blood sugar-lowering medications plus lifestyle approaches should be considered for all type 2 diabetes patients, according to the Aug. 7 report in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Suggested lifestyle approaches include exercise, good nutrition and weight management. For the report, researchers from New York University Medical Center examined evidence behind the guidelines for preventing heart disease ... Read more

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