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Health Tip: Continuous Glucose Monitoring Devices

Posted 1 day 11 hours ago by Drugs.com

-- Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices constantly track your blood sugar levels to help you manage diabetes. The Cleveland Clinic says potential benefits of a CGM device include: Real-time updates of your blood glucose (sugar) level. An alarm that alerts you when your blood glucose is too high or too low. The ability to export blood glucose readings to a computer, providing a record for your doctor. Read more

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The Top 5 Conditions That Shorten Americans' Lives -- And Are Preventable

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 24, 2017 – More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol – the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans' lives short, according to researchers who analyzed 2014 data. "Modifiable behavioral risk factors pose a substantial mortality burden in the U.S.," said study lead author Glen Taksler, an internal medicine researcher at the Cleveland Clinic. "These preliminary results continue to highlight the importance of weight loss, diabetes management and healthy eating in the U.S. population," Taksler said in a clinic news release. Obesity was linked with as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, his team said. Tobacco, meanwhile, had the same effect on life span as high ... Read more

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Diabetes Continues Its Relentless Rise

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 12, 2017 – Two new studies on diabetes deliver good and bad news, but the overall message is that the blood sugar disease remains a formidable public health burden. The first study looked at the incidence of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in U.S. children, and uncovered this troubling trend: From 2002 to 2012, the rates for both types of diabetes increased, especially among racial and ethnic minorities. But a bit of hope was offered up in the second study: Swedish researchers reported a drop in the incidence of heart disease and stroke in adults with both types of diabetes. "These studies highlight our concerns about the increasing prevalence of diabetes. Every 23 seconds, another person is diagnosed with diabetes [in the United States]," said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical and mission officer for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Cefalu added that ... Read more

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Health Tip: Should You Be Tested for Kidney Disease?

Posted 16 days ago by Drugs.com

-- Chronic kidney disease may not have obvious symptoms, so it's important to know if you're at risk. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says risk factors include: Having diabetes. Having high blood pressure. Having heart disease. Having someone in your family with chronic kidney disease. Being black, Hispanic/Latino or American Indian. Read more

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Race Plays Role in Heart, Diabetes Risk, Even at Normal Weight

Posted 4 Apr 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 3, 2017 – Americans of South Asian and Hispanic descent who aren't overweight may be more at risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes than normal-weight white people are, a new study finds. "Clinicians using overweight/obesity as the main criteria for [heart disease and diabetes] screening, as currently recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, may fail to identify [heart disease and diabetes] abnormalities in many patients from racial/ethnic minority groups," said study first author Unjali Gujral. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Emory University in Atlanta. The study was done by researchers at Emory and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The new research included nearly 7,000 people between 45 and 84 years old. More than 800 were of South Asian descent from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh or Sri Lanka. The rest were identified as ... Read more

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A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes

Posted 21 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – The effects of climate change are far-reaching, but new research suggests a surprising linkage to a warming Earth – more cases of type 2 diabetes. For every 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in environmental temperature, the researchers calculated that there would be an increase of more than 100,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States alone. Why? The study authors explained that during cold spells – at least a few cold days in a row – so-called brown fat is activated. Brown fat is different from white fat. When activated, it leads to an improvement in the body's sensitivity to insulin, a hormone that helps usher sugar from foods into cells for energy. "The function of brown fat tissue is to burn fat to generate heat, which is important to prevent a drop in body temperature during cold exposure," explained lead researcher Lisanne ... Read more

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Intensive Treatment Shows Potential Against Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 15 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 15, 2017 – Instead of managing type 2 diabetes as a chronic condition, what if people could beat the disease? That was the thinking behind a small pilot study, which suggested that intensive treatment with oral medicine, insulin, diet and exercise might knock out the disease, at least for several months, in certain patients. Up to 40 percent of patients who were treated experienced complete or partial remission for three months, the study found. "We are now able to possibly reverse diabetes, and that really motivates patients to do their best in terms of losing weight and making sure their sugars are normalized," said lead author Dr. Natalia McInnes. She's an assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. However, relatively few participants remained in remission a year later, diabetes experts noted. "Rates of diabetes ... Read more

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Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes Risk

Posted 14 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Kids who get too much screen time may be more likely to have risk factors that increase their chances of type 2 diabetes, new research says. Watching television, playing video games or sitting in front of a computer or other device for more than three hours each day was linked to more body fat and insulin resistance. Those factors mean the body is less able to keep blood sugar levels under control, the British researchers said. They said limiting children's screen time could be necessary to prevent health issues later on. "Our findings suggest that reducing screen time may be beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors, in both boys and girls and in different ethnic groups from an early age," wrote the study authors, led by Claire Nightingale, from St. George's University of London. "This is particularly relevant, given rising levels of type 2 ... Read more

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Downside to Gluten-Free Diets: Diabetes Risk?

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – "Gluten-free" may be the latest diet fad, but new research casts some doubt on its presumed health benefits. In a large study of U.S. health professionals, scientists found that those with the least gluten in their diets actually had a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades. The findings do not prove that a low-gluten diet somehow contributes to diabetes. But the study raises questions about the long-term benefits of avoiding gluten, which many people assume to be a healthy move. Some people – namely, those with the digestive disorder celiac disease – do have to shun gluten, said lead researcher Geng Zong. But there is little research on whether other people stand to gain from going gluten-free, said Zong. He is a research fellow in nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston. That's a big evidence gap, ... Read more

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1 in 7 Obese People Has Normal Blood Pressure, Cholesterol

Posted 9 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Can people really be healthy and obese? In one of the largest studies to date, researchers quantified the number of U.S. adults who are overweight or obese but don't have typical risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Of 1.3 million overweight and obese people studied, 14 percent had normal blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure readings, the study found. Doctors use these "cardiometabolic" measures to help identify people at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke or developing type 2 diabetes. But calling these people "healthy obese" is a misnomer, said lead author Gregory Nichols. "Just because they don't currently have risk factors doesn't mean they're not going to," said Nichols, a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. The study suggests that might be true: Less than 2.8 percent of ... Read more

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Youth With Type 2 Diabetes Often Face Complications

Posted 28 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 28, 2017 – Young people with type 2 diabetes are much more likely to show signs of complications from the blood sugar disease than those who have type 1 diabetes, a new study shows. While the researchers found that about three in four teens and young adults with type 2 diabetes had at least one complication, only one in three with type 1 diabetes did. Why? "The one big difference in the kids with type 1 and type 2 was obesity. When we controlled the data for obesity, there was no longer an excess of complications for type 2 diabetes," explained lead author Dr. Dana Dabelea. She's a professor of epidemiology and pediatrics at the Colorado School of Public Health, in Aurora. The one bright spot in the findings was that the complications were mostly in the "early or subclinical" stages, Dabelea added. That means there's still time to reverse the damage, she explained. Both ... Read more

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Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes Poses Risks for Mom, Baby

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Diabetes that develops during pregnancy – known as gestational diabetes – carries health risks for both the mom-to-be and her baby, new research confirms. A team of French researchers analyzed data from more than 700,000 births in France occurring after 28 weeks of pregnancy in 2012. Compared to other pregnant women, those with gestational diabetes were 30 percent more likely to experience preterm birth, 40 percent more likely to require a C-section, and 70 percent more likely to have preeclampsia/eclampsia, a dangerous spike in blood pressure. Risks weren't confined to the mother, however. Babies born to women with gestational diabetes were 80 percent more likely to be of significantly larger-than-average size at birth; 10 percent more likely to suffer respiratory issues; 30 percent more likely to experience a traumatic birth, and 30 percent more likely to ... Read more

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Dealing With Diabetes Distress

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – People with diabetes have to think about their condition and make treatment decisions constantly – and all that extra work and worry can lead to psychological distress at times. "Diabetes distress" isn't the same as depression, however, diabetes experts note. It's a condition unique to the 24/7 demands that come with diabetes, particularly for people dependent on insulin. "The day you develop diabetes, it's like the universe just handed you a new full-time job that you have to do in addition to whatever else you're doing. It's a special job that has a big impact on the rest of your life. There's no pay and no vacation," said William Polonsky, president of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego. Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association, put it this way: "Diabetes distress is the extra burden ... Read more

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Heart Disease Affects Far More Than the Heart

Posted 14 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 14, 2017 – Heart disease affects more than just the heart. It also can take a toll on the legs, feet, kidneys and even the brain, according to vascular surgery experts. Heart disease is a general term, usually linked to arteriosclerosis or "hardening of the arteries," the Society for Vascular Surgery explained. Arteriosclerosis is a progressive disease in which plaque builds up in the arteries. As the arteries become blocked, it becomes harder for oxygen-rich blood to flow throughout the body, said Dr. Ali AbuRahma, secretary of the society. AbuRahma is also chief of vascular-endovascular surgery at West Virginia University's Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Peripheral artery disease (PAD) develops when heart disease affects the legs and feet. This condition affects about 8.5 million people in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Logging Your Exercise

Posted 8 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Logging your exercise habits helps you stay committed and address any problems. The American Diabetes Association recommends: Log an entry in a diary each time you work out. Take note of times that you didn't exercise, and times when you could have exercised more. Look for patterns, such as a day of the week that's most difficult for you to exercise. Take note of activities or habits that you enjoy and motivate you to exercise more. Read more

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