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Health Tip: Using Diabetes Equipment

Posted 21 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Millions of Americans living with diabetes use a blood glucose meter to keep track of their blood sugar. Since these are medical devices, they are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA offers these suggestions when using a blood glucose meter: Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Ask your health care provider to watch you test yourself to ensure that you are ...

Low Sperm Count May Signal Serious Health Risks for Men

Posted 19 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 19, 2018 – A low sperm count may do more than affect a man's ability to have children. It also may be linked to a number of health problems, new research suggests. A study of nearly 5,200 Italian men found that those with low sperm counts were 1.2 times more likely to have more body fat, higher blood pressure, higher bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and lower levels of good ...

Health Tip: Suggestions to Improve Your Cholesterol

Posted 14 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

-- You should check your cholesterol at least every five years, or more often if there's a problem, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says. Your blood sugar and blood pressure could influence your cholesterol levels, the association says, so a person with diabetes should pay particular attention to these risk factors. The ADA offers these tips to help lower your cholesterol: If you smoke, ...

Great Recession of 2008 Triggered More Than Financial Woes

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – The economic downturn of a decade ago did more than shrink retirement portfolios: New research shows it also took a toll on people's health. For instance, blood pressure and blood sugar levels went up. The study found that after the recession, people younger than 65 who were taking blood pressure medication had higher readings for systolic blood pressure (the top number) ...

Annual Eye Exam Is Vital if You Have Diabetes

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – A yearly eye exam is a key part of diabetes treatment, experts say. Diabetic eye disease is the leading cause of blindness among people aged 40 to 60, cautioned Dr. Malav Joshi, an ophthalmologist at the Krieger Eye Institute in Baltimore. And the longer people have diabetes, the greater the odds of developing vision problems. However, "diabetic eye disease is ...

Daily Aspirin Can Bring Heart Benefits, But Risks Too

Posted 1 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 1, 2018 – For people who have both type 2 diabetes and heart failure, new research offers a mixed message on taking a daily low-dose aspirin. The study found the daily pill can reduce the risk for heart failure-related hospitalization and death in people who have both conditions. However, it also found that a daily aspirin raises their risk for nonfatal heart attack and stroke. ...

The Sooner Type 2 Diabetes Arrives, the Worse for Your Heart

Posted 23 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 23, 2018 – A type 2 diabetes diagnosis that comes early in life carries a deadly load of health risks, new research shows. It was associated with a 60 percent higher relative risk of dying from heart disease or stroke. Not only that, it was linked to almost a 30 percent higher risk of death from any cause, though a lower risk of dying from cancer was seen. "Type 2 diabetes in young ...

Rotating Night Shifts a Path to Diabetes, Study Suggests

Posted 20 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Feb. 20, 2018 – Working the night shift may play havoc with your blood sugar levels, a new study contends. For the study, researchers looked at data on more than 270,000 people in the United Kingdom and found that those who worked irregular or rotating shifts that included night shifts were 44 percent more likely to have type 2 diabetes than those who worked only days. "Shift work, ...

Health Tip: Sleep's Effects on Diabetes

Posted 14 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Lack of sleep is an often overlooked risk factor for type 2 diabetes, the National Sleep Foundation says. Chronic sleep deprivation leads to less insulin production and increased production of stress hormones, the foundation says. Over time, too much glucose stays in the bloodstream and increases your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Getting insufficient sleep can also increase your ...

Workouts May Boost Life Span After Breast Cancer

Posted 22 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Jan. 22, 2018 – Longer survival after breast cancer may be as simple as staying fit, new research shows. In the new study, regular exercise appeared to reduce breast cancer survivors' risk of heart disease, diabetes and possibly even the odds for breast cancer's return. One breast cancer specialist said the findings should give survivors hope. "A common question asked by patients who ...

Weight-Loss Surgery's Benefits Wane Over Time for Diabetics

Posted 17 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 16, 2018 – In the relative short-run, weight-loss surgery helped obese people struggling with type 2 diabetes experience marked improvement in diabetes-related health issues, new research reports. But, their ability to control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels diminished over time, the study found. That raises questions as to how long the benefits can be maintained ...

Big Strides Made in Diabetes Care

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – This past year was a busy, productive one for diabetes research and care. "2017 was a year of progress in our understanding of diabetes and its complications, the tools available to help people manage their diabetes, and attention to the economic and accessibility challenges faced by people with diabetes," said Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific and medical officer for ...

8 Small Changes for a Slimmer You in 2018

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 28, 2017 – It's that time of year again. People are rushing to buy gym memberships and cleaning out kitchen cabinets, swearing that this year will be the year they follow through on their resolution to lose weight. But reaching that goal doesn't require a complete lifestyle overhaul. Small steps can make a big difference in your body and health. Here are eight ways to get started: ...

With Diabetes, Be on the Alert for Foot Sores

Posted 27 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2017 – Having diabetes means keeping track of what you eat, how much you exercise, your blood sugar levels and even the condition of your feet. When it comes to diabetes-related foot health, the goal is to prevent and treat foot ulcers that can lead to gangrene and amputation, one surgeon explained. "Around 80 percent of diabetes-related lower extremity amputations start out as ...

How to Safely Navigate Diabetes and Thanksgiving

Posted 23 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2017 – People with diabetes can have a healthy and safe Thanksgiving dinner if they follow certain guidelines, a diabetes expert says. The keys are pre-planning and moderation, according to Dr. Vanessa Arguello. She is a health sciences clinical instructor in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles. People with ...

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