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Younger People With Diabetes Have 7 Times Greater Risk of Sudden Heart Death

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Nov. 13, 2017 – People younger than 50 with diabetes have a seven-times higher risk of dying from sudden cardiac death, preliminary research suggests. And their risk of dying from any kind of heart disease is eight times higher than for those without diabetes, the long-term Danish study also found. "It is important that healthcare providers are aware that young patients with diabetes have an elevated risk of mortality and that this is mainly explained by an increased risk of sudden cardiac death," said the study's lead author Jesper Svane, a medical student at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark. Sudden cardiac death is caused by malfunctions in the heart's electrical system. It often occurs without warning, according to the American Heart Association. Dr. James Catanese, chief of cardiology at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, N.Y., said he wasn't surprised ... Read more

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Switching to Whole Grain Foods Could Trim Your Waistline

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 – Put down that forkful of perfectly twirled white spaghetti, and grab a plate of whole grain pasta instead. You'll feel fuller after switching out highly processed white grains for whole-grain alternatives, a new study from Denmark contends. Plus, you'll likely lose a little bit of weight and have reduced inflammation. Those changes could be helpful in preventing or improving type 2 diabetes, the researchers noted. "Our analysis confirmed that there is a sound scientific basis for the dietary recommendation to eat whole grains. Rye seems to have the best effect," said study senior author Tine Rask Licht. She's a professor of intestinal microbial ecology at the Technical University of Denmark. But the study also had some surprising results. Eating a diet full of whole grains didn't appear to improve insulin sensitivity, nor did it seem to change the gut's ... Read more

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Health Tip: Choosing Smarter Foods

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

-- If you have diabetes, it's important to make every food decision count. The American Diabetes Association identifies these "superfoods" that offer plenty of potential health benefits: Beans Dark-green leafy vegetables Citrus fruit Sweet potatoes Berries Tomatoes Fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids Nuts Low-fat milk and yogurt Read more

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Kidney Failure Declining Among U.S. Diabetics: CDC

Posted 15 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 2, 2017 – While diabetes cases continue to rise in the United States, one potential outcome – kidney failure – has decreased by one-third, health officials report. The rate of kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplantation among people with diabetes fell 33 percent from 2000 to 2014, a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows. This continued a trend begun in the 1990s. "Continued awareness of risk factors for kidney failure and interventions to improve diabetes care might sustain and improve these trends," wrote researchers led by Nilka Rios Burrows. She's an epidemiologist in the CDC's division of diabetes translation. The survey data reflects all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. It's likely that people with diabetes have better control of blood pressure and blood sugar, two risk factors for kidney failure, ... Read more

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Do Statins Raise Odds for Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – Cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins may lower your risk of heart disease, but also might boost the odds you'll develop type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. "In a group of people at high risk of type 2 diabetes, statins do seem to increase the risk of developing diabetes by about 30 percent," said the study's lead author, Dr. Jill Crandall. She's a professor of medicine and director of the diabetes clinical trials unit at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. But, she added, that doesn't mean anyone should give up on statins. "The benefits of statins in terms of cardiovascular risk are so strong and so well established that our recommendation isn't that people should stop taking statins, but people should be monitored for the development of diabetes while on a statin," she explained. At least one other diabetes expert agreed that ... Read more

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Fewer Diabetes Cases Being Missed

Posted 24 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Oct. 24, 2017 – Although the number of people diagnosed with diabetes is still on the rise, the good news is that most people with the disease know they have it, a new study shows. The research suggests that over the past two and a half decades, the percentage of undiagnosed cases has dropped significantly. "If you're going to your doctor, you probably don't have to worry about undiagnosed diabetes," said study author Elizabeth Selvin, a professor of epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. Selvin explained that previous estimates suggested that over a quarter to 30 percent of people with diabetes probably didn't know it. But those estimates assumed that doctors were only doing one test for diabetes and not following up with a confirmatory second test, as the American Diabetes Association recommends. However, "we found that's not consistent ... Read more

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Even a Little Walking Can Lengthen Your Life

Posted 19 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 19, 2017 – That evening stroll you take after dinner most nights may be doing you more good than you realize – new research suggests even a bit of regular walking can reduce your risk of death. "Walking has been described as the 'perfect exercise' because it is simple, free, convenient, doesn't require any special equipment or training, and can be done at any age," said study leader Alpa Patel, a cancer epidemiologist from the American Cancer Society. "With the near doubling of adults aged 65 and older expected by 2030, clinicians should encourage patients to walk even if less than the recommended amount, especially as they age, for health and longevity," Patel said in a society news release. Previous research has linked regular walking with a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and breast and colon cancers. However, many American adults don't get the recommended ... Read more

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Health Tip: Best Grains And Starchy Veggies for Diabetics

Posted 18 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Diabetics should choose whole grains over other starchy foods because whole grains are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, the American Diabetes Association says. Processed foods with white flour and added sugar should be avoided. The ADA stresses the need to read product nutrition labels, saying you should look for these whole-grain ingredients: Bulgur (cracked wheat) Whole wheat flour Whole oats/oatmeal Whole grain corn Brown rice Whole rye Whole grain barley Whole farro Wild rice Buckwheat Triticale Millet Quinoa Sorghum Read more

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Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes

Posted 8 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Oct. 8, 2017 – With predictions calling for a potentially bad flu season this year, doctors are urging people – particularly those with diabetes – to get vaccinated. Many people with diabetes don't get a seasonal flu shot each year, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Some people with the blood sugar disease don't realize they're at risk for flu-related complications. Others have misguided fears that the shot will trigger an adverse reaction, the group explained. However, people with diabetes are more likely to develop serious flu-related health problems if they get the virus, the AADE cautioned. The group said the flu shot is a safe and effective way to prevent or reduce the severity of these complications. "Reducing risks is one of the AADE's seven key self-care behaviors for managing diabetes, and getting the flu shot every fall is an ... Read more

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Tasty Ways to Get More Fiber

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 29, 2017 – You probably know that it's a good idea to eat more fiber. But do you know why? Fiber is found in plant-based foods. It adds volume to your diet, but passes through the intestines quickly because the body can't digest it. That's why fiber can make you feel full faster and prevent constipation. It may also help lower your cholesterol level and reduce your risk for heart disease, obesity and diabetes. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, women should get 25 grams of fiber every day and men, 38 grams. Yet only 5 percent of Americans meet this guideline. With a little effort, you can reach this healthful goal by eating a variety of fiber-rich foods rather than depending on supplements. That's a good idea because you also get the foods' other nutrients – vitamins, minerals and more. Vegetables are a major source of fiber, some more than others. ... Read more

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Glucose Monitoring System Eliminates Need for Finger Pricks

Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – The FreeStyle Flash Glucose Monitoring System has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making it the first sanctioned device to monitor blood sugar in adult diabetics without the need for a finger prick. "This system allows people with diabetes to avoid the additional step of fingerstick calibration, which can sometimes be painful, but still provides necessary information for treating their diabetes," said Donald St. Pierre, acting director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health and deputy director of new product evaluation in the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health. The system uses a small sensor implanted below the skin and a mobile reader to continuously monitor blood sugar, the agency said in a news release. People with diabetes must monitor their blood glucose levels frequently, often multiple times ... Read more

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FDA Approves New Continuous Glucose Monitor for Diabetes

Posted 28 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 28, 2017 – The first fingerstick-free blood sugar monitoring system for adults with diabetes has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System features a small sensor wire that's placed below the skin's surface and continuously monitors blood sugar (glucose) levels. People with diabetes can wave a mobile reader above the sensor wire to check their glucose levels. The system is approved for use in people with diabetes aged 18 and older. After a 12-hour start-up period, it can be worn for up to 10 days, the FDA said. "This system allows people with diabetes to avoid the additional step of fingerstick calibration, which can sometimes be painful, but still provides necessary information for treating their diabetes – with a wave of the mobile reader," Donald St. Pierre said in an FDA news release. He is deputy ... Read more

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Heath Tip: Dining Out If You Have Diabetes

Posted 15 Sep 2017 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

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Hidden Gems in Your Health Insurance Plan

Posted 15 Sep 2017 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

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Increasing Salt Intake Tied to Diabetes Risk

Posted 15 Sep 2017 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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