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Health Tip: Manage Diabetes During the Holidays

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-- The holiday season can be difficult to navigate if you have diabetes. But with proper planning you can stay healthy, the American Diabetes Association says. The ADA offers this advice: Focus on timing. If your meal will be later than usual, eat a snack before to keep your blood sugar where it needs to be. Stay active during the holiday season, to compensate for overeating. Eat healthier ...

Do Diabetics Really Need to Fast for Blood Tests?

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TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 – Fasting before a cholesterol blood test is just a nuisance for most people, but for those with diabetes, it can be dangerous. New research shows that up to 22 percent of people with diabetes who fasted for lab tests had a low blood sugar episode (hypoglycemia) while waiting for the test. The researchers also found that only about one-third of those who had a low blood ...

Health Tip: Common Symptoms of Diabetes

Posted 11 days ago by

-- Millions of people in America have diabetes, the American Diabetes Association says. While diabetes isn't curable, early detection can help prevent some severe complications. The ADA says common symptoms of diabetes include: Feeling very thirsty. Feeling very hungry, despite having eaten recently. Being fatigued. Having blurry vision. Having cuts or bruises that are slow to heal. Having ...

Sugary Drinks: A Big Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

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TUESDAY, Nov. 27, 2018 – If you've got a sweet tooth, but you're worried about type 2 diabetes, you might want to skip sugary drinks. New research suggests that drinking sugar-sweetened beverages, such as cola, likely boost your risk of type 2 diabetes much more than the sugar found in fruit or even 100 percent fruit juices. "All foods are not created equal," said study author Dr. John ...

Doctor Not Available for Diabetes Care? Nurse Practitioners Do Just as Well

Posted 18 days ago by

MONDAY, Nov. 26, 2018 – There are many areas of the United States where doctors are in short supply, but the good news for diabetics is that nurse practitioners and physician assistants can often help fill that care gap. In fact, new research compared the care given by doctors, nurse practitioners and physician assistants to people with diabetes and found no significant differences in care. ...

What You Can Do to Prevent Diabetes

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FRIDAY, Nov. 23, 2018 – Type 2 diabetes has reached alarming numbers in the United States. But you can prevent or delay it through healthy eating and active living, an expert suggests. Diabetes affects more than 30 million Americans, and type 2 is the most common form. As many as one-third of Americans have prediabetes, but most don't know it, according to the American Association of Diabetes ...

Night Shift Plus Unhealthy Habits Equals Higher Diabetes Risk

Posted 22 Nov 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21, 2018 – Rotating night-shift work together with an unhealthy lifestyle significantly increases the risk of type 2 diabetes, researchers say. "Most cases of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by adherence to a healthy lifestyle, and the benefits could be larger in rotating night-shift workers," said study authors led by Zhilei Shan. He is a nutrition researcher at Harvard ...

Obesity All on Its Own Can Raise Your Health Risks

Posted 20 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 – Obesity itself raises odds for diabetes and heart disease, even in the absence of conditions like high blood pressure, a new study finds. "This study is important because we can conclude that it is not solely factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or lack of exercise that tend to come with obesity that are harmful. The excess fat itself is harmful," said ...

High Deductibles May Mean Poorer Diabetes Care

Posted 20 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 20, 2018 – For Americans with diabetes, high-deductible health insurance plans may lead to delays in diagnosing and treating dangerous blood vessel diseases, a new study suggests. "People with diabetes in high-deductible health insurance plans compared to people with diabetes without high-deductible health insurance had delays in care for macrovascular complications of a month to ...

SGLT2 Inhibitors for Diabetes Linked to Increased Risk for Amputation

Posted 15 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 15, 2018 – A specific class of diabetes medication appears to double the risk of losing a leg or foot to amputation, a new study reports. People on sodium-glucose cotransporter2 (SGLT2) inhibitors were twice as likely to require a lower limb amputation as people taking another type of diabetes medication, Scandinavian researchers found. Patients also had a doubled risk of diabetic ...

Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetics With Heart Trouble: Study

Posted 13 Nov 2018 by

TUESDAY, Nov. 13, 2018 – People with both diabetes and multiple clogged heart arteries live longer if they undergo bypass surgery rather than have their blood vessels reopened with stents, according to follow-up results from a landmark clinical trial. Patients treated with coronary-artery bypass surgery survive about three years longer than those who have their blood vessels propped open with ...

Smoking, Diabetes May Be Especially Risky for Women's Hearts

Posted 8 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 8, 2018 – Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure: all bad for the heart, but perhaps worse for women's hearts than men's, new research shows. Looking at data on 472,000 Britons ages 40 to 69, researchers found that all three of these heart disease risk factors increased the odds of heart attack for both sexes. But the rise in risk went even higher for women than men. For example, ...

Could Diabetes Drugs Help Curb Alzheimer's?

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – Alzheimer's patients taking diabetes drugs may have fewer signs of dementia in their brains than similar patients not taking the drugs, new research finds. Specifically, the post-mortem study found that people who'd taken diabetes meds had fewer abnormalities in tiny blood vessels in their brains, and less abnormal gene activity. "The results of this study are important ...

Diabetes Can Make Weight-Loss Harder. Here's Help

Posted 14 Oct 2018 by

SUNDAY, Oct. 14, 2018 – Because of the medications they take, losing weight can be difficult for people with diabetes. Diabetes medications are a major roadblock to weight loss, according to a paper from the American Association of Diabetes Educators. "Diabetes medications are vital in helping manage blood sugar, so you shouldn't stop taking them. Instead, ask (your doctor) about alternative ...

Vaccines Are Critical If You Have Diabetes

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by

FRIDAY, Oct. 12, 2018 – If you have diabetes, you need all recommended vaccinations, the American Association of Diabetes Educators says. Diabetes reduces the immune system's ability to fight certain infections. This raises the risk for serious complications from diseases that vaccines protect against – including flu, pneumonia, hepatitis B, tetanus and shingles. "People with diabetes may be at ...

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