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Health Tip: Coping With the 'Dawn Phenomenon'

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

-- The "dawn phenomenon" is a natural surge in hormones in the morning that affects everyone. For people with diabetes, a corresponding rise in blood glucose could be dangerous. The American Diabetes Association suggests: Eat your dinner earlier in the evening. After dinner, go for a walk or engage in another physical activity. If your fasting glucose is still high after taking these steps, see your doctor. Read more

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Health Tip: Continuous Glucose Monitoring Devices

Posted 4 days 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 6 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 18 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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A Healthy Middle-Aged Heart May Protect Your Brain Later

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 11, 2017 – Healthy aging of the brain relies on the health of your heart and blood vessels when you're younger, a new study reports. People with risk factors for heart disease and stroke in middle age are more likely to have elevated levels of amyloid, a sticky protein known to clump together and form plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, the researchers said. MRI scans revealed larger deposits of amyloid in the brains of seniors who smoked, had high blood pressure, were obese, diabetic or had elevated cholesterol levels when they were middle-aged, said lead researcher Dr. Rebecca Gottesman. She's an assistant professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. All of these risk factors can affect the health of a person's blood vessels, otherwise known as vascular health, leading to hardening of the arteries and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Should You Be Tested for Kidney Disease?

Posted 19 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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Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet. About 8.5 million Americans have PAD, including up to 20 percent of people over age 60, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lack of blood flow to the legs and feet may lead to wounds that don't heal and, in severe cases, amputation, warned Dr. Ali AbuRahma, secretary of the Society for Vascular Surgery. One symptom of PAD is leg pain when walking. Patients who experience this should tell their physician. The doctor may then order a painless, noninvasive test to measure blood pressure in the ankles. Hardening of the arteries is manageable, AbuRahma said in a society news release. "We recommend that everyone take a few sensible health measures to keep their veins and arteries healthy. ... Read more

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What Drugs Work Best for Diabetic Nerve Pain?

Posted 25 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Nerve pain and numbness, also known as neuropathy, is a debilitating but common symptom of diabetes. Now, new research suggests certain drugs may outperform others in treating diabetic neuropathy. The new review of the data on the subject was led by Julie Waldfogel of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Her team noted that about half of people with diabetes have some form of nerve damage caused by high levels of blood sugar. However, not all of them will have symptoms such as pain, numbness and tingling in the legs and feet. In the new study, the Hopkins group reviewed 106 studies on pain relief for diabetic neuropathy. The researchers found "moderate" evidence that the antidepressants duloxetine (Cymbalta) and venlafaxine (Effexor) reduce diabetic nerve pain. However, they only found "weak" evidence that botulinum toxin (Botox), the anti-seizure drugs ... Read more

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Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds

Posted 23 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Many young Americans with diabetes aren't getting the eye exams that medical experts say they need, new research reveals. "Diabetic retinopathy" is a serious complication of diabetes. It causes the blood vessels in the eyes to leak. This distorts vision, and can eventually lead to vision loss, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI). The condition often causes no symptoms in the early stages. This makes getting comprehensive, dilated eye exams by an ophthalmologist (an eye M.D.) crucial in detecting the problem, the NEI says. In children and teens, annual screening for diabetic retinopathy should begin as soon as someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and five years after a young person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, medical groups recommend. The current study included more than 5,400 people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an average age ... 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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Fish Oil Pills May Help After Heart Attack, Specialists Say

Posted 13 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 13, 2017 – Doctors may want to consider prescribing fish oil pills to heart attack survivors and patients with chronic heart failure, new recommendations from the American Heart Association suggest. Fish oil may help extend the lives of those patients, the heart association said. On the other hand, the supplements cannot be recommended for preventing heart problems in the first place, said Dr. David Siscovick, lead author of the report. That's because no clinical trials have tested fish oil's effects in people who are free of heart disease. Meanwhile, a few trials have given fish oil to people at increased risk of heart disease – because of diabetes or high cholesterol, for example. All but one has come up empty. "Many people take fish oil hoping to prevent heart disease," Siscovick acknowledged. "But there's a lack of evidence that it does." Fish oil is rich in omega-3 ... Read more

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Severe Low Blood Sugar Episode May Up Death Risk in Those With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 11 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 10, 2017 – Just one episode of dangerously low blood sugar might increase the risk of death, heart disease and stroke in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. The low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) episode had to be so serious that it required a visit to the emergency room, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "If you have a patient with a history of severe hypoglycemia, this could portend poorly for his or her future," said study co-author Alexandra Lee, a Ph.D. candidate in epidemiology. "Our thinking has been that you resolve a hypoglycemic episode and it's over. But what this tells us is that one episode may have long-lasting consequences," Lee said in a school news release. However, the researchers also noted that it's not clear from this study whether people who had a severe low blood sugar episode were ... Read more

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