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Gene Test Predicts Risk of 5 Common Diseases

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TUESDAY, Aug. 14, 2018 – A new type of genetic analysis could identify millions of Americans at high risk for five serious and common diseases, researchers report. The diseases include coronary artery disease, the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation, type 2 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and breast cancer. Researchers tested and validated the genetic risk score on data from more ...

Health Tip: Dispelling Myths About Diabetes

Posted 9 days ago by

-- On behalf of the millions of Americans living with diabetes, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says it wants to dispel some common myths about the disease. The ADA cites these examples: If you are overweight, you will develop diabetes eventually. While being overweight is a risk factor for diabetes, it is not the only one. Family history, age and ethnicity also affect a person's risk. ...

Access to Diabetes Drugs Improved Under Affordable Care Act: Study

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MONDAY, Aug. 6, 2018 – People with diabetes face a host of expenses related to their disease, but some relief may now be available in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility as part of the Affordable Care Act. A new study reports that the number of prescriptions filled rose by up to 40 percent for insulin and other diabetes medications in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility in 2014 and ...

Blood Sugar Spikes Seen in Seemingly Healthy People

Posted 24 Jul 2018 by

TUESDAY, July 24, 2018 – You'd expect big blood sugar fluctuations in people with diabetes. But for those without the disorder, blood sugar levels should remain fairly stable, right? Maybe not, says a new study. Researchers found some people who don't have diabetes still have wild swings in their blood sugar levels after they eat. Among nearly 60 participants, the study authors identified three ...

Study Confirms Added Cancer Risk for Diabetics, Especially Women

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – The increased risk of cancer in people with diabetes is higher for women than men, a new study finds. Previous research identified the link between diabetes and cancer risk, but this study looked at whether that risk differs between men and women. The takeaway: Among people with diabetes, women have a 6 percent higher risk of cancer than men, the researchers said. And ...

Adding or Switching Diabetes Drugs Can Put Patients at Risk: Study

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by

THURSDAY, July 19, 2018 – Using sulfonylurea drugs with or instead of metformin to control blood sugar increases type 2 diabetics' risk of serious complications, a new study finds. Metformin is a first-line treatment for type 2 diabetes, meaning it is the first drug that will be tried. But sulfonylureas are the most often-used second-line treatment, commonly along with metformin. But little is ...

A 3-Pronged Plan to Cut Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 – The type 2 diabetes tide remains unchecked in the United States, as does pre-diabetes – having a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that about 30 million Americans – roughly 10 percent of the population – have type 2 diabetes. What's more, over 80 million ...

Working Overtime Could Raise Women's Diabetes Risk

Posted 3 Jul 2018 by

MONDAY, July 2, 2018 – Working lots of overtime may get you appreciation from the boss, but it might be bad for your health. New research suggests that women who clock 45 or more hours a week have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes than women who log 35 to 40 hours weekly. The study authors aren't sure why extra work may boost diabetes risk, or why this link was only found in women. But they ...

Even at 'Safe' Levels, Air Pollution May Boost Diabetes Risk

Posted 30 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 – Add another health harm to air pollution: New research suggests it might increase the risk of diabetes, even at levels considered safe. Cutting air pollution could reduce diabetes rates in countries with both higher and lower levels of air pollution, the researchers said. "Our research shows a significant link between air pollution and diabetes globally," said study ...

Human Insulin as Good as Costly Synthetic Versions

Posted 29 Jun 2018 by

FRIDAY, June 29, 2018 – Human insulin is as safe and effective as newer, more expensive insulin analog drugs for people with type 2 diabetes, researchers report. The new study included people with type 2 diabetes who were followed for an average of 1.7 years after they started using insulin. "We found that for patients with type 2 diabetes in usual practice, the use of the more expensive insulin ...

Artificial Pancreas Helps Hospitalized Type 2 Diabetics

Posted 26 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 26, 2018 – Using an artificial pancreas can help hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes maintain good blood sugar control, a new study suggests. That's important because when diabetes isn't managed well, high blood sugar levels can lengthen hospital stays and increase the risk of complications and even death, the researchers said. The artificial pancreas – an automated insulin ...

Mom's Diabetes May Be Tied to Baby's Autism Risk: Study

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – Pregnant women who have any form of diabetes may face higher odds that their child could develop autism, a new study suggests. Whether it's type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes, which specifically affects pregnant women, having the blood sugar disease might be linked to an increased autism risk, the researchers said. "The risk appears to be highest in type 1, then type ...

Will the Future Be Needle-Free for Diabetics?

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – For many diabetics, one of the most dreaded aspects of managing their condition is the need to inject insulin multiple times a day. But Harvard researchers have discovered a way to deliver insulin in a pill, and it appears to work well – at least in rats. A lot of questions remain: What is the proper dose compared to injected insulin? Will it be delivered uniformly? And, ...

Does Mental Illness Raise Diabetes Risk?

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – Americans with severe mental illness are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and the increased risk is highest among minorities, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 15,000 patients with severe mental illness and found that 28 percent had type 2 diabetes. The rate in the general population is 12 percent. Among people with severe ...

One Blood Test Might Be Enough to Diagnose Diabetes

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 – New research suggests that a single blood test could confirm type 2 diabetes, saving patients time and health care costs. Currently, it's recommended that a blood test focused on elevated fasting levels of blood sugar (glucose) or a blood component called glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) be confirmed with a second blood test at a follow-up visit. But taking the test twice ...

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