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Kids' Use of Artificial Sweeteners Spiked in Recent Years

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FRIDAY, Jan. 13, 2017 – Use of artificial sugar by American children and adults has soared in recent years – and the news isn't all that sweet, a new study suggests. Consumption of foods and beverages with low-calorie sweeteners such as aspartame, sucralose and saccharin rose 200 percent among children between 1999 and 2012. Their use rose 54 percent among adults, researchers said. "Just 8.7 percent of kids reported consuming low-calorie sweeteners in 1999, and thirteen years later that number had risen to 25.1 percent," said study author Allison Sylvetsky, of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Some were as young as 2 years old, she and her colleagues noted. "Kids aren't alone in this trend. More adults also are taking in low-calorie sweeteners in diet soft drinks and in a variety of foods and snack items," Sylvetsky, an assistant professor of exercise and nutrition ... Read more

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Cold-Weather Foot Care Key for Diabetics

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Poor circulation and nerve damage leave people with diabetes at increased risk for potentially serious foot problems, especially during the cold weather, a foot and ankle specialist warns. "When it comes to your feet, rain, snow and slushy weather have something in common: they cause dampness. Moisture that collects between your socks and your feet and toes can form bacteria, which can lead to an infection," said Dr. Michael Ambroziak, a Michigan-based foot and ankle surgeon. "Patients with diabetes should change out of wet or damp socks, and towel dry their feet as soon as possible, remembering to pay close attention to the area between their toes," he advised in a news release from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. People with diabetes also need to moisturize their feet daily to prevent their skin from itching or cracking. But avoid areas ... Read more

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Wearable Sensors May Spot Illness Before Symptoms Start

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THURSDAY, Jan. 12, 2017 – Wearable sensors to track things such as heart rate, activity and skin temperature may help you keep track of your health and warn you of impending illness, a new study suggests. Researchers recently compiled almost 2 billion measurements from 60 people. The idea is to determine baseline medical information about the participants. "We want to study people at an individual level," study senior author Michael Snyder, chair of genetics at Stanford University School of Medicine in California, said in a university news release. The participants in the study didn't need to wear specially designed sensors. Instead, they wore as few as one – or as many as seven – activity monitors that are commercially available. The monitors grabbed more than 250,000 measurements a day, including: weight; heart rate; oxygen in the blood; skin temperature; activity, such as sleep ... Read more

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High Health Care Deductibles Take Toll on Family Finances

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TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – High-deductible health plans have multiplied in recent years. But they may pose a significant financial burden on Americans with chronic conditions, two new studies suggest. One study finds a greater likelihood that out-of-pocket spending for health care will consume 10 percent or more of family income for someone with a long-term condition such as arthritis, high blood pressure or a mood disorder and a high-deductible insurance plan. The other shows that seriously ill and low-income people in high-deductible plans delay care for diabetes complications. A high deductible means you pay more before insurance kicks in. People who study health policy say high deductibles may have the unintended consequence of deterring ill and financially vulnerable Americans from getting needed medical tests and treatments. "We need to give [health] plans flexibility to be able to ... Read more

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Native Americans Make Progress Against Diabetes Complication

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TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – Diabetes-related kidney failure among Native American adults fell by more than half over almost 20 years, a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report shows. The change is due to improvements in diabetes and kidney care, according to the report. The new research also found that among these patients, blood sugar control improved 10 percent between 1996 and 2014, and the use of medicine to protect kidneys rose from 42 percent to 74 percent over 5 years. Average blood pressure in Native Americans with diabetes and high blood pressure was well controlled (133/76 in 2015), the findings showed. In addition, more than 60 percent of Native Americans aged 65 and older with diabetes had a urine test for kidney damage in 2015, compared with 40 percent of Medicare patients with diabetes in 2013, the researchers said. "The Indian Health Service (IHS) has made ... Read more

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U.S. Glaucoma Cases Expected to Surge by 2030

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FRIDAY, Jan. 6, 2017 – Glaucoma affects more than 3 million Americans, but that number is expected to surge to more than 4 million by 2030, eye experts say. Glaucoma is a group of incurable eye diseases that gradually lead to vision loss. There are two main types of glaucoma, but the most common form, which typically affects older people, causes an increase in pressure inside the eye that damages the optic nerve, according to the Glaucoma Research Foundation. Glaucoma is the No. 1 cause of preventable blindness, but the condition often develops without warning, the foundation said. Medication or surgery can help slow or prevent vision loss, but many people with glaucoma aren't even aware they have it. In many cases, the condition isn't detected until people lose side – or peripheral – vision. Eventually, glaucoma may cause people to permanently lose up to 40 percent of their vision, ... Read more

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Metformin Still Best Choice for First Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

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MONDAY, Jan. 2, 2017 – Newly updated guidelines reaffirm that metformin is the first-line drug for people with type 2 diabetes, and that several other medications – including newer ones – can be added if needed. The recommendations come from the American College of Physicians (ACP). The American Academy of Family Physicians endorsed the new guidelines. The ACP updated the guidelines because of new research into diabetes drugs, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of new diabetes drugs. "Metformin, unless contraindicated, is an effective treatment strategy because it has better effectiveness, is associated with fewer adverse effects, and is cheaper than most other oral medications," ACP president Dr. Nitin Damle said in a college news release. "The escalating rates of obesity in the U.S. are increasing the incidence and prevalence of diabetes substantially. Metformin has ... Read more

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Healthy Snacks Can Be Smart Part of a Diabetes Diet

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 – Healthy snacks are a part of managing diabetes, and it's best to avoid the vending machine, says the American Diabetes Association. There are plenty of energy-boosting snacks that aren't loaded with sugar, salt and fat, the group advises. For someone with diabetes, choosing the right foods and controlling portion sizes can help avoid unhealthy spikes in blood sugar levels and weight gain, the association explains. Doctors generally advise people with diabetes to limit the carbohydrates they eat. That's because carbohydrates make blood sugar levels rise. Here are some healthy snack suggestions from the ADA listed according to their carb content. The following snacks contain less than 5 grams of carbohydrate, the association says: 15 almonds 3 celery sticks with 1 tablespoon peanut butter 5 baby carrots 5 cherry tomatoes with 1 tablespoon ranch dressing 1 ... Read more

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Diabetes Takes Biggest Bite Out of U.S. Health Care Spending

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 28, 2016 – Diabetes leads a list of just 20 diseases and conditions that account for more than half of all spending on health care in the United States, according to a new comprehensive financial analysis. U.S. spending on diabetes diagnosis and treatment totaled $101 billion in 2013, and has grown 36 times faster than spending on heart disease, the country's No. 1 cause of death, researchers reported. "After adjusting for inflation, we see that every year the U.S. is spending 6 percent more than we spent the year before on diabetes," said lead researcher Joseph Dieleman, assistant professor at the University of Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. "That's really a remarkable growth rate, notably faster than the economy is growing or health care spending as a whole," he said. The annual rate of growth in health care spending between 1996 and 2013 has ... Read more

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Health Tip: Getting Through Diabetes Diagnosis

Posted 27 Dec 2016 by

-- It's common to feel angry after being diagnosed with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association suggests you channel that anger into getting healthier: Consider how your anger is impacting your life. Keep a journal about your bouts of anger. See if you can detect any patterns that can be eliminated. When you feel anger coming on, breathe deeply, slow down and focus on being quiet. Figure out how and why anger is used to help you cope, and find healthier ways to address those challenges. Read more

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Novo Nordisk Receives FDA Approval of Tresiba (insulin degludec) for Use in Children and Adolescents With Diabetes

Posted 21 Dec 2016 by

PLAINSBORO, N.J., Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ – Novo Nordisk, a world leader in diabetes care, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an expanded indication for Tresiba® (insulin degludec injection 100 U/mL, 200 U/mL), a once-daily, long-acting basal insulin, to be used in children and adolescents with diabetes. Tresiba®, first approved by the FDA in September 2015, is now indicated to improve glycemic control in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes from the age of one through adulthood,1 making it the only basal insulin approved for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in patients as young as 1 year old. Tresiba® is a long-acting insulin that is released over time, has a 25 hour half-life and has a consistently flat and stable profile at steady state.1 "We are seeing a rise in the number of children and adolescents with diabetes in the U.S., es ... Read more

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FDA OKs High-Tech Diabetes Device to Help Replace Fingerstick Tests

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 20, 2016 – In news that's sure to delight people with diabetes, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday that the Dexcom G5 continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) can be used to make insulin dosing decisions alone, without the need for additional fingerstick tests of blood sugar levels. That means people with diabetes who use the Dexcom G5 CGM will likely be spared at least three or four fingersticks a day. Right now, blood sugar tests require the use of a lancing device to prick a small hole in the finger to collect a drop of blood to measure the current blood sugar level. And, until now, even people with a continuous glucose monitor needed to verify those levels before figuring out how much insulin they needed for meals, or to bring down a high blood sugar level. Now, they'll just need to do two fingersticks a day (once every 12 hours) to be sure the ... Read more

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Health Tip: Prepare for Travel With Diabetes

Posted 19 Dec 2016 by

-- Before you hit the road for the holidays, make sure your diabetes is under control and that you're prepared for emergencies. Here are suggestions from the American Diabetes Association: Before any long trip, visit your doctor and get a medical exam. If you need any vaccines, schedule them at least a month before you depart. Get a letter from your doctor listing your medications and what they are for. Obtain any needed prescriptions. If you're traveling internationally, compile a list of doctors in the host nation who speak your language. Wear a medical ID bracelet that says you have diabetes. Pack a carry on with all of your diabetes supplies, including extras. Make sure your insulin is packed appropriately. Pack snacks to deal with possible instances of low blood sugar. Make adjustments to your medication schedule if you change time zones. Check your blood sugar frequently during ... Read more

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Chemo More Damaging to Hearts of Diabetics: Study

Posted 18 Dec 2016 by

FRIDAY, Dec. 16, 2016 – A small study finds that cancer patients who have diabetes may suffer worse heart damage from chemotherapy, potentially boosting their risk of heart failure. There are increasing reports of toxic effects to the heart – also known as cardiotoxicity – due to chemotherapy with drugs known as anthracyclines, said study lead author Dr. Ana Catarina Gomes. Such drugs include doxorubicin (Doxil) and epirubicin (Ellence). Gomes is a cardiologist in training at the Hospital Garcia de Orta in Almada, Portugal. According to Gomes, this is "mainly because a smaller proportion of patients now die from cancer. In the coming years, this cardiotoxicity looks set to increase the burden of heart failure in cancer survivors." However, she said, "the good news is that cardiotoxicity can be reversible in the early stages before overt heart failure develops." The new study tracked ... Read more

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Prices Skyrocket on Drugs Widely Used by Seniors: Report

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – The prices of brand-name drugs used by many older Americans rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation last year, a new study reports. "This new report once again highlights the high and unrelenting price increases that are shockingly common in the pharmaceutical market," said Debra Whitman. She is chief public policy officer at AARP, a nonprofit organization focused on social welfare issues. "What's particularly remarkable is that these incredibly high price increases are still occurring in the face of the intense public and congressional criticism of prescription drug pricing practices," Whitman said in an AARP news release. The researchers examined the prices of 268 brand-name prescription drugs widely used by seniors, including 49 in drug categories that are used to treat common and often chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol ... Read more

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