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Fracture Risk Higher for Seniors With Diabetes

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – Seniors with type 2 diabetes may be at increased risk for fractures. And researchers think they know why. "Fracture in older adults with type 2 diabetes is a highly important public health problem and will only increase with the aging of the population and growing epidemic of diabetes," said study author Dr. Elizabeth Samelson. Samelson and her colleagues used special medical scans to assess more than 1,000 people over a three-year study period. The investigators found that older adults with type 2 diabetes had bone weakness that cannot be measured by standard bone density testing. "Our findings identify skeletal deficits that may contribute to excess fracture risk in older adults with diabetes and may ultimately lead to new approaches to improve prevention and treatment," said Samelson, of Hebrew SeniorLife's Institute for Aging Research in Boston. ... Read more

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Heath Tip: Dining Out If You Have Diabetes

Posted 10 days ago by

-- 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

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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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Health Tip: Pedicure Pointers

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-- Giving yourself a home pedicure, or getting one at a salon? The American Podiatric Medical Association has these suggestions: Before your pedicure, consult a podiatrist if you have diabetes or poor circulation. First thing in the morning is the ideal time to schedule a pedicure, because salons are typically cleanest earlier in the day. Bring your own pedicure tools to the salon. If you don't have any, make sure the salon sufficiently sterilizes the equipment between uses. If doing it yourself, use a pumice stone, foot file or exfoliating scrub to eliminate calluses. When trimming nails, use a clipper with a straight edge to ensure your toenails are cut straight across. Curved-shaped clippers increase the risk of ingrown toenails. Use an emery board to smooth nail edges. Do not scrape the nail's surface while filing. Run a wooden or rubber manicure stick under your nails to remove ... Read more

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Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Diabetes Risk?

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THURSDAY, Sept. 14, 2017 – A small Australian study suggests that consuming high amounts of artificial sweeteners might affect how the body responds to sugar – and might raise a person's risk of diabetes. "This study supports the concept that artificial sweeteners could reduce the body's control of blood sugar levels," said lead author Richard Young, an associate professor at the University of Adelaide's medical school. High sweetener intake might lead to "exaggerated" spikes in people's blood sugar levels after a meal, he explained, which over time "could predispose them to developing type 2 diabetes." He spoke in a news release from the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes in Lisbon, Portugal, where the findings were to be presented on Wednesday. The study was small – just 27 people – and lasted just two weeks, so more research would be needed. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Treating Sleep Apnea

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-- There's no routine blood test to detect sleep apnea, and it may well be missed during a routine medical visit. But left untreated, sleep apnea can raise a person's risk for significant health risks, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Those risks include: High blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity and diabetes. Heart failure. Heart arrhythmia, the medical term for an irregular heartbeat. Driving accidents. Read more

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Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are at risk for chronic kidney disease, and another 59,000 Americans, 40 and older, are at risk for diabetes-related blindness. That's the sobering conclusion of new research by investigators at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news is that, in many cases, these complications can be reversed or their progression slowed, said Dr. Joel Zonszein. He's director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He wasn't involved with the new study. "When we talk about prevention, we are really talking not about disease prevention, but rather about sustaining good quality of life by delaying more complications," he said. "We can prevent complications by changes in lifestyle and the correct medications," Zonszein added. In fact, many patients with ... Read more

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Lifestyle Tips for Better Diabetes Control

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Managing diabetes is more than just taking medication. Some adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a huge impact on your overall well-being. In fact, for some people, this can be enough to control blood sugar without medication. But it's true that old habits die hard. Here are easy ways to make meaningful changes. Regular exercise helps you lower blood glucose (sugar) as well as lose weight, according to the American Diabetes Association. Get active with fitness options you enjoy, like gardening, hiking or simply walking your dog. Set yourself up for success by setting realistic goals. Start with 10 minutes a day and build up to 30 over several weeks. Start with small adjustments when it comes to diet, too. Replace white bread and pasta with whole grains, eat fresh fruit instead of cake and cookies, and switch to no-fat dairy. If you're unsure which ... Read more

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'Upside' to Diabetes Really Isn't

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 – Type 2 diabetes can reduce your chances for a rare but potentially fatal weakness of blood vessels, a new study says. But while this may sound like good news, it's not. Swedish investigators found that type 2 diabetes significantly decreases the long-term risks of aortic aneurysm and aortic dissection, two conditions that can lead to internal bleeding due to rupture of blood vessels. But the mechanism that reduces risk for these rare conditions also increases your risk of developing hardened arteries, a much more serious health problem that can lead to heart attack and stroke. "We have to make sure people don't think, 'Oh, good, I have diabetes type 2, this is good news – because it's not," said Dr. Derek Brinster, director of aortic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. "You are at high risk if you have diabetes type 2 for dying earlier than you ... Read more

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'Healthy' Obese Still Face Higher Heart Risks

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MONDAY, Sept. 11, 2017 – Obese people face an increased risk of heart disease, even if they are free of conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, a large new study suggests. Researchers said the findings, based on 3.5 million British adults, cast doubt on the notion of "healthy obesity." In recent years, some research has suggested that obesity may not be a heart risk – as long as a person is "metabolically healthy." That typically means being free from high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. The new findings paint a different picture. Researchers found that even metabolically healthy obese adults had a heightened risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke over the next five years. "It does not appear that obesity is benign," said Jennifer Bea, a researcher at the University of Arizona Cancer Center who wrote an editorial accompanying the ... Read more

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Recession Took Toll on Health of Rural Young Blacks

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WEDNESDAY, Sept. 6, 2017 – The Great Recession of 2007-2009 may have hit black American teens in poor rural communities particularly hard, a new study suggests. What the researchers discovered was that these young people now appear to be at increased risk for heart disease and diabetes. The recession was the largest in the United States since the Great Depression in the 1930s, the study authors noted. And many in rural black communities in the Southeast have yet to recover lost jobs, social services and wealth, the researchers explained. This study included 328 black participants, aged 25 to 26. During the recession, they were 16 and 17, and lived in nine rural counties in Georgia with high poverty rates and high heart disease death rates. The investigators examined rates of metabolic syndrome, a group of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Those risk factors include a large ... Read more

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Health Tip: Kids and Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by

-- There's a direct link between lack of sleep and the incidence of type 2 diabetes in children, recent research indicates. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a study in the journal Pediatrics found that kids who slept one hour less than recommended per night had several markers for diabetes: higher blood glucose, higher insulin resistance and increased body weight. Reducing these factors may lessen a person's chances of developing type 2 diabetes in later life, the researchers found. Read more

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Calcium in Arteries May Best Predict Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – People with no calcium buildup in their arteries seem to have a significantly lower risk of heart attack and stroke, a new study finds. Calcium collects in the arteries after plaque builds up and hardens over time, the study authors explained. For the study, researchers looked at nearly 6,200 people, aged 45 to 84, and found that those whose arteries were free of calcium deposits had a less than 3 percent chance of heart attack or stroke over the next decade. That's well below the 7.5 percent heart risk level used as a guideline to begin treatment with cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, the researchers noted. The study finding held true even among people who had other risk factors, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or high levels of bad cholesterol. About half of the study participants showed no calcium deposits in their arteries. "The event rates when ... Read more

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Chronic Illness Can Plunge Young Adults Into Despair

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THURSDAY, Aug. 31, 2017 – Young adults with chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes are more than three times as likely to try to kill themselves as their healthy peers, a new Canadian study suggests. They're also 28 percent more likely to think of suicide and 134 percent more likely to have plans to do so. "Evidence suggests risk for suicide attempts is highest soon after young people are diagnosed with a chronic illness," said lead researcher Mark Ferro, a professor in the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Applied Health Sciences. "There is a critical window of opportunity for prevention and continued monitoring." The researchers also found that young people are more likely to have a mental disorder when they suffer from a chronic illness, although it's not clear if one causes the other. Still, "having a chronic illness may increase the risk for the development of psychiatric ... Read more

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Marriage a Blessing for Heart Attack Patients

Posted 29 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 29, 2017 – Marriage is good medicine for someone who has a heart attack. That's the conclusion of a study that tracked nearly 1 million British patients for 13 years. The researchers found that married patients who had a heart attack were 14 percent more likely to survive until the end of the study than singles. And compared to divorced patients, survival odds for wedded folks were 16 percent higher, said study senior author Dr. Rahul Potluri. He's a clinical lecturer at Aston University Medical School in Birmingham, England. "Marriage is a proxy for psychological risk factors which are important for ensuring compliance to medication," Potluri said. In other words, the social and physical support a spouse can provide translates to significant health benefits. For instance, marriage appears to have a positive effect on the three largest risk factors for heart disease – ... Read more

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