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Have Type 2 Diabetes? Try Walking After Eating

Posted 7 days ago by

TUESDAY, Oct. 18, 2016 – For people with type 2 diabetes, a short walk after eating may help lower blood sugar levels more than exercising at other times of the day, a new study shows. A measurement of blood sugar called postprandial glycemia, which has been linked with heart disease risk, averaged 12 percent lower when study participants took a walk after eating, compared with those who exercised at other times. The largest drop in postprandial glycemia, 22 percent, was achieved by walking after dinner, the study authors found. "If you have type 2 diabetes, there is a guideline to be active for at least 150 minutes a week," said study author Andrew Reynolds, a researcher at the University of Otago, in New Zealand. But, he added, "the benefits we observed due to physical activity after meals suggest that current guidelines should be amended to specify after-meal activity, particularly ... Read more

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Little Gains in Efforts to Boost Outpatient Care

Posted 8 days ago by

MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 – Efforts to improve the quality of care in the United States have had little impact on many aspects of outpatient care, a new, sweeping analysis shows. The researchers examined the quality of office-based care – meaning visits to physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners – between 2002 and 2013. Ongoing deficits in care "pose serious hazards to the health of the American public," the study authors concluded. One in four eligible Americans, for example, failed to receive recommended cancer screening. "That didn't change at all over 10 years and, in fact, got worse in places like mammography and cervical cancer screening," said study author Dr. David Levine. Levine is an internist and research fellow at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Levine and his team also identified wasteful spending and possible harm due to ... Read more

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Chronic Disease in Mom May Be Linked to Newborns' Heart Disease

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TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – Babies born to mothers with certain chronic diseases may be at increased risk for heart problems, a new study suggests. The analysis included millions of births in Taiwan. The researchers found that pregnant women who themselves had been born with heart defects or who later developed type 2 diabetes were more apt to have babies born with severe heart disease ("congenital" disease). The study didn't prove a cause-and-effect link. However, babies of mothers with these conditions should be closely monitored after birth, according to the researchers. The investigators said they also found a slightly higher risk of mild congenital heart problems in babies of mothers with several other chronic diseases, including: type 1 diabetes, high blood pressure, anemia and epilepsy. "Although some maternal diseases were associated with congenital heart disease in offspring, ... Read more

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High-Protein Diets May Not Help Fend Off Diabetes: Study

Posted 14 days ago by

TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 – While many believe that a high-protein diet can help with weight loss, a new study finds it might actually prevent an important health benefit that comes with slimming down. The research found that when you lose weight on a high-protein diet, there's no improvement in what doctors call "insulin sensitivity" – a factor that could lower your risk for diabetes and heart disease. In type 2 diabetes, cells gradually lose insulin sensitivity – their ability to respond to the metabolic hormone. This often occurs with rising obesity, so improved insulin sensitivity can be one of the byproducts of weight loss. However, "we found that women who lost weight eating a high-protein diet didn't experience any improvements in insulin sensitivity," said study principal investigator Bettina Mittendorfer. She's a professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise Safely With Diabetes

Posted 18 days ago by

-- Exercise is a great way to help manage diabetes, but it needs to be done with safety in mind. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: Avoiding heavy weight lifting if you have high blood pressure, eye problems or issues with blood vessels. Using caution if you have nerve damage in your feet. Wear thick socks and well-fitted shoes, and check your feet for injury after exercise. Talking to your doctor about which exercises are safe for you. Taking care to avoid low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), especially if you take insulin. Have a small snack before exercise if your sugar is less than 100. And drink plenty of water. Avoiding exercise if you have ketones in your urine and your fasting blood glucose is 250 or higher. Read more

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A Better Diabetes Test?

Posted 5 Oct 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 – Industry-funded researchers say they've developed a way to improve the accuracy of a standard diabetes test. "We think our approach will enable many patients and their doctors to do a better job controlling blood sugar levels and reduce the long-term risks of heart attack, stroke, blindness and kidney failure" associated with diabetes, said Dr. John Higgins, associate professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. At issue is the HbA1c test, also known as the A1c test, which is used to diagnose diabetes. It also identifies people with prediabetes and provides insight into how well blood sugar is controlled over a three-month period among those monitoring their disease. The A1c test "measures how much sugar a person's blood cells have soaked up since the time the cells were produced," Higgins said. "Before the test was available, patients and ... Read more

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Is Web-Based Test for Prediabetes Faulty?

Posted 3 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – A simple, seven-question test for prediabetes may be needlessly sending millions of healthy Americans to their physicians for follow-up blood sugar testing, a new analysis suggests. The online screening tool aims to identify people at high risk of above-normal blood sugar levels, but not high enough to trigger a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. The risk assessment test has been promoted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Diabetes Association and the American Medical Association. But, a study published Oct. 3 in JAMA Internal Medicine questions the usefulness of the test's findings. Using the web-based questionnaire, researchers found that 73 million people would be at high risk for prediabetes. That's 59 percent of adults 40 and older, the study authors said. Among adults over 60 years old, 81 percent had high risk scores, the study ... Read more

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Worry About Job Loss May be Linked to Diabetes Risk: Study

Posted 3 Oct 2016 by

MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 – Workers who feel as if they might lose their job also seem to have a higher risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Researchers reviewed data from nearly 141,000 workers in the United States, Europe and Australia. The workers' average age was 42. The investigators found that diabetes rates were 19 percent higher among those who felt their employment was at risk (job insecurity) compared to people who felt secure in their jobs. The study did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship, however. The study findings were published Oct. 3 in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). "These results are consistent with other studies, showing that job insecurity is associated with weight gain, a risk factor for diabetes," said lead author Jane Ferrie. She is from University College London in England. People with job insecurity also had a higher risk of ... Read more

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Health Tip: Health Risks of Childhood Obesity

Posted 29 Sep 2016 by

-- Obesity among children can lead to numerous health problems now and for many years to come. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says obese children are at greater risk of developing: High blood pressure and high cholesterol. Type 2 diabetes, insulin resistance and impaired fasting glucose. Asthma, sleep apnea and other breathing problems. Pain and discomfort of the joints and musculoskeletal system. Gallstones, heartburn and fatty liver disease. Behavioral problems, depression, poor self-esteem, poor quality of life and poor school performance. More Information See The Shape Of Things To Come – 8 Reasons Why Obesity Needs To Be Tackled Now for more information. Read more

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Your Biological Clock: Why Some Age Faster Than Others

Posted 28 Sep 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 – Some adults age faster biologically than others, and may die early even if they have healthy lifestyles, researchers report. The international team of scientists analyzed DNA in blood samples from more than 13,000 people in the United States and Europe and used an "epigenetic clock" to predict their life spans. The clock calculates the aging of blood and other tissues by tracking a natural process (methylation) that chemically alters DNA over time, the researchers explained. "We discovered that 5 percent of the population ages at a faster biological rate, resulting in a shorter life expectancy," said principal investigator Steve Horvath. He is a professor of human genetics and biostatistics at the University of California, Los Angeles. "Accelerated aging increases these adults' risk of death by 50 percent at any age," Horvath added in a university news ... Read more

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Can Pregnancy Problems Foretell Future Health Risks?

Posted 26 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 26, 2016 – Some pregnancy complications may signal a higher risk of health problems later in life, according to a heart specialist. High blood pressure (hypertension) or diabetes that develops during pregnancy usually gets better soon after delivery. But women who've had these conditions aren't off the hook, said Dr. Monika Sanghavi, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. "These women are at higher risk for developing hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in the future, and should be followed long term," Sanghavi said in a hospital news release. Up to 6 percent of pregnant women develop diabetes during pregnancy (called gestational diabetes). Meanwhile, about 7 percent of women develop high blood pressure during pregnancy, according to the U.S. National Institutes of Health. "Cardiologists call pregnancy nature's stress test," said ... Read more

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FDA Approves Invokamet XR (Canagliflozin/Metformin Hydrochloride Extended-Release) for the Treatment of Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 22 Sep 2016 by

RARITAN, N.J., September 21, 2016 – Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Janssen) announced today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Invokamet XR - a once-daily, fixed-dose combination therapy of canagliflozin and metformin hydrochloride extended-release (XR)—for first-line use as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes when treatment with the two medications is appropriate.[1] Invokamet XR combines Invokana (canagliflozin), the most prescribed sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, with more than 9 million U.S. prescriptions since launch,[2] and an XR formulation of metformin. Metformin is commonly prescribed as an initial therapy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. “Invokamet XR offers the convenience of once-daily dosing and provides physicians needed flexibility for tailoring treatment to the needs ... Read more

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Canada's First Nations People Face Greater Diabetes Risk

Posted 19 Sep 2016 by

MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 – Diabetes is more widespread among descendants of people who lived in Canada before Europeans arrived than among the general population, a new study shows. About 8 of 10 First Nations people will develop diabetes at a young age, compared to roughly half of all Canadians, the University of Calgary researchers found. More than 2.25 million people in Canada have the blood sugar disease. Researchers hope their findings will lead to new prevention programs. Lifestyle changes, such as a healthy diet and regular exercise, help reduce diabetes risk. "The changes required to achieve these objectives will need buy-in from a wide range of stakeholders. Thus, it will be important to communicate risk in a way that is understood by the general population and by health authorities," the study authors wrote. To gauge Canadians' lifetime risk of diabetes, researchers looked at ... Read more

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Health Tip: Know Your Family Health History

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by

-- Your doctor may have asked you for your family health history, but do you know why? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a family's health history, spanning at least three generations, can: Help determine your own risk of health conditions, such as cancer, diabetes or heart disease. Your risk of developing a chronic condition is higher if a close family member has had it. You can't affect your family's medical history, but you can affect your own health by not smoking, exercising and by eating healthier foods. Read more

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Could Fish Oil Fatty Acids Raise a Woman's Risk for Diabetes?

Posted 16 Sep 2016 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 16, 2016 – Women who consume high amounts of meat, fish, eggs and other common foods rich in several different types of fatty acids may end up facing a greater risk for type 2 diabetes, a large and long-term French study suggests. The finding is sure to complicate traditional dietary thinking, given the highly touted health benefits often associated with this group of essential nutrients, which includes the omega-3 polyunsaturated acids typically found in fish. "The principal sources of the harmful fatty acids in our study were meat and fish/seafood," said study authors Guy Fagherazzi and Courtney Dow, both epidemiologists with the Center for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health at INSERM in Villejuif, France. The researchers said they believe that people could definitely cut back on their consumption of meat, because many people consume meat in quantities well ... Read more

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