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Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 22, 2016 – While smoking is tough enough on health, adding in diabetes boosts the risk of an early death even more, new research confirms. Heavy smokers who also have diabetes are at twice the risk of an early death compared to smokers without the blood sugar disease, the study found. "Smoking is bad for all, but even more in those with diabetes," said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. He reviewed the new findings. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver, and involved data on more than 53,000 Americans who were either current or former heavy smokers. The overall risk of an early death was roughly double if the smoker had diabetes, the researchers reported. Overall, almost 13 percent of smokers with diabetes died during the seven-year study period, compared with ... Read more

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Health Tip: Exercise Safely With Diabetes

Posted 7 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- 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 Drugs.com

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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Health Tip: Warning Signs of Nerve Damage

Posted 3 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Nerve damage caused by fluctuating blood sugar can be dangerous, particularly for people with diabetes. The condition can affect most any tissues of the body, but notably the heart and circulatory system. The American Diabetes Association says potential warning signs of neuropathy include: Feeling dizzy or fainting after standing up. Fainting for no apparent reason. Rapid heartbeat when you are at rest. Having a heart attack without chest pain or other common warning signs. Read more

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Health Tip: Caring for Foot Ulcers

Posted 11 Jul 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Foot ulcers are wounds that commonly develop under the big toe or on the balls of the feet. They're common among people with diabetes. To care for a foot ulcer, the American Diabetes Association suggests: See your healthcare provider about an ulcer, even if it doesn't hurt, to prevent possible infection and serious complications. Get rest and stay off your feet if you have an ulcer. Use a brace, cast or special shoe if your doctor recommends it. Keep blood sugar under control. Continue to care for your foot carefully after the ulcer heals, and wear special shoes that offer better protection. Read more

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Health Tip: Diabetes Can Harm Your Feet

Posted 2 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Foot problems are common among people with diabetes. Even a simple injury can turn into a big problem if you don't catch and treat it quickly. The American Diabetes Association mentions these typical foot problems: Developing nerve damage (neuropathy). Developing a change in the shape of your feet. Developing drying, peeling or cracking of the feet, which requires frequent moisturizing. Formation of calluses that may turn into open sores. Formation of sores that form from wearing shoes that don't fit properly. Having poor blood flow to the feet, which can lead to infection and slow healing. Read more

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Prediabetes May Damage Nerves More Than Thought

Posted 12 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 12, 2016 – Prediabetes may cause more nerve damage than previously believed, researchers say. "The results of this new study add urgency to the need for more screening of those with the condition and faster intervention," said senior study author Dr. Michael Polydefkis, a professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The study included 62 people, including 52 with tingling and pain in their hands and feet – a condition known as neuropathy. Diabetes is a common cause of neuropathy, the researchers said. Thirteen participants had prediabetes, meaning their blood sugar levels were higher than normal but not yet at the point of diabetes. Over three years, the researchers found that those with prediabetes had damage over the entire length of small sensory nerve fibers, rather than just at the longest ends first. The findings challenge current ... Read more

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Cost of Insulin Rises Threefold in Just a Decade: Study

Posted 5 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, April 5, 2016 – Americans with diabetes who rely on insulin to keep their blood sugar levels in check are facing sticker shock: A new study finds the price of insulin has tripled in only 10 years. Moreover, since 2010, per-person spending on insulin in the United States was more than spending on all other diabetes drugs, the study found. "The cost of insulin has risen rapidly over the last few years," said study senior author Philip Clarke, a professor of health economics at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Clarke added there should be an assessment to see whether this price hike is justifiable in terms of improved clinical outcomes. One reason for the price climb, he said, is a switch from human insulins to analog insulins, which cost more but may offer additional benefits. Also, doctors are more apt to prescribe insulin for people with type 2 diabetes now, Clarke ... Read more

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Diabetes May Raise Risk for Dangerous Staph Infection

Posted 11 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, March 11, 2016 – People with diabetes may be significantly more likely to develop potentially deadly "staph" blood infections than those without diabetes, a new study suggests. As the Danish researchers explained, Staphyloccus aureus bacteria live on the skin and are normally harmless. However, the germs can cause dangerous infections if they enter the bloodstream. In fact, the 30-day death rate from such infections is 20 percent to 30 percent, according to the research team from Aalborg University Hospital and Aarhus University Hospital. In their new study, the researchers tracked the medical records of 30,000 people in Denmark over 12 years. Overall, they found that people with any form of diabetes were almost three times more likely to acquire a staph blood infection outside of a hospital, compared to those without diabetes. The risk jumped to more than seven times higher ... Read more

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Triggers for Hyperglycemia

Posted 10 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Some people with diabetes may wonder what causes elevated blood sugar, medically called hyperglycemia. The American Diabetes Association explains these potential causes: Taking an insufficient insulin dose. Getting insufficient exercise. Eating too much. Being under emotional stress. Having a cold or the flu. Read more

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MS Patients May Be Prone to Other Chronic Illnesses, Study Finds

Posted 9 Mar 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 9, 2016 – People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have other chronic health problems than those without the nervous system disorder, a new study indicates. Researchers looked at how common several chronic conditions – high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, chronic lung disease, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, inflammatory bowel disease, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia – were in nearly 23,400 people newly diagnosed with MS and more than 116,600 people without MS. The MS patients had higher rates of all the conditions, with high cholesterol being the exception. Their rates of mental illness, particularly depression, were also high. Nineteen percent of MS patients and 9 percent of those without MS had depression, the study found. For many of the chronic conditions, there were significant gender differences. High ... Read more

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Painkillers Don't Ease Disability Due to Nerve Damage: Study

Posted 1 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Feb. 1, 2016 – Taking prescription narcotic painkillers doesn't improve movement or reduce disability in people with pain related to nerve damage, researchers have found. "Even though [narcotic] medications can be a powerful pain killer, it does not necessarily mean improved function will follow. Pain is not the only factor in determining function," study lead author and pain expert Geoff Bostick, an associate professor of physical therapy at the University of Alberta in Canada, said in a university news release. The research included almost 800 patients with pain due to nerve damage, from causes such as diabetes and pinched nerves. Some were prescribed narcotic painkillers – such as morphine, codeine and Tylenol 3 – while others didn't receive the drugs. At 6-month and 12-month follow-ups, those who took the painkillers didn't show greater improvements in movement and ... Read more

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New Transplant Technique Might Free Type 1 Diabetics From Daily Injections

Posted 27 Jan 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 – Using a two-pronged approach, researchers report they were able to restore normal blood sugar levels for six months in mice with induced diabetes. But, while the research is promising, it's too soon for people with type 1 diabetes to start planning a life free of needles and injections just yet, experts said. The first part of the treatment was using insulin-producing pancreas cells generated from human stem cells employing a technique recently developed at Harvard. But the latest breakthrough came from MIT researchers, who developed a way to encapsulate the cells – called islet cells – before they were implanted in the mice, to protect them from the immune system. That's key for two reasons. One is that when you introduce foreign cells into the body, the immune system recognizes them as foreign and destroys them. This is why people who have organ ... Read more

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Nasal Spray May Give Diabetics Faster Treatment for Low Blood Sugar

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 18, 2015 – A new nasal spray might make rescue care easier for diabetics who are woozy or even unconscious due to severe low blood sugar, a new clinical trial suggests. The nasal spray contains powdered glucagon, a hormone that causes a prompt increase in blood sugar levels. The trial results showed that the nasal spray is nearly as effective in treating hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) as the only option currently available, a glucagon powder that must be mixed with water, drawn into a syringe and then injected into muscle. Because it is almost as effective but much easier to administer to an ailing person, the nasal spray could become the go-to treatment for severe hypoglycemia, said Dr. George Grunberger, a clinical professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit and president of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He was not involved ... Read more

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Health Tip: Keeping Diabetes in Check During the Holidays

Posted 18 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

-- The holidays are a time of busy schedules, get-togethers and lots of food. If you have diabetes, it can be a tricky time of year. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions: Stick to your regular plans for exercise, diet and sleep schedule as much as possible. Eat regularly throughout the day, and use only a small plate. Fill up first on fruits, veggies and healthy fare, avoiding heavier recipes and alcohol. Check blood sugar often, ideally more often than usual. Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetic Neuropathy, Insulin Resistance, Diabetic Nerve Damage, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Gestational Diabetes, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

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