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Common Heart, Diabetes Meds May Help Ease Mental Illness

Posted 12 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 10, 2019 – A new study is raising the question of whether certain cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes drugs could help manage mental illnesses like schizophrenia. The findings come from a study of over 142,000 Swedish patients with serious mental illnesses – including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The researchers found that those patients typically fared better during ...

Do Your Gut Bacteria Affect Your Diabetes Meds?

Posted 26 Dec 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26, 2018 – The bacteria living in your digestive system might determine how your body processes diabetes medications, a new review suggests. Researchers combed through more than 100 published studies conducted in people or in rodents to see how the gut microbiome – bacteria living in the digestive system – could impair or enhance the way diabetes drugs work. "You can have two ...

Could Diabetes Drugs Help Curb Alzheimer's?

Posted 1 Nov 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 1, 2018 – Alzheimer's patients taking diabetes drugs may have fewer signs of dementia in their brains than similar patients not taking the drugs, new research finds. Specifically, the post-mortem study found that people who'd taken diabetes meds had fewer abnormalities in tiny blood vessels in their brains, and less abnormal gene activity. "The results of this study are important ...

Metformin Might Help Shield the Heart From Smog's Ill Effects

Posted 12 Oct 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 11, 2018 – The diabetes drug metformin may offer protection from heart attacks caused by smog, preliminary research suggests. Working with human lung tissue and mice, Northwestern University researchers found that metformin reduces pollution-triggered inflammation linked to heart attack and stroke. "These findings suggest metformin as a potential therapy to prevent some of the ...

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

Posted 19 Jul 2018 by Drugs.com

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 ...

Flu Shot Key for People With Diabetes

Posted 8 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

SUNDAY, Oct. 8, 2017 – With predictions calling for a potentially bad flu season this year, doctors are urging people – particularly those with diabetes – to get vaccinated. Many people with diabetes don't get a seasonal flu shot each year, according to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). Some people with the blood sugar disease don't realize they're at risk for flu-related ...

Widening Waistlines May Raise Women's Cancer Risk

Posted 12 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2017 – Excess belly fat increases older women's risk of some cancers, new research suggests. Researchers followed nearly 5,900 Danish postmenopausal women for up to 12 years and found that abdominal fat was a bigger factor than body weight when it came to the risk of lung and gastrointestinal cancers. The study was presented Sept. 10 at a European Society for Medical Oncology ...

Health Tip: Kids and Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 5 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

-- 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 ...

Heart Health Ignored by Many With Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Taking steps to prevent heart disease is crucial for people with type 2 diabetes. But most diabetic adults in the United States aren't meeting recommended guidelines, health officials say. In a new report, researchers confirm that "cardiovascular risk reduction is critically important for the care of patients with diabetes, with or without known [heart disease or heart ...

Online Game Helps Those With Diabetes Control Blood Sugar

Posted 8 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 8, 2017 – Here's another example of technology's evolving impact on health care. A new study found that playing an online game can help those with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar. The study included 456 U.S. Veterans Affairs diabetes patients with poor blood sugar control while on oral medications. Half played a specially designed, team-based online diabetes ...

What Diabetics Need to Know About Over-the-Counter Meds

Posted 6 Aug 2017 by Drugs.com

SATURDAY, Aug. 5, 2017 – It can be tough for people with diabetes to choose appropriate over-the-counter medicines for a cold, cough or headache, a pharmacist explains. Many of these so-called OTC drugs contain carbohydrates (including sugar) that can affect blood sugar levels, or ingredients that can interact with diabetes medications, according to Miranda Wilhelm. She is a clinical associate ...

Blame Diabetes: Rates of 2 Nerve Conditions on the Rise

Posted 21 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Two particular types of nerve damage (neuropathy) have been increasing as more and more people develop diabetes in the United States, an expert says. Autonomic and small fiber neuropathy were once rare conditions. Both occur when small blood vessels supplying the nerves are damaged by diabetes because they don't get enough oxygen and nutrients, said Dr. Divpreet Kaur, a ...

Can Fetal Alcohol Damage Be Undone?

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Animal research may have yielded a potential treatment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in children. Two common medications reversed memory and learning problems in rats exposed to alcohol while in the womb, according to researchers at Northwestern University in Chicago. "We've shown you can interfere after the damage from alcohol is done. That's huge," study senior ...

Early Menopause May Be Tied to Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 19 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – The earlier a woman begins menopause, the greater her risk of developing diabetes, a new study suggests. Following almost 4,000 women in the Netherlands, Dutch researchers found that those who went through menopause before age 40 were almost four times as likely to develop type 2 diabetes as women whose menopause was late – at 55 or older. The average age for ...

Broccoli Extract Shows Promise for Type 2 Diabetes

Posted 14 Jun 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, June 14, 2017 – Your Mom may have been right about broccoli's goodness. A small study hints that a substance in the crunchy veggy may help some with diabetes get better control of their blood sugar. Researchers found that a concentrated extract of the substance, called sulforaphane, helped obese type 2 diabetes patients rein in their stubbornly high blood sugar levels. The caveat, ...

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