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You May Be Prediabetic and Don't Know It, CDC Warns

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WEDNESDAY, Nov. 14, 2018 – More than one-third of Americans have prediabetes, but 90 percent of them don't know they have it, medical experts say. Prediabetes often leads to type 2 diabetes and other serious health problems, including heart disease and stroke. But research shows that people who know they have prediabetes are more likely to make lifestyle changes that can help prevent or delay ...

30 Million Americans Now Have Diabetes

Posted 19 Sep 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 19, 2018 – 1 in 7 Americans has diabetes, and many don't even know they have the blood sugar disease, a new report shows. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 14 percent of U.S adults have diabetes – 10 percent know it and more than 4 percent are undiagnosed. "Diabetes remains a chronic health problem in this country, affecting some 30 million ...

Health Tip: Control Some Risk Factors for Diabetes

Posted 12 Sep 2018 by

-- Some risk factors for diabetes are under a person's control, such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating a nutritious diet and getting enough exercise, the American Heart Association notes. The AHA says additional risk factors that are under a person's control include: Managing stress. Avoiding smoking. Limiting alcohol. Getting quality sleep every night.

A 3-Pronged Plan to Cut Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Posted 13 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 13, 2018 – The type 2 diabetes tide remains unchecked in the United States, as does pre-diabetes – having a blood sugar level higher than normal, but not high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report found that about 30 million Americans – roughly 10 percent of the population – have type 2 diabetes. What's more, over 80 million ...

Will the Future Be Needle-Free for Diabetics?

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 – For many diabetics, one of the most dreaded aspects of managing their condition is the need to inject insulin multiple times a day. But Harvard researchers have discovered a way to deliver insulin in a pill, and it appears to work well – at least in rats. A lot of questions remain: What is the proper dose compared to injected insulin? Will it be delivered uniformly? And, ...

Does Mental Illness Raise Diabetes Risk?

Posted 21 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 20, 2018 – Americans with severe mental illness are more than twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes, and the increased risk is highest among minorities, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 15,000 patients with severe mental illness and found that 28 percent had type 2 diabetes. The rate in the general population is 12 percent. Among people with severe ...

One Blood Test Might Be Enough to Diagnose Diabetes

Posted 19 Jun 2018 by

TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 – New research suggests that a single blood test could confirm type 2 diabetes, saving patients time and health care costs. Currently, it's recommended that a blood test focused on elevated fasting levels of blood sugar (glucose) or a blood component called glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) be confirmed with a second blood test at a follow-up visit. But taking the test twice ...

Diabetes Linked to Risk for Parkinson's Disease

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 – Men and women with type 2 diabetes may face a significantly higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life, new British research suggests. The finding of a link followed the tracking of Parkinson's diagnoses among millions of diabetic and non-diabetic patients who use the National Health Service in England. Study author Dr. Thomas Warner said that, after ...

Health Tip: 4 Steps to Manage Diabetes

Posted 14 Jun 2018 by

-- Every year, 1.7 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and other health problems, the agency says. The NIH suggests: Take time to learn all you can about diabetes. With the help of your doctor, develop a clear plan with goals and ways to ...

Health Tip: Stay Fit at Work

Posted 30 May 2018 by

-- Sitting for long hours at a desk can lead to poor posture, lower-back pain and increased risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The American Council on Exercise suggests how to combat the negative effects of too much sitting: Stand for a few minutes every hour to activate unused muscles. Sit on a stability ball for 30 minutes per day to work your core. Participate in walking meetings, ...

Artificial Sweeteners Won't Affect Your Blood Sugar: Study

Posted 30 May 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, May 30, 2018 – Can an artificially sweetened drink or food really satisfy your sweet tooth without raising your blood sugar levels? That depends on what's in the food or drink, but a new review confirms that artificial sweeteners alone won't cause a spike in blood sugar. "It's been widely accepted that nonnutritive sweeteners don't raise blood sugar, but there's never been a ...

New Medicare Perk: Diabetes Prevention

Posted 16 May 2018 by

TUESDAY, May 15, 2018 – Millions of U.S. seniors can now take part in a Medicare program designed to prevent prediabetes from progressing to type 2 diabetes. Almost half of Americans 65 and older have prediabetes, and many don't know it. In addition to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, prediabetes puts people at risk of heart disease and stroke, according to the American Association of ...

Using Diet to Stave Off Diabetes

Posted 7 May 2018 by

MONDAY, May 7, 2018 – Diabetes has become a worldwide epidemic, but you can protect yourself with a healthier diet. And the same type of diet can help you manage diabetes if you already have it. According to experts at Boston's Joslin Diabetes Center and the Harvard School of Public Health, specific foods that help reduce your risk include green leafy vegetables, oat cereal, yogurt and dairy ...

AHA: Hypertension Plus Prediabetes a Dangerous Duo for the Heart

Posted 18 Apr 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, April 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) – High blood pressure and prediabetes together may do more harm to the body than either one alone. The first study of its type looking into the association between slightly elevated blood sugar levels and high blood pressure found that prediabetes didn't increase cardiovascular risk by itself. But when researchers looked at prediabetes ...

Losing Excess Weight in Childhood Cuts Diabetes Risk

Posted 5 Apr 2018 by

THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 – If an overweight child slims down before puberty, the risk of type 2 diabetes seems to slide away with the lost pounds. Later weight loss also lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes in adulthood, just not as much, new research reports. "The sooner we can get children to a healthy weight and lifestyle, the better off they'll be," said nutritionist Samantha Heller from NYU ...

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