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Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

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FRIDAY, March 24, 2017 – Millions of Americans have a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD), which is caused by hardening of the arteries in the legs and feet. About 8.5 million Americans have PAD, including up to 20 percent of people over age 60, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The lack of blood flow to the legs and feet may lead to wounds that don't heal and, in severe cases, amputation, warned Dr. Ali AbuRahma, secretary of the Society for Vascular Surgery. One symptom of PAD is leg pain when walking. Patients who experience this should tell their physician. The doctor may then order a painless, noninvasive test to measure blood pressure in the ankles. Hardening of the arteries is manageable, AbuRahma said in a society news release. "We recommend that everyone take a few sensible health measures to keep their veins and arteries healthy. ... Read more

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Many Kids With Diabetes Missing Out on Eye Exams, Study Finds

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THURSDAY, March 23, 2017 – Many young Americans with diabetes aren't getting the eye exams that medical experts say they need, new research reveals. "Diabetic retinopathy" is a serious complication of diabetes. It causes the blood vessels in the eyes to leak. This distorts vision, and can eventually lead to vision loss, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI). The condition often causes no symptoms in the early stages. This makes getting comprehensive, dilated eye exams by an ophthalmologist (an eye M.D.) crucial in detecting the problem, the NEI says. In children and teens, annual screening for diabetic retinopathy should begin as soon as someone is diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and five years after a young person is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, medical groups recommend. The current study included more than 5,400 people diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at an average age ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Diabetes, Type 1, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetic Retinopathy, Visual Defect/Disturbance

A Warming Planet Might Mean More Diabetes

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TUESDAY, March 21, 2017 – The effects of climate change are far-reaching, but new research suggests a surprising linkage to a warming Earth – more cases of type 2 diabetes. For every 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) rise in environmental temperature, the researchers calculated that there would be an increase of more than 100,000 new cases of type 2 diabetes in the United States alone. Why? The study authors explained that during cold spells – at least a few cold days in a row – so-called brown fat is activated. Brown fat is different from white fat. When activated, it leads to an improvement in the body's sensitivity to insulin, a hormone that helps usher sugar from foods into cells for energy. "The function of brown fat tissue is to burn fat to generate heat, which is important to prevent a drop in body temperature during cold exposure," explained lead researcher Lisanne ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Insulin, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

Too Much Screen Time May Raise Kids' Diabetes Risk

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TUESDAY, March 14, 2017 – Kids who get too much screen time may be more likely to have risk factors that increase their chances of type 2 diabetes, new research says. Watching television, playing video games or sitting in front of a computer or other device for more than three hours each day was linked to more body fat and insulin resistance. Those factors mean the body is less able to keep blood sugar levels under control, the British researchers said. They said limiting children's screen time could be necessary to prevent health issues later on. "Our findings suggest that reducing screen time may be beneficial in reducing type 2 diabetes risk factors, in both boys and girls and in different ethnic groups from an early age," wrote the study authors, led by Claire Nightingale, from St. George's University of London. "This is particularly relevant, given rising levels of type 2 ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, High Cholesterol, Insulin Resistance, Pre-Diabetes, Hypertriglyceridemia, Diabetes Mellitus, Hyperlipoproteinemia, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Intravenous Insulin Drip

Downside to Gluten-Free Diets: Diabetes Risk?

Posted 19 days ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – "Gluten-free" may be the latest diet fad, but new research casts some doubt on its presumed health benefits. In a large study of U.S. health professionals, scientists found that those with the least gluten in their diets actually had a slightly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a few decades. The findings do not prove that a low-gluten diet somehow contributes to diabetes. But the study raises questions about the long-term benefits of avoiding gluten, which many people assume to be a healthy move. Some people – namely, those with the digestive disorder celiac disease – do have to shun gluten, said lead researcher Geng Zong. But there is little research on whether other people stand to gain from going gluten-free, said Zong. He is a research fellow in nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, in Boston. That's a big evidence gap, ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Insulin Resistance, Celiac Disease, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance

1 in 7 Obese People Has Normal Blood Pressure, Cholesterol

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THURSDAY, March 9, 2017 – Can people really be healthy and obese? In one of the largest studies to date, researchers quantified the number of U.S. adults who are overweight or obese but don't have typical risk factors for heart disease and diabetes. Of 1.3 million overweight and obese people studied, 14 percent had normal blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure readings, the study found. Doctors use these "cardiometabolic" measures to help identify people at greater risk of having a heart attack or stroke or developing type 2 diabetes. But calling these people "healthy obese" is a misnomer, said lead author Gregory Nichols. "Just because they don't currently have risk factors doesn't mean they're not going to," said Nichols, a senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. The study suggests that might be true: Less than 2.8 percent of ... Read more

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Eye Exam Might Help Spot Poor Circulation in Legs

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WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Could a routine eye exam some day point to trouble with circulation in the legs? New research suggests it might be possible. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore said changes in the eye's retina may help spot people at risk for a narrowing of the large blood vessels in the legs – a condition called peripheral artery disease (PAD). "PAD is estimated to affect approximately 8.5 million Americans above the age of 40 years and is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and quality of life impairment," noted one heart specialist, Dr. Samy Selim. He's an interventional cardiologist at Northwell Health's Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, N.Y. And while the disability from PAD is serious and widespread, "physician screening for PAD is not satisfactory, to say the least," Selim said. The new study was led by Hopkins researcher Chao Yang and is ... Read more

Related support groups: Eye Conditions, Eye Dryness/Redness, Pre-Diabetes, Raynaud's Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Pyoderma Gangrenosum, Intermittent Claudication, Retinal Disorders, Eye Redness/Itching, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Chorioretinitis, Retinal Hemorrhage, Peripheral Arteriography, Arterial Thrombosis

Depression May Hasten Death in Years After Heart Diagnosis

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WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Heart patients who subsequently develop depression may be about twice as likely to die over the next 10 years as those without mental health troubles, a new study suggests. Depression – which is common after a heart diagnosis – appears to be a greater predictor of death than the type of heart disease, smoking, diabetes status or even age, the researchers said. Although the findings don't prove that depression leads to an earlier death, "screening for depression needs to happen continually in these patients, not just right after their heart disease diagnosis," said study lead author Heidi May. May is a cardiovascular epidemiologist with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City. It's estimated that up to one-third of heart attack survivors develop some degree of depression, and doctors have long recognized a two-way link between ... Read more

Related support groups: Depression, Major Depressive Disorder, Heart Disease, Dysthymia, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus

Poor Diet Tied to Half of U.S. Deaths From Heart Disease, Diabetes

Posted 7 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 – Nearly half of all deaths from heart disease, stroke and diabetes in the United States are associated with diets that skimp on certain foods and nutrients, such as vegetables, and exceed optimal levels of others, like salt, a new study finds. Using available studies and clinical trials, researchers identified 10 dietary factors with the strongest evidence of a protective or harmful association with death due to "cardiometabolic" disease. "It wasn't just too much 'bad' in the American diet; it's also not enough 'good,'" said lead author Renata Micha. "Americans are not eating enough fruits, vegetables, nuts/seeds, whole grains, vegetable oils or fish," she said. Micha is an assistant research professor at the Tufts University School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Boston. The researchers used data from multiple national sources to examine deaths from ... Read more

Related support groups: Heart Disease, Ischemic Stroke, Insulin Resistance, Transient Ischemic Attack, Pre-Diabetes, Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), Diabetes Mellitus, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis, Ischemic Heart Disease, Myocardial Infarction - Prophylaxis

Noctiva Approved for Frequent Urination at Night

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 6, 2017 – Noctiva nasal spray has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat frequent urination at night due to excess urine production. Norturia, the medical term for getting up at night to urinate, can be caused by factors such as congestive heart failure, diabetes, certain medications or diseases of the bladder or prostate, the agency said in a news release. Noctiva (desmopressin acetate) is approved for adults with nocturnal polyuria, an overproduction of urine at night. Noctiva is the first drug approved to treat the condition in the United States, the FDA added. Before prescribing Noctiva, health care providers should confirm overproduction of urine at night by collecting a 24-hour urine sample, the FDA recommended. They should also make sure a person's habits, such as excessive consumption of fluids, may not be contributing to the problem. ... Read more

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New Nasal Spray, Noctiva, Reduces Nighttime Urination

Posted 6 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

A nasal spray formulation of desmopressin acetate, effective at reducing the number of times adults have to urinate during the night, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Noctiva (desmopressin acetate) is a nasal spray for adults who make at least two nighttime trips to the bathroom due to causes such as certain medications, chronic heart failure, poorly controlled diabetes, and bladder and prostate problems, the Associated Press reported. The spray, used about 30 minutes before bedtime each night, helps the kidneys absorb more water in order to reduce the amount of urine. Noctiva carries a black box warning – the FDA's strongest – about the risk of dangerously low levels of sodium in the blood. Other possible side effects include colds, bronchitis, a rise in blood pressure, dizziness, back pain and nose bleeds, the AP reported. The drug was developed by ... Read more

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The Brain Can Produce Its Own Sugar: Report

Posted 26 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Feb. 24, 2017 – Scientists are reporting that the brain naturally produces fructose, a type of sugar associated with obesity and type 2 diabetes. The Yale University researchers said follow-up studies will investigate how fructose affects the brain and eating behavior. Fructose is found in fruits, vegetables, table sugar and many processed foods. In experiments with eight healthy volunteers, the researchers said they found that fructose is converted in the brain from another simple sugar – glucose. "In this study, we show for the first time that fructose can be produced in the human brain," said study first author Dr. Janice Hwang, an assistant professor of medicine. "By showing that fructose in the brain is not simply due to dietary consumption of fructose, we've shown fructose can be generated from any sugar you eat. It adds another dimension into understanding fructose's ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Diabetes, Type 2, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Diagnosis and Investigation

Common Virus May Be Linked to Heart Disease, Diabetes in Some Women

Posted 23 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 23, 2017 – A common virus may make some women more susceptible to both heart disease and type 2 diabetes, a new study suggests. Scientists at the University of California, San Francisco found normal-weight women under age 50 who were infected with cytomegalovirus (CMV) were more likely to have metabolic syndrome than their peers. Metabolic syndrome is a collection of risk factors for heart disease and diabetes that includes excess belly fat, unhealthy cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and high blood sugar levels. CMV, a herpes virus, is believed to infect roughly half of the U.S. population over the age of 40. Typically there are no symptoms unless the person's immune system is weakened. Ironically, obese women infected with CMV were less likely to have metabolic syndrome than obese women not infected with the virus, the researchers found. However, obese women were ... Read more

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Pregnancy-Linked Diabetes Poses Risks for Mom, Baby

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – Diabetes that develops during pregnancy – known as gestational diabetes – carries health risks for both the mom-to-be and her baby, new research confirms. A team of French researchers analyzed data from more than 700,000 births in France occurring after 28 weeks of pregnancy in 2012. Compared to other pregnant women, those with gestational diabetes were 30 percent more likely to experience preterm birth, 40 percent more likely to require a C-section, and 70 percent more likely to have preeclampsia/eclampsia, a dangerous spike in blood pressure. Risks weren't confined to the mother, however. Babies born to women with gestational diabetes were 80 percent more likely to be of significantly larger-than-average size at birth; 10 percent more likely to suffer respiratory issues; 30 percent more likely to experience a traumatic birth, and 30 percent more likely to ... Read more

Related support groups: Diabetes, Type 2, Insulin, Insulin Resistance, Delivery, Pre-Diabetes, Diabetes Mellitus, Premature Labor, Gestational Diabetes, Abnormal Glucose Tolerance, Cesarean Section, Prematurity/Underweight in Infancy, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

Dealing With Diabetes Distress

Posted 16 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 16, 2017 – People with diabetes have to think about their condition and make treatment decisions constantly – and all that extra work and worry can lead to psychological distress at times. "Diabetes distress" isn't the same as depression, however, diabetes experts note. It's a condition unique to the 24/7 demands that come with diabetes, particularly for people dependent on insulin. "The day you develop diabetes, it's like the universe just handed you a new full-time job that you have to do in addition to whatever else you're doing. It's a special job that has a big impact on the rest of your life. There's no pay and no vacation," said William Polonsky, president of the Behavioral Diabetes Institute in San Diego. Alicia McAuliffe-Fogarty, vice president of lifestyle management at the American Diabetes Association, put it this way: "Diabetes distress is the extra burden ... Read more

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