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bullet Oral-lyn Results for Type 1s: 04/27/2006 Results demonstrate metabolic control in diabetes showed a significant improvement when compared to standard therapy.
bullet Gene Protects Against Diabetes, Heart Disease 04/27/2006 People lucky enough to carry a variant in a single gene get added protection against both type 2 diabetes and heart disease, a new study finds.
bullet Little Difference Between Human Insulin And Analogs 04/27/2006 Fast-acting artificial insulin drugs work just as well as regular human insulin, but it’s unclear how they could affect the health of people with diabetes over the long run.
bullet Byetta Update 04/27/2006 Eleven months later, Byetta is meeting expectations for better glucose control and weight loss in type 2 diabetics.
bullet Blood Sugar Control Boosts Diabetics' Recovery After Surgery 04/27/2006 Good blood sugar control before surgery reduces the risk of postoperative infections in people with diabetes.
bullet Diabetes Associated With Increased Mortality From Peptic Ulcer Complications 04/27/2006 Among patients with bleeding or perforated peptic ulcers, those with diabetes appear to be at substantially increased risk of dying.
bullet A1C Is Coronary Disease Predictor Even for Those Without Diabetes 04/27/2006 Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) is a useful and reliable risk indicator for developing CHD, even in people without diabetes whose A1C levels are in the high normal range.
bullet Intensive Insulin Beneficial For Those With Long ICU Stays 04/27/2006 Intensive insulin therapy administered from admission onwards in patients in the medical intensive care unit reduced morbidity among all patients and mortality among those who remained in the ICU for at least a third day.
bullet Metformin and Lifestyle Intervention Prevents Metabolic Syndrome 04/27/2006 "The metabolic syndrome is a high-risk state for diabetes and cardiovascular disease." Lifestyle intervention is better then any drug and along with metformin works to prevent the metabolic syndrome (MS).
bullet Older Diabetics Not Getting Heart, Kidney Drugs 04/27/2006 Despite the fact that drugs known as ACE inhibitors and ARBs prevent damage to the heart and kidneys in people with diabetes, fewer than half of older individuals in the US with diabetes are actually prescribed one of these agents, according to a new study.
bullet Statin Treatment Improves Coronary Circulation in Diabetics 04/27/2006 Statin treatment appears to improve development of coronary collateral circulation in patients with diabetes mellitus and advanced coronary artery disease.
bullet Glycemic Control Cuts Postoperative Infection in Diabetics 04/27/2006 Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) levels less than 7% prior to surgery are associated with a significantly lower rate of postoperative infections in diabetic patients.
bullet Depression Not Tied to Diabetes Control in Elderly 04/27/2006 There is no strong relationship between depression in elderly patients with diabetes and the degree to which they control their blood sugar levels, researchers report.
bullet Diabetes Drug Use by Children Doubled in US Over 3-Year Period 04/25/2006 Between 2002 to 2005, the use of agents to prevent or treat type 2 diabetes among US children, 5 to 19 years of age, increased from about 0.3 to 0.6 per 1000, which could have "enormous implications" for long-term healthcare needs and expenses.
bullet Some Diabetes Patients Lose Lower Limbs Because of Skin Changes 04/25/2006 Researchers have discovered why patients with diabetes develop a condition which leads to amputation of the lower limbs. It is caused by an alteration in their skin tissue before leg ulcers develop. The best way to prevent an ulcer complication is to lower the patient's blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol. The problem is the condition is often undetected at its early stages. So, effective treatment can sometimes arrive too late.
bullet Postprandial Blood Glucose Predicts Cardiovascular Events 04/25/2006 "Our study supports the conclusion that it should be carefully considered in type 2 diabetic patients, because it plays a relevant predictive role for cardiovascular events, especially in women."
bullet Blood Sugar Readings In A Painless Blink Of The Eye by Oculir, Inc. 04/25/2006 Oculir™ is developing a non-invasive glucose meter that measures glucose from the white of the eye (the conjunctiva). No contact with the eye is required; simply point the sensor at the eye and click.
bullet Shocking Kidney Stones Can Raise Risk for Diabetes 04/25/2006 Shock-wave lithotripsy (SWL), a noninvasive technique that uses sound waves to sonically disintegrate stones within the urinary track, appears to increase the risk of diabetes and hypertension (high blood pressure).
bullet Gastric Electrical Stimulation Decreases Food Intake 04/25/2006 In a study of healthy volunteers, gastric electrical stimulation (GES) using endoscopically placed electrodes reduced the subjects' food and water intake and seemed to delay gastric empty.
bullet ACE Inhibitor Boosts Coronary Circulation in Diabetics 04/25/2006 Researchers reported that angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors can improve coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) in patients with type 2 diabetes.
bullet Hemoglobin A1c Levels Predict Risk of Peripheral Arterial Disease 04/25/2006 The results suggest that poor glycemic control, as indicated by elevated HbA1c levels in individuals with diabetes, is associated with an increased risk of PAD independently of other known risk factors.
bullet Active or Passive Smoking May Be Linked to Glucose Intolerance 04/25/2006 "Although smoking cessation can result in modest weight gain, smoking is related to a more unhealthy distribution of upper body weight and greater waist:hip ratio. Smoking has also been associated with risk of chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, suggesting that tobacco smoke may be directly toxic to the pancreas."
bullet Significant Improvement Noted In Diabetes Management Using Chronic Care Model 04/25/2006 Educating people with diabetes in a primary-care setting with sustained, comprehensive intervention resulted in significant improvement in disease management and overall health.
bullet Diabetes Sufferers Prefer Oral Management 04/25/2006 A major international study has shown that many people with type-2 diabetes are not achieving optimal blood sugar control despite the availability of effective treatments. It found that 64 per cent of people who had had type-2 diabetes for more than 10 years were still not achieving optimum blood sugar levels. Although insulin remains the most effective course of action, it appears that many sufferers are put off using it because of the necessity for injections.
bullet Once Daily ER Metformin Safe and Effective in Type 2 Diabetes 04/25/2006 One daily dose of a new extended-release formulation of metformin is as safe and effective in treating type 2 diabetes as a conventional twice-a-day dose of immediate-release metformin, researchers report.
bullet Type 2 Diabetics’ Acidity Heightens Risk for Kidney Stones 04/24/2006 People with type 2 diabetes have highly acidic urine, a metabolic feature that explains their greater risk for developing uric-acid kidney stones.
bullet Lifestyle Changes Regenerate Nerve Fibers in Prediabetics 04/24/2006 In patients with diabetes, nerve fiber damage that causes diabetic neuropathy is irreversible. Researchers have found that with weight loss and exercise in patients with impaired glucose tolerance neuropathy -- so-called prediabetes -- the affected nerve fibers can be reinervated, causing a reduction in the patients' pain.
bullet Vitamin Deficiency Common in Diabetics 04/24/2006 Three out of every five patients with type 2 diabetes show signs of vitamin D deficiency, Italian researchers report. Because a lack of vitamin D can negatively affect bone health and have other adverse effects "widespread screening for vitamin D deficiency or routine vitamin D supplementation should be seriously considered" for people with diabetes.
bullet HDL Cholesterol Independently Predicts Major Adverse Coronary Events 04/24/2006 HDL cholesterol predicts major adverse coronary events independent of other cardiovascular risk factors. A 10mg/dL. decrease in HDL increases risk by 11%.
bullet Using a Blood Glucose Monitoring Manual to Improve Control 04/24/2006 "Recognizing the link between BG monitoring and improved glycemic control, [we] designed an educational booklet, the Blood Sugar Monitoring Owner's Manual (BGMOM), with the goal of improving the physical and emotional well-being of patients with diabetes by increasing adherence to BG monitoring."
bullet Prehypertension Common in Diabetic and Non-Diabetic Subjects 04/24/2006 Patients with diabetes had a higher prevalence of prehypertension than did those without diabetes (59.4% versus 48.2%, p < 0.001). Diabetic subjects with prehypertension had the highest cumulative incidence of cardiovascular disease during follow-up.
bullet Renal Impairment Linked to Mortality in Women 04/24/2006 Mild to moderate renal impairment is associated with increased risk of death from all causes in women and increased risk of coronary artery disease in men and women.
bullet Second Hand Smoke Raises Diabetes Risk 04/24/2006 According to researchers, exposure to second hand smoking (passive smoking) is linked to higher incidences of glucose intolerance, which can lead to diabetes.
bullet Diabetic Children Should Be Screened for Depressive Symptoms 04/24/2006 Poor glycemic control and frequent ER visits are among the signs that a child or adolescent with diabetes may have a depressed mood.
bullet Cutting Calories Helps You Live Longer 04/24/2006 Reducing calories over six months resulted in a decrease in fasting insulin levels and body temperature, two biomarkers of longevity.
bullet Too Much TV Put Extra Pounds on Your Preschooler 04/24/2006 In a new study, researchers found that preschool-age children who are exposed to more than two hours of TV a day are three times as likely to be overweight than kids who watch two or fewer hours of TV daily.
bullet Three-Week Diet/Exercise Study Shows 50% Reversal in Type 2 Diabetes 04/21/2006 "The study shows, contrary to common belief, that type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome can be reversed solely through lifestyle changes." "This regimen reversed a clinical diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome in about half the participants who had either of those conditions."
bullet Low-Carb Diet Controls Diabetes Without Weight Loss Or Insulin Use 04/21/2006 A new study released in the scientific journal Nutrition & Metabolism found that type 2 diabetes can be managed and controlled simply by minor changes in the diet alone without the need for weight loss or the use of insulin medications. “The protein in the low-carb diets that aided the production of insulin in the study participants because protein actually stimulates the production of insulin.”
bullet Diabetes Reversed: FDA Authorizes Human Trials 04/21/2006 After successfully demonstrating that a groundbreaking treatment strategy can reverse type 1 diabetes in animal studies, the FDA has given the go-ahead for researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to begin a phase I trial evaluating the treatment in humans.
bullet Cardiac Medications Prolong Survival in Peripheral Artery Disease 04/21/2006 Statins, beta blockers, aspirin and angiotensin-cardioverting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors all decrease mortality in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD).
bullet Depression Rate High Among Diabetics 04/21/2006 Investigators have found that about 25 percent of patients with diabetes have symptoms of depression, confirming the relationship between these two conditions.
bullet Exercise Helps Speed Wound Healing in Older Adults 04/21/2006 The body's ability to heal even small skin wounds normally slows down as we age. But a new study in older adults finds that regular exercise may speed up the wound-healing process by as much as 25 percent.
bullet FDA’s Approval of Continuous Glucose Sensor Accelerates Development of Artificial Pancreas 04/21/2006 "This technology should greatly improve glycemic control -- which research has shown to be the key to reducing or even eliminating both short and long-term complications of diabetes."
bullet Ankle/brachial Index Helps Identify Peripheral Artery Disease in Diabetics 04/21/2006 Measurement of the ankle/brachial index (ABI) is a simple way of identifying patients with diabetes who are at increased risk of future cardiovascular disease.
bullet Better Initial Glycemic Control With Metformin Linked to Longer Effectiveness 04/21/2006 In patients taking metformin as monotherapy to treat type 2 diabetes, achieving a low level of glycosylated hemoglobin level (HbA1c) during the first year predicts a longer period of effectiveness for the medication.
bullet FDA Accepts New Drug Application for Diabetes Drug Galvus 04/21/2006 Clinical studies show significant blood sugar reductions (HbA1c) sustained for one year - Trials also show no association with weight gain; overall incidence of side effects, including hypoglycemia and edema, similar to placebo.
bullet Newer Diabetic Meds Cost More, But Users Have Fewer Hospital Visits 04/20/2006 A new study suggests that patients on the newer medications had a slightly lower risk of hospitalization because of diabetes-related complications. They also spent between $920 and $1,760 less on annual total healthcare costs. Diabetics who were prescribed newer medications to control their illness were more likely to take these drugs as instructed.
bullet Water Retention With Pioglitazone Causes Weight Gain 04/20/2006 Up to 75 percent of the increase in body weight that can occur in patients with type 2 diabetes who are treated with pioglitazone is from water retention but the drug also tends to reduce abdominal fat and blood pressure.
bullet Peripheral Artery Disease Predicts Cardiac Death in Patients With Diabetes 04/20/2006 PAD is common in patients with type 2 diabetes and predicts cardiac death, supporting the role of regular screening for PAD in these patients.
bullet Waist Circumference Predicts Insulin Resistance in Children and Adolescents 04/20/2006 Waist circumference predicts insulin resistance independently of body-mass index (BMI) in children and adolescents.
bullet Preserving Insulin Production In Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetics 04/20/2006 A drug used to treat lymphoma, rheumatoid arthritis and other immune disorders may enable newly-diagnosed type 1 diabetics to save some of their pancreas function and thereby reduce their susceptibility to long-term complications.
bullet Depo Provera Increase Diabetes Risk in Women 04/20/2006 Contraception with depo-medroxyprogesterone acetate (DMPA) is associated with an increase in the risk of diabetes in some Latino women with prior gestational diabetes.
bullet Tight Glycemic Control in Critically Ill Patients Translates Into Cost Savings 04/20/2006 Mean adjusted cost savings per patient was $1,580. In addition to the improvements in morbidity and mortality observed when ICU patients are maintained on intensive glycemia management protocols, health systems also benefit from substantially decreased costs.
bullet Low-dose Aspirin Suppresses Clumping of Blood Platelets in Both Sexes 04/20/2006 While the drug’s overall effects on blood cell function were the same for men and women, the investigators found that women’s platelets reacted somewhat more strongly to aspirin before the start of therapy, and remained so even after treatment.
bullet 'Elation' Over Failed Diabetes Studies 04/20/2006 Researchers fail to replicate a 2003 report of a way to cure Type 1 diabetes, but they all agree on one thing, that it is possible to cure diabetic mice and one day perhaps people.
bullet The Older We Get The Harder We Have to Work 04/20/2006 Seniors it seems may have to work harder than young people to perform the same physical activity, but regular exercise may close that age gap.
bullet Did You Know? 03/30/2006 There are currently more than 194 million people with diabetes worldwide.  If nothing is done to slow the epidemic, the number will exceed 333 million by 2025.
bullet Implantable Gastric Stimulation (IGS) 03/24/2006 Transcend™ Implantable gastric stimulation (IGS) system for weight loss is currently available in Europe and Canada and is now a part of Medtronic. This system uses gentle electrical stimulation of the stomach to enhance the normal feeling of fullness (satiety). Patients can expect to lose 30-40% of excess weight over a period of 24 months.
bullet Diabetes the First 3500 Years 03/24/2006 Everybody has their own version of when diabetes first started, was documented and how insulin got to be the treatment. Here's an accurate time line for you.
bullet Plavix-Aspirin Combo No Better than Aspirin Alone for CVD Event Reduction 03/24/2006 The CHARISMA trial of aspirin alone vs. aspirin plus Plavix (clopidogrel) showed no benefit over aspirin alone at preventing major cardiovascular events or death. In addition, Plavix plus aspirin for patients with multiple risk factors was associated with increased risk for moderate and serious bleeding.
bullet Rapid Rise of Chronic Kidney Disease 03/24/2006 Chronic kidney disease is rising rapidly worldwide and is becoming a global healthcare problem, warn experts in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). In the United Kingdom the figure has doubled over the past decade and is expected to continue to rise by 5-8% annually, but it still remains well below the European average and that of the United States.
bullet Diabetes and Breast Cancer 03/24/2006 A retrospective population-based cohort study, showing an increase in breast cancer for women with Type 2 Diabetes.
bullet Homocysteine Reduction Shows No Cardiovascular Benefit 03/24/2006 Two large-scale trials ,HOPE-2 and NORVIT trials, have failed to find any significant cardiovascular benefit to lowering plasma homocysteine levels by supplementation with folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12.
bullet Stable Glucose Improves Classroom Attention in Diabetes 03/24/2006 Stabilizing serum glucose in children with type 1 diabetes appears to improve classroom attention, researchers from Arizona State University in Tempe report.
bullet Diabetics Have Increased Heart Muscle Mass That Increases Risk 03/24/2006 Increased left ventricular muscle mass suggests the future possibility of developing heart failure.
bullet What is Peripheral Arterial Disease? 03/24/2006 Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) is a condition similar to coronary artery disease and carotid artery disease. Most people with PAD have a markedly increased short-term risk of death from stroke and heart attack. If a blood clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery to the heart, a heart attack results. If the clot blocks an artery to the brain, a stroke results.
bullet Short, Maximal Sprint Prevents Postexercise Hypoglycemia in Type 1’s 03/24/2006 A 10-second maximal sprint immediately following the moderate-intensity exercise stopped a further decline in blood glucose levels for the next 2 hours, the results indicate. In contrast, moderate-intensity exercise followed by a rest period led to a further decrease in blood glucose levels.
bullet Pregravid Physical Activity Predicts Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Risk 03/24/2006 Women who are physically active before pregnancy are less likely to develop gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and the GDM risk also rises with the amount of pre-pregnancy television viewing, a new study shows.
bullet Physician Performance Feedback Improves Diabetes Control 03/24/2006 A computerized system that tells primary care physicians how well they are managing blood glucose levels in their patients seems to improve diabetes control, new research suggests.
bullet Why 40 Percent Do Not Test Their Blood Sugars As Recommended 03/17/2006 Testing blood sugar levels is one of the most important things that people with diabetes can do to help manage their disease and live a healthy lifestyle. Diabetes is one of the few diseases where you can get instant feedback as to how well you are in control. Results from a recent survey of over 1000 patients with diabetes tell why they do not test as often as their educators and doctors tell them.
bullet Cocoa Intake Linked to Lower Blood Pressure, Reduced Risk of Death 03/17/2006 Men in the group with the highest cocoa consumption were half as likely as the others to die from cardiovascular disease.
bullet Palm Glucose Readings Compared with Fingertip Readings 03/17/2006 Study found that variability between fingertip-to-fingertip and palm-to-fingertip measurements was in the clinically acceptable range during steady-state conditions and when glucose was rapidly changing.
bullet Marijuana Compound May Help Stop Diabetic Retinopathy 03/17/2006 A compound found in marijuana won’t make you high but it may help keep your eyes healthy if you’re a diabetic, researchers say.
bullet First Evidence That Insulin Is Critical for Blood Vessel Formation 03/17/2006 The first symptom of a heart attack for those with diabetes is usually death! Researchers say that the discovery may lead to ways to reduce heart attacks in diabetes patients.
bullet Sixty-one Percent Increase In Diabetes-related Deaths And Illnesses 03/17/2006 Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have documented a dramatic upsurge in diabetes-related deaths and illnesses in New York City, including a sharp increase in diabetic patients hospitalized with heart attacks.
bullet Glycemic Index ‘Unrealistic’ and Not Very Useful 03/17/2006 The glycemic index, a current hot diet trend, “does not seem useful in understanding how diet impacts health, it only makes life more complicated for those trying to adopt a healthier lifestyle.” says the author of a new study.
bullet Diabetes and the Dental Patient 03/16/2006 Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gum and bone supporting the teeth. It is a serious infection that, if left untreated, will lead to tooth loss. In untreated cases, periodontal disease can be life threatening for diabetic patients.
bullet Landmark Studies on Diabetic Amputation Prevention 03/16/2006 Every 30 seconds a lower limb is lost to diabetes. Podiatrists publish two landmark papers in Lancet on World Diabetes Day. The studies, which focus on negative pressure wound therapy and powerful antibiotics for the treatment of infections in the diabetic foot, offer new data and real hope in the battle against amputation.
bullet Pig Cell Research Offers Hope for Diabetes Cure 03/16/2006 Transplanting pig islet cells cannot come with a lot of immunosuppression, it must be a very safe treatment.
bullet Seaweed Bubbles May Fight Diabetes 03/16/2006 Encapsulating insulin producing cells in tiny seaweed bubbles and injecting them into people with type 1 diabetes could one day remove the need for daily insulin injections.
bullet Scientists Get Cells to Produce Insulin 03/16/2006 If a new finding by Burnham Institute and UCSD scientists holds true, millions of diabetics could someday drastically reduce their dependence on drugs and perhaps even have a cure. They discovered that when mixed with cells from pancreatic fetal tissue, non-islet pancreatic cells could be coaxed into becoming beta cells.
bullet U.S. Diabetes Population Grows 86 Percent Over Last Decade 03/16/2006 Research reveals diabetes complications are widespread and growing, and patients desire to gain better control.
bullet Adherence to Diet, Not Type of Diet, Most Important for Losing Weight 03/16/2006 According to the results of a new study in JAMA, adherence to diet for one year, not the specific diet plan, is the most important determinant of weight loss and reduction of cardiovascular risk.
bullet A Slower Rate of Decline for Peripheral Arterial Disease For Those Patients Who Walk More 03/16/2006 From the results it was concluded that among patients with PAD, self-directed walking exercise performed at least 3 times weekly is associated with significantly less functional decline during the subsequent year.
bullet Myth or Fact? “People with Diabetes Cannot Drink Alcoholic Beverages.” 03/15/2006 Before you answer this, you need to begin by asking yourself three important questions: 1. Is my diabetes under control? 2. Does my doctor agree that I do not have any health problems which can be made worse by alcohol? 3. Do I understand how alcohol can affect my diabetes?
bullet Potato Lovers May Have Higher Diabetes Risk 03/13/2006 Those who ate the most french fries, specifically, had a 21 percent greater risk of diabetes than those who ate the fewest. New research suggests that holding that side of fries might help thwart type 2 diabetes.
bullet Statin Therapy for Type 2’s Regardless of LDL Levels and CVD 03/13/2006 The incidence of type 2 diabetes mellitus is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade. Patients with type 2 diabetes are at a much greater risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) than are nondiabetic individuals. Consequently, the treatment of CVD risk factors is a healthcare priority in this patient population.
bullet Adding a 2nd Glucose Lowering Drug is More Effective than Maximizing a Single Drug 03/13/2006 Major type 2 diabetes study shows significant improvement in blood sugar control and patients demonstrate high adherence and achieve aggressive treatment targets.
bullet Scientists Get Cells to Produce Insulin 03/09/2006 If a new finding by Burnham Institute and UCSD scientists holds true, millions of diabetics could someday drastically reduce their dependence on drugs and perhaps even have a cure.
bullet When Viagra Doesn't Work, Lipitor May Assist 03/09/2006 Eight men with erectile dysfunction who didn't respond to Viagra initially reported that the drug worked better after six weeks of taking Lipitor daily. Results of the study, suggested that erectile dysfunction may be one sign of a generalized vascular disorder characterized by endothelial dysfunction.
bullet Merck Announces FDA Acceptance Of New Drug Application For JANUVIA™ 03/09/2006 JANUVIA is an investigational once-daily medicine with a novel mechanism of action for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. If approved, JANUVIA would potentially be the first in a new class of oral medications (DPP-4 inhibitors) that enhances the body's own ability to lower blood sugar (glucose) when it is elevated.
bullet Stress Echo Predicts Risk in Diabetics and Nondiabetics 03/07/2006 Researchers report that pharmacological stress echocardiography is equally effective in stratifying cardiac risk in diabetes and nondiabetics.
bullet Cocoa Reduces Risk of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease 03/07/2006 If cocoa retains its flavanols and is proved to have pre-longed health benefits, the ingredient could be used as a method to reduce cardiovascular disease and cancer. Flavanols are antioxidant compounds found in unprocessed cocoa, tea, wine and some fruits.
bullet Medical Groups Issue Guidelines for Improving Inpatient Glycemic Management 03/07/2006 The release of the new recommendations coincides with the publication of study findings in The New England Journal of Medicine showing that intensive glycemic control in the medical ICU can reduce the morbidity and, in some cases, the mortality associated with hyperglycemia.
bullet Tooth Loss May Be Associated With Increased Risk for Heart Disease 03/07/2006 Population-based studies show an association between oral conditions (periodontal disease and/or tooth loss) and cardiovascular disease.
bullet Cardiovascular Risk Unchanged With Blood Glucose Over 100mg/dL 03/07/2006 Men with cardiovascular disease may be at considerably increased risk for death even when their blood sugar level remains in the "normal" range.
bullet Sexual Function Variable in Women With Type 1 Diabetes 03/07/2006 Women with type 1 diabetes have decreased sexual function and increased sexual distress during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle according to researchers. (The luteal phase is the time period beginning with the day after ovulation and running through the remainder of the menstrual cycle (it ends the day before the next period.)
bullet Young Type 2 Diabetics at Higher Stroke Risk 03/07/2006 Their odds of an attack double soon after diagnosis, study finds.
bullet Rimonabant Lowers Weight, Helps Correct Metabolic Syndrome 03/07/2006 Results from new 2-year study shows the agent also improved cardiometabolic risk factors even more than the amount of weight loss would have predicted.
bullet High Drop Out Rate for Rimonabant Diet 03/07/2006 The investigational diet drug Acomplia (rimonabant) has staying power for weight loss and slimmer waists, and can improve lipids, but half of the participants dropped out of the study before the 2-year study was completed. So Acomplia, which has been widely touted a revolutionary diet drug, seems stymied by the same problem faced by all diet medications-that patients are unwilling to stick with the drug for the long haul.
bullet Whole Grains Good for the Diabetic Heart 03/07/2006 Women with type 2 diabetes who incorporate more whole grains, bran, and cereal fiber into their diets may reduce their risk of heart disease, according to a new study. What's more, low-glycemic index foods, that is, readily digested carbohydrates that cause a rapid rise in blood sugar levels, may also help to curb early signs of heart trouble.
bullet Half of U.S. Children Have Diabetes Risk Factors 02/24/2006 The study found that half were overweight or on the verge of becoming overweight -- one of the main risk factors for type 2 diabetes.
bullet Chromium Picolinate Helps Muscles Use Blood Sugar 02/24/2006 A new published study: it is reported that chromium prompts muscles to become more efficient. Researchers found that daily use of chromium picolinate enhanced muscle sensitivity to insulin in obese, insulin-resistant rats.
bullet Red Grapefruit Lowers Heart Disease Risk 02/24/2006 Eating a red grapefruit a day could reduce cholesterol by 15 per cent and triglycerides by 17 per cent and protect against heart disease. Editor's Note: There are certain medications that may interact with grapefruit or grapefruit juice. Please check with your pharmacist or physician.
bullet French Paradox a Myth 02/24/2006 French headed for similar obesity, diabetes and heart problems as U.S.
bullet Laser Technique Prevents Diabetes Amputation 02/24/2006 A laser technique that uses ultraviolet energy to restore blood flow to blocked arteries may help people with advanced diabetes avoid one of the most devastating complications of the disease -- amputation.
bullet Better Glycemic Control Improves Memory in Diabetics 02/24/2006 Reductions in fasting plasma glucose levels in diabetic patients who were in relatively good control," are accompanied by corresponding improvements in cognition.
bullet Intensive Therapy Relieves Diabetes Neuropathy 02/24/2006 Patients who received intensive therapy were 64 percent less likely to have symptoms and signs, respectively, of neuropathy.
bullet Updated U.S. Cholesterol Goals Appear Hard to Reach and Not Being Met 02/24/2006 The researchers estimated that 24.9 million people exceeded 2001 thresholds for drug therapy and 46.2 million exceeded optional 2001 thresholds for drug therapy. For 2004 optional thresholds, the corresponding figure was 56.5 million.
bullet Obesity A Factor In Accelerated Type 1 Diabetes 02/24/2006 "The increasing prevalence of childhood obesity may substantially account for the younger age at onset of type 1 diabetes observed in various populations."
bullet Depression Therapy Beneficial in Elderly Diabetics 02/24/2006 Treating depression in elderly individuals with diabetes is cost-effective, showing a savings of 1100 dollars a patient.
bullet Low-Carbohydrate Diets Appear Effective, But May Raise Cholesterol Levels 02/24/2006 After six and 12 months, individuals on low-carbohydrate diets had increased total cholesterol levels and LDL levels. However, they also had lower triglyceride levels and higher HDL or “good” cholesterol levels.
bullet Height A Factor For Amputation Among Patients With Diabetes 02/16/2006 In the whole study population, every 10-cm increase in height was associated with a 16% increase in risk of amputation. In the subgroup of patients for whom data on fasting plasma glucose levels and dyslipidemia were available, the risk of amputation was even greater (79% relative increase in risk of amputation.) This finding was independent of other factors such as the adequacy of diabetes control.
bullet Diabetic Hearts Use Four Times More Fat for Energy 02/16/2006 The high-fat "diet" that diabetic heart muscle consumes helps make cardiovascular disease the most common killer of diabetic patients. Diabetic heart muscle uses four times more fat for energy than the hearts of non-diabetics.
bullet New Diabetes Drugs In the Pipeline 02/16/2006 Six new pharma treatment strategies in controlling diabetes. The complexity of glucose metabolism and the number of cellular processes affected by diabetes provides ample space for new drug targets and for first-in-class molecules. Some of them have reached or are close to early clinical development in type 2 diabetes.
bullet Pollution Increases Heart Attack Risk for Diabetics and the Overweight 02/16/2006 Obese individuals at risk of diabetes are in danger of cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks, when exposed to pollution from diesel exhaust or power plant emissions, says a University of Alberta researcher who is sounding the alarm in a study offering the first direct proof of that relationship.
bullet Thirty Minutes of Exercise Helps Relieve Major Depressive Symptoms 02/16/2006 Compared with sitting quietly undisturbed for a half-hour, walking up to 70% of age-predicted maximum heart rate for 30 minutes significantly improved patients' vigor and sense of well-being, reported John B. Bartholomew, Ph.D., of the exercise and sport psychology lab at the University of Texas.
bullet Vibrating Insoles Improve Balance in Patients With Stroke and Neuropathy 02/16/2006 For the elderly, falling is the leading cause of death due to injury. Now, a biomedical engineer is studying how vibrations can help seniors keep their balance.
bullet Weight-Loss Medication Improves Cholesterol 02/16/2006 Using the weight-loss medication rimonabant produces modest, yet sustained, weight loss after two years and improves good cholesterol levels and triglyceride levels, according to a new study.
bullet Type 1 Diabetes Linked With Epilepsy 02/16/2006 Young adults with generalized epilepsy of unknown origin have a four-fold excess risk of having type 1 diabetes.
bullet New Technology Detects Brain Changes In Patients With Type 1 Diabetes 02/16/2006 Although people with diabetes are twice as likely as the general population to develop depression, the cause of this increased risk is not well understood. Observations were made using voxel-based morphometry (VBM), a relatively new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology that allows researchers to take very sensitive measurements of small regions in the brain. For the first time, doctors have reason to ask if the increased risk of depression could in fact be due to changes in brain.
bullet Gut Hormone Changes Following Bariatric Surgery Explains Benefits 02/16/2006 After weight-loss surgery, a number of changes in gut hormone levels occur that may help explain the appetite reduction, weight loss, and improved glycemic control seen with these procedures.
bullet Study Confirms REGRANEX® Is Effective Treatment Of Foot Ulcers 02/16/2006 Diabetic neuropathic foot ulcers treated with REGRANEX® were 32 percent more likely to heal within 20 weeks than those not treated with REGRANEX®
bullet Women with Type 1 Have Low Bone Density 02/16/2006 Bone mineral density (BMD) in premenopausal women with type1 diabetes, is 3 percent to 8 percent lower than in women without diabetes, investigators report.
bullet Intensive Monitoring and Treatment Required for Gestational Diabetes 02/16/2006 The researchers concluded that, for pregnant women with type 1 diabetes, optimal glycemic control required a target HbA1c level of 6.0% or lower, and that at least 10 SMBG measurements daily were necessary to accurately reflect daily fluctuations in glucose concentrations.
bullet Depression Therapy Does Not Help Diabetics Cope 02/16/2006 Even though many patients with diabetes are also depressed, which may complicate their efforts at managing their diabetes, better treatment of their depression seems to have no effect on how they deal with their diabetes.
bullet Age Determines Utility of Insulin Pump in Children With Type 1 Diabetes 02/16/2006 Treating children with type 1 diabetes with continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion - rather than multiple daily injections - improves their long-term glycemic control if they are under 12 years of age, new findings suggest. For children over 12, while metabolic control levels remain comparable with either process, continuous infusion decreases the typical weight gain.
bullet Low Serotonin Activity Seen in Diabetic Children 02/16/2006 Low brain serotonergic neurotransmission may account for mood disorders in children with type 1 diabetes.
bullet Statins Cut the Risk of Serious Infection 02/16/2006 According to scientists: Cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, can reduce the risk of severe infection in patients suffering from heart disease or stroke.
bullet 73% of People Don’t Know About Metabolic Syndrome 02/16/2006 A survey was conducted of 1,329 people aged from 30 to 59 from January 13 to 17. The survey showed that only 2.9% answered that they know of metabolic syndrome, 23.3% said that they have heard about it. Meanwhile, 73.8% do not know about the syndrome.
bullet Weight Loss and Exercise Reduces Urinary Incontinence in Prediabetes 02/16/2006 Losing a modest amount of weight, just 10 pounds through dietary changes and increased physical activity reduces the occurrence of urinary incontinence (UI) in women with prediabetes.
bullet Case Management Reduces Risk of Diabetic Retinopathy 02/16/2006 A relatively short period of case management can reduce the risk of retinopathy in people with type 2 diabetes.
bullet Carbohydrates Improve Insulin Control 02/16/2006 In a large review of scientific studies it was concluded that there is no evidence to suggest that carbohydrate-rich diets are a cause of insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes.
bullet Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Dip Stroke Risk 02/16/2006 Consuming a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may significantly reduce the risk of stroke by 26%.
bullet Cut out Snoring for a Happier Marriage 02/16/2006 Obstructive sleep apnea, a medical problem caused when the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapses during sleep, is often the cause of snoring.  "Couples who struggle with sleep apnea have a high divorce rate."
bullet Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks 02/15/2006 The largest study ever to ask whether a low-fat diet reduces the risk of getting cancer or heart disease has found that the diet has no effect.
bullet Free Radicals Implicated in Obesity Heart Risk 02/09/2006 Overweight people may have impaired blood flow that can increase their risk of heart disease. Partly to blame is an abundance of free radicals--naturally occurring compounds that damage cells and lead to disease.
bullet Insulin Glargine A True 24 Hour Insulin, Maybe Not! 02/09/2006 What is the optimal timing of injection of once-daily insulin glargine in people with Type 1 diabetes using insulin lispro at mealtimes?
bullet Rise in Aspirin Use Seen Among US Adults 02/09/2006 Aspirin use among US adults rose about 20% from 1999 to 2003, and the Healthy People 2010 objective of having at least 30% of diabetics use this drug on a regular basis has been met.
bullet Sulfonylureas Linked to Heart Deaths 02/09/2006 "In conclusion, we observed a dose-response relation between sulfonylurea exposure and risk of death," the authors said "This evidence, taken within the context of observations collected over the last 30 years, suggests that clinicians should carefully assess the need for sulfonylurea therapy in subjects at high risk of cardiovascular events-particularly now, when several other classes of anti-diabetic oral medications are available."
bullet A Million Little Health Savings Accounts 02/06/2006 The various insurance offerings by UnitedHealth Group can be found in a bulky catalogue. The preferred provider organization, or PPO, remains UnitedHealth's biggest seller. But the latest add on to insurance plans, known as health savings accounts—or HSAs for short—are quickly gaining ground. These accounts act as a type of stow-away plan, allowing people to save up money, tax-free, should they ever get socked with a big medical expense down the road.
bullet The 'Temptation Factor' -- Candy on the Desk is Candy in the Mouth, Cornell Study of Women Finds 02/06/2006 The study finds that women eat more than twice as many Hershey Kisses when they are in clear containers on their desks than when they are in opaque containers on their desks -- but fewer when they are six feet away.
bullet Top Five Ways to Feel Full and Eat Less 02/06/2006 It's a common complaint: how can you lose weight if you're hungry all the time? The solution may be easier than you think. Many acts of overeating, in fact, may have less to do with appetite than the sheer amount of food we have on our plate.
bullet The Nuts that May Clobber Cholesterol 02/06/2006 If you are looking for a way to keep your heart healthy and still satisfy your snacking mood, pistachios and sunflower seeds may be the powerful cholesterol-fighting tool your body needs.
bullet Avoiding Hangover Hell 02/06/2006 Hangover remedies abound and include such treats as anchovies, tea made from rabbit droppings and, of course, another stiff drink. But do any of them work? Dr. Swift, a professor of psychiatry at Brown University Medical School and associate chief of research at the Providence VA Medical Center in Rhode Island, talks about what exactly causes a hangover, how best to cope—and how to avoid such misery in the first place.
bullet Inhaled Insulin Gets FDA OK 01/29/2006 Exubera became the first inhaled insulin to get FDA approval. It will be on pharmacy shelves by the middle of the year, says the spokeswoman for Exubera maker Pfizer.
bullet Rapid Glycemic Control Seen Detrimental Before Cataract Surgery 01/26/2006 In patients with moderate to severe nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy, rapid correction of blood glucose levels before cataract surgery may increase the risk of postoperative progression of retinopathy and maculopathy and therefore should be avoided.
bullet Coffee Impairs Peak Heart Function During Exercise 01/26/2006 In healthy volunteers, the equivalent of two cups of coffee reduced the body's ability to boost blood flow to the heart muscle in response to exercise.
bullet Obesity in Middle Age Raises Heart Disease and Diabetes Risk 01/26/2006 Obesity in middle age - even without established cardiovascular disease risk factors such as high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels - greatly increases risk of hospitalization for and death from heart disease and diabetes in older age.
bullet Fatty Liver Predicts Heart Disease in Those with Diabetes 01/26/2006 The risk of cardiovascular disease is "moderately increased" in type 2 diabetics with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, according to Italian researchers.
bullet Aspirin Shows Promise Against Diabetic Retinopathy 01/24/2006 One more reason why patients with diabetes should be taking aspirin.
bullet Drinking Small Amounts of Alcohol Regularly Reduces Risk of Obesity 01/24/2006 Results from a new study shows that consuming no more than a drink or two a few times a week reduces the risk of being obese.
bullet Brain Plays Major Role in Insulin's Ability to Lower Blood Sugar 01/24/2006 "Our findings suggest that, in individuals with diabetes, the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar involves the brain. This effect is not trivial; the brain makes a substantial contribution to insulin response."
bullet Diabetics With No Coronary Risk Factors Need A Stress Test 01/24/2006 Contrary to current guidelines, "aggressive" efforts to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) are worthwhile in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes and one or no cardiovascular risk factors, based on results of a study.
bullet Discovery Of Glucagon Secretion Mechanism 01/24/2006 A University of Toronto research team has discovered a mechanism for secretion of the hormone glucagon, which could facilitate the development of new drug therapies for diabetic hyperglycemia.
bullet Researchers Discover Link between Hyperglycemia and Retinopathy 01/24/2006 They identify a molecular link connecting high blood sugar inside cells to the initiation of diabetic retinopathy.
bullet Amylin Designing Trial of Sustained Release Byetta 01/24/2006 After seeing positive results for the once-a-week Byetta and buying a new plant to produce it, Amylin is in talks with regulators preparing to launch a long-term trial.
bullet Exercise Smart for Protection During Cold, Flu Season 01/24/2006 Exercise during the cold and flu season can strengthen the immune system, provided you don't overdo it, says a Purdue University professor who studies exercise and the immune system.
bullet Ohio Legislature Fails to Act on Diabetes Health Care Bill 01/24/2006 There are only 4 states left that do not require state-regulated health plans to provide comprehensive diabetes health coverage, they are OHIO, ALABAMA, IDAHO AND NORTH DAKOTA
bullet Green Tea: Wonder-Drink? 01/23/2006 Studies are adding up and researchers are backing the idea that green tea could protect you from Alzheimer's disease, fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and even help you lose weight. Look for products that have powered green tea leaves or brewed green tea. Also, be aware of green tea extracts or flavorings because they don't provide the same benefits. You can get even more benefits by letting the tea steep a full five minutes before drinking it.
bullet Catching Foot Ulcers Before They Even Start 01/23/2006 A study finds that early changes in the oxygenation of the skin could help foretell the development of ulcerations and enable doctors to treat patients at an earlier stage, before the onset of serious complications.
bullet Vitamin E Helps Combat Heart Attacks for Those with Diabetes 01/23/2006 A new study has indicated that about 40 per cent of diabetic patients can reduce their risk of heart attacks and of dying from heart disease by taking vitamin E supplements.
bullet Diabetes Link to Liver Disease 01/23/2006 A pair of studies reveal that patients with type 2 diabetes have two times the risk of developing liver disease and possibly three times the risk of developing liver cancer as their healthy peers.
bullet Walk Away from Stroke's Side-Effects 01/23/2006 There may be more effective options than the short-term therapy given to most patients after a stroke, a new study shows. Even years later, intensive exercise therapy focused on using a treadmill can significantly improve a stroke patient's physical skills.
bullet Exercise Helps Speed Wound Healing 25% in Older Adults 01/23/2006 The body’s ability to heal even small skin wounds normally slows down as we age. But a new study in older adults finds that regular exercise may speed up the wound-healing process by as much as 25 percent.
bullet Walking Program Slows Decline in Peripheral Artery Disease 01/23/2006 Results of a new study show that just ninety minutes of walking a week, made up of three or more therapeutic walks, may slow the progress of lower extremity peripheral arterial disease.
bullet Egg-breakfast Fills You Up for Longer 01/23/2006 Starting the day with an egg breakfast instead of another food with the same calorie count is more likely to lead to weight loss in overweight people, suggests new research.
bullet High Cholesterol in Diabetes May Harm Vision 01/23/2006 Individuals with the highest levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the "bad" cholesterol, had twice the risk of developing a visual problem called macular edema, or fluid in the macula of the eye, compared with those with the lowest LDL levels. Subjects with the highest ratio of total cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein (HDL), the "good" cholesterol had a fourfold increased risk of this eye disorder.
bullet New Diabetes Form Found by Norwegian Researchers 01/23/2006 In addition to high blood sugar levels, the disease is characterized by a decrease in pancreatic functioning and reduced fat absorption in the intestine.
bullet Effectiveness of Pharmacist-Administered Diabetes Education and Management Services 01/23/2006 Diabetes management services from clinical pharmacists achieved significant improvements in A1C values and reduced costs of $59,040.
bullet Clamping Down on Type 1 Diabetes 01/23/2006 In a government-sponsored study that spanned 17 years, researchers found that tight blood sugar control could cut the risk of heart problems almost by half in people with type 1 diabetes.
bullet Kidney Failure A Health Risk of Obesity 01/23/2006 Compared with normal weight individuals, those who were overweight were nearly twice as likely to develop kidney failure, and the extremely obese were seven times more likely.
bullet Providers Unaware That Insulin Syringes Are Covered Under New Medicare Prescription Program 01/23/2006 A survey of more than 100 help desk operators at Part D providers found that many offered confusing information and were unaware that the new benefit covers syringes. In addition, the website does not provide information about newly covered supplies such as insulin syringes and pen needles.
bullet Encapsulated Pancreatic Islet Transplantation Feasible 01/23/2006 Microencapsulated pancreatic islet transplantation into two patients with type 1 diabetes is showing promising results. "Since the transplanted islets are physically immunoprotected into microcapsules, the recipients will not require pharmacologic immunosuppression -- whose long-term deleterious effects are only partially known."
bullet 'Fidgety' Babies of Diabetic Moms Don't Get Large 01/23/2006 While babies of diabetic women are prone to become overly big, a condition called macrosomia, it has been unclear why a substantial proportion do not develop this problem. The "fidgety fetus hypothesis" has been proposed as an explanation, suggesting that increased fetal activity can counteract the macrosomia-promoting effects of the mother's high glucose levels.
bullet Some Foods And Beverages Could Hold Clues For Future Diabetes Treatment (December 14, 2005) Tea fights cataracts, boosts insulin activity. Cinnamon lowers blood sugar levels. Buckwheat decreases blood glucose. Cherries may help lower blood sugar.
bullet Walnuts Improve Lipid Profile in Type 2 Diabetes (December 14, 2005) "Walnuts are distinguished from other nuts by virtue of their higher polyunsaturated fat content (and importantly their a-linolenic acid [ALA] content) combined with antioxidants in the form of tocopherol."
bullet Researchers Show Traditional Chinese Exercises Can Help Combat Diabetes (December 14, 2005) The team from The University of Queensland found that by performing the Chinese exercises Qigong and Tai Chi, participants significantly improved several indicators of metabolic syndrome including HbA1c, blood pressure, bodyweight and waist circumference.
bullet Peripheral Arterial Disease Guidelines Push Early Diagnosis (December 14, 2005) In an effort to increase PAD awareness among clinicians and patients, a coalition of medical and surgical vascular specialists, led by the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology, unveiled a document on PAD from A to Z. The guideline addresses prevention, diagnosis and management of lower extremity PAD, renal arterial disease, mesenteric arterial disease, as well as aneurysm of the abdominal aorta, its branch vessels and the lower extremities.
bullet American Heart Association Announces Updated Emergency Care CPR Guidelines (December 08, 2005) New emergency care guidelines include dramatic changes to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and emphasis on chest compressions. Topics include CPR, the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and recommendations for advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS).
bullet Skimmed Milk Cuts Hypertension Risk (December 08, 2005) Drinking skimmed milk can cut the risk of high blood pressure by half, according to a large new study from Spain. “A diet rich in low-fat dairy products resulted in a greater decrease in blood pressure than did a low-fat comparison diet, which supports the beneficial effect of low-fat dairy consumption for the prevention of hypertension.”
bullet Internet Boards Benefit Diabetics (December 08, 2005) Nearly 75 percent of respondents said the boards helped them cope with diabetes, while 71 percent said participation helped them feel more hopeful.
bullet New Plant Source for Insulin Developed (December 08, 2005) SemBioSys Genetics Inc., a biotechnology company reported preclinical results of plant-produced insulin and will publish the results in the January 2006 edition of the Plant Biotechnology Journal in an article titled, "Transgenic expression and recovery of biologically active recombinant human insulin from Arabidopsis thaliana seeds". The study demonstrates bio-equivalence of purified insulin from Arabidopsis seeds when compared with commercial insulin products in an animal model. If it comes to market, it will reduce the cost of insulin by 40%.
bullet Study Suggests Alzheimer's is Another Form of Diabetes, Type 3 (December 08, 2005) Could Alzheimer's be a form of diabetes? That's the suggestion from a new study that finds insulin production in the brain declines as Alzheimer's disease advances.
bullet Cold Potatoes Have A Lower Glycemic Index (December 08, 2005) Cold storage of potatoes and the addition of vinegar reduced acute glycemia and insulinemia in healthy subjects after a potato meal.
bullet Pollutants Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk (December 08, 2005) People exposed to high levels of pollutants found in oily fish such as salmon are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
bullet Evidence Supports First Non-Injectable Insulin as Alternative Treatment for Diabetes (December 08, 2005) The article concludes that “current evidence suggests that Exubera is an alternative to short-acting subcutaneous insulin therapy providing a further choice for the treatment of patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes,” and that “a major benefit of Exubera…appears to be the improvement in patient treatment satisfaction which is related to its ease of use, leading to better adherence to treatment.” Caution: the first week that Exubera is released, you will need to stay off the roads!
bullet Diabetes Reduces Cognitive Ability in Middle Age (December 08, 2005) Other studies have demonstrated poorer cognitive function in order adults with type 2 diabetes, but a new study extends this also to middle-aged adults also.
bullet Diabetes Linked to Decreased Mobility (December 08, 2005) Patients with diabetes and lower extremity disease have an increased risk of mobility limitation in adults 40 years of age and older.
bullet Type 1 Diabetes May Be Related to Meat Preservative (December 08, 2005) A chemical used to preserve meat has been implicated in New Zealand's type 1 diabetes epidemic. Auckland University research points the finger at nitrates and nitrites as a potential cause of some child-onset diabetes.
bullet High-Carbohydrate Diet Increases Blood Pressure in Diabetics (December 08, 2005) In patients with type 2 diabetes, 14 weeks of a high-carbohydrate diet modestly raises blood pressure compared to a diet high in cis-monounsaturated fat.
bullet Low Rate of Annual Dental Visits in Diabetic Adults (December 08, 2005) In 2004, the median estimated age-adjusted percentage of dentate adult diabetics who visited a dentist in the preceding year was 67%. Sociodemographic analysis further revealed that risk factors for lack of dental care included tobacco use, black race, low education and income, lack of health insurance, and lack of training in diabetes management.
bullet 50% With Diabetes Not Using Aspirin to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke (December 02, 2005) The survey findings suggest that insufficient numbers of Americans with diabetes are aware of the cardio-protective benefits of aspirin.
bullet Safety of Muraglitazar In Question, After New Information is Released (December 02, 2005) Risk of death, congestive heart failure or major adverse cardiovascular events was higher in patients who took muraglitazar. This information comes after the FDA advisory committee voted to recommend approval.
bullet How Hypertension Can Lead To Kidney Failure (December 02, 2005) High blood pressure means that the force of blood against the walls of your blood vessels is too high. High blood pressure can injure the blood vessels in your kidneys so that they aren’t able to properly filter your blood and remove waste and extra fluids from your body.
bullet Exercise Test Predicts Death in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease (December 02, 2005) VO2max is the maximum amount of oxygen a person can take in during exercise. Exercise capacity, as measured in terms of VO2max, is a powerful predictor of death in patients with coronary artery disease, not just patients with heart failure.
bullet Longer Duration of Breastfeeding Lowers Risk for Developing Diabetes (December 02, 2005) New studies shows a 15% reduction for the risk of diabetes for every year of lactation.
bullet Health Food Claims: What's Real, What's Not? (December 02, 2005) There are so many health claims being made on food nowadays. In fact soon enough Whoppers and Big Macs will probably be called heart healthy. But what do those designations really mean? Our research partners at NPR have shared their report with us. Health Food Claims: What's Real, What's Not? unveils how the food industry has manipulated health claims.
bullet Unfit and Lean Have Fewer Cardiac Risk Factors Than Fit and Fat (December 02, 2005) Losing weight may be more important than exercise when it comes to being heart healthy in young adulthood.
bullet NAVIGATOR Screening Turns up 9,000 People with Undiagnosed Diabetes (December 02, 2005)  In her oral presentation, Dr. Bethel said that while conducting the oral glucose tolerance tests that were part of the screening, the researchers found that 9,092 individuals (20.9%) were already diabetic, but were unaware of their status. Another 11,853 individuals (27.2%) screened were found to have impaired glucose tolerance, a major step on the road to diabetes.
bullet New Test to Fend Off Type 1 Diabetes (December 02, 2005) Scientists at the Pacific Northwest Research Institute (PNRI) will be part of a national effort to see if they can stop type 1 diabetes — or at least delay its progression — by derailing the immune cells that attack the body's insulin producers.
bullet Intervention Directed at Primary Care Providers Improves Outcomes (December 02, 2005) Interventions directed at primary care providers and supported by endocrinologists improved the management of diabetes among primary care physicians and lowered HbA1c, blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels among diabetic patients. The interventions were aimed at fighting a problem known as ‘clinical inertia.’
bullet Risk of Urinary Incontinence Higher in Diabetics (December 02, 2005) Women with type 2 diabetes face an increased risk of urinary urge incontinence, but 17 percent of incontinence of any quantity and nearly 15 percent of severe incontinence can be avoided with the prevention of diabetes.
bullet One in Five Americans Are At Serious Risk for Diabetes (December 02, 2005) Key health organizations are warning that at least one in five Americans has or is at serious risk for developing diabetes, meaning millions are at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. It’s back to the ABC’s of diabetes.
bullet Daily Weighing Helps People Lose Weight, Prevents Gain (December 02, 2005) The research team evaluated self-weighing practices of more than 3,000 people participating in either a weight-loss or a weight-gain prevention program. The study's key finding: “Higher weighing frequency was associated with greater 24-month weight loss or less weight gain.”
bullet Cost of Diabetes Trickles Down to Reduced Local Spending (December 02, 2005) Diabetes, long known to be a costly disease because of high medical expenses and lost wages, can also take a big bite out of the local economy. The study found that, for every $1 of lost income due to diabetes, another 36 cents is lost in reduced local spending.
bullet The Secret to Low-Carb Diet Success: Eat Less (December 02, 2005) You can lead a man to steak, but you can't make him eat. This is the secret of success for low carbohydrate diets, according to researchers.
bullet Oral-lyn Insulin: First Non-Injectable Insulin Gets Released this Month (November 28, 2005) Generex has escalated manufacturing capabilities to meet expected demand for the first ever commercially available non-injectable insulin product, to be launched in Ecuador at the end of November 2005.
bullet Kidney Disease May Be A More Important Risk Factor For Heart Disease Then Cholesterol (November 28, 2005) Lack of protein found in obese people can be risk factor for kidney and heart disease.
bullet Actos® Reduced Heart Attacks In People with Type 2 Diabetes (November 28, 2005) ACTOS®, an oral antidiabetic medication, significantly reduced the combined risk of heart attacks, strokes and death by 16 percent in high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes.
bullet Fish Oil Supplements Improve Lipid Risk Factors in Obese Children (November 28, 2005) There were dramatic changes in the lipid profile of high-risk children who took fish oil supplements in addition to diet and exercise.
bullet How Protein-Rich Diets Curb Hunger (November 28, 2005) Researchers have uncovered new evidence to explain the observation that diets rich in protein stunt the appetite, according to a report in the November Cell Metabolism. The findings suggest a novel link connecting macronutrients in the diet to hunger.
bullet New Test Predicts Heart Problems in Women (November 28, 2005) New research may give doctors a way to predict life-threatening heart problems in women. The team studied middle-aged diabetic women who underwent dobutamine stress echocardiography tests and concluded the test could help doctors predict fatal heart problems.
bullet Artificial Sweetener Causes Cancer in Rats at Levels Approved for Humans (November 28, 2005) The authors wrote that the study has shown that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogenic compound whose carcinogenic effects are also evident at a daily dose of 20 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg), notably less than the current acceptable daily intake for humans. Currently, the acceptable daily intake for humans is set at 50 mg/kg in the United States and 40 mg/kg in Europe.
bullet Homocysteine Levels Predicts Future Diabetes After Gestational Diabetes (November 28, 2005) High homocysteine in the early postpartum period is an independent risk factor for the development of diabetes in women with a history of pregnancy-induced diabetes (a.k.a. gestational diabetes). More than 15 percent of these individuals will have to undergo amputation.
bullet High Colon Cancer Risk With Diabetes Confirmed (November 28, 2005) Men and women with diabetes are at increased risk by 30% for developing cancer of the colon and rectum, according to a report from Sweden.
bullet Diabetes Linked with Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death (November 28, 2005) Diabetes is a "strong" risk factor for sudden cardiac death, with the risk increasing with the severity of the disease.
bullet Diets Rich in Protein, Good Fat, Lower in Carbs Linked to Better Heart Health (November 28, 2005) A diet that replaces some carbohydrates with either protein or monounsaturated fat can substantially reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, resulting in a substantial reduction in overall risk of heart disease.
bullet Prescribed Walking Can Improve Physical Fitness (November 28, 2005) Exercise counseling with a prescription for walking at either hard intensity or high frequency produces improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness.
bullet Chromium May Cut Carb Craving in Depression (November 26, 2005) The most common form of depression, ironically, is called atypical depression. Instead of losing their appetite, people with atypical depression often overeat. Many of these people report an almost irresistible craving for carbs. "In that group with high carb craving -- a third of the patients -- we had a very significant benefit from chromium picolinate."
bullet Restless Legs Syndrome Common in Diabetics (November 21, 2005) Restless legs syndrome can be a major cause of sleep disruption in this population. "An association between RLS and peripheral neuropathy was confirmed by logistic regression analysis."
bullet Diabetic Foot Ulcers, Amputations Are Preventable (November 21, 2005) For a condition that is largely preventable, the costs of treating diabetic foot disease is over 10 Billion dollars a year. To prevent amputations, all that is required is a 10-gm monofilament that cost less then fifty cents!
bullet Precursors to Foot Disease in Diabetes Patients Identified (November 21, 2005) Foot ulcerations are one of the most serious complications of diabetes, resulting in more than 80,000 lower-leg amputations each year in the U.S. alone. "Nearly one in 40 diabetes patients will develop foot ulcers every year and more than 15 percent of these individuals will have to undergo amputation."
bullet Continuous, Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring Device, Shows Positive Results in Clinical Trials (November 21, 2005) The device is worn on the arm and transmits the information to a palm device, watch device or phone.
bullet Break-Through in Low-calorie Sweetener for Diabetics (November 21, 2005) A low-calorie sweetener that tastes like sugar and could help control diseases like diabetes and obesity may be closer to reality thanks to new research.
bullet Brain-Specific Leptin Signaling Reverses Obesity and Diabetes (November 21, 2005) Expression of neuron-specific leptin receptor (LEPR) transgenes can reverse the obesity, diabetes, and infertility seen in db/db mice, which carry a defective leptin receptor, new research indicates.
bullet Statins of Little Benefit In Those With High HDL (November 21, 2005) According to the study, statin therapy is probably indicated if the HDL level falls below 45 mg/dL or if the ratio between "bad" (LDL) cholesterol and HDL is greater than 3.3.
bullet Nine Risk Indicators for Periodontal Disease (November 21, 2005) Researchers found that tooth loss due to periodontal disease is associated with the risk indicators of age, male gender, smoking, lack of professional maintenance, inadequate oral hygiene, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis and anterior tooth type.
bullet Weight Loss Surgery Helps Prevent Diabetes (November 21, 2005) The long-lasting weight reduction achieved with laparoscopic gastric banding, a minimally invasive type of weight loss surgery, can help in the prevention and remission of type 2 diabetes and stave off High blood pressure, in obese patients.
bullet Diabetes in 2025 Report – Diabetes will Triple (November 21, 2005) Diabetes is one of only two major causes of death in the U.S. that continues to increase while other major causes of death are declining. Those With Diabetes Will Triple and Will Claim 622,000 Lives Annually by 2025.
bullet Childhood Tummy Fat Predicts Diabetes And Heart Trouble for Girls (November 21, 2005) The scientists concluded in an article appearing in the scientific journal Pediatrics that having a larger waistline at the beginning of adolescence meant a 16 percent increase in the likelihood that by the time she was 18 or 19 a girl would be at risk of having diabetes or heart trouble. An even more striking result was that girls who had larger-than-average waistlines as adolescents but trimmed down by the time they were young women were not at increased risk of the two chronic diseases.
bullet Insomnia Increases Diabetes Risk for Men (November 21, 2005) Sleep disturbances appear to increase the risk of developing diabetes in men but not in women, according to a Swedish study.
bullet Most Patients Treated for High Cholesterol Don't Know Their Goal (November 21, 2005) Sixty-nine percent of U.S. adults who are being treated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications do not know their target cholesterol goal according to the results of a new consumer survey.
bullet New Insights Into Diabetes Treatment and Care (November 21, 2005) More than 80 percent of physicians say that they bring up changing their patients’ diabetes management plan most of the time; however a little more than a third of patients (37 percent) say they have never discussed changing their diabetes plan with their physician or healthcare provider.
bullet Continuous Glucose Monitoring Improves Glucose Control (November 11, 2005) Continuous glucose monitoring may dramatically improve day-to-day management of patients with diabetes. The Guardian RT, the glucose monitoring device tested in the study, includes a small sensor that can be self-inserted under the skin, and a discrete monitor that records and displays glucose levels every five minutes.
bullet Proportion of Cancer Due to Obesity High: Study (November 11, 2005) In the United States, roughly 10% of all cancers -- more than 100,000 cases a year -- could be avoided if overweight and obesity did not exist. "We can clearly conclude that adult overweight and obesity cause cancer."
bullet Why Our Tongues Our Are Worst Enemy in Controlling Diabetes (November 11, 2005) New research has shown that the tongue may indeed have a taste for cheesecake, french fries and butter cookies. The tongue has built-in taste for fatty food. French scientists identified a receptor on the tongue that appears to detect dietary fat. This counters the traditional view that the taste buds pick up only five basic flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and "umami," — a flavor associated with the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG).
bullet Diabetes Raises Colon Cancer Risk (November 11, 2005) Diabetics are 1.4 times more likely to have been told they have colon cancer.
bullet Two "Diabetes Genes" Predict the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes (November 11, 2005) Scandinavian researchers have confirmed that at least two "diabetes genes" predict the risk of Type 2 diabetes (T2D) when combined with lifestyle factors, in the largest study of its kind to date.
bullet Obesity and Diabetes Independently Linked to Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (November 11, 2005) Pre-pregnancy weight above 149 pounds was tied to increased risks of preeclampsia in all ethnic groups. In the combined analysis, increased body weight raised the risk of primary cesarean delivery, but was tied to reduced risk of low birthweight.
bullet Mortality Rate From Diabetes Increasing Worldwide (November 11, 2005) According to the World Health Organization, there were at least 170 million people with diabetes around the world in the year 2000. Seven and a half million people with diabetes died that year but deaths directly caused by diabetes were estimated to be 2.9 million, or 5.2% of total deaths.
bullet Heart Attack Risk Factors Tied to Kidney Disease (November 11, 2005) Among people with poor blood sugar control who've not yet developed diabetes, heart attack and stroke risk factors account for much of their increased risk of developing kidney disease.
bullet 21 Million Americans (7%) Have Diabetes, CDC Finds (November 04, 2005) Nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes, most of them the type-2 variety associated with being overweight, too little exercise and poor diet, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
bullet Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)? (November 04, 2005) PCOS is a health problem that can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, insulin production, heart, blood vessels, and appearance. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 5 to 10% of childbearing age woman have PCOS and many of them have diabetes.
bullet Depression May Up Type 2 Diabetes Death Risk (November 04, 2005) A new study of people with type 2 diabetes shows a higher death rate among depressed patients over a three-year period. The higher death rates were seen in patients with minor depression and those with major depression.
bullet Fasting Glucose Levels Not The Best Indicator of Diabetes Risk (November 04, 2005) People and physicians should not look only on the current definition of normal and abnormal blood glucose levels when assessing an individual’s risk to develop diabetes. A careful interpretation of the body mass index, the triglyceride level and the patient`s family history of diabetes is needed in order to better identify those at high risk.
bullet Xenical May Go Over the Counter (November 04, 2005) In data presented last week at a national obesity meeting, researchers reported that 36% of overweight people taking a low-dose version of Xenical lost more than 5% of their initial body weight, compared with 28% of people taking a placebo. The researchers also found that users did not abuse the drug by, for instance, exceeding the maximum dose.
bullet Skin Cholesterol Levels A New Marker of Metabolic Syndrome (November 04, 2005) A study reveals that patients with high levels of skin sterol (STC) in combination with high levels of C-reactive protein (hsCRP) are at almost twice the risk of having metabolic syndrome.
bullet GlaxoSmithKline, American Pharmacists Association Foundation To Launch Program To Reduce Employer Costs for Diabetes for Ten Cities (November 04, 2005) Under the Ten City Challenge project -- based on an eight-year initiative in Asheville, N.C. -- participating employers must agree to waive workers' copayments on medicines to treat diabetes to encourage the drugs' use.
bullet Any Level of Exercise Can Help (November 04, 2005) Baffled or annoyed by the federal government's 30-minutes-per-day-of-moderate-exercise-five-days-per-week dictum? A new study suggests that clearing a lower bar offers significant health benefits. Just an additional 3200 steps a day, not 10,000 shows fitness gains.
bullet FDA Broadens Liver Warning for Cymbalta (October 31, 2005) "Postmarketing reports of liver injury (including hepatitis and cholestatic jaundice) suggest that patients with pre-existing liver disease who take [Cymbalta] may have an increased risk for further liver damage," says the FDA.
bullet Music Makes You Exercise 20% Harder and Burn More Sugar! (October 31, 2005) LISTENING to a fist-pumping rock song may appear no more than a welcome distraction from aching muscles on a jog round the park or a trip to the gym. But it could also significantly enhance performance by 20%.
bullet Cholesterol Levels Can't Be Too Low (October 31, 2005) "We looked at patients who got to ultra-low cholesterol levels, and wanted to make sure that was safe," says study co-author Dr. Christopher P. Cannon, a cardiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. "We found that it was not only safe, but it was better to have your cholesterol down in the range of 40 or 50 mg/dl than 70 or 80 mg/dl."
bullet Cleansing the Bowel for Colonoscopy May Harm the Kidneys (October 31, 2005) In some patients bowel cleansing with an oral sodium phosphate solution (OSPS) may precipitate renal failure, investigators reported.
bullet Beta-Blockers Are Poor Choice for Hypertension (October 31, 2005) Investigators report that beta-blockers are no better at preventing heart attacks in patients with hypertension than other agents, and are less effective at preventing strokes.
bullet Higher Doses of Acetaminophen and Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatories, Increases Risk of Hypertension in Women (October 31, 2005) Higher daily doses of acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs independently increase the risk of hypertension in women. Because acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly used, they may contribute to the high prevalence of hypertension in the United States."
bullet Vitamins and Minerals Can Help in Diabetic Nephropathy (October 31, 2005) Vitamins C and E and mineral supplementation appear to improve glomerular renal function in patients with type 2 diabetes.
bullet Providing Pedometers Can Increases Physical Activity by 6000 Steps A Day (October 31, 2005) That’s 3 extra miles a day. "Pedometers are quite popular now, and with good reason."  "Our study shows they can provide an incentive for people to increase their activity levels..."
bullet Diabetic Men Have Low Testosterone Levels (October 31, 2005) According to the results of the study, men with type 2 diabetes should have testosterone levels measured more frequently.
bullet Pargluva (Muraglitazar) May Increase Risk of Heart Attack and Cancer (October 26, 2005) Pargluva® made by Merck and Co. Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb, may be delayed in coming to market by 2 years if additional safety studies are required by the FDA.
bullet Halloween Candy Carbohydrate Count Information (October 24, 2005) Serving Size: "fun size" bar, bag, box or pouch, Pop or Roll
bullet Breakthrough Technology for Non-invasive, Pain-Free Glucose Testing (October 21, 2005) The novel procedure uses a laser to measure spectroscopic signals in blood while the blood is still in the capillaries. Abnormal levels of blood components, such as glucose, can be detected without pricking a person’s finger.
bullet Exercise Amount More Important than Intensity (October 21, 2005) A study, showed that adults who participate in mild exercise, such as walking briskly for 12 miles or exercising for 125 to 200 minutes a week (less then 30 minutes a day) at moderate intensity can significantly improve their aerobic fitness and reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease.
bullet Big Babies at Risk of Obesity Later in Life (October 21, 2005) Results of a systematic literature review show that large infants or those who grow rapidly during infancy are at increased risk of obesity during childhood and adulthood.
bullet Erectile Dysfunction First Sign of Coronary Artery Disease (October 21, 2005) "We think that erectile dysfunction represents the 'tip of the iceberg' of a systemic vascular disorder; thus potentially preceding severe cardiovascular events and should be part of any cardiovascular risk assessment.”
bullet Metformin Helps Diabetics with Heart Failure (October 21, 2005) Metformin improves survival and clinical outcomes in diabetic patients with heart failure, even though FDA labeling recommends against using the drug in these patients.
bullet PDAs On Track to Change Healthcare in Future (October 21, 2005) Personal digital assistants (PDAs) could change the way healthcare is delivered in the future by providing doctors with easy access to patient data and the latest information on treatment.
bullet Exubera Inhaled Insulin Receives Positive Opinion from European Advisory Board for Treatment of Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes (October 21, 2005) The U.S. FDA advisory board and now the European advisory board are recommending the approval of inhaled insulin, it’s only a matter of time before the FDA gives it’s final approval.
bullet Tingling Could be Early Sign of Diabetes (October 13, 2005) "The findings of this study suggest that patients with newly diagnosed neuropathy should be screened for diabetes, and in addition, the study emphasizes the importance of early glucose control to prevent diabetic neuropathy."
bullet Women Who Live Alone Face Higher Diabetes Risk (October 13, 2005) Researchers found that those who lived alone were roughly three times more likely than women who lived with family to develop type 2 diabetes. The reasons, the study authors found, seemed largely lifestyle-related.
bullet Getting a Dog Provides A 14 Pound Weight Loss for Their Owners (October 13, 2005) A new study has found that having a pet can encourage owners to get more exercise and results in more weight loss than most nationally known diet plans.
bullet Glucose Metabolism in the Brain Accurately Predicts Alzheimer’s (October 13, 2005) Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging of glucose metabolism in the brain can accurately predict which patients with mild cognitive impairment will progress to full-blown Alzheimer's dementia. PET proved more accurate than screening for genetic predisposition to Alzheimer's.
bullet Study Sheds Light On How Oxygen Effects Birth Defects In Diabetic Pregnancy (October 13, 2005) The babies of women with diabetes are two to five times more likely to develop birth defects than offspring of women without diabetes. Study suggests that high blood glucose levels early in pregnancy deprive the embryo of oxygen, interfering with its development.
bullet Drug Reduces Risk of Death, Heart Attack, and Stroke in Patients with Diabetes (October 13, 2005) Study indicates that giving 1,000 patients pioglitazone (Actos) would avoid 21 first heart attacks, strokes or deaths over 3 years.
bullet Elderly with Diabetes Run Risk of Falling According to A New Study (October 13, 2005) New research shows that diabetes can substantially raise the risk of falls among elderly adults living in nursing homes by as much as four times.
bullet FDA Approves Pfizer's Lipitor® to Reduce Risk of Strokes and Heart Attacks in Patients With Diabetes (October 7, 2005) Patients on Lipitor experienced 50% fewer strokes than those on placebo.
bullet New Test Predicts Damage from Diabetes (October 7, 2005) New test has the potential to be as significant to health care as measuring cholesterol levels. The test is based on determining the level of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) in the body, which form when sugar damages proteins.
bullet Chromium Picolinate Linked With Reduced Carbohydrate Cravings (October 7, 2005) Patients who reported the highest levels of carbohydrate cravings demonstrated significantly greater reductions than the placebo group.
bullet Metformin Should be the First Drug of Choice for Type 2 Diabetes (October 7, 2005) Using metformin alone can improve control of blood glucose, while also reducing risk factors for heart disease such as excess body weight, cholesterol levels and hypertension.
bullet Rimonabant Effective For Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes (October 7, 2005) About 50% of those with Pre Diabetes prevented from becoming diabetic. Since two key drivers behind the development of type 2 diabetes are abdominal obesity and insulin resistance, and rimonabant improves both of these, this investigational drug could have an important role in therapy for the prevention of both type 2 diabetes and indeed cardiovascular disease.
bullet Nerve Changes from Diabetes Begin Earlier Than Previously Known (October 7, 2005) Mayo Clinic researchers have found that subtle change in nerve conduction is the first reliable sign of nerve complications from diabetes and that this change can be measured long before other symptoms or signs of nerve damage develop.
bullet New Drug Treatment Prevents Loss of Transplanted Islet Cells (October 7, 2005) Transplanted insulin-producing cells survive better when the activation of a specific type of immune cell is blocked.
bullet Recovery Time from Bell’s Palsy Longer for Those with Diabetes (October 7, 2005) In diabetic patients, recovery from Bell’s palsy was delayed and the facial movement score remained low in comparison with nondiabetic patients.
bullet Daytime Sleepiness Linked with Depression and Diabetes (October 7, 2005) Drowsiness is more common in people younger than 30 and in those older than 75. Researchers are recommending that adults who are drowsy during the day should get a thorough checkup for depression and diabetes.
bullet New Link Between Smoking and Diabetes (October 7, 2005) A five-year study has found that cigarette smokers were almost twice as likely as nonsmokers to develop the most common form of diabetes.
bullet Pedometers Increase Activity for Patients Seen at a Family Medicine Clinic (October 7, 2005) The purpose of this pilot study was to examine whether the addition of a pedometer to brief physician counseling could help patients increase their ambulatory activity. Average individual improvement was 41% over the study period.
bullet New Blood Pressure Drugs Are Superior in Reducing Risk of Stroke and Diabetes (October 3, 2005) In the LIFE substudy it was found that losartan compared with atenolol reduces the risk of stroke, new-onset diabetes, and new-onset atrial fibrillation in the low and high risk population more effectively.
bullet Diabetes Deaths Worldwide on the Rise (October 3, 2005) Diabetes goes from 7th leading cause of death to 5th leading cause of death.
bullet First Link Found Between Obesity, Inflammation And Vascular Disease (October 3, 2005) Human fat cells produce a protein that is linked to both inflammation and an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. Researchers found that aspirin and statin drugs, reduce production of CRP from fat cells
bullet Withdrawing Aspirin Significantly Increases Stroke Risk (October 3, 2005) Aspirin cessation in adults at high risk of cerebrovascular disease increases the risk of stroke and TIA.
bullet Lowering Blood Sugars Reduces Risk Heart Disease (October 3, 2005) Each 1-percentage-point increase in HbA1c level was associated with a 14 percent increase in heart disease risk.
bullet Study Clarifies Insulin's Role In Type II Diabetes (October 3, 2005) Chronically high levels of insulin, as is found in people with Type II diabetes, may block a specific hormone that is a trigger for releasing energy into the body.
bullet Human Beta-Cell Line Offers Hope for Type 1 Diabetes Breakthrough (October 3, 2005) Scientists at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, succeed in creating reversibly immortalized human beta cells, with eye toward establishing universal cells for treatment of type 1 diabetes. Possible unlimited supply of beta cells for transplantation.
bullet New Target Found for Treating Diabetes and Obesity (October 3, 2005) The new target, a molecule called hVps34, is activated by amino acids (nutrients) entering the cell. This molecule triggers the activation of an enzyme, S6 Kinase 1 (S6K1), whose function is linked to obesity and insulin resistance.
bullet Diabetes Linked to Bowel Cancer (October 3, 2005) New study suggests that people with diabetes could be up to three times more likely to get bowel cancer.
bullet Best to Turn off Insulin Pump During Exercise in Young Diabetics (October 3, 2005) Exercising with an insulin pump on among children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes has no benefit, and may increase the risk of late hypoglycemia.
bullet Switching Statins Effective When One Is Ineffective or Not Tolerated (October 3, 2005) For patients who do not respond adequately to simvastatin or who have adverse reactions to this statin, switching to atorvastatin is safe and effective.
bullet High Blood Sugar Levels Predict Heart Disease Risk (September 29, 2005) Each 1-percentage-point increase in HbA1c level was associated with a 14% increase in heart disease risk.
bullet Vinegar Significantly Lowers Blood Glucose, Insulin Response, and Increases Satiety (September 29, 2005) Supplementation of a meal based on white wheat bread with vinegar reduced postprandial responses of blood glucose and insulin, and increased the subjective rating of satiety.
bullet Vitamin B May Do More Harm Then Good For Heart Disease and Homocysteine (September 29, 2005) High-dose vitamin B may do more harm than good for heart disease, and homocysteine, billed as a heart disease risk factor, isn't one after all, researchers reported.
bullet Continuously Functioning Artificial Kidney on the Way (September 29, 2005) Using nanotechnology, researchers have created a human nephron filter, the first step toward development of fully functioning artificial kidney for patients with end-stage renal disease, possibly eliminating the need for dialysis or kidney transplantation.
bullet Biofeedback Helps Control Diabetes (September 29, 2005) Biofeedback-assisted relaxation seems to have a positive effect in patients with type 2 diabetes, leading to significant decreases in blood sugar levels.
bullet Actos Benefits Heart Attack Survivors with Type 2 Diabetes September 29, 2005) For patients with type 2 diabetes and a history of heart disease, the oral thiazolidinedione Actos (pioglitazone) was associated in a major trial with a 16% reduction in risk of death or recurrent heart attack.
bullet New Global Guideline for Type 2 Diabetes Calls for More Aggressive Treatment (September 29, 2005) The first Global Guidelines for Type 2 Diabetes were issued by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), and they call for a more aggressive treatment target than the American Diabetes Association guidelines' goal. The IDF Guidelines recommend maintaining glycosylated blood glucose levels (HbA1c) below 6.5%.
bullet New Guidelines for Diagnosis and Management of Metabolic Syndrome (September 29, 2005) The American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) have issued guidelines for the diagnosis and management of the metabolic syndrome. The panel found that the metabolic syndrome is a complex disorder, with no single factor as the cause. However, the most important risk factors were abdominal obesity and insulin resistance.
bullet FDA Advisers Recommend Exubera the Inhaled Insulin (September 19, 2005) A government advisory panel backed approval of an insulin inhaler, for the first time potentially offering adult diabetics an alternative to injections for controlling their blood sugar.
bullet Soy Protein Reduces Effects of Diabetes on Liver (September 19, 2005) A diet rich in soy protein may alleviate fatty liver, a disease which often accompanies diabetes.
bullet ASCOT Study Shows that Diabetes, Strokes and Heart Attacks Can be Prevented (September 19, 2005) Results of the study showed that most strokes and heart attacks can be abolished or reduced by 50% by simply combining modern blood pressure lowering drugs as amlodipine and perindopril, plus effective lowering of cholesterol, which also reduced new cases of diabetes by 30%.
bullet Inhaled Insulin a 'Test Case' for FDA (September 19, 2005) A regulatory review and approval of a potential blockbuster drug for diabetes is being viewed on Wall Street as a ''test case'' that may reveal whether the Food and Drug Administration has become more cautious about safety.
bullet Drug Protects Kidneys of People with Diabetes (September 19, 2005) Researchers report that the addition of a drug, spironolactone, to standard blood pressure-lowering therapy helps reduce both blood pressure and the amount of albumin protein in urine by 33%, a measure of kidney impairment.
bullet Stem Cell Project Could Lead to Human Tissue Grown from Stem Cells in Four Years (September 19, 2005) Scientists at the University of Liverpool are leading a major European clinical engineering project that should see human tissue grown from stem cells available for transplant in the next four years. They will develop the technology to target heart failure, diabetes, chronic ulcers and neurodegenerative diseases in particular.
bullet Key Regulator of Blood Glucose Levels Discovered (September 19, 2005) Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies discovered a key cellular switch that controls glucose production in liver cells.
bullet More Proof: Exercise Improves Heart Health and Life-Expectancy (September 19, 2005) Studies clearly showed that moderately active people were 30 - 40% less likely to die from heart disease as compared to the inactive.
bullet Diabetes Not Associated with Depression (September 19, 2005) People with diabetes are no more likely than the general population to have depression, according to a new study. The results of a second study, also reported, suggest that most mothers of infants found to be at risk for type 1 diabetes do not become depressed in response to this information.
bullet Risk of Death After Bypass Surgery Increases For Pre Diabetics (September 19, 2005) "The most conclusive findings of this study are that diabetes mellitus was associated with increased early mortality compared with patients with normal fasting blood glucose and with a tendency towards increased mortality within 1 year among survivors of 30 days." "More important, however, is that similar results were obtained for patients with impaired fasting glucose, although based on small numbers."
bullet PAD Screening Not Being Utilized for People with Diabetes (September 09, 2005) PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease) screening is essential for diabetics in order to prevent amputation, heart attack and stroke, because one-third have PAD, but most do not present classic symptoms.
bullet L-Carnipure Supplements Helps To Reduce Diabetes During Pregnancy (September 09, 2005) Taking supplements of L-Carnipure tartrate during pregnancy can significantly reduce the increased level of plasma free fatty acids that is considered the main cause of insulin resistance in pregnant women. Insulin resistance during pregnancy can lead to gestational diabetes, which affects about 5-10 per cent of pregnancies.
bullet Don't Stop Taking Aspirin Before Heart Surgery (September 09, 2005) The in-hospital mortality for the aspirin group (1.7 percent) was significantly less than that for those not receiving aspirin (4.4 percent), and there was no increased risk of reoperation for excessive internal bleeding.
bullet Bike Friendly Cities Have Lowest Rates of Obesity and Diabetes (September 09, 2005) A study emphasizes the benefits of exercise and the need for obese people to trim their waistlines through activities such as bicycling.
bullet Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Delays Diabetes Onset (September 09, 2005) Treatment with bezafibrate (Bezalip ®) to lower cholesterol in people with heart disease also reduces the risk of developing full-blown diabetes in those who have high blood sugar levels. Their research suggests that the benefit is similar to that achieved with anti-diabetes medication.
bullet Exercise Cuts Men's Heart Death Risk by 50%, Regardless of Cholesterol Levels (September 09, 2005) "It shouldn't be called metabolic syndrome," It should be called physical inactivity syndrome."
bullet Once Weekly Byetta (Exenatide LAR) Drops A1c 2 Percent with 9 lbs Wt. Loss (September 06, 2005) Long acting Byetta preliminary results from Phase 2 Study announced. as a once a week therapy, Byetta can be a blockbuster.
bullet Obesity Rates Grow In Every State But Oregon (September 06, 2005)  According to a new report Mississippi is the heaviest state, while Colorado is the least heavy. More than 25 percent of adults in 10 states are obese. To see where your state is listed: State Obesity Chart
bullet Blacks, Hispanics Prone to Diabetes Complications More Then Whites (September 06, 2005) Blacks and Hispanics with diabetes are more likely than whites to require repeat hospitalization for complications related to their condition. At the initial admission, blacks had the highest rates of acute complications and high blood pressure, Hispanics had the highest rate for kidney disease, and whites had the highest percentages of heart disease and depression.
bullet Molecule Linked to Vision Loss in Diabetics (September 06, 2005) Researchers have found that a long-suspected molecule helps cause diabetic retinopathy, one of the leading causes of vision loss in the United States and the world. The molecule is erythropoietin, a protein hormone whose main function is to stimulate formation of red blood cells.
bullet Malfunctioning Bone Marrow Cells Cause Neuropathy in People with Diabetes (September 06, 2005) Bone marrow cells that produced insulin adversely affected nerve cells or neurons. The finding not only provides a basis for understanding the dangerous nerve condition in diabetics, but could eventually lead to a treatment for this problem.
bullet Retinopathy Found Prior to Diabetes (September 06, 2005) The incongruous finding, among patients with impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) or impaired fasting glucose (IFG) suggests that current cutoffs used to diagnose diabetes may need to be revised.
bullet Measuring C-Reactive Protein is Early Indicator of Stiffened Arteries (September 06, 2005) Researchers have expanded the understanding of risk factors for heart disease by showing that high levels of C-reactive protein in the blood are linked to several measures of stiffening of the arteries.
bullet Metabolic Syndrome Patients Need Iron Monitoring (September 06, 2005) The addition of serum ferritin to routine evaluation of metabolic syndrome patients would help identify a subgroup of patients at risk for iron-related tissue damage.
bullet Unsuspected Diabetes Common in Heart Patients (September 06, 2005) 57% of patients who go into the hospital for a heart attack get diagnosed with diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance.
bullet Getting Mileage Out Of Diabetes Walk (August 26, 2005) Reaching the Buffalo area is something of a milestone for Andy Mandell in his quest to walk the perimeter of the United States to raise awareness about diabetes. "I'll have 6,800 miles completed when I get to Buffalo," he said.
bullet Diabetes Prolongs Fracture Recovery (August 25, 2005) Researchers have found that patients with diabetes who require surgery for ankle fractures have significantly higher rates of complications and higher hospital costs compared with non-diabetic patients.
bullet Doctors Prompted by Trained Nurses Improves Rates of Counseling for Diabetes Prevention (August 25, 2005) Involving nurses in diabetes prevention with simple prompts can lead to improved outcomes.
bullet Diabetes Raises Risk of Colorectal Cancer (August 25, 2005) Risk of colorectal cancer in men with diabetes was 49% higher than that in men who didn’t have diabetes, results from a study of 45,000 men.
bullet Insulin Resistance Detectable 20 Years Before Type 2 Diabetes Onset (August 25, 2005) New research now provides new information on the early steps in the development of IR and suggests why insulin-resistant people easily gain weight.
bullet Hormone Linked to Sugar Control in Diabetics (August 25, 2005) High blood levels of a hormone called adiponectin are associated with improved sugar control in women with diabetes. In addition, high adiponectin levels are associated with high levels of HDL "good" cholesterol and with reduced inflammation.
bullet Increasing Sugar Processing in The Liver Can Lower Blood Sugar (August 25, 2005) Researchers have shown that increasing the concentration of a key regulator involved in glucose metabolism can improve the way the liver produces and disposes of the sugar glucose.
bullet Stress Does Not Effect Blood Sugars During Fasting (August 25, 2005) For type 1 diabetes patients, a episode of psychological stress significantly slows the decline in blood sugar concentrations following a spike after food intake -- but has no effect on sugar levels during fasting -- a new study shows.
bullet U.S. FDA Refuses to Pull Abbott Obesity Drug Meridia (August 25, 2005) Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen had twice called on the agency to pull the drug from the market, citing deaths from cardiovascular problems in people using the drug. But the FDA concluded that "sibutramine's overall risk-benefit profile supports it remaining available as a prescription drug for the treatment of appropriately selected obese patients."
bullet Research Brings the Artificial Pancreas One Step Closer (August 18, 2005) New Artificial Pancreas invented that can measure glucose and inject insulin.
bullet Fat Thighs Benefits Health (August 18, 2005) For many people, mainly women, fat on legs, hips, and buttocks may actually help ward off heart disease and diabetes.
bullet Cause of Diabetes-Related Erectile Dysfunction Is Found (August 18, 2005) New study suggests an oversupply of a simple blood sugar could be a major cause of erectile dysfunction in diabetic men.
bullet Folate Protects Against Stroke Independently of Homocysteine Levels (August 18, 2005) Folate may offer extra protection against stroke, on top of reducing levels of an amino acid related to the incident.
bullet Nomogram Evaluating Exercise Capacity Can Predict Survival in Women (August 18, 2005) Exercise capacity is an independent predictor of mortality in women, results from a study of 5,721 asymptomatic women.
bullet Diabetes Can Complicate Untreated Depression in Pregnancy (August 18, 2005) These women face the risk of “decreased prenatal care, decreased ability to meet the nutritional demands of pregnancy—either because of eating too little in general or not eating healthy foods—and an increased risk of addictive substance abuse.
bullet New Diabetes Gene Discovered (August 18, 2005) "This gene, ARNT, is the first gene identified to be abnormal in the pancreatic islet cells, the cells that make insulin, in people with the common type of type 2 diabetes."
bullet Obesity Fueling a New Hybrid Diabetes: Double Diabetes or Type 1 & 1/2 (August 18, 2005) Dubbed "double diabetes" by some and "diabetes one-and-a-half" by others, the combination of types 1 and 2 diabetes symptoms confounds doctors attempting to accurately diagnose and treat patients. Can it increase the risk for complications?
bullet Diabetic Retinopathy Without Diabetes? (August 18, 2005) Over three years of subsequent follow-up of 302 Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) participants, 13% of prediabetics who developed type 2 disease were found to have diabetic retinopathy, and nearly 8% of “prediabetics” also were found to have diabetic retinopathy, though they never developed diabetes per diagnostic criteria.
bullet Salt Restriction Improves Blood Pressure and Proteinuria in Blacks (August 18, 2005) Modest reductions in dietary salt improve blood pressure and proteinuria in black patients with hypertension.
bullet Oral Contraceptives May Be Diabetic Nephropathy Risk Factor (August 18, 2005) 18% of oral contraceptive users developed macroalbuminuria compared with 2% of nonusers.
bullet Exercise Cuts Risk of Stroke 26% (August 18, 2005) Study participants who reported high levels of leisure-time physical activity had a 26 percent lower risk of any kind of stroke than those with a low level of physical activity. People with a moderate level of physical activity had a 14 percent lower risk of stroke than those with low activity levels.
bullet Preventive Foot Care Socks Reduce In-Shoe Plantar Foot Pressure (August 16, 2005) Altering the kind of socks patients wear is a simple, cost-effective way of protecting at-risk feet in the diabetic population.
bullet Weight Loss Injection Makes Patients Feel Full (August 16, 2005) Researchers at Imperial College London believe the treatment, an injection of a natural digestive hormone called oxyntomodulin that is released in the small intestine, could help to stem the world's growing obesity epidemic.
bullet Diabetes Drug Controls Blood Glucose & Cardiac Risk (August 16, 2005) A new review of studies confirms that the drug metformin should be in the first line of defense against type 2 diabetes.
bullet Diabetes Raises Pancreatic Cancer Risk – Study (August 16, 2005) For three years after their diagnosis with diabetes, patients have eight times the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, the study at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center found.
bullet Coffee Consumption and Risk of Type 2 Diabetes - A Systematic Review (August 16, 2005) Systematic review supports the hypothesis that habitual coffee consumption is associated with a substantially lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
bullet Waist Circumference Can Predict Insulin Resistance Syndrome in Children (August 16, 2005) In children age six to 13 years, the strongest predictors of insulin resistance are WC and systolic BP and the investigators suggest that measuring children's WC should be incorporated into routine clinical practice.
bullet Maternal Hypertension Improves Outcomes in Small for Gestational Age Infants (August 16, 2005) Survival was nearly doubled among small for gestational age infants admitted to the NICU whose mothers were hypertensive, the results indicate.
bullet New Technology Provide A Painless Way to Check Blood Glucose Levels (August 15, 2005) New device developed that could mean the elimination of blood drawing to test for glucose levels.
bullet Update on Inhaled Insulin For Type 2’s (August 15, 2005) Inhaled insulin is effective therapy for patients with type 2 diabetes who fail to obtain adequate glycemic control with diet and exercise.
bullet Type One Plus Two Equals A Hybrid Form of Diabetes - Type 3 (August 10, 2005) Health experts report a rising incidence of "double diabetes" patients: children with symptoms of both type 1 and type 2 versions of the disease.
bullet Protein Mix May Lower Diabetics' Blood Sugar (August 10, 2005) The study found that when men with type 2 diabetes drank a beverage with carbohydrates and a mixture of particular proteins, their blood sugar response was lower than it was after a carb-only drink.
bullet Milk Helps to Lose Belly Fat (August 10, 2005) The dairy industry is touting studies that suggest including three daily servings of low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese in your diet may not only help you lose weight but also help you target and burn belly fat, which has been shown to increase the risk for diabetes and heart disease.
bullet Controversial New Program to Track New York Diabetes Patients (August 10, 2005) Advocates say it will lead to better care; critics say it is a violation of privacy.
bullet Black People More Likely to Survive a Stroke Than White People (August 10, 2005) Results show a clear survival advantage for blacks being 57% and whites 36%.
bullet Glyburide Effective for Managing Gestational Diabetes (August 10, 2005) Glyburide may control gestational diabetes unresponsive to diet therapy. "Women should be switched to insulin if they are unable to achieve adequate glycemic control on glyburide," Dr. Jacobson advised.
bullet Exercise Has Little Influence on Weight Loss and Cholesterol Level In Identical Twins (August 10, 2005) Despite "extreme" differences in exercise levels in pairs of identical twins, lipoprotein and weight responses to dietary changes are remarkably concordant. The importance of genetics shown without identifying the genes.
bullet New Discovery Shows How a Low-Calorie Diet Extends Lifespan (August 10, 2005) A low calorie diet extends life and also seems to protect against cancer and other aging-related diseases. A gene called SIR2 is thought to control this process.
bullet Whey Supplement Helpful for Diabetics (August 08, 2005) For people with type 2 diabetes, adding whey to high-carbohydrate meals stimulates insulin release and reduces spikes in blood glucose levels after meals.
bullet Elderly Diabetics More at Risk of Bone Fractures (August 08, 2005) People in their 70s have a more than 60 percent higher risk of fractures if they also have type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, according to new study findings.
bullet New Treatment for Diabetes Nerve Damage (August 08, 2005) Scientists at The University of Manchester, working with colleagues at American biotech firm Sangamo BioSciences Inc, have discovered a way of stimulating genes that prevent nerve damage caused by the disease.
bullet Diabetes: A Growing Concern in Long-Term Care Facilities (August 08, 2005) 26 percent of nursing home residents have diabetes. Facilities should develop a strategy to prevent, monitor and manage diabetes and promote better health in residents.
bullet Insulin Resistance and Systolic Blood Pressure Are the Determinants For Endothelial Dysfunction (August 08, 2005) Differences may imply different benefits from treatments targeting blood pressure or insulin resistance in different ethnic groups.
bullet National Network for Diabetes Research Launched (August 08, 2005) Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Oxford will lead on a £20 million initiative from the Department of Health to set up a UK Diabetes Research Network to co-ordinate diabetes research in the UK.
bullet Diuretics Best BP Treatment for African-Americans With Metabolic Syndrome (August 05, 2005) New data fails to support preference for other antihypertensives over diuretics.
bullet Fat Protein Could Lead to New Diabetes Drugs (August 05, 2005) "We have found a molecule not previously known to have any role in insulin action and demonstrated that this protein can contribute to the development of diabetes by blocking the action of insulin."
bullet Obesity, Diabetes-Linked Gene Found (August 05, 2005) French researchers have identified a gene associated with increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children and adults.
bullet Changes in Food Subsidies Causes a 38% Fall In Heart Disease (August 05, 2005) In 1991 the Polish government cut subsidies for saturated fats from dairy and animal sources. The Study found that by 2002, deaths from coronary heart disease had dropped by over a third in the 45-64 age group - a 38 per cent drop for men and 42% for women.
bullet Insulin Resistance Raises Risk of Heart Failure (August 03, 2005) Insulin resistance is an independent risk factor for congestive heart failure, this may, in large part, explain the well-known association between obesity and CHF.
bullet Statin Does Not Prevent Cardiac Events in Seriously Ill Patients With Type 2 Diabetes (August 03, 2005) The investigators speculate that this may be too late in the disease course for therapy to be beneficial.
bullet New Complication With Gastric Bypass: Diabetes (July 26, 2005) Patients who underwent the most popular type of obesity surgery have developed an apparent complication -- blood sugar so perilously low that it causes confusion, tunnel vision and blackouts. The condition was corrected with further surgery and no lasting effects.
bullet Dark Chocolate May Sweeten the Way to Health (July 26, 2005) Daily dose lowered blood pressure, improved insulin sensitivity, study showed.
bullet Obese Men Cannot Process Carbs as Efficiently as Obese Women (July 23, 2005) Because obese men may not process carbohydrates as efficiently as obese women, it ultimately, leads to a decrease in fitness level and the development of metabolic disorders.
bullet Free Diabetes Drugs Could Save U.S. Money (July 23, 2005) No-cost ACE inhibitors would keep diabetics out of the hospital, and save Medicare $1,606 over each person's life experts say.
bullet 'Food Police' Have to Admit That Caloric Intake Not to Blame for Childhood Obesity (July 23, 2005) Lack of physical activity is the real culprit according to a new study.
bullet Cholesterol Levels: Diet Vs. Genes (July 23, 2005) No matter what their lifestyle, people's genes play an overriding role in their cholesterol response, according to a new study.
bullet Metabolic Syndrome Increases Stroke Risk in Elderly (July 23, 2005) After adjusting for sex, age, body mass index, smoking habits, and the presence of hypertension, metabolic syndrome was associated with a 5.33-fold increased risk of stroke in elderly subjects in a new study.
bullet New Diabetes Vision Treatment (July 23, 2005) The initial results of the Phase III clinical trial demonstrated 32 milligrams daily of ruboxistaurin (RBX) might reduce the risk of moderate vision loss, especially in patients with diabetic macular edema.
bullet Metformin as Monotherapy in Overweight or Obese Type 2 Patients (July 23, 2005) Metformin can help tackle their diabetes while also protecting against diabetes-related organ damage.
bullet Physicians Are Slow to Step Up Treatment For Patients With High A1cs (July 23, 2005) Fewer than one half of patients with high A1C levels had intensification of their medications, regardless of the specialty of their physician.
bullet Aspirin Under-Prescribed to Prevent Heart Attack and Stroke (July 23, 2005) No other medication is as cost-effective as aspirin for preventing cardiovascular events. However, it must be understood that low-dose aspirin is not completely harmless, as "low-dose" may imply.
bullet Diabetes Increases Incontinence for Older Women (July 22, 2005) More than half of postmenopausal women have had a recent episode of urinary incontinence, according to new research, and the severity of symptoms increases with a history of diabetes.
bullet Bowel Cancer Risk Higher for Men with Diabetes (July 22, 2005) Having diabetes apparently raises men's risk of developing colorectal cancer.
bullet Psychotherapy Helps Teens With Poorly Controlled Diabetes (July 22, 2005) Adolescents with type 1 diabetes in chronically poor metabolic control improve with multisystemic therapy, an intensive, home-based, family-centered psychotherapy.
bullet Lifestyle Biggest Risk Factor for Diabetes (July 22, 2005) Adult lifestyle has more influence on your chances of developing diabetes than childhood experience, according to new research whose findings contradict previously-held beliefs.
bullet A New Risk Factor for Heart Disease (July 22, 2005) An ordinarily benign fat that coats blood vessels can turn into a risk factor for heart disease when it combines with oxygen. The finding could lead to new ways of preventing heart disease.
bullet FDA Issues Nationwide Alert for "Liqiang 4" Due to Potential Health Risk (July 22, 2005) Warning consumers not to take Liqiang 4 Dietary Supplement Capsules because they contain glyburide – a drug that could have serious, life-threatening consequences in some people.
bullet Child's Birthweight Tied to Parents' Heart Risks (July 22, 2005) A new study has found that the parents of children born at a lower weight may have an increased risk of dying from heart disease or stroke.
bullet Patients on Antipsychotics Need Screening for Diabetes (July 22, 2005) Testing fasting blood glucose and measuring abdominal obesity is a cost-effective approach to identifying patients taking second-generation antipsychotics with metabolic syndrome.
bullet Weight-Loss Surgeries Quadrupled In Five Years (July 22, 2005) The authors estimate that future demand for weight-loss surgery could rise even more sharply as safety concerns diminish.
bullet Low-dose Oral Contraceptives Doubles Risk for Heart Attack or Stroke (July 22, 2005) Significance for those women taking low-dose oral contraceptives who already are at increased risk for such events because of polycystic ovary syndrome, or metabolic disorder.
bullet Availability Of Vascular Surgeons Impacts Amputation Rate (July 22, 2005) Patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are more likely to have a foot or leg amputated if they live in a region that has few vascular surgeons.
bullet Nationwide Recall of Insulin Syringe 1-cc, 28-Gauge 1/2-Inch 100's (June 28, 2005) The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Qualitest Pharmaceuticals, Inc., have notified healthcare professionals and consumers via letter of a nationwide recall of all lots of 1-cc, 28 gauge 1/2-inch AccuSure insulin syringes (NDC 0603-6996-21, boxes of 100) distributed between October 2004 and June 2005.
bullet Retinopathy Occurs Sooner In Pre-diabetes (June 28, 2005) Retinopathy can lead to blindness in people with diabetes and may occur far sooner than previously thought, possibly when patients are still in the prediabetes stage or when glucose levels are only slightly higher than normal.
bullet Chromium Significantly Reduced Weight Gain Associated with Anti-diabetic Medication (June 28, 2005) Chromium picolinate reduced weight gain associated with anti-diabetes drugs and also improved blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity. These findings are important because more than 80 percent of people with type 2 diabetes are also overweight and chromium picolinate is easily available as a nutrition therapy in retail stores.
bullet Aggressive Diabetes Education Program Makes Positive Impact (June 28, 2005) On Health of Medicaid Patients. The program is projected to reduce diabetes-related mortality by 9 percent and microvascular disease events by 15 percent among those who completed the program.
bullet Diabetes Hospitalization Rates Falling in US, CDC Says (June 28, 2005) The CDC study found that the rate of people with diabetes admitted to a hospital for a potentially preventable reason fell 35 percent between 1994 and 2002. And the rate of kidney failure in diabetes patients has fallen about 30 percent since 1996.
bullet Incidence of Diagnosed Diabetes Jumped 41% in US (June 28, 2005) In 2003 alone, nearly 60% of new cases were obese, and an additional 30% were overweight. After adjusting for age, the researchers found that diabetes incidence increased significantly among non-Hispanic whites, those with at least a high school education, nonsmokers, and obese persons.
bullet Beta-Cells Regenerate Even In Type 1 Diabetes (June 28, 2005) A new study provides evidence that the pancreas continues to form beta cells even in the setting of long-standing type 1 diabetes.
bullet Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) Continues To Provide New Data (June 28, 2005) By following the participants in the DCCT study since it’s conclusion in 1993, it has continued to provide new information. For the first time, intensive treatment of diabetic patients results in a significantly lower risk of heart disease by 57%.
bullet Metaglidasen Controls Diabetes and Lipids Without Side Effects (June 28, 2005) The diabetes drug metaglidasen was shown to control blood glucose levels without causing weight gain or edema, according to a mid-stage clinical trial.
bullet The Inhaled Insulin Exubera, Shows Effectiveness in Study (June 28, 2005) Exubera, an inhaled insulin powder, worked as well in a study of 226 patients as injectable insulin.
bullet Cardiovascular Disease Already a Factor for Teens With Type 1 Diabetes (June 28, 2005) Artery walls begin thickening as early as the midteen years in young people with type 1 diabetes. Early atherosclerosis is more pronounced in teen boys than in girls and also in teens who smoke or have relatively high total cholesterol and apolipoprotein B levels.
bullet Exenatide Delivers Weight-Reduction Benefit in Type 2 Diabetes (June 28, 2005) Patients with type 2 diabetes who take the new incretin mimetic drug exenatide (Byetta) appear to achieve sustained glucose control and progressive weight reduction after 18 months of therapy.
bullet Speech of Hon. Dale E. Kildee of Michigan in the House of Representatives (June 20, 2005) Mr. KILDEE. "Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize the accomplishments of a man who has brought a new sense of awareness to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diabetes in America. Mr. Speaker, Andrew Mandell is a shining example of triumph in the face of adversity. He is a survivor rather than a victim of his disease, living with it rather than suffering from it. I ask my colleagues to join me in applauding his strength as well as his commitment to improving the quality of life for us all."
bullet Soluble Fiber Effective and Safe Additive for lowering LDL Cholesterol (June 20, 2005) Psyllium is a safe, effective, and well-tolerated add-on therapy for elevated cholesterol. Soluble fiber supplements are recommended to reduce levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C).
bullet Medication Errors- Is Communication the Key To Prevention? (June 20, 2005) A 2005 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) requires hospitals to reconcile medications across the continuum of care. Below we have outlined the steps we suggest for implementing this process.
bullet Patients take Healthcare Shopping to a new level with Patient Advocacy Firms (June 20, 2005) Patient advocacy firms are not healthcare providers but serve as healthcare advisors. They help their clients understand treatment options, find the best physicians and medical centers, and arrange quick access to them.
bullet Medication Errors Reduced 41% in Patients With Kidney Disease When Pharmacist Involved (June 20, 2005) A first of its kind study has shown a dramatic reduction in medication errors in patients with chronic kidney disease when researchers teamed with pharmacists to use a computerized system to electronically screen prescriptions for unsafe medication orders.
bullet End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) and Diabetes Hospitalizations Dropped 35% over last 6 Years (June 20, 2005) Improvements in quality of care, the increase in the numbers of people with diabetes, particularly younger people, because they are not as sick a population yet, contributed to the reduction.
bullet Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease in Diabetics, an under Diagnosed Complication (June 20, 2005) Heartburn is noted in 42% of patients with neuropathy versus 24% patients without neuropathy.
bullet Jogging May Cause More Diabetes-Related Hypoglycemia Risk than Team Sports (June 20, 2005) Moderate-intensity exercise such as light continuous jogging or cycling poses a greater risk of hypoglycemia than intermittent high-intensity exercise representative of the activity patterns of team and field sports such as soccer or hockey.
bullet Inhaled Insulin Fast-Acting and Effective (June 13, 2005) The results of a study of healthy volunteers indicate that inhaled insulin has a faster onset of action than does subcutaneously injected insulin lispro or regular human insulin.
bullet People With Diabetes More Sensitive to Cardiovascular Effects from Air Pollution (June 13, 2005) Hospitalizations and deaths related to cardiovascular problems increased among diabetics when levels of air pollution were higher.
bullet Asian Americans Face Higher Diabetes Risk and Not Being Screened (June 13, 2005) Asian Americans are twice as likely as whites to develop diabetes, studies show, even among those who aren't overweight. Yet doctors may not screen Asian Americans often enough because doctors don't know enough about the aspects of diabetes special to this group.
bullet Heart-Rate Profile during Exercise as a Predictor of Sudden Death (June 13, 2005) "We examined data on the subjects' resting heart rates, the increase in rate from the resting level to the peak exercise level, and the decrease in rate from the peak exercise level to the level one minute after the termination of exercise."
bullet New Lipid Management Guidelines for Women at High Risk of Heart Disease (June 13, 2005) Cardiac disease has decreased in men during the last two decades but not in women. New in the guidelines established by the American Heart Association (AHA) for lipid management are three recommendations.
bullet Insulin Identified as Trigger for Causing Type 1 Diabetes (June 13, 2005) Insulin, the hormone most closely linked to diabetes, has turned out to be the cause of the inherited form of the blood sugar disease.
bullet Exercise Cuts Polycystic Ovary-Linked Diabetes Risk (June 13, 2005) Moderate exercise can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce diabetes risk in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
bullet WELL Diet More Effective Than Regular Low-Fat Diet (June 13, 2005) A diet with specified targets for fruit, vegetable and dairy intake -- the WELL diet -- is more effective than a typical low-fat diet in reducing blood pressure.
bullet Periodontal Disease Linked to Mortality in Type 2 Diabetes (June 13, 2005) Brushing and flossing could do more than just maintain healthy teeth and gums; they also could help prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people with diabetes.
bullet Diabetes Education Has Little Effect on Improving Outcomes? (June 13, 2005) The researchers said their analysis indicates that for diabetics, improved disease knowledge alone does not translate into improved blood sugar control, cholesterol levels, weight management or mortality rates.
bullet More Exercise Equals Greater Benefits for Diabetics (June 13, 2005) People with type 2 diabetes can significantly improve their health and reduce medical costs by walking at least three miles each day.
bullet Diabetes and Obesity Negatively Effect Joint Replacement Outcomes (June 13, 2005) Surgical patients with diabetes, hypertension or obesity were significantly more likely to suffer post-operative complications.
bullet Target Goals Not Being Met Even in Specialty Diabetes Center (June 13, 2005) Diabetes clinics are falling short in their efforts to reach target goals in their patients, according to new research. "We need to be much more aggressive in diabetes management," said Pardis Dana, MD,
bullet Chromium Good for the Diabetic Heart (June 10, 2005) Chromium supplementation can lead to a shortening of a harmful heart rhythm, which may lower cardiovascular risk in type 2 diabetics.
bullet Diabetics With Acute Coronary Syndrome at High Risk (June 10, 2005) Almost one in eight diabetics hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) do not survive for 6 months, according to the results of a new study.
bullet American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)  Announces New A1c Standard of 6.5% and Lower (June 10, 2005) Fasting blood sugar levels should be lower than 110 mg/dL and lower than 140 mg/dL two hours after eating a meal.
bullet Doctors' Involvement Helps Diabetics Exercise (June 10, 2005) People with diabetes are almost three times more likely to stick to an exercise plan if their doctors help them create it, new study findings suggest.
bullet Eat Fat to Lose Fat (May 20, 2005) Fat consumption in the diet can lead to healthy blood levels of sugar and cholesterol.
bullet Diabetic Teens Show Early Signs of Artery Trouble (May 20, 2005) Teenagers with type 2 diabetes are likely to have blood vessels that resemble those of someone decades older.
bullet Dairy Products May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Men (May 20, 2005) Dairy products may produce an anorexic or insulinotropic effect and for each serving-per-day increase in total dairy intake, there was a 9% lower risk for type 2 DM.
bullet ADA Survey Finds Most People with Diabetes Don't Know About Highly Prevalent, Serious Complication of Neuropathy (May 20, 2005) A new national survey reveals that, while the majority of people with diabetes experience symptoms associated with diabetic neuropathy (nerve damage) -- a serious complication of diabetes that leads to sensations of pain and/or numbness, tingling or "pins and needles" in the feet and hands -- only a small minority have been diagnosed with this condition. And, a staggering 56% of patients have never even heard of diabetic neuropathy.
bullet Depression in Young Adults Tied to Risk of Becoming Diabetic (May 20, 2005) Young adults with a history of depression have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and having worse outcomes.
bullet Exenatide Aids Glycemic Control in Diabetics (May 20, 2005) Addition of exenatide improves glycemic control in type 2 diabetic patients inadequately controlled on combined metformin-sulfonylurea.
bullet Fiber Supplement Lowers Cardiovascular Risk in Type 2’s (May 12, 2005) Fiber supplements lower "bad" low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and increase "good" high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes - a 28% drop in LDL over 90 days.
bullet Leptin Alters Brains - Eases Cravings of People with Obesity Gene (May 12, 2005) After receiving leptin replacement therapy, research subjects with a recessive mutation in the obesity (ob) gene – a population both deficient in Leptin and morbidly obese – lost about half of their body weight while regulating their own food intake.
bullet Alter Your DNA Linked to Diabetes and CVD With Exercise (May 12, 2005) They found that many activated genes are likely linked to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Muscle study reveals how physical training activates hundreds of genes. The study provides targets for developing interventions that mimic the effects of exercise.
bullet Internet Program Launched to Prevent Blindness in Diabetic Patients (May 12, 2005) New High Tech Study to determine if early screening using a special camera and images transmitted over the Internet can prevent blindness in Medicaid patients with diabetes.
bullet Statins Urged for Diabetic Patients (May 12, 2005) People with diabetes require intensive statin therapy even if their levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is within the normal range.
bullet Too Much Fat Causes Liver Disease (May 12, 2005) Obese people may be “super-sizing” more than just their waistline. A new study shows at least some of that extra fat could be ending up in their livers as well.
bullet Exercise In Cold Water Increases Appetite (May 12, 2005) Exercise in cold water instead of warm water may increase people’s appetites, making it harder for them to lose extra pounds. Results indicate people may consume more calories after exercising in cold water.
bullet New International Definition for the Metabolic Syndrome (May 12, 2005) The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) issued a global consensus statement presenting a new worldwide definition of the metabolic syndrome. Creating a single definition to be used worldwide will make it easier for researchers to estimate the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome and compare data between nations.
bullet Depression Tied to Hospitalizations in Young Diabetics (May 12, 2005) Adolescents with type 1 diabetes who exhibit high levels of depressive symptoms have an increased risk of hospitalization for diabetes-related complications.
bullet Metabolic Syndrome Accounts For $4 of every $10 Spent on RXs (May 12, 2005) Annual prescription costs for people 20 and older with metabolic syndrome averaged $4,116 last year, 4.2 times the average amount spent on drugs for that age group.
bullet FDA OKs Lilly-Amylin Drug Byetta for Type 2 Diabetes (May 05, 2005) A drug derived from lizard saliva has been approved by U.S. regulators to treat diabetes in patients who have not responded to other treatments. The FDA did not approve the drug as a stand-alone treatment.
bullet Brain Cells Form Insulin-Producing Cells (May 05, 2005) "Islets and neurons share features, including common developmental programs, and in some species brain neurons are the principal source of systemic insulin."
bullet History of Depression Increases Risk of Type 2 Diabetes in Young Adults (May 05, 2005) Depression appears to increase the risk of developing diabetes by 23% in younger adults.
bullet Sleep Patterns Linked to Diabetes Risk (May 05, 2005) Sleeping for less than six hours or for more than nine hours each night is associated with an increased risk of diabetes and impaired blood sugar (glucose) tolerance by 2.5-fold.
bullet Lung Problems Linked to Diabetes (May 05, 2005) In findings that echoed previous research, doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that the odds of developing diabetes increased as certain measures of lung function decreased.
bullet Research May Re-Define Management of Heart Failure in Diabetes (May 05, 2005) Control of oxidized copper levels in the body may be as important as lowering blood glucose levels in preventing cardiovascular complications in diabetes.
bullet Obesity in Middle Age Associated With Increased Risk of Future Dementia (May 05, 2005) Risk of dementia was increased by 74% in obese people, and by 35% in overweight people.
bullet Physical Activity Not Just for Those With Diabetes (May 05, 2005) Results of the studies continue to support a growing literature suggesting that exercise, physical activity and physical-activity interventions have beneficial effects across several physical and mental-health outcomes.
bullet Can Lizard Spit Treat Diabetes??? (May 04, 2005) A new class of a diabetes drug derived from a poisonous Gila monster, a poisonous lizard that lives in the Southwest and in Mexico has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The drug, called Byetta (exenatide), will be the first in a new class of drugs called incretin mimetics to reach the market for Type 2 diabetes.
bullet Mother Frees Daughter From Diabetes (May 02, 2005) By donating cells from her pancreas, a Japanese mother has ended her daughter's type 1 diabetes — at least for now — say the doctors who performed the transplant operation.
bullet 70% of Leg Amputations Due to Diabetes (May 02, 2005) Every 30 seconds a leg is lost due to diabetes in the world and 70 per cent of all leg amputations were done on people with diabetes.
bullet Computer Predicts Effects Of Diabetes Treatments (May 02, 2005) For each treatment, the model can predict the rate of survival and death, amputations avoided, quality of life, costs, and cost per quality-adjusted life year.
bullet LifeScan Announces Worldwide Correction Concerning Certain Blood Glucose Meters (May 02, 2005) It may be possible for users to misinterpret their blood glucose results. Users should continue to test their blood glucose. LifeScan, Inc., is instructing patients to confirm their meter's unit of measure and the code number each time they test.
bullet Exercise Is Part of New Food Pyramid (May 02, 2005) The government has flipped the food pyramid on its side, adding a staircase for exercise and giving consumers 12 individually tailored models for improving their eating habits.
bullet Metformin Cuts Risk of Cancer in Diabetics (May 02, 2005) Patients with type 2 diabetes who are prescribed metformin appear to be at lower risk of cancer than those not treated with metformin.
bullet Diabetes Set to Increase from 177 to 370 Million by 2030 (May 02, 2005) A diabetes epidemic is under way. According to the World Health Organization and the US is number one. The WHO estimates that, on a global basis, 4-5% of health budgets is spent on diabetes and diabetes-related illnesses.
bullet Drugs Targeted At Muscle Cells Treat Insulin Resistance (May 02, 2005) A new type of drug targeted at receptors in the muscle cells increases the metabolism and absorption of glucose.
bullet Pedometers Can Save Lives (May 02, 2005) Taking 2000 more steps per day can be the difference between weight gain and maintaining or losing weight, that’s just 20 minutes a day!
bullet Tea Drinkers May Have Less Diabetes and Cataracts (May 02, 2005) New research suggests that tea may be a simple, inexpensive means of preventing diabetes and its ensuing complications, including cataracts.
bullet Propensity for Obesity, Diabetes, May Occur in Utero (May 02, 2005) The adage "You are what you eat" should be rephrased to include "and so are your children," based on metabolic research pioneered by researchers at the University at Buffalo.
bullet Body Clock Woes Lead to Obesity, Diabetes (May 02, 2005) When the body's internal "clock" is out of whack, obesity and diabetes may become more likely.  “The findings are "the tip of the iceberg" about the so-called clock's effects on the body."
bullet Too Much Water During Exercise Riskier Than Dehydration (Apr. 21, 2005) A new study reports that athletes who drink too much water are at risk of diluting the sodium content of their blood, causing hyponatremia and putting them at risk for seizures, coma and death.
bullet Step Counting Increases Exercise More Than Timed Walking (Apr. 21, 2005) Instructing sedentary women to walk 10,000 steps per day is more effective at increasing exercise per day than is asking them to walk 30 minutes on most days of the week.
bullet Hemoglobin A1c Levels Vary With the Seasons, Higher in Winter (Apr. 21, 2005) Seasonal variations in HbA1c were most pronounced in areas having the lowest temperature extremes during the winter, the researchers note. In fact, there were no significant seasonal variations in areas with the lowest temperatures above 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
bullet Designer Liver Enhances Glucose Tolerance and Improved Insulin Response (Apr. 21, 2005) The Burnham Institute's Gen-Sheng Feng has created a mouse with improved glucose tolerance and insulin activity in the liver, and generated new findings about insulin-signaling in the liver. This could prove useful in understanding the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.
bullet Mediterranean Diet Reduces Mortality in Elderly (Apr. 21, 2005) Adherence to a diet relying on plant foods and unsaturated fats that resembles the Mediterranean diet is associated with reduction in overall mortality in elderly Europeans.
bullet Depression Increases Mortality Risk in Diabetics (Apr. 21, 2005) The results of a new study confirm that individuals with diabetes are prone to depression and show that over a 10-year period depressive symptoms significantly increase the risk of death among persons with diabetes but not among persons without diabetes.
bullet The Diabetes Challenge - Ignorance, Blindness and Poorly Served Children (Apr. 21, 2005) Only just over half of people with diabetes realize it can lead to heart disease and death - yet 95 per cent of diabetes care is self care.
bullet Pharmaceutical Care Reduces Risk Factors in Type 2 Diabetes (Apr. 21, 2005) A 12-month pharmaceutical care program can reduce vascular risk factors in patients with type 2 diabetes.
bullet American College of Physicians (ACP) and American College of Physicians Foundation (ACPF) Launch 3-Year Effort to Improve Diabetes Care (Apr. 21, 2005) The new initiative will create and disseminate educational tools and information for physicians, patients, and other members of the health care team and will work to raise awareness and teach the best practices in diabetes care.
bullet Diabetes Increases Risk of Urinary Infection in Postmenopausal Women (Apr. 21, 2005) "This finding suggests that urinary tract infection may be due to long-term effect of high glucose as opposed to a shorter-term exposure to high glucose."
bullet High Glycemic Index Diets Raises Risk of Breast Cancer (Apr. 21, 2005) The association between glycemic index and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women was slightly stronger among women reporting no vigorous physical activity, among those with a history of HRT use and among those of normal-weight.
bullet Breakthrough Links Obesity to Diabetes (Apr. 21, 2005) A research team has achieved a breakthrough in our understanding of how obesity causes increased levels of insulin, sugar, and blood fats leading to type-2 diabetes and liver degeneration. The findings also indicate a direct way to prevent these diseases.
bullet Diabetes Not Tied to Increased Lung Cancer Risk (Apr. 21, 2005) While epidemiological studies have shown that the incidence of some cancers is increased in patients with diabetes, the risk of lung cancer apparently is not.
bullet Joslin’s New Nutrition Guidelines for Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes (Apr. 21, 2005) 40-30-30 formula and 3 hours of activity a week + 50Gms Fiber can equal a modest weight loss of one pound every one to two weeks.
bullet A 39 Inch (1 Meter) Waistline Predicts High Risk of Diabetes and Heart Disease (Apr. 21, 2005) Height, weight, waist and hip circumference were measured and a blood sample was taken to determine insulin sensitivity. Statistical modelling was then used to assess the predictive power of each variable. Waist circumference was a very strong independent predictor of insulin sensitivity.
bullet Fat Patterns Linked With Metabolic Syndrome in Normal-Weight Elderly (Apr. 21, 2005) Older people who carry their weight around their waist are at risk of developing metabolic syndrome, even if their BMI is normal.
bullet Study Of Obese Diabetics Explains Why Low-carb Diets Produce Fast Results (Apr. 21, 2005) "When carbohydrates were restricted, study subjects spontaneously reduced their caloric intake to a level appropriate for their height, did not compensate by eating more protein or fat, and lost weight. We concluded that excessive overeating had been fueled by carbohydrates."
bullet High Blood Pressure Common in the Overweight and Obese (Apr. 21, 2005)  "Obese individuals had increased 24-hour, daytime and nighttime blood pressure levels compared to non-obese individuals." Overweight and obese individuals were also less likely to experience a nighttime dip in blood pressure.
bullet Exercise, Stress Management Boost Heart Health and Depression (Apr. 21, 2005) Patients in the exercise and stress-management groups had lower average depression scores and reduced distress scores. The exercise and stress-management patients also had more favorable improvements in certain cardiovascular risk factors.
bullet Drug to Fight Cholesterol Is Promising in High Doses (Apr. 21, 2005) New strategy of higher doses of statins works to reduce LDL cholesterol and risks of strokes and heart attacks. Although some patients developed liver problems that forced them to stop taking the medication, the researchers said, the benefits of the treatment outweighed the risks. But the researchers said more study was needed to establish its safety.
bullet Frequent Exercise May Improve Survival in Dialysis Patients (Apr. 21, 2005) In patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), those who exercise 4- to 5- times per week have markedly improved survival compared with those who exercise less frequently or more frequently.
bullet Meridia Aids Weight Loss And Diabetes Control (Apr. 21, 2005) Participants given sibutramine (Meridia) had significantly greater decreases in body weight and waist circumference than those in the placebo group, and fasting blood glucose levels, as well as HbA1c  were also significantly decreased.
bullet A Few Good Carbs: The New Glycemic Index Diet (Apr. 20, 2005) Not all carbs are evil is the motto of the low GI diet. As a measurement of how quickly a particular carbohydrate is used by the body, the glycemic index is already found on nutritional labels in Europe and Australia, but has yet to be endorsed any American organization.
bullet Battle of the Bulge: Dietary Challenges after Obesity Surgery (Apr. 20, 2005) If you're morbidly obese and you've made the decision to have obesity surgery, your journey is far from over. While this may be a step towards a much healthier life, the lifestyle changes that you will have to make after surgery must be considered or you'll be in even worse shape than when you began.
bullet 21st-Century Kids Fight Diabetes (Apr. 11, 2005) With a personal digital assistant, kids can upload blood sugar readings, insulin doses and carbohydrate intake daily. In a study, children who used a PDA along with special software checked their sugars more often and had lower readings.
bullet New Treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease (Apr. 07, 2005) Researchers hope that Implanting a drug-coated, flexible, metal-mesh tube called a drug-eluting stent into the superficial femoral artery of the thigh, that the drug coating will make it more likely to prevent the blockage from recurring, as compared with uncoated stents, which fail to do so in about one-quarter of the cases.
bullet Caffeine Impairs Sugar Metabolism (Apr. 07, 2005) Caffeine intake has a negative effect on insulin sensitivity in men with and without type 2 diabetes, and this effect persists even with regular exercise and loss of adiposity. But before you throw away your coffee mug -- these results may not apply to the popular caffeinated beverage.
bullet Researchers Find Gene That Could Predict Type 2 Diabetes (Apr. 07, 2005) Their findings indicated that a variation in the gene ENPP1 was as much as 13 percent more common in people with type 2 diabetes and those at greater risk for the disease. Researchers said these results suggest that the variant may serve as an important genetic marker in identifying people at risk for type 2 diabetes.
bullet Physical Activity Increases Insulin Sensitivity 44% (Apr. 06, 2005) Physical Activity in women with type 2 diabetes may not only reduce waist size, but can also reduce the amount of visceral fat surrounding organs in the abdomen — the type of fat known to be associated with insulin resistance, even without diet.
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