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Women With Diabetes Prior to Pregnancy Linked With Birth Defects
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
Women diagnosed with diabetes before their pregnancy have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with a birth defect or multiple defects than a woman who does not have diabetes before giving birth, according to a new study. "For single [birth] defects, the risk is three to four times greater, and about eightfold for multiple defects," says Adolfo Correa, MD, MPH, PhD, the study's lead author and an epidemiologist at the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

Artificial Pancreas Getting Close
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
Researchers working on an artificial pancreas believe they are just a few years away from a nearly carefree way for people with diabetes to monitor blood and inject insulin as needed. We have the technology now, we just need to link them together and make them safe. They believe they can link two current technologies -- continuous glucose monitoring and insulin pumps -- into a seamless package.

Herbs and Spices Help Prevent Diabetes Damage
Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Herbs and spices might have the benefit of decreasing tissue damage caused by diabetes. The result is connected to the anti-inflammatory abilities of herbs and spices high in antioxidants.

Protein In Liver Might Link Obesity to Diabetes
Posted: Saturday, August 02, 2008
Substances known as endocannabinoids have been shown to trigger a specific protein that has been linked to various prediabetic conditions. The specific part of the body where this protein, known as CB1, is activated, has been unknown until now.

Gestational Diabetes Increases Risk of Future Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2008
Women with gestational diabetes are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes later in life concludes a recent study. This finding should lead to more extensive preventative measures for these high risk women.

Number of Patients with Diabetes Climbs to 24 Million
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The prevalence of diabetes in the U.S. in 2007 was estimated at 23.6 million patients -- or 7.8% of the population -- an increase of three million cases since 2005, according to the CDC.

Patients 60 and older remained disproportionately affected, with the prevalence of the disease reaching 23.1% in that age group. In addition, the CDC said, 57 million patients had pre-diabetes.

How Fructose Is Linked To Fat Build-up
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Fat build-up from fructose consumption may be greater than what occurs when we eat other types of sugars, such as glucose and sucrose, according to a new study. One of the reasons people on low-carbohydrate diets may lose weight is that they reduce their intake of fructose, a type of sugar that can be made into body fat quickly.

Two Studies Shows Lifestyle Can Alter Gene Activity and Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Researchers found that lifestyle factors, such as lack of exercise, can change the activity of genes involved in insulin resistance. And also that environment contributes more than heredity to the development of insulin resistance.

New AHA Statement Touts Benefits of Resistance Training for Cardiovascular Health
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
There are "singular" benefits to improving muscular strength in addition to regular aerobic exercise.

Bariatric Surgery Found Superior to Drugs in Controlling Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
For morbidly obese patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery led to more improvement in A1c than standard treatment, a retrospective analysis showed. HbA1c levels decreased from a mean of 7.5% pre-surgery to 5.8% after one year.

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