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Oily Fish Help Prevent Blindness
Posted: Monday, August 11, 2008
Eating oily fish on a consistent basis appears to help prevent blindness due to aging, concludes a group of London researchers.

Exercise Needed to Maintain Weight Loss in Overweight Women
Posted: Friday, August 08, 2008
In addition to limiting energy intake, overweight and obese women may need to exercise 55 minutes a day, 5 days per week, to sustain a weight loss of 10% during 2 years, according to the results of a study.

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.

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.

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.

Immune System Overreaction Reason for Severe Viral Infection Symptoms in Smokers
Posted: Sunday, July 27, 2008
Several viral infections demonstrate more severe symptoms in smokers than non-smokers. The mechanism by which this occurs appears to have been found in a recent study. Influenza (flu), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) were of primary focus in the study.

Elderly Obesity Costly for Everyone
Posted: Saturday, July 26, 2008
Obese elderly individuals are not only doing harm to their own health, but to the financial health of every tax paying American citizen. According to a recent study, the health care costs for obese elderly individuals are substantially higher than those of normal weight, accounting for a disproportionate amount of the tax funded medicare program.

Endurance Exercises Make the Heart Younger
Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2008
Elderly individuals who perform endurance exercises strengthen their hearts and increase their longevity, according to a recent study.

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