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EASD: Early Intensive Glucose Control Pays Dividends
Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A 10-year follow-up of a landmark trial of intensive glucose control in type 2 diabetes has suggested that the clinical benefit was more than durable and rose over time to a reduction or 15% for myocardial infarction and a 13% reduction in the relative risk of death from any cause.

Massage Shown to Help Muscles Following Exercise
Posted: Thursday, September 11, 2008
Intense exercise is often accompanied by simultaneous muscle lengthening and contracting, which can lead to swelling and damage. A recent study has found that massaging these muscles following the exercise limits the potential for injury.

Study 2008: Healthcare Costs To Rise AGAIN!
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
We continue to see healthcare costs rising and those with diabetes will certainly feel it the most. Let's hope that the new president will do something to help. Consider getting involved with one of the presidential candidates after viewing their ideas on improving healthcare in this country.

New Analysis Shows Lower Not Necessarily Better When It Comes to BP
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
New observational analysis of the ONTARGET study shows that lower is not necessarily better when it comes to blood pressure in this patient population, with coronary heart disease or diabetes plus additional risk factors. Although there was evidence that lower was better in terms of stroke, there was a suggestion of harm when BP was reduced below 130 mm Hg systolic for the outcome of cardiovascular death in diabetics. The findings suggest that in high-risk people, the [current] guidelines of 'the lower, the better' may not apply.

Januvia/Byetta Becoming First and Second-Line Therapy for Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
New research reports that Januvia is currently prescribed most often as a third- or later-line of therapy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.

Normal Weight Obesity: A Real Health Risk
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Normal weight obesity isn't an oxymoron. "The definition of obesity is having excess fat, not excess weight.

Bypass Surgery For Heart Patients Better Than Stents In The Long Term
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
For heart patients with clogged arteries, the choice between bypass surgery or an angioplasty may come down to one question: How many procedures would you like to have?

Novel Short-Term Weight-Loss Approach Works Long-Term
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
A study by researchers from the Joslin Diabetes Center has shown for the first time that more than half of patients with type 2 diabetes who enrolled in a novel short-term weight management program were able to maintain the weight loss they achieved during the program on their own long-term. The focus was on weight loss and not as much on glucose control.

Obesity Not A Red Flag For Diagnosing Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Obese people with diabetes are just as likely to go undiagnosed as their slimmer peers with the disease, Harvard Medical School researchers report.

Community Awareness Programs Help Reduce Diabetic Risk
Posted: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Type 2 diabetes may be up to 95% preventable, though often major dietary, physical, and even social lifestyle changes are needed to achieve this end. A recent study has found that individuals who participate in community-based awareness programs are at lower risk for developing the disease, perhaps illuminating a more palpable way of preventing this dangerous condition.


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