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Obesity Carries High Costs in Worker Absenteeism
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2007
Obesity and morbid obesity are associated with increased rates of work absenteeism, with estimated costs of $4.3 billion per year in the United States.

Walk, to Prevent or Reverse PreDiabetes
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2007
For overweight or obese individuals who are physically inactive, brisk walking might be the best exercise prescription for shedding excess pounds and reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome and prediabetes.

Walking 2˝ Hours A Week Prevents Diabetes
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2007
Men who stay highly active with age may have a lower risk of developing diabetes than those who taper off their exercise levels, a study suggests.

Current Body Weight More Than Birth Rate for Diabetes Risk
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2007
In adults, the development of insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes, is influenced more by current body weight than by birth weight, results of a study in twins suggests.

Pioglitazone Lowers Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetic Patients with Kidney Disease
Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2007
A new study confirms that chronic kidney disease (CKD) increases the already-high risk of serious cardiovascular events in diabetic patients with damage to the large blood vessels and suggests that treatment with the anti-diabetic drug pioglitazone may help to lower this risk.

Sudden Death in Diabetics Tied to Genetic Polymorphism
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007
The cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) TaqIB polymorphism is associated with the risk of sudden death in type 2 diabetic patients, according to French researchers.

Smoking Associated With Increased Risk of Diabetes
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007
A review of previous studies indicates that people who currently smoke have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 44% compared with non-smokers, according to an article in JAMA.

First Time in 50 Years - Average Total-Cholesterol Levels Fall Below 200 mg/dL
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007
Down in 2006 from 222mg/dL in 1962 and 204mg/dL in 2000 to 199 for 2005-2006. An analysis from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) reports.

Education Encourages Health-Seeking Behavior for Diabetics
Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2007
An educational program is effective to encourage health-seeking behavior for infections in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, according to the results of a randomized controlled trial.

Calcium Deposits in Arteries: An Indicator of Heart Disease in Women?
Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Women typically considered at “low risk” for heart disease and cardiovascular disease events (heart attacks, heart pain, stroke) may actually be at high risk if they exhibit coronary artery calcium (CAC).

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