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C-Section Delivery Increases Risk for Type 1 Diabetes
Posted: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Babies delivered by Caesarean section (C-section) are significantly more likely to develop juvenile (type 1) diabetes, according to a recent study. This observation could help explain how this poorly understood disease develops.

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.

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.

Diabetic Women More Likely to Have Cardiovascular Death and Insufficient Treatment
Posted: Tuesday, July 08, 2008
In the past few years, there has been an observed decrease in deaths resulting from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in both men in women. For those with type 2 diabetes though, which is a major risk factor for CVD events (heart attacks and strokes), this mortality decrease has only been seen in men. A recent study has set out to discover why this decrease did not occur in diabetic women, who have always had more CVD fatalities then diabetic men, as well.

Slow Exercise Shown to Benefit Menopausal Women
Posted: Monday, July 07, 2008
As one ages, strenuous exercise becomes increasingly more difficult. According to a recent study, a new exercise regimen that involves slow and deliberate movements with fewer repetitions, appears to be more beneficial for menopausal women than more conventional exercise regimens. This finding might translate over to other individuals of advanced age.

Unhealthy Diet During Pregnancy Could Have Long Term Effects on Offspring
Posted: Friday, July 04, 2008
In addition to drinking, smoking, and doing drugs, eating an unhealthy diet while pregnant could have long term effects on one's offspring. A recent study suggests that serious conditions such as heart disease and diabetes develop more often when one's mother consumes unhealthy foods while pregnant.

Physical Activity May Alter Diabetes Link to Breast Cancer
Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008
Physical activity may help counter the adverse effect diabetes seems to have on breast cancer risk in Hispanic women.

Simple Blood Test Might Indicate Best Post-Menopausal Treatment
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2008
Past research has revealed that post-menopausal hormone therapy increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes, leading many women to shy away from the potentially beneficial treatment. A recent study has revealed though that a basic blood test taken prior to administration of the hormones may determine whether or not an increased risk will be incurred by the individual.

Hyperglycemia Without Diabetes Linked to High Birth Weight
Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2008
The presence of hyperglycemia in pregnancy below levels diagnostic for diabetes is associated with an increased risk for several negative pregnancy outcomes, according to new research.

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