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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.

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.

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.

15% Increase in Diabetes in 2 Years - Nearly 24 Million People
Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008
New government estimates show that nearly 24 million people, 8% of the population in the United States have diabetes, an increase of more than 3 million in two years.

Poor Diabetes Control Puts Elderly At Risk for TB
Posted: Thursday, July 03, 2008
Older adults with poorly controlled diabetes may have three times the risk of developing tuberculosis than those who achieve better diabetes control, study findings suggest.

Diabetes Linked to Hearing Loss
Posted: Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Adults with diabetes are at an increased risk for developing hearing impairment, according to a recent study. It's suggested by the study that diabetics are nearly twice as likely to suffer hearing loss compared to non-diabetics.

Vigorous Walking Slows Biological Aging to a Crawl
Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Just vigorous walking for about an hour a day five times a week can chop a dozen years off the biological age of persons 64 and older, according to a new research.

Life Expectancies Declining for Poor, Rising for Rich
Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2008
Between 1961 and 1999 life expectancies in the United States increased by between six and seven years for both men and women. A recent Harvard Medical study has found that these are unfortunately just general trends, and in certain parts of the country, most notably poorer areas, life expectancies actually declined or remained constant in these "counties".

Creatinine Increase in Elderly Means Increased Renal Disease, Mortality
Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Even small increases in serum creatinine levels during hospitalization raise the risk of end stage renal disease and mortality of elderly patients over the long term in a 10-year study of 87,094 patients according to a University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study.

Big-Belly Might Lead To Dementia
Posted: Thursday, March 27, 2008
Middle aged individuals who are overweight appear to be at higher risk for developing dementia later in life. A recent study has shown that being overweight (specifically in the abdominal region) in one's forties makes them almost three times more likely to develop dementia by age 70 than healthy middle aged individuals.

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