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Renal Disease Progresses in Slowly Type 2 Diabetics
Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2003
Type 2 diabetic patients without overt nephropathy have a significant, but slow, course ofrenal insufficiency. In patients with type 2 diabetes with overt nephropathy, the risk for progressive renal failure ishigh. The risk is less well established for those with type 2 diabetes and microalbuminuria or normalbuminuria.

Alcohol Consumption After Eating Reduces Insulin Levels
Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003
Moderate alcohol consumption after a meal produces a significant drop in plasma insulin levels, which could have an important effect on glucose metabolism

Susceptibility Genes Explain High Rate of Diabetic Kidney Failure in Blacks
Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003
New evidence found that genetic variations in regions of certain chromosomes are linked to severe kidney disease in younger African Americans with diabetes. The findings may ultimately lead to new drugs to prevent kidney failure in diabetics.

The Many Faces of Diabetic Eye Disease
Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003
“Glaucoma” is the term used to describe a group of eye diseases that share the following characteristics: progressive, structural damage to the optic nerve, often but not always associated with an increase of internal eye pressure, resulting in a progressive and characteristic pattern of visual field (peripheral and then central vision) loss.

Having 1 or More of 4 Risk Factors Increases Risk of Coronary Death 95%
Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Two analyses now show that 80%-90% of CHD patients—and 95% of those with fatal CHD events—have at least one of four major risk factors (smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, or diabetes).

Weight Management a Therapeutic Priority for Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Tuesday, November 18, 2003
Weight management may be the most important therapy for obese individuals with type 2 diabetes, according to a recent American review. Obesity and weight gain are important risk factors for the development of diabetes and can significantly influence the outcome for those already diagnosed with the disease. Obesity is also a known risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), which is responsible for 70% to 80% of deaths in diabetics.

Lessons from a Diabetic Eye Doctor:How to Avoid Blindness and Get Great Eye Care
Posted: Friday, November 14, 2003
When thinking about the eye complications of diabetes, most people, including most health care professionals, think of diabetic retinopathy the process through which the eye’s light sensitive retina is damaged by chronic hyperglycemia. There are seven different “diabetic eye diseases”: diabetic cataract; glaucoma; diabetic keratopathy; diabetic optic neuropathy; diabetic cranial neuropathy; diabetic retinopathy; and retinal vascular occlusion.

Anemia in Diabetics Often Unrecognized, Undetected, and Untreated
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2003
Although anemia is a key indicator of renal disease, a significant complication caused by diabetes, most diabetics are not tested for anemia and remain unaware of an association between anemia and kidney disease. The authors conclude that raising awareness of anemia among diabetic patients and their physicians is of paramount importance to help improve the quality of life of these patients by providing easy treatment of anemia.

Good Diabetes Control Benefits Last Many Years
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2003
In diabetics, intensive control of blood sugar levels seems to slow the progression of kidney disease many years after such control has ended, new research shows. The new findings complement those reported in 2000, which showed that intensive therapy also provides a persistent reduction in the risk of diabetic eye disease. In addition to slowing the progression of Kidney disease, intensive theraphy reduced the risk of high blood pressure.

In addition to slowing the progression of kidney disease, intensive therapy reduced the risk of high blood pressure, the authors point out.

Grafts Help Heal Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2003
Now, new research has shown that grafts derived from a patient's skin cells can help some diabetic ulcers heal faster. Although grafting appears to be more effective for top-of-foot ulcers, the authors note that it may still be of use for bottom-foot ulcers,especially when the optimal pressure-relieving cast cannot br used.

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