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Genetic Link Between Heart Disease and Gum Disease Found
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A genetic link between gum disease (periodontitis) and heart disease has been discovered by German scientists. This could be an important finding for those with diabetes because of the increased risk of heart disease to gum disease The association between periodontitis and coronary heart disease (CHD) has been known for years, but a genetic link between the conditions hadn't been confirmed. The University of Kiel team found that the two diseases share a genetic variant on chromosome 9.

Meta-Analysis of Use of Aspirin to Prevent a First Heart Attack
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
The Lancet has published a meta-analysis of the six large-scale randomized clinical trials of aspirin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease among over 95,000 apparently healthy men and women worldwide.

Hardened Arteries Threaten Obese, Diabetic Youth
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
An examination of the neck arteries of today's obese or diabetic young people bodes ill for their future health, researchers report.

Healthy Lifestyles Declining in U.S.
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Far fewer Americans are engaging in healthy lifestyles than there were just two decades ago, researchers say. So it is not hard to see why a diabetes epidemic is at our doorstep.

Low Glucose Levels Do Not Explain Excess Deaths in ACCORD Trial
Posted: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
A1c of less than 7% is not a predictor of mortality risk in Type 2 diabetes and the converse is true in that higher A1cs do increase the risk of mortality. For every 1% higher A1c level above 6%, the risk of death increases by 20%.

Pregnant Women Should Take Multivitamin Supplements
Posted: Monday, June 08, 2009
Low birth weights are closely associated with many infant mortality's, as well potentially being associated with future incidence of diabetes and heart disease in adulthood. Currently, many doctors recommend pregnant women take iron-folic acid supplements to limit risk of low birth weights, but a recent meta-analysis study has found that taking multivitamins during pregnancy may be more effective to this aim.

Cholesterol Drug Cuts Amputation Risk in Diabetes
Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Treating Type 2 diabetes patients with a cholesterol-lowering drug called fenofibrate cuts the risk of a first diabetes-related limb amputation by 36%, according to a new study published in The Lancet.

Tighter Control Reduces Heart Disease Risk by 17%
Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2009
The study found extra benefits for those who kept the A1c levels closer to the 4% to 5% mark that is common for healthy people. As well as the reduction in heart attacks, there was a 15% fall in heart disease when blood sugar levels were kept to 6.6% on average.

Bone Marrow Stem Cells Reverse Heart Failure
Posted: Friday, May 29, 2009
Because of the lack of available hearts for transplantation, in addition to excessive medical costs, many people are living with dysfunctional, or "failing" hearts. A new stem cell treatment, involving injection of bone marrow stem cells into skeletal muscle, appears to help reverse heart failure by repairing cardiac tissue.

Triglycerides Predict Neuropathy
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2009
High triglyceride levels in the blood may be an indicator of risk for diabetic neuropathy. High blood-triglyceride levels were already known to greatly increase cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, further connecting CVD and diabetes.

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