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Elderly Diabetics at Risk for Gangrene
Posted: Sunday, March 29, 2009
Gangrene, the nasty condition known to cause black and green limbs due to infection and a leading cause of amputations, and most recognized as a product of war wounds or conditions, is now being mentioned as a risk for elderly diabetics. With both the number of elderly, and the incidence of diabetes, rising in the United States, this is potentially troubling news that needs to be addressed.

Psoriasis Patients at Increased Diabetes, Heart Disease Risk
Posted: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
People with severe psoriasis are at an increased risk of developing serious medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, says a dermatologist from the University of Pennsylvania.

Statins Associated With Lower All-Cause Mortality, Even in Primary Prevention
Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Primary- and secondary-prevention patients who consistently take their statin medication have a significantly lower risk of death than those who do not adhere to therapy, a new study has shown [1]. Individuals who took their medication at least 90% of the time had a 45% reduction in the risk of all-cause mortality, compared with less adherent patients, report investigators.

Sulphonylurea Drugs Can Have Neuroprotective Effects in Diabetic Patients
Posted: Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Hospitalized diabetic stroke patients who receive sulphonylurea therapy appear to be less likely to die and more likely to have a better outcome than patients who do not receive this type of therapy, according to data analyzed from a large patient population that was diagnosed with ischemic stroke.

Cardiovascular Mortality Equally Likely for Diabetics as for CVD Patients
Posted: Thursday, January 08, 2009
Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) have been closely linked in several respects, but little solid quantification of the risk diabetes poses to cardiovascular mortality has been achieved. A recent study has made a profound discovery, that in the long-term, mortality due to cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes), is equally likely for diabetics with no previous cardiovascular disease history, as it is for individuals with known cardiovascular disease (and non-diabetic). The study was conducted solely on males, but the results are suspected to extend to both sexes.

Periodontal Maintenance Improves Diabetic Health
Posted: Tuesday, January 06, 2009
For diabetic adults who also have gum disease, being diligent with cleanings and other gum disease procedures, might significantly reduce risks and medical costs associated with diabetes.

Diabetes Leads to Early Death for Alzheimer's Patients
Posted: Thursday, November 06, 2008
There is significant variance in expected lifespans for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, but two fairly clear trends have recently been found. Those diagnosed with Alzheimer's that have either diabetes or high blood pressure live less than half as long as those without, making proper maintenance of these conditions potentially very important for Alzheimer's treatments.

Eating Dark Chocolate Reduces CRP
Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2008
A new Italian study has shown, for the first time, that consuming moderate amounts of dark chocolate can significantly reduce levels of C-reactive protein (CRP).

Depression in Elderly Diabetics Increases Death Risk
Posted: Sunday, October 05, 2008
The combination of diabetes and depression in elderly individuals increases the likelihood of death, according to a recent study. This increased mortality rate might be due to depression causing poor lifestyle choices and lack of motivation for treating diabetes.

Depressed Dialysis Patients More Likely to be Hospitalized Or Die Within a Year
Posted: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Dialysis patients diagnosed with depression are nearly twice as likely to be hospitalized or die within a year than those who are not depressed, a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher has found.


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