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Diabetes Linked to Irregular Heartbeat
Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2010
Diabetes is linked to a 40 percent greater risk of developing atrial fibrillation -- the most common kind of chronically irregular heartbeat, researchers found in a new study.

IOM Recommends FDA Set New Standards for Salt in Foods
Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2010
As widely expected, the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) is advising the FDA that it should set stricter federal standards for the amount of salt that food manufacturers, restaurants, and food-service companies can add to their products.

High Glycemic Foods Can Increase Risk for Heart Disease in Women
Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010
Consuming carbohydrates with high glycemic index -- an indicator of how quickly a food affects blood glucose levels -- appears to be associated with the risk of coronary heart disease in women but not men, according to a report.

Salsalate Shows Promise in Treating Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Treatment with salsalate lowers levels of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) and improves markers of glycemic control and coronary risk in people with Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

Drugs Don't Reduce Heart Problems for Diabetes Patients
Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Key results from a landmark federal study are in and the results are disappointing for diabetes patients: adding drugs to drive blood pressure and blood-fats lower than current targets did not prevent heart problems, and in some cases caused harmful side effects.

Tight Blood Pressure Control Not Supported in Patients with Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease
Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2010
Current blood pressure (BP) guidelines for individuals with diabetes (systolic BP [SBP] <130 mm Hg) based on the notion that lower is better were not supported by results of the International Verapamil SR-Trandolapril (INVEST) study.

Potential New Anti-Inflammatory Drug for Type 2 Diabetes
Posted: Sunday, March 28, 2010
An experimental oral drug has lowered blood sugar levels and inflammation in mice with Type 2 diabetes, suggesting that the medication could someday be added to the arsenal of drugs used by millions of Americans with this disease, according to new research.

Postprandial Hyperglycemia and Increased Cardiovascular Risk
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Hyperglycemia is a major risk factor for both the microvascular and macrovascular complications in patients with Type 2 diabetes. This review summarizes the cardiovascular results of large outcomes trials in diabetes and presents new evidence on the role of hyperglycemia, with particular emphasis on postprandial hyperglycemia, in adverse cardiovascular outcomes in patients with Type 2 diabetes.

High Cholesterol, Diabetes Lead Drug Spending for the Elderly
Posted: Sunday, March 21, 2010
Purchases of cholesterol and diabetes prescription drugs by elderly Medicare beneficiaries reached nearly $19 billion in 2007 -- about one-fourth of the approximately $82 billion spent for medications for the elderly, according to the latest AHRQ News and Numbers.

A1c's Over Five Percent Increase Risk for Stroke
Posted: Sunday, March 14, 2010
Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), even at levels considered in the "normal" range, emerged as an independently significant predictor of heart-disease events, stroke, and death over more than a decade in an analysis from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. The risks of incident diabetes, coronary heart disease events, and death were significantly increased for all HbA1c values higher than the reference range of 5.0% to <5.5%.

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