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Late-Onset Diabetes Can Lead to Early Heart Disease

If you're diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes after the age of 50, you're at risk for developing heart disease up to eight years earlier than people without the disease. Source: www.webmd.com/erectile-dysfunction/Vacuum-devices-for-erection-problems?ecd=wnl_erd_061607

Does Your Spouse Have Diabetes?

Home life changes when you or a spouse is diagnosed with diabetes. Get help here with six ways you can give loving support.
Source: diabetes.webmd.com/features/6-ways-support-spouse-with-diabetes?ecd=wnl_emw_032107

Couch Potatoes at Higher Diabetes Risk

Chances rise 14 percent for every two hours watched a day.

Diabetes Drug Reduces Artery Re-Clogging

Rosiglitazone, a drug taken to help improve blood sugar levels, also helps boost the effectiveness of a treatment for opening clogged arteries, according to a study in the November issue of Diabetes Care.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC275/333/21291/403733.html?d=dmtICNNews

Insulin Pumps Not Waterproof

Medtronic Inc. warned doctors and patients that two of its insulin pumps that were sold as waterproof can develop stress cracks over time and take in water.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21291/369171.html?d=dmtICNNews

Tracking Autoimmune T Cells In Diabetes

nsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus is usually caused by autoimmune destruction of pancreatic beta cells by T cells. Methodologies to track the development, migration, and functional activation of one class of such T cells (CD4 T cells) have been limited. This is an important issue for studies designed to monitor the efficacy of potential intervention protocols.
Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation , www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/33000/369391.html?d=dmtICNNews


HHS Awards 13.7 Million Dollars To Support Community Programs To Prevent Diabetes, Asthma And Obesity

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced 12 grants totaling .7 million to promote community initiatives to promote better health and prevent disease. The grants are funded under HHS' new Steps to a HealthierUS program, which aims to help Americans live longer, better, and healthier lives by reducing the burden of diabetes, overweight, obesity and asthma and addressing three related risk factors -- physical inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use.
Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/24524/369448.html?d=dmtICNNews

Insulin Pumps Not Waterproof

Medtronic Inc. warned doctors and patients that two of its insulin pumps that were sold as waterproof can develop stress cracks over time and take in water.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21291/369171.html?d=dmtICNNews

FDA Eyes Diabetes Warning For Antipsychotics

Federal regulators have asked the makers of a widely used class of six antipsychotic drugs to include labeling language about a possible link with diabetes, Eli Lilly and Co. said Wednesday.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/33000/369364.html?d=dmtICNNews

Feds Target Programs Against Obesity

Years of dire warnings about obesity's dangers don't seem to be shrinking Americans' girth. Now federal health officials hope programs that target different communities' special needs -- plus financial incentives like Pacificare Health Systems is about to offer -- will work better.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/24524/369295.html?d=dmtICNNews


Can The Fast-Food Industry Lead Us To Better Health?

Nutrition has emerged as the fast-food industry's hottest buzzword in decades. Read the story and comments from a Harvard physician.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21291/369171.html?d=dmtICNNews

Liver Injury from Diabetic Medications

A new study links the use of diabetic medications with an increased risk of acute liver injury or failure.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=8005770

Baboons Give Clues to Obesity, Diabetes in Humans

Animal study shows lack of exercise more damaging than bad diet.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=512301

Preventing Type 1 Diabetes Eludes Researchers

The second part of a major study aimed at finding a way to prevent type 1 diabetes has produced disappointing results, researchers announced.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/33000/365720.html?d=dmtICNNews


Keeping An Eye On Insulin

Diabetic retinopathy, the most frequent complication of diabetes and leading cause of vision loss, involves vascular and neural damage in the retina.
Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/29785/29796/365750.html?d=dmtICNNews


Man-Made Form Of Lizard Hormone Controls Blood Sugar, Hunger

A man-made version of a hormone found in the saliva of Gila monsters may become the first in a new class of drugs to help manage diabetes and obesity.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/29785/29796/365759.html?d=dmtICNNews


"Tight" Control Of Blood Sugar Is Critical

Researchers showed in the early '90s that keeping blood-sugar levels close to normal as much as possible for several years can lower the risk of long-term health problems in people with type 1 diabetes.
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Health Report Cards Help Parents Address Kids Obesity

A school program that sends home health report cards with student weight and fitness information has helped get parents of overweight children involved in trying to address the problem, a study found.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21142/367981.html?d=dmtICNNews

Play The Fat Away: Running, Jumping -- Just About Anything That Isn't Sitting -- Helps Keep Children Healthy

Lisa Lavine makes a concerted effort to keep her 17-month-old son active. The Sherman Oaks resident limits the amount of TV that Owen watches. She also takes him to Gymboree, where he climbs on slides and moves to music.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21344/367903.html?d=dmtICNNews

Diabetes Prevalence Among American Indians/Alaska Natives And The Overall U.S. Population

Diabetes continues to disproportionately affect American Indians and Alaska Natives compared with the overall U.S. population.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21142/367600.html?d=dmtICNNews

Expert Reviews Cannot Be Trusted

The results of the most important research in diabetes in the past 25 years have not been conveyed accurately to doctors, claim researchers in this week's BMJ.
Source: British Medical Journal, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21142/367608.html?d=dmtICNNews

Another Piece Of The Puzzle By Which Insulin Controls Blood Sugar And Fat Mass

The serine/threonine kinase Akt/PKB has three mammalian isoforms: Akt1 (PKBa), Akt2 (PKBb), and Akt3 (PKBg). The three isoforms show broad tissue distribution, with the Akt2 isoform predominating in insulin-responsive tissues.
Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21142/366780.html?d=dmtICNNews

OutFOXing Obesity

Obesity results from a massive expansion of fat cells. This expansion involves the differentiation of early precursor fat cells, known as preadipocytes, into mature fat cells.
Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21142/366778.html?d=dmtICNNews

Metabolic Abnormalities

Men who have at least three metabolic abnormalities are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease, researchers report. Read the story and comments from a Harvard physician.
Source: American Heart Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/21142/366799.html?d=dmtICNNews

Light Drinking May Cut Diabetes Risk

Light to moderate drinking can reduce the risk of diabetes in women, according to a study that echoes findings in men.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/333/28815/365484.html?d=dmtICNNews

Japanese Kids Gaining Body Fat, Heart Risks Like Western Counterparts

Japanese children are getting fatter -- thus increasing their heart disease risk, researchers report at the American Heart Association's Second Annual Asia-Pacific Forum.
Source: American Heart Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/29785/29796/365417.html?d=dmtICNNews

New NIH Study Seeks Kidney And Heart Disease Links And Solutions

A consortium has begun a landmark study examining risk factors for rapid loss of kidney function and the link between kidney and heart diseases. The researchers hope to identify ways to prevent or improve the treatment of both problems.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/29785/29796/365382.html?d=dmtICNNews

Dangers Of High And Low Blood Sugar

Illness, insulin, food and exercise all can affect blood sugar. When these elements get out of balance, sugar can spike or plunge. A little preparation can help you to prevent some incidents, or handle them if they occur.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/35132/35253/363578.html?d=dmtContent

The Role Of Diet And Exercise

Food and exercise both are key elements in controlling blood sugar and promoting good health.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/35132/35252/363544.html?d=dmtContent

Report: Diabetes Plagues Calif. Hispanics

California's large and rapidly growing Hispanic population is developing diabetes at an alarming rate, a problem that poses new threats to a strained public health system, according to a report released Wednesday. www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/364007.html?d=dmtICNNews

Diabetic Vets Are Frequent Users Of Health Care System

A study of 33,481 diabetic veterans suggests that many of these individuals carry an 'extremely heavy burden' of other diseases, which may account for their frequent hospital and outpatient visits within the Veterans Affairs medical system.
Source: Center for the Advancement of Health,

Less Fit Teens More Likely To Have Precursor To Diabetes

A child who is overweight and unfit may already be on the road to developing insulin resistance, an early sign of diabetes, researchers reported at the American Heart Association's 43rd Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.
Source: American Heart Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=21142&c=362035&p=~br,IHC|~st,333|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtICNNews

Young Diabetics at Risk

The risk of stroke is two and a half times higher in people with diabetes -- and it is even higher in certain diabetics. Learn how your age -- and even your sex -- can affect your risk of death by stroke.

Diabetes Fact vs. Diabetes Fiction

Managing diabetes presents many challenges -- from eating the right foods to getting insulin -- but perhaps the biggest one of all is simply separating the facts from the misconceptions. Lucky for you, diabetes expert S. Sethu Reddy, MD, is here to set the record straight.

Disabled, But Still Sexy

Diabetes can sometimes lead to serious disability: blindness, loss of limbs, nerve damage. But contrary to what many might think, those problems don't have to spell an end to your sex life. Just follow these creative tips for focusing on your ability -- not your disability -- in the bedroom.

Is It Time to Enroll in a Clinical Trial?

Clinical trials can often be a source of inspiration for those suffering with chronic illnesses. WebMD can now help you find a program that's dedicated to battling diabetes with both matching and listing services to help you find the trial that's best suited to your needs.

Put your diabetes knowledge to the test.

If there's one thing we know about diabetes, it's that most of us don't know enough.

Diabetes Affects Many Organs

Diabetes, and the hyperglycemia it causes, has the potential to affect many different systems and organs -- the circulatory system, the eyes, the kidneys, the nerves, even the skin and teeth.

Eye Screen, You Screen

Some experts say people with type 2 diabetes should be screened annually for a common eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy. But others disagree. Do you know why?

Coalition To Promote Kidney Disease Prevention Among African Americans

The newly formed Atlanta Coalition of the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) will officially launch its 'You Have the Power To Prevent Kidney Disease' education campaign with a kick-off event on Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at Grady Memorial Hospital. The event will feature an information session conducted by medical professionals, kidney disease and dialysis patients, and representatives from the 28 organizations that make up the NKDEP Atlanta Coalition.

HHS To Award Healthy Community Grants To Support Local Programs To Prevent Diabetes, Asthma And Obesity

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson encouraged states, cities and other local government agencies to propose innovative, community-based programs to prevent diabetes, asthma and obesity as part of a new grants program. The grants will be awarded to support local projects that will demonstrate approaches to reduce the prevalence and impact of the three common chronic health conditions in local communities.

Coalition To Promote Kidney Disease Prevention Among African Americans

The newly formed Atlanta Coalition of the National Kidney Disease Education Program (NKDEP) will officially launch its 'You Have the Power To Prevent Kidney Disease' education campaign with a kick-off event on Wednesday, May 14, 2003, at Grady Memorial Hospital. The event will feature an information session conducted by medical professionals, kidney disease and dialysis patients, and representatives from the 28 organizations that make up the NKDEP Atlanta Coalition.


Statement By HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson Regarding National Women's Health Week

American women are living healthier lives and longer than ever before. Life expectancies for women in this country are at an all time high. Advances in research and new medical treatments save the lives of millions of women every year.

WHO Begins Dialogue With Food Industry On Diet And Chronic Diseases

Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, MD, hosted the first formal Roundtable meeting between World Health Organization (WHO) and senior executives from the food and associated industries. The meeting, in Geneva, discussed ways the food industry could work with WHO to encourage healthier diets and increased physical activity worldwide.


Intense thirst, frequent urination and weight loss are some of the symptoms of diabetes.

Who Should Be Tested?

A test for diabetes may be warranted if you have certain symptoms, or a high risk of developing the disease.

Sudden Death Not Surprising In Many Women

Most women who die from an abrupt loss of heart function (called sudden cardiac death) have no prior history of heart disease. However, 94 percent of these women have at least one cardiac risk factor such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or obesity, according to a report.
Source: American Heart Association,

Traveling With Diabetes

In most instances, all it takes to make traveling pleasurable and reasonably worry-free is a bit of thought and careful planning.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/35132/35258/233237.html?d=dmtContent

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops in some women during pregnancy, usually toward the end of pregnancy.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC272/9339/31112/233101.html?d=dmtHealthAZ

Diabetes And High Blood Pressure Increase Risk Of Serious Eye Disease Among Blacks

People of African ancestry who have high blood pressure and high blood plasma glucose levels are at increased risk for diabetic retinopathy, and those with diabetes and high blood pressure are at increased risk for elevated intraocular pressure. These are the conclusions of two studies appearing in the May 2003 issue of Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association.
Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology

Diabetes Origin: Free Fatty Acids?

Theories about the origin of diabetes are under the microscope. As the number of people with diabetes rises, uncovering its cause -- which could lead to prevention or even a cure -- makes this quest especially urgent.
Source: my.webmd.com/content/article/62/71539.htm

Glucose Testing: After-Meal Fingerstick

A common practice -- testing blood-glucose levels on an empty stomach -- is being scrutinized by researchers. Given that most people eat regularly throughout the day, after-meal testing might make more sense.
Source: my.webmd.com/content/article/62/71537.htm

New Contact Lens May Measure Glucose

What if checking a person's blood sugar level were as easy as looking in the mirror?
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=28042&c=363650&p=~br,IHC|~st,333|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtICNNews

Health Problems That Diabetes Can Cause

Diabetes can lead to health problems in many systems of your body, primarily by damaging blood vessels and nerves.

Diabetes Quiz

If there's one thing we know about diabetes, it's that most of us don't know enough. Put your diabetes knowledge to the test.
Source: http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=29795&c=338286&p=~br,IHC|~st,29785|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtContent

A Derivative Of The Green Tea Leaf May Help With Metabolic Syndrome X, A Potentially Deadly Disorder (4/10/03)

Metabolic Syndrome X is the term used to describe a group of heart disease risk factors, including high levels of abdominal fat, bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, and abnormal glucose metabolism. The syndrome, also known as Insulin Resistance Syndrome, is thought to run in families with a history of type 2 diabetes. It is a syndrome that can kill.

Excessive caloric intake is thought to be one of the root causes. Consequently, physicians have prescribed weight loss, exercise and a healthy diet to combat it. A new weapon might eventually be added to the arsenal: consumption of Tegreen, a tea polyphenols product containing in excess of 65 percent tea catechins, derived from the green tea leaf. The results of a new animal model study reveal the benefits of Tegreen in improving lipid and glucose metabolisms, enhancing insulin sensitivity, and balancing the metabolic rate of fat deposit and fat burning.

The authors of a new study, "Tegreen Improves glucose and lipid metabolism in obese rats that have features similar to Metabolic Syndrome X," are Hong Yu, Zhigang Zhu and Weiti Yin, all of the Pharmanex Beijing Pharmacology Center, Beijing, China; and Jia-Shi Zhu of Pharmanex, LLC, Provo, UT. Dr. Jia-Shi Zhu will present their findings at Experimental Biology 2003, a meeting sponsored by the American Physiological Society, being held April 11-15, 2003, at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA.


Tegreen powder, containing >97 percent tea polyphenols or >65 percent tea catechins, was used with 44 female Sprague-Dawley rats, weighing 190-210 g. A high-dose treatment was developed using Tegreen powder (0.75 g) dissolved in 100 ml of solution for a 7.5 mg/ml suspension. For a low-dose treatment, Tegreen power (0.25 g) was dissolved in solution to make a 2.5 mg/ml suspension.

The subjects were housed with a 12-hour light/dark cycle. After being acclimatized to their surroundings, they were randomly placed in one of four experimental groups. Rats in a normal diet placebo group were fed normal rat forage. The other rats were fed a high-calorie diet, including a high-calorie diet placebo, for a period of 56 days. Two treatment groups were given Tegreen at a dose of 25 or 75 mg/kg. Following fasting of ten hours, orbital blood samples were collected to examine fasting serum glucose, serum triglycerides, plasma insulin, and plasma glucagon. Glucose insulin index and ratio of insulin:Glucagon were calculated. Abdominal adipose tissue was isolated and weighted.


The researchers made the following observations:

Establishment of Metabolic Syndrome X: Rats fed the high-calorie diet significantly increased their weight of abdominal adipose tissue and ratio of Insulin:Glucagon, indicating increased adipose lipogenesis and deposit, and decreased fat burning. The glucose-insulin index was lowered by 13 percent in rats on the high calorie diet, indicating reduced insulin sensitivity or insulin resistance and excessive visceral adipose accumulation. These metabolic changes suggested that rats on the experimental diet developed Metabolism Syndrome X.

Decreases in fasting blood glucose: After the eight-week Tegreen treatment, fasting blood glucose was decreased significantly (by 21.5 percent and 15.7 percent, respectively) in rats given Tegreen at a dose of 25 or 75 mg/kg.

Changes in fasting plasma insulin (Ins): Fasting plasma insulin was decreased by 40.7 percent in rats given Tegreen at a dose of 25 mg/kg, and by 31.2 percent at a dose of 75 mg/kg.

Increases in glucose-insulin index: the insulin index was increased significantly, 31.4 percent and 24.8 percent, respectively, in rats given Tegreen, suggesting enhanced insulin sensitivity by Tegreen treatment.

Decreases in fasting serum triglycerides (TG): fasting serum TG was significantly decreased (31 percent and 54.3 percent, respectively) in rats receiving the test product.

Decreases in the weight of abdominal adipose pad (fat) relative to body weight: Using an abdominal adipose pad index (API), measurements showed significant decreases of 11.9 percent in those consuming 25 mg/kg and 21.6 percent in those consuming 75 mg/kg, indicating decreased visceral depot fat.

Changes in fasting plasma glucagon (Glca): Fasting plasma glucagon was increased slightly -- 13.1 percent -- at a dose of 25 mg/kg, and by 22.6 percent at 75 mg/kg.

Decreases in ratio of insulin to glucagons (Ins/Glca): Ins/Glca was significantly decreased (49.9 percent) at a dose of 25 mg/kg, and by 43.1 at a dose of 75 mg/kg, suggesting increases in fat burning and decreases in visceral fat deposit. 


This study reveals that oral administration of Tegreen is capable of improving glucose and lipid metabolisms in an obese rat model induced by a high-calorie diet. The close association of disordered lipid metabolism with other metabolic disturbances may be the unique feature of Metabolic Syndrome X. This study clearly shows that Tegreen intervention can significantly decrease visceral fat depot and increase the insulin's sensitivity, presumably touching one of the pathological root causes of this potentially deadly syndrome.
Source: American Physiological Society, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtPrint/EMIHC269/333/28815/363267.html?d=dmtICNNews&hide=t&k=basePrint

Advances In Diabetes Care

Research continues to advance our understanding of diabetes and how to treat it.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=35077&c=360565&p=~br,IHC|~st,35072|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtContent

Comprehensive Care To Prevent Complications

You can help to control your diabetes and prevent further health problems by following a program that includes medicines, blood-sugar monitoring, diet, exercise and regular checkups.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=35076&c=360351&p=~br,IHC|~st,35072|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtContent

Diabetic Vets Are Frequent Users Of Health Care System

A study of 33,481 diabetic veterans suggests that many of these individuals carry an 'extremely heavy burden' of other diseases, which may account for their frequent hospital and outpatient visits within the Veterans Affairs medical system.
Source: Center for the Advancement of Health, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=21142&c=362030&p=~br,IHC|~st,333|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtICNNews

Less Fit Teens More Likely To Have Precursor To Diabetes

A child who is overweight and unfit may already be on the road to developing insulin resistance, an early sign of diabetes.
Source: American Heart Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=21142&c=362035&p=~br,IHC|~st,333|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtICNNews

Feeding Future Disease

It's common knowledge that diet plays a huge role in the development of type 2 diabetes. A new study finds that's true even in the first two weeks of life! Here's the new thinking on newborns.
Source: my.webmd.com/content/article/62/71816.htm

Pregnant, With Diabetes

For pregnant women with diabetes, preventing birth defects may be as easy as a trip to your grocery store's produce department. What should be on your plate?
Source: my.webmd.com/content/article/62/71829.htm

Another Number to Note

As someone with diabetes, you focus on controlling your blood sugar levels, of course, but new guidelines from The American College of Physicians urges you to pay closer attention to another number as well. Know what it is?
Source my.webmd.com/content/article/63/71853.htm

APOE Genotype Identified As Risk Factor For Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy

A cross-sectional study has convinced some researchers that the APOE genotype is a risk factor for diabetic neuropathy severity equal to having 15 extra years of age or diabetes duration. The study, led by Richard S. Bedlack, MD, Phd, of Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, is reported in the March 25 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
Source: American Academy of Neurology, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=28042&c=362558&p=~br,IHC|~st,333|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtICNNews

Diabetics Helped More By Vitamins

A multivitamin a day might help some people keep colds and other bugs at bay, according to a yearlong study.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=28042&c=362558&p=~br,IHC|~st,333|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtICNNews

Proinsulin, Diabetes, And The NOD Mouse

Accumulating evidence supports a role for proinsulin as a key autoantigen in type I diabetes.
Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=21142&c=362281&p=~br,IHC|~st,333|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtICNNews

Stem Cells: From Bone Marrow To Pancreas

Diabetes is the consequence of an inadequate functional mass of insulin-producing cells -- so called beta cells -- in the pancreas. In type 1 diabetes, the body's immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys these beta cells. In type 2 diabetes, often associated with obesity, beta cells are present but fail to secrete enough insulin to ensure normal energy metabolism.
Source: Journal of Clinical Investigation, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=21142&c=362280&p=~br,IHC|~st,333|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtICNNews

Lung Function And Elevated Blood Glucose Levels

Both the diagnosis of diabetes and a higher level of fasting blood glucose were associated with lower than predicted levels of pulmonary function in tests involving 3,223 members of the Framingham Offspring Cohort.
Source: American Thoracic Society, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH?t=21142&c=362282&p=~br,IHC|~st,333|~r,EMIHC272|~b,*|&d=dmtICNNews

Two Diabetics Regain Freedom Following Islet Cell Transplants

Freedom tastes sweet to Joan R. Starrett and Richard A. Osterfield. Under a research program at UMass Medical School, they are the first two people to receive transplants of islet cells, the insulin-producing tissue missing from the pancreases of Type 1 diabetics.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/351712.html

Benefits Of Physical Activity For Disease Prevention

A new report tunderscores the importance of physical activity in preventing disease and outlines the physical and financial costs associated with a sedentary lifestyle, including a cost of billion annually associated with overweight and obesity.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/351541.html

Adult Stem Cells Show Versatility

Researchers reported new evidence that stem cells taken from adults are versatile enough to produce a wide variety of specialized cells, which in turn might be used to treat diseases.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/351547.html

Ramipril Use In Canada (3/4/03)

The Canadian-led Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation (HOPE) involved patients in 19 countries and showed that treatment with ramipril reduced mortality rates, cardiovascular events, complications related to diabetes and the development of diabetes. New research by Karen Tu and colleagues found that the trial also led to an 'unprecedented' 400 percent increase in the prescribing of ramipril to elderly Ontario residents.
Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/361836.html

Diabetes Costs Soar To Almost $92 Billion (2/27/03)

The nation's medical bills for diabetes have more than doubled since 1997, costing almost $92 billion last year, researchers reported.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/361715.html

Study Finds Ethnic Differences In Metabolic Syndrome Among Americans (2/24/03)

A syndrome linked to obesity, diabetes and heart disease is most common among Mexican-American women and least common among black American men, a study of ethnic differences found.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/361549.html

NIH Study Will Test Best Ways To Lower Risk Of Heart Disease In Adults With Type 2 Diabetes (2/21/03)

A major new study will test the best approaches to lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke in adults with type 2 diabetes. The Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) study is being sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The National Institute on Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), another part of NIH, is providing additional support for the study.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/361476.html

Managing Chronic Disease Online

Study to examine Internet workshop for people with heart or lung disease, diabetes.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=511713

All the Elderly at Risk for Diabetes

Even those of normal weight can still get the disease.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=511815

Thiamine Derivative May Halt Diabetic Complications

Rat study finds it prevents problems due to sugar buildup.
Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/NewsFullText.cfm?id=511782

More Than The Patch: New Ways To Take Medicine Via Skin

Human skin is like a tightly woven fabric, seemingly impervious but porous at the microscopic level. Through its millions of tiny openings, the body oozes sweat and absorbs some substances applied to the skin.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/341/352017.html

Mechanism Suggested For Insulin And Colon Cancer

Studies have suggested that certain dietary and associated factors may increase the risk of colorectal cancer by changing blood insulin concentrations, but the mechanism has been unclear.
Source: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, www.intelihealth.com/enews?352057

FDA Approves New Sweetener Marketing

Neotame, a nonnutritive sweetener said to be 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, has been approved for marketing as an additive in candies, soft drinks and some other products, the Food and Drug Administration announced.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/enews?352163

Lower Blood Pressure Decreases Heart Attack Risk In Diabetics With Clogged Leg Arteries

Lowering blood pressure can reduce heart attacks and other cardiovascular events in diabetics who also have clogged leg arteries, according to a study.
Source: American Heart Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/360254.html

Can Diabetics Benefit From Removal Of Fat? Scientist Tests Theory; Subjects Undergo Liposuction Procedure

One of the most urgent reasons for going to war on obesity is that obesity is strongly linked to serious diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/358859.html

New Research Addresses Confusion About Juice

The relationship between children's juice intake and their growth has been debated for years. New research published in the January 2003 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association supports what many nutrition experts say they have long suspected: Children and adolescents are drinking higher amounts of less nutritious fruit-flavored beverages and carbonated soft drinks than 100 percent juice.
Source: American Dietetic Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/8895/359610.html

Infection Can Complicate Root-Canal Treatment In Diabetics

Diabetics are even less likely than others an infection near the root of the tooth.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/360007.html

Men With Diabetes Father Smaller Babies (1/3/03)

Children born to fathers with diabetes weigh less than other children, finds a study in this week's BMJ.
Source: British Medical Journal, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/342/359731.html

Obesity, Diabetes Still Increase In U.S.

The twin epidemics of obesity and diabetes are still on the rise in the United States.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/359694.html

Obesity In Middle Age Cuts Years Off Life

People who are overweight at 40 are likely to die at least three years sooner than those who are slim, meaning that in terms of life expectancy, being fat during middle age is just as bad as smoking, researchers say.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/359831.html

Processed Meat, Diabetes Link Found

Eat too many hot dogs and they can bite you back. A study shows that a diet heavy in processed meats, including hot dogs and bacon, increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 50 percent in men, researchers say.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/346364.html

Diabetics Misjudge Disease

Two out of three diabetics don't consider cardiovascular disease a serious threat, a new poll says, even though heart disease and stroke are the leading killers of diabetics.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/346071.html

Leptin Reverses The Symptoms Of A Rare Form Of Diabetes

Researchers have successfully used the hormone leptin to treat patients suffering from lipodystrophy, a rare and difficult-to-treat disorder that shares some of the characteristics of typical type 2 diabetes. The findings by scientists at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center appear in the February 21, 2002, issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/346143.html

Forerunner To Insulin May Predict Coronary Heart Disease

Measuring levels of a molecule that precedes insulin formation appears to be an accurate way to predict heart disease risk in men and women, according to a report in the online issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Source: American Heart Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/346355.html

Testing Urged To Diagnose Pre-Diabetic Condition

Millions of Americans are unaware they are pre-diabetic.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/358644.html

Diabetic Heart Disease Risk Studied

Cooking food at minimum safe temperatures for short periods of time may lower the risk of heart disease for diabetics.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/357906.html

Growth Hormone, Sex Steroid Combination "Not Ready For Prime Time"

In the first study of the separate and combined effects of growth hormone and sex steroids in healthy older men and women, investigators found that growth hormone replacement substantially increased lean body mass and decreased fat mass in both sexes. In combination with testosterone, growth hormone significantly improved cardiovascular endurance in older men. But the researchers also reported a number of side effects, including an increased incidence of glucose intolerance and diabetes among men, which raise important questions about the safety of using growth hormone alone or in combination with other treatments that are often touted as so-called 'anti-aging' therapies.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/357954.html

Footwear Used By Individuals With Diabetes And A History Of Foot Ulcer

Four hundred study participants reported their footwear preferences; use of optimal, adequate and dangerous types of footwear; and the cost of footwear used during the year prior to study enrollment.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/358149.html

Stem Cell Study May Aid Diabetics

Embryonic stem cells were turned into insulin-making tissue that was able to keep diabetic mice alive in an experiment that experts say is an important step toward a new treatment for diabetes.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/358157.html

HHS Launches Diabetes Campaign

The government launched a national diabetes prevention campaign Wednesday, promoting modest lifestyle changes as a way to help prevent the onset of the disease. www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/358331.html Read the comments from a Harvard physician. www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMIHC000/333/333/358384.html


Preventive-Care Practices Among Persons With Diabetes

The number of persons with diabetes who receive preventive care increased between 1995 and 2001.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/341/357528.html

Tropical Diabetic Hand Syndrome

Slowly progressive foot infections are a common complication among diabetes patients; however, some diabetic patients in tropical countries develop a very different type of hand infection that can lead rapidly to life-threatening complications.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/341/357529.html

Are You Living Yourself to Death?

Many of the world's most dangerous illnesses -- heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes -- don't just strike randomly. Daily choices each of us makes contribute greatly. A significant new report lists the top lifestyle risks for the world's most common deadly diseases. Are these no-no's part of YOUR lifestyle?
Source: Jennifer Warner, my.webmd.com/printing/article/1689.54457

Gene Causing Double Trouble

While conducting diabetes research, scientists found a gene they think not only plays a part in diabetes, but also contributes to those much-hated love handles and saddlebags. Have doctors finally found the "fat gene," and if so, does this mean a new weight-loss treatment is on the horizon?
Source: my.webmd.com/content/article/2731.2483

Afraid to Walk the Walk?

October 4 was International Walk to School Day, an observance created to help combat epidemic rates of obesity and diabetes among schoolkids. It's a good idea, but one that might be thwarted by parental anxiety. What are Mom and Dad so afraid of?
Source: my.webmd.com/content/article/2731.2483

Biotech Cos. Race To Replace Needles

Everybody hates needles. Millions of diabetics aggravate their disease by skipping insulin injections. Countless Americans would rather risk the flu than get inoculated against the virus each year.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/341/355694.html

Weight Loss Ads Called Misleading

Weight-loss advertising is riddled with false or misleading claims that prey on millions of overweight people seeking help to shed pounds, the Federal Trade Commission reported.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/20833/355474.html

New Brochure Says 'Cuide Su Corazón' To People With Diabetes

Hispanic and Latino Americans with diabetes are at higher risk of heart disease, but they can reduce that risk, according to a new bilingual brochure unveiled by the National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP). By controlling blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol, people with diabetes can live longer, healthier lives.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/355622.html

Diabetes and Heart-Disease Risk: Either Doctors Aren't Telling Patients, Or Patients Aren't Listening

Doctors say they are telling their diabetic patients about their high risk for heart disease, but many patients say they are unaware of the risk.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/21054/32216/351401.html?d=dmtICNNews

Taking Precautions

With good self-management, you can enjoy a healthy life and minimize your chances of developing complications.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/21054/32064/350542.html?d=dmtContent

New Approach To Insulin Treatment Improves Patients' Lives

Training patients with diabetes to adjust their insulin doses to match their food choices, improves diabetes control and quality of life, finds a study in this week's BMJ.
Source: British Medical Journal, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/356227.html

Moderately High Homocysteine Tied To Stroke, Alzheimer's Risk

Moderate elevations of homocysteine are associated with a more than five-fold increase in the risk for stroke and almost triple the risk for Alzheimer's disease, according to research in the October issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Source: American Heart Association,

Whole Grains Reduce Long-Term Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes In Men

Daily consumption of whole grains has been associated in a number of studies with reductions in risk for ischemic stroke, coronary artery disease, and type 2 diabetes. The cereal fiber found in whole grains slows digestion, producing a greater feeling of fullness and helping to prevent obesity, a major risk factor for type 2 diabetes. In a long-term study of male health professionals published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Fung et al. found that men who ate several servings of whole grains per day over a period of years had a substantially reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and that some risk reduction occurred even in men who were obese.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/354125.html

Practical Stress Management Program Found To Improve Health Of People With Type 2 Diabetes

Stress management is important for good health for all Americans, but for people with diabetes it is especially beneficial. New research shows a "real world" group stress management program can result in significant benefits for those with type 2 diabetes by improving glucose metabolism, thus reducing blood sugar levels. Results of the study will be presented at the 110th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA) in Chicago.
Source: American Psychological Association,

Australia And U.S. To Develop Vaccine Against Juvenile Diabetes

Australia and the United States have joined forces in a multimillion dollar venture to develop a vaccine against juvenile diabetes, the government said.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/346609.html

Oral Diabetes Drug Shows Promise In Preventing Miscarriage In Common Infertility Disorder

The anti-diabetes drug metformin appears to reduce the likelihood of early miscarriage in women with a common form of female infertility, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The study appears in the February issue of the 'Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism'.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/346515.html

Sleep-Disordered Breathing In Mildly Obese Men Associated With Glucose Intolerance And Insulin Resistance

Researchers studying a community sample of 135 healthy but mildly obese men found that moderate to severe sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), as measured by a sleep test, was associated with glucose intolerance and insulin resistance.
Source: American Thoracic Society, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/346768.html

Early Nephrologist Care Associated With Better Outcomes For Kidney Disease

A study of 828 patients with chronic kidney disease starting dialysis found that 30 percent saw a nephrologist, or kidney specialist, less than four months before beginning dialysis, a period that does not provide enough time for optimal preparation for dialysis. Only half saw the specialist at least one year before dialysis. Late evaluation of end-stage renal disease was linked with earlier death.
Source: American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/355417.html


High Nighttime Blood Pressure Can Be An Ominous Sign

Blood pressure that doesn't drop at night is an ominous indication that juvenile diabetes patients may develop kidney disease, a new study concluded.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/355149.html


How Much Exercise Is Enough?

The Surgeon General says people should get at least 30 minutes of moderate daily physical activity. A report by the Institute of Medicine says it should be at least an hour.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/7228/355409.html

Doctors Treat Diabetes Personally

Some 17 million Americans have diabetes, and experts estimate a third don't even know it. But at least half of those who are diagnosed don't control their blood sugar well enough to slow diabetes' constant erosion of their bodies. The most sophisticated measurement of diabetes control - the A1C test - shows the nation has made little progress in a decade.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/7228/353293.html

Significant Health Disparities Threaten Native American Children And Youth

Significant and persistent disparities continue to threaten the health of Native American/Alaska (AI/AN) children and youth. In testimony before a U.S. Senate committee last week, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) identified three of the most serious challenges facing AI/AN children and youth today, including health disparities and access to health care, unintentional injuries and death, and type 2 diabetes.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/341/353244.html

Monitoring Blood Sugar Painlessly

For years, needles have been associated with the pain and hassle of monitoring blood sugar levels for diabetes, which is on the rise in this country. New devices are now being developed that may make the needles obsolete. The latest research on noninvasive and minimally invasive blood glucose monitoring was the subject of a daylong symposium and subsequent panel discussion at the 224th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society. Read the story and comments from a Harvard physician.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/7228/353967.html

Epidemic: More Kids Get Type 2 Diabetes

Over the last 20 years, Type 2 diabetes has increased approximately tenfold among children and adolescents. Diabetes specialists are calling the increase an epidemic, driven by a rise in childhood obesity.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/353815.html

Study Gives Hope To Minority Diabetics

Researchers find whites and minorities with diabetes have different complication rates, but the picture is complex and minorities sometimes have better results than whites.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/21054/21139/350081.html?d=dmtICNNews

Inflammation May Be Diabetes Risk Sign

Inflammation, one of the body's principal defensive reactions to injury or infection, is a major focus of research on the causes of diabetes.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/21054/21056/351304.html?d=dmtICNNews

Diabetics May Be Taking Wrong Drug

A significant number of patients with diabetes are inappropriately prescribed a common drug that potentially could kill them, a study suggests.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/350040.html

Study Evaluates Children With Diabetes

A new study from the American Academy of Pediatarics, 'Occurrence of Celiac Disease After Onset of Type 1 Diabetes: A Six-Year Prospective Longitudinal Study', found that more than 10 percent of children with new-onset type 1 diabetes had celiac disease (CD) at the time they were diagnosed with diabetes, or developed CD within six years of their diabetes diagnosis.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349742.html

Can A New Treatment Reverse Autoimmune Diseases?

A new treatment has cured type 1 diabetes in mice by stopping their own killer immune systems from turning on themselves and allowing the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas to regenerate. The research promises to yield improved therapies for people afflicted by this and other autoimmune diseases including Crohn's disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349757.html

Heart Health Should Be The Front Line Of Diabetes Care

Intensive treatment of cardiovascular risk factors is vital for people with diabetes, according to a series of reports from the American Heart Association's Prevention Conference VI: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Source: American Heart Association, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349756.html

Children In Lower Socio-Economic Backgrounds At High Risk For Type-2 Diabetes

Lower socioeconomic children are at high risk of developing obesity and type 2 diabetes. The mechanism that contribute to worsening insulin resistance in the growing child are unknown, but mounting evidence suggests a role for adipose derived cytokines and tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a), interlukin-6 (IL-6), leptin and resistin. Also of interest has been the recently discovered "adiponectin," a peptide hormone derived from adipose (i.e., 'fat') tissue, which is one of several new hormones involved in obesity and is related to susceptibility to non-insulin dependent (type 2) diabetes).
Source: American Physiological Society,m www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349092.html

Study Confirms Recommended Dialysis Dose

The first major National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical trial for dialysis in over 20 years confirms that the minimum dose recommended by treatment guidelines is adequate and, in general, a higher dose and special filters provide no added benefit to patients. High death rates and frequent hospitalizations among hemodialysis patients was the major impetus for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to fund the landmark Hemodialysis (HEMO) Study.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349106.html

127,000 Children Have Diabetes

For the approximately 127,000 children younger than 19 who have diabetes, chronic illness means dealing with days of good health and bad. Read more here:
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMICH000/21054/21055/233242.html?d=dmtContent

WHO Advises Basic Exercise To Beat Heart Disease, Diabetes

Exercises as simple as walking up the stairs or even dancing could reduce the millions of deaths caused each year by diseases related to physical inactivity, the United Nations said.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/348226.html

Diabetes mellitus

Often simply called diabetes, this is a disease Diabetes mellitus (often simply called diabetes) is a disease in which the body cannot process or use the energy-giving nutrients in foods. Read more about Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus here:
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMICH000/21054/28995/195704.html?d=dmtHealthAZ

A Peptide, Responsible For A Wide Range Of Disorders, Is Produced At A Higher Rate In Patients With Nephrotic Syndrome

Nephrotic syndrome (NS) is a condition marked by very high levels of protein in the urine; low levels of protein in the blood; swelling, especially around the eyes, feet, and hands; and high cholesterol. Nephrotic syndrome results from damage to the kidneys' glomeruli, the tiny blood vessels that filter waste and excess water from the blood and send them to the bladder as urine. Nephrotic syndrome can occur with many diseases, including the kidney diseases caused by diabetes mellitus, but some causes are unknown.
Source: American Physiological Society, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/341/352517.html

Children And Diabetes

The path from childhood to adulthood is seldom a smooth one. But add to this mix a chronic illness and the already complex path of childhood becomes further complicated.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/21054/21139/233242.html?d=dmtContent

Tips For Preventing Diabetes

New government guidelines recommend that millions of middle-aged people get tested during their next regular visit to the doctor to see if they have either "pre-diabetes" or the full disease.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/347837.html

More Tests For 'Pre-Diabetes' Urged

Nearly 16 million Americans have a type of high blood sugar the government is now calling "pre-diabetes," and new guidelines urge most middle-aged people to get tested so they can take steps to prevent full-blown diabetes.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/347827.html

Don't Be Fooled About Your Oral Health: AAP Uncovers Common Misconceptions

'Your shoe lace is untied,' or 'Look! A flock of geese' are just a few of the innocent tricks Americans play on friends on April 1. While most of these practical jokes are just fun and games, the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) doesn't want you to be fooled about taking care of your teeth and gums, which could negatively affect your teeth in the years to come.
Source: American Academy of Periodontology, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/347884.html

Waist Circumference And Body Mass Index Predict Body Fat And Disease Risk

Overweight and obesity, particularly in the abdominal area, are associated with a variety of health risks, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Clinical practitioners have employed waist circumference (WC) and body mass index (BMI) as measures to identify patients with elevated concentrations of total and abdominal fat. In a study of white men and women who varied widely by age and body type, Janssen et al. found that WC and BMI each independently predict the distribution of nonabdominal, abdominal, and visceral fat stores.
Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition , www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/347665.html

Delayed Childbirth May Have Long-Term Health Consequences For Mother

Women who delay childbirth until after the age of 35 may be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, according to a new study.
Source: Center for the Advancement of Health, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/347735.html

Diabetics Think They Can't Avoid Complications

An international survey has found that although a large majority of people with diabetes develop nerve, eye or kidney damage, most diabetics are not worried about such complications.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/14220/20833/351336.html

Traveling with Diabetes

In most instances, all it takes to make traveling with diabetespleasurable and reasonably worry-free is a bit of thought and careful planning. Read more here:
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/EMICH000/21054/21139/233237.html?d=dmtContent


Interactive Baseball Meal

Summer is near but Major League Baseball is already in full swing. Before you head to the concession stands for snacks, check out our interactive baseball meal so you can count your calories along with balls and strikes.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/325/14197.html?k=wellx408x14197

Can A New Treatment Reverse Autoimmune Diseases?

A new treatment has cured type 1 diabetes in mice by stopping their own killer immune systems from turning on themselves and allowing the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas to regenerate. The research promises to yield improved therapies for people afflicted by this and other autoimmune diseases including Crohn's disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/9247/349757.html

Moderate Drinking May Fend Off Diabetes

Women who drink alcohol regularly and in moderate amounts may be less likely to develop diabetes, suggests a new study performed by U.S. government researchers.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/350082.html

Study Gives Hope To Minority Diabetics

When whites and minorities receive the same type of medical care, they nevertheless have different rates of complications from diabetes -- but minorities do not always fare worse, according to a new study.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/350081.html

Compound Identified In Grapes May Fight Cancer And Diabetes

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have identified another compound in grapes that they believe shows promise in fighting cancer. The compound, pterostilbene, is similar to resveratrol, an antioxidant recently found in grapes and red wine that has also been linked to cancer-prevention, they say.
Source: American Chemical Society, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/350242.html

Study Raises Questions On Widespread Prescribing Of Diabetic Footwear

Medicare pays for therapeutic footwear for thousands of people with diabetes each year, but researchers report in the May 15 Journal of the American Medical Association that for many of these patients regular good-quality shoes may work just as well in preventing foot ulcers.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/350045.html

Diabetes to Double in Ten Years

The number of people suffering from diabetes could double during this decade, experts have warned. There are around 1.4 million sufferers in the UK, but the new study, carried out for Diabetes UK and The Royal College of Physicians, predicts the number of people with the disease will double this decade because of increasingly sedentary lifestyles and poor diets. [The Scotsman] Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, 64, was recently diagnosed with the condition.

Mild Kidney Disease Doubles Risk Of Death After Angioplasty Or Bypass

The more than 3 million Americans who have mild kidney disease may be at increased risk of complications following procedures to open or bypass blocked arteries, according to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Source: American Heart Association,www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349033.html

New Evidence That Dietary Soy And Flaxseed Have Positive Effect On Obesity And Diabetes

Obesity and diabetes mellitus are two nutritional disorders that have become major public health concerns in industrialized countries because of their epidemic proportions and association with major cardiovascular risk factors that are responsible for excess morbidity and mortality. Researchers are looking for ways to combat these diseases. Plant-based, edible compounds are one answer, an animal study finds.
Source: American Physiological Society, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349007.html

Diabetes Tied To Altering Of The Heart's Circadian Clock

A new research study has found that diabetes, the cause of numerous heart disorders, likely disrupts the organ's circadian clock. This could lead to the heart failing to initiate important stimuli to several internal and external environmental changes, thereby contributing to heart failure.
Source: American Physiological Society, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349012.html

Obesity Epidemic For Children Brings Pain Of Diseases, Social Stigma

Today, one in five children nationwide is overweight. Yet in many areas, programs to help them slim down are in short supply. From the classroom to the doctor's office, overweight children often are ignored. Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349078.html

New Study Finds Need For Improved Nutrition For Low-Income African Americans

African Americans in the United States are subject to higher death rates related to coronary heart disease (CHD) and diabetes than are their Caucasian counterparts. As diet is considered the single most highly correlated variable with elevated blood lipid levels, special attention must be paid to the food intake habits of this population.
Source: American Physiological Society

New Indicators For Predicting Hypertension In African-American Males

The threat of hypertension is real and deadly. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 23 percent of Americans ages 20-74 suffer from hypertension (more commonly known as high blood pressure). Some 15,000 die each year from this disorder; more than 32 million visit the doctor's office each year for treatment, but the disease affects African Americans disproportionately.
Source: American Physiological Society, www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/349020.html

Exercise Combats Diabetes, Study Finds

If you knew you could prevent or improve a serious medical condition, without drugs, would you do it?
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/333/21142/348454.html

Basic Exercise To Beat Heart Disease, Diabetes

Exercises as simple as walking up the stairs or even dancing could reduce the millions of deaths caused each year by diseases related to physical inactivity, the United Nations said Thursday.
Source: www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSIHW000/8059/8011/348226.html

Is your diabetes out of control?

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Type 2 diabetes drug receives US approval

Novartis Pharmaceuticals announced that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved the company's type 2 diabetes drug Starlix (nateglinide). Source: www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46338&src=n71

Afternoon blood tests may miss diabetes

Performing blood-sugar tests to diagnose diabetes in the afternoon rather than the morning may mean some cases are missed, new research suggests. Diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body fails to produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar levels. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm!?ID=46414&src=n71

Diabetes drugs may reduce risk of heart disease

Drugs taken by some diabetics to control their blood sugar may also reduce the accumulation of fat in certain cells--possibly quelling the potential risk of heart disease, new research suggests. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46531&src=n71

Experimental diabetes drug shows promise

An experimental drug for type 2 diabetes shows promise in patients with mild forms of the disease, drug company researchers said. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46689&src=n71

Holiday health for diabetics

The more than 16 million Americans who have diabetes need to think more prudently than most people about how to manage eating and exercise at the holidays and after. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46222&src=n71

Many diabetics may have symptomless heart disorder

Even diabetics who keep their condition under control and do not have any obvious symptoms of heart disease may be at risk for hidden heart problems, researchers in Canada report. www.heal!thcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46451&src=n71

Two factors key in early diabetes, study shows

Researchers studying the Pima Indians--a group with one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world--have found two factors that play a key role in the earliest stages of the blood-sugar disorder. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46458&src=n71

Diabetes striking earlier and earlier

Type II diabetes, usually known as "adult-onset diabetes" is striking more and more children, putting them at risk for serious complications later in life. The best way to avoid it? Keep your children active and their weight under control. www.healthcentral.com/drdean/DeanFullTextTopics.cfm?ID=46266&src=n49

Prenatal exposure to diabetes ups risk to kids

Being exposed to their mothers' type 2 diabetes while in the womb appears to increase people's risk for the disease beyond any genetic predisposition they inherit, according to study results published in the December issue of Diabetes. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46334&src=n49

Diabetes and High Blood Pressure Tied to Mental Decline

People with diabetes and high blood pressure are more likely to suffer a decline in mental ability as they age, a study says. Researchers said the findings indicate that getting diabetes and hypertension under control before age 60 might reduce mental impairment later in life. www.healthcentral.com/news/newsfulltext.cfm?ID=46838&src=n46

Fruit Juice Tied to Rise in Diabetes Risk

Women wanting to ward off type 2 diabetes should load their plates with green leafy vegetables and whole fruits, but perhaps stay away from fruit juice, new research suggests.

Eating an additional three servings of whole fruit daily, or one more serving of spinach, kale or similar leafy green vegetable was tied to a lower risk of developing diabetes over an 18-year period among 71,346 women enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study.

"It was a modest decrease," Dr. Lydia A. Bazzano of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, told Reuters Health. "This is not going to...prevent it if you have many, many risk factors and you're overweight...it's a tool in the prevention strategy."

Bazzano and colleagues analyzed data on the diets of Nurses' Health Study participants -- 4,529 of whom developed type 2 diabetes while they were being followed. They divided women into five groups based on fruit and vegetable intake, and also grouped them based on fruit juice consumption.

They found that an increase of three servings a day of whole fruit was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes, while a single additional serving of leafy green vegetables cut the risk by 9 percent. However, an additional daily serving of fruit juice increased the likelihood of developing diabetes by 18 percent.

While the findings must be replicated, Bazzano said, there are plausible mechanisms by which fruit juice could increase risk. "It's a big sugar load and it comes in a liquid form which is absorbed rapidly," she noted.

The findings, the study team concludes, suggest that "caution should be observed in replacing some beverages with fruit juices in an effort to provide healthier options. The same caution applies to the recommendation that 100 percent fruit juice be considered a serving of fruit as it is in the present national dietary guidelines."
Source: Anne Harding, news.aol.com/health/story/ar/_a/fruit-juice-tied-to-rise-in-diabetes/20080714070909990001

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