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Obesity Tied To Increased Risk For Dozens Of Conditions

DiabetesSep 22 05

Highly obese women are 12 times more likely to have diabetes or knee replacement surgery, and five times more likely to have high blood pressure than women who are at a normal weight, says a new study.

Men in the highest weight categories are eight times more likely to have diabetes, and six times more likely to have a knee replaced or have high blood pressure than are their normal-weight peers, say researchers for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

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Insulin resistance detectable 20 years before diabetes 2 onset

DiabetesSep 22 05

A detectable decline in energy production by mitochondria—the organelles that are the cell’s furnace for energy production—seems to be a key problem leading to insulin resistance, and thus to type 2 diabetes, according to studies by Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers.

The research team said that insulin resistance—an impaired response to the presence of insulin—is detectable as early as 20 years before the symptoms of diabetes become evident. In fact, insulin resistance is now seen as the best predictor that type 2 diabetes will eventually develop, said the study’s senior author, Gerald I. Shulman, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at the Yale University School of Medicine.

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American Diabetic Association recognizes FAMHS diabetes education

DiabetesSep 21 05

Diabetes affects 17 million people in the United States according to Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson, who also said that the number of people with diabetes has risen eight percent according to the 2000 U.S. census.

Diabetes has no cure, but it can be controlled so that people with diabetes enjoy a healthy life.

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Diabetes Risk Factors

DiabetesSep 21 05

Although the causes of diabetes are unknown, the following risk factors may increase your chance of developing diabetes.

A family history: If a parent or sibling in your family has diabetes, your risk of developing diabetes increases.

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Diabetes Facts

DiabetesSep 21 05

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

Approximately 17 million people in the United States, or 6.2% of the population, have diabetes. While an estimated 11.1 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 5.9 million people (or one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.

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Tea can treat diabetes

DiabetesSep 20 05

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Scranton suggests that tea might prevent diabetes and its ensuing complications, including cataracts.

Researchers led by Joe Vinson fed green and black tea to diabetic rats for three months and then monitored the chemical composition of the rats’ blood and eye lenses.

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Study shows Bypass surgery better than angioplasty for diabetics

DiabetesSep 20 05

Severe coronary heart disease can be treated with either heart bypass surgery or angioplasty with similar survival rates, according to findings of a five-year, international study published in the July 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. However, in those patients who were also treated for diabetes (20 percent of the study’s participants), bypass surgery provided significantly better survival than angioplasty, reports the authors of the largest clinical trial comparing the two procedures.

The multi-center Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation (BARI) was coordinated at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Normal Weight elderly still may be at risk for developing diabetes

DiabetesSep 20 05

Elderly men and women with normal body weight still may be at risk for developing type 2 diabetes if they have large amounts of muscle fat or visceral abdominal fat, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published in the February issue of the journal Diabetes Care.

???Our study found that, even though an elderly person may not be overweight, he or she might still be at risk for developing diabetes,??? said Bret H. Goodpaster, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh division of endocrinology and metabolism and principal investigator of the study. ???An important factor is where in the body their excess fat is stored.???

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Five Simple Nutrition Rules for People With Diabetes

DiabetesSep 19 05

Book by University of Pittsburgh nutritionist for people who want to lose weight and improve diabetes control

Five simple rules can help people with diabetes lower their blood sugar, lose weight and live a healthier life, according to a recently published book called ChangeOne for Diabetes.

Using lessons learned from a study of overweight adults with Type 2 diabetes, nutritionist Pat Harper, M.S., R.D., presents a sensible and realistic program for people who want to lose weight and improve diabetes control.

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Drug protects kidneys of people with diabetes

DiabetesSep 10 05

Kidney damage is a constant danger for people with Diabetes Mellitus, especially when their blood pressure is high. Now European researchers report that the addition of a drug, spironolactone, to standard blood pressure-lowering therapy for such patients helps reduce both blood pressure and the amount of albumin protein in urine, a measure of kidney impairment.

Dr. Kaspar Rossing of Steno Diabetes Mellitus Center in Gentofte, Denmark, and colleagues note in the medical journal Diabetes Care that two types of antihypertensive drugs—ACE inhibitors and angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs)—have protective effects on the kidneys in diabetics who already have kidney damage.

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Women with diabetes face significantly greater risk of a fatal heart attack

DiabetesAug 19 05

Diabetic women have a much greater risk of suffering a fatal Heart attack, according to Swedish research, which suggests women with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus face as much as a 3.1 times greater risk than healthy women, while diabetic men have a 1.9 times higher risk than their healthy counterparts.

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Hormone linked to sugar control in diabetics

DiabetesAug 19 05

High blood levels of a hormone called adiponectin are associated with improved sugar control in women with Diabetes Mellitus, new research shows.

In addition, high adiponectin levels are associated with high levels of HDL “good” cholesterol and with reduced inflammation. Taken together, these effects could help reduce the risk of Heart Disease and Stroke.

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Sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and type II diabetes

DiabetesAug 17 05

Sugar and refined carbohydrates are undeniably linked to Diabetes Mellitus. Researchers around the world have come to the conclusion that the consumption of refined sugar is detrimental to the health of people without Diabetes Mellitus and disastrous for those with it. Furthermore, excess sugar in the blood can cause the onset of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. First, however, what exactly is diabetes?

According to Bruce Fife ND, “Diabetes is all about sugar—the sugar in our bodies known as blood sugar or blood glucose. Every cell in our bodies must have a constant source of glucose in order to fuel metabolism.

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Diabetes UK worried at loss of choice

DiabetesAug 15 05

Modern insulin treatments for people with Diabetes Mellitus are making the condition worse for some patients, it is claimed today.

Manufacturers are taking long-established products off the market and replacing them with more expensive alternatives.

Diabetes Mellitus UK says long-term patients are finding their bodies do not always adjust to the substitutes.

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Diabetes hospitalization rates falling in US, CDC says

DiabetesJun 14 05

Americans with diabetes are less likely to need hospitalization for serious complications such as kidney failure than they were a decade ago, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One CDC study found that the rate of people with diabetes admitted to a hospital for a potentially preventable reason fell 35 percent between 1994 and 2002.

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