News on Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease in which the body either does not produce or does not properly use insulin.  Insulin is the hormone that converts sugar, starches and other foods into glucose, the energy needed to fuel the body.  If you have diabetes, no matter what type, it means you have too much glucose in your blood, although the reasons may differ.  Too much glucose can lead to serious health problems.

The cause of diabetes is unknown; however it is thought that genetics and other factors (e.g. obesity and lack of exercise) may be involved. There are four different types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes results from the body's failure to produce insulin, the hormone that "unlocks" the cells of the body, allowing glucose to enter and fuel them.
Type 2 diabetes results from insulin resistance (a condition in which the body fails to properly use insulin), combined with relative insulin deficiency.
Gestational diabetes occurs immediately after pregnancy, and may result in type 2 diabetes.
Pre-diabetes is a condition that occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes.

02/28/2011 - News
Does a High White Blood Cell Count Mean Cancer?

Does a High White Blood Cell Count Mean Cancer?

Inflammatory changes in the body, sometimes shown by "inflammatory markers" in the blood such as CRP (C-reactive protein), have been linked with a number of diseases, including cancer. Read more

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02/08/2011 - News

Weight Loss Surgery Reduces Diabetes Medication Use

People who have difficulty losing weight through diet and exercise may decide to undergo bariatric surgery, more commonly referred to as weig Read more

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09/09/2010 - News

Whole Grains are Good for Women with Diabetes

Eating whole grains has been linked to a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and death among the general population, but the association of Read more

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09/02/2010 - News

Are Group Medical Clinics Effective for Diabetes?

Group medical clinics are an intensive approach to treating diabetes in which small groups of patients attend group self-management education se Read more

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04/15/2010 - News

Obese Patients Just as Likely to Receive Preventive Care

People who are overweight or obese often fear that healthcare providers are biased because of their weight. And, clinicians often express dissatisfaction in caring for obese patients. In combination, these observations raise potential concerns that obese patients might receive lower quality of medical care. However, according to a new study published in the April 7 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, obese patients are no less likely to receive recommended preventive care than other patients. Read more

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04/06/2010 - News

Lifestyle Intervention Lowers Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes

It is well-known that type 2 diabetes increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.In addition, type 2 diabetes and the glucose-lowering therapy needed to treat the condition both contribute to overweight and obesity. According to a study published online March 23 in Diabetes Care, intensive lifestyle intervention significantly improves cardiovascular risk factors in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more

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04/01/2010 - News

Aspirin Use is Cost-Effective in Newly Diagnosed Diabetes

People with diabetes have a 2-4 times greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease than those without diabetes. Currently, the American Diabetes Association recommends aspirin therapy for people with diabetes over the age of 40 years. According to a study published online in Diabetes Care, people with newly diagnosed diabetes gain almost 4 months of life if they take aspirin. Read more

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03/24/2010 - News

Salsalate Seems Effective for Type 2 Diabetes

Salsalate is an anti-inflammatory drug that is commonly used for rheumatologic conditions. Small studies have shown that salsalate can also decrease blood glucose concentrations. Now, according to a study published in the March 16, 2010 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers report that treatment with salsalate lowers hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Read more

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03/22/2010 - News

FDA Approves Diabetes Management System

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a diabetes management system that combines an insulin pump with a glucose monitoring system. This diabetes management system, manufactured by Medtronic, is called MiniMed Paradigm REAL-Time Revel System. Read more

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01/26/2010 - News

Insulin Syringes Recalled

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notified patients and healthcare professionals of a voluntary nationwide recall of all GlucoPro Insulin Syringes by the manufacturer, Nipro Medical Corporation. The reason for the recall is that the insulin syringes may have needles that detach from the syringe itself. Read more

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