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The key to raising low testosterone levels may begin with a “kiss!”

January 4, 2013 in News

Testosterone is a very important hormone, and it gets a lot of press.  It’s often known as the male hormone, and the majority of the hormone in men is produced in the testes.  Testosterone has some important functions in women as well, but recent health research has largely focused on men, and a recent publication has found an extremely promising potential treatment. Read the rest of this entry →

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More reasons not to postpone your eye exam

September 4, 2012 in News

Diabetic retinopathy, damage to the retinas caused by high blood sugar that can cause vision loss, is a major concern for all persons with diabetes. Getting an eye exam is a vital part of routine health care if you have diabetes, and newly published research suggests that retinopathy is not the only concern. Read the rest of this entry →

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Special concerns: Diabetes and post-surgical infections

September 4, 2012 in News

You may already be aware that people with diabetes are at high risk for bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. This is one of the reasons foot care is so essential if you have diabetes; the combination of poor circulation and nerve damage make it easy to injure your feet without noticing, or to develop ulcers. Ulcers and small wounds are difficult to heal if your circulation is poor or your blood sugar is not controlled. The longer a wound or ulcer takes to heal, the easier it is for infection to set in. Read the rest of this entry →

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Diabetes in the bedroom

September 4, 2012 in News

Sex and sexual difficulties are tough to approach. Bringing intimate matters out for frank, clinical discussion can make a lot of people uncomfortable, whether the discussion is with a partner or a member of their health care team. But when these discussions are avoided, there’s no way to learn about treatments that can help.

It’s been well known for many years that men with diabetes are susceptible to sexual problems, including ED (erectile dysfunction, often referred to as impotence). This is due in part to damage to the nerves and blood vessels in the penis, and can be increased by cardiovascular disease risk factors like obesity, smoking, and being inactive; some medications used to treat diabetes also have side effects that can increase ED. Psychological factors such as stress, anxiety, and depression also can have a significant effect.

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Preventing complications goes beyond watching your blood sugar

September 4, 2012 in News

Watching your blood pressure is a good idea for anyone, but is especially important for those with diabetes. High blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol are two of the most common conditions that are comorbid with diabetes; according to the CDC, about 13 percent of U.S. adults are living with a combination of two of the three conditions. Read the rest of this entry →

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New research suggests possible treatments for diabetic neuropathy

September 4, 2012 in News

Diabetic neuropathy can cause a wide range of painful, troubling side effects – loss of sensation in hands or feet, trouble with digestion, trouble with regulating blood pressure, difficulties with sexual function, and even loss of bladder control. Close to half of all diabetics deal with one or more symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, which makes developing a greater understanding of the condition a priority for diabetes researchers. Read the rest of this entry →

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When was your last eye exam?

September 4, 2012 in News

The diabetes epidemic is concerning in and of itself, but it also may be driving large spikes in related health problems as well. A group of researchers sponsored jointly by the National Eye Institute and Prevent Blindness America just released their analysis of the rates health conditions that threaten vision in the United States. They found the largest and most troublesome increase in the rates of diabetic retinopathy, which increased 89 percent between 2000 and 2010.

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Diabetes and Cancer Risk

September 4, 2012 in News

By now, you are well aware of the fact that diabetes affects more than just your sugar levels. As research efforts unravel more of the mysteries of the effects diabetes has on the body, it is increasingly clear that these effects are far-reaching.

We know that having diabetes can increase your risk of some other health conditions; the link among diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension has been well documented. The relationship between diabetes and other conditions has been suspected, but not well understood. Read the rest of this entry →

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Poor glycemic control tied to symptoms of depression

September 4, 2012 in News

There has been a lot of buzz in diabetes research lately about the connection between diabetes and depression. Multiple studies have shown that people with diabetes are more likely to suffer from depression than those without diabetes; now researchers are focusing on the specifics of the connection so that they can design better treatments for those who suffer from both conditions. Read the rest of this entry →

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Don’t lose your mind! Poor glucose management can lead to brain volume loss late in life.

September 4, 2012 in News

Here’s yet another reason to stick to your blood glucose self-management regimen: poor control over your blood glucose can result in brain atrophy – basically, your brain shrinking in volume.

Brain atrophy happens as a result of the loss of cells, and its exact effects vary depending on where the cells are lost. Regardless of the location of the damage, declines in function occur, and the condition often gets progressively worse over time. A variety of cognitive and neurological problems can develop, including dementia. Read the rest of this entry →

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Nerve damage, vision loss, kidney disease: Diabetes complications can start sooner than you think

September 4, 2012 in News

Loss of vision, nerve damage in the feet and hands, eye disease, kidney disease? Not me. These are complications that can happen to people who have had diabetes a long time, not newbies, right?! A new study suggests this common belief may be dead wrong and that even patients with newly diagnosed diabetes may experience these complications. The signs of the complications may or may not always be glaringly obvious, but the underlying problems are frequently present and merit increased awareness. Read the rest of this entry →

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New study offers insight into one of the most painful side effects of diabetes

September 4, 2012 in News

The impact of painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN) on the lives of those affected by it is well understood. Recent estimates suggest that up to 50% of those with diabetes suffer from the distressing condition, and the persistent abnormal pain impairs patients’ quality of life and affects sleep, mood, mobility, ability to work, relationships, self-esteem and independence. Read the rest of this entry →