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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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Low HDL may raise diabetic nephropathy risk

September 4, 2012 in News

HDL, or high-density lipoproteins, are a form of cholesterol. HDL is often referred to as the “good cholesterol,” since many studies have suggested that higher levels of HDL may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Low-density lipoproteins, LDL, are the form of cholesterol that can build up in the arteries, raising the risk of cardiovascular disease. Read the rest of this entry →

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Good news for Type 1 Diabetics: Life expectancy has improved dramatically

September 4, 2012 in News

According to the results of a study recently published in the journal Diabetes, the life expectancy for those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes has saw a huge jump over the last half of the 20th century.

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh compared data on two groups of participants diagnosed with type 1 diabetes before age 17. The first group were diagnosed with diabetes between 1950 and 1964. The second group received their diagnosis between 1965 and 1980. Read the rest of this entry →

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Tuberculosis vaccine offers new hope for treating Type 1 Diabetes

September 4, 2012 in News

Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) is a mouthful, but it has been used successfully to combat tuberculosis for the past 90 years. These days, it is also used as a treatment for bladder cancer. Now, a small study has provided preliminary evidence that this vaccine could help fight type 1 diabetes as well.

The vaccine increases levels of a substance naturally produced in the body, tumor necrosis factor (TNF). High levels of TNF are toxic, but BCG does not seem to raise levels of TNF high enough for this to happen. Read the rest of this entry →

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Beyond Blood Sugar: Is it time to expand the focus of diabetes care?

September 4, 2012 in News

What would you say is your health care provider’s main focus in treating you for diabetes?

If you are like most diabetics in the United States, you probably answered something fairly close to “preventing complications by managing your blood sugar, cholesterol levels, and/or your blood pressure.” 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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Don’t resist resistance training

September 4, 2012 in News

If you’re currently doing regular aerobic exercise, but are skipping the gym’s weight room, you may be missing out on some important benefits that can help you achieve or maintain a healthy weight.

Researchers at the University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology in Hall in Tirol, Austria recently published the results of their analysis of a large number of studies that each looked at the relationship among body fat, resistance training, and the body’s inflammatory responses. Read the rest of this entry →

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Love your heart – aerobic exercise comes with added benefits for those with diabetes

September 4, 2012 in News

Most of us have heard that exercise is good for the heart; regular aerobic exercise like swimming, jogging, and biking can strengthen the heart and improve cardiac function. Now it appears that the same aerobic exercise that is good for everyone’s heart gives an added benefit to people with diabetes. Read the rest of this entry →

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If you miss eating rice, here’s some good news!

September 4, 2012 in News

If you are trying to choose foods with a low glycemic index (GI) to help you control your blood sugar, you may have been advised to avoid white rice. White rice is often mentioned in lists of high GI foods, along with white potatoes, pasta, and white breads. Read the rest of this entry →

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Is it time to reassess early treatment of Type 2 Diabetes?

September 4, 2012 in News

If you were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the past decade, you are probably familiar with the “stepwise” approach to confronting the condition. This stepwise approach, currently the standard in healthcare, encourages blood glucose control through lifestyle changes first. For example, the American Diabetes Association recommends that newly diagnoses diabetics be treated with a combination of weight loss through diet and exercise, and the drug metformin. 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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Portion control a problem? Try switching plates!

September 4, 2012 in News

Plate color, that is.

No jokes here. A recently published research study looked at the way plate color impacted the choices participants made regarding food. Participants were given a plate that either closely matched the color of the food served, or contrasted with the food. They were then invited to serve themselves however much they wished from a buffet table. 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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Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

September 4, 2012 in News

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a very common hormonal disorder that affects between 5 and 10 percent of all women. In PCOS, the “female” hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance with the “male” hormone androgen, and this imbalance can cause infertility, irregular menstrual cycles, and small cysts in a woman’s ovaries. Similar to diabetes, weight seems to be linked to the condition, and weight management is one of the most important factors in managing the condition. Read the rest of this entry →

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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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New glucagon formula may be suitable for the artificial pancreas

September 4, 2012 in News

As you know, glucagon is a naturally occurring hormone that normally protects the body from hypoglycemia by raising blood sugar levels when they dip below a healthy level. In someone without diabetes, glucagon and insulin complement each other, responding to fluctuations in blood sugar to keep glucose levels within a healthy range. Read the rest of this entry →

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Are teens getting the lifestyle message?

September 4, 2012 in News

According to recent research, more than half of them are not.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) just released information collected from 6,911 girls and 6,970 boys between the ages of 11 and 17, showing that less of half of these teens were advised by their doctor to eat healthily and get plenty of exercise. Read the rest of this entry →

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Teenage diabetes rate doubles

September 4, 2012 in News

In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that about 9 percent of teens had diabetes or prediabetes.

Just ten years later, according to a study recently published in the journal Pediatrics, that rate is now 23 percent – almost a quarter of American teenagers. Read the rest of this entry →

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Can the “gift of life” give back?

September 4, 2012 in News

On their home page, the American Red Cross invites you to “Give the gift that everyone wants but money can’t buy” by donating blood. New research is suggesting that regular blood donation may give back to the donor as well.

Yes, giving blood that may save someone’s life can provide anyone with an emotional lift. What researchers in Germany found during their controlled clinical trial, however, were signs of important health benefits for obese patients with metabolic syndrome. 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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The artificial pancreas gets its first U.S. outpatient test drive

September 4, 2012 in News

Justin Wood, a 40-year-old diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 28 years ago, recently became the first person enrolled in a clinical trial to try out a newly-developed artificial pancreas outside of the hospital. The device, developed by the multinational Artificial Pancreas Project supported by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, is a handheld device that ties a reconfigured smartphone into a patient’s insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM). Read the rest of this entry →

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Watching your sugar intake isn’t enough: How high fat consumption can raise blood sugar

September 4, 2012 in News

Obesity is well known for increasing your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, as is the fact that a high fat diet can contribute to obesity. But a new study conducted by the University of Michigan Health System has revealed that the link between consuming foods high in fat and diabetes goes even deeper. 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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A new form of glucose test could bring better care to remote, impoverished areas

September 4, 2012 in News

Increasing rates of type 2 diabetes are a concern worldwide, and the common concerns have led to some exciting opportunities for international research cooperation. One of the emerging concerns for these international research teams is the beginnings of the epidemic to impoverished, rural areas in countries like China and India. Healthcare is often hard to come by in these areas, with families often unable to prioritize health care over other essentials such as food and shelter. Read the rest of this entry →

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Veggies looking unappetizing? Try changing beverages!

September 4, 2012 in News

“Finish your vegetables!”

Those three words are enough to make a lot of people wince. Some people just don’t like vegetables at all, right? If you don’t like the taste of vegetables, what are you supposed to do to eat healthy?

A recent study published in the journal Appetite suggests that the first thing you might want to try is to change what you are drinking with dinner. 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 →