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Diabetes information posted on 28th Decemebr 2007 -

Link between Alzheimer's disease and diabetes -  Researchers at Northwestern University in the U.S. claim that insulin resistance could be triggering Alzheimer’s disease.  They claim that people with Alzheimer’s have a particular protein that binds to the nerve endings of the brain causing insulin resistance, which prevents sufferers from storing and recalling memories. The link is seen to be so strong that scientists have begun to call Alzheimer’s ‘Type 3 diabetes’. More research is needed to determine whether or not diabetes drugs could be used to treat Alzheimer’s.

Diabetes information posted on 22nd Decemebr 2007 -

Fifteen year study into type 1 diabetes triggers - A worldwide study into the causes of type 1 diabetes in childhood is due to begin at a medical college in Georgia. The study, named TEDDY or ‘The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young’ will monitor eight thousand high risk babies in four U.S. states and three other countries. Blood will be taken from the subjects every three months for fifteen years, from which RNA and DNA will be collected. The children will be closely monitored to establish environmental factors that may provide a trigger for type 1 diabetes

Diabetes information posted on 26th November 2007 -

JDRF added to Community Health Charities of Kentucky The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation has been selected to join the Community Health Charities of Kentucky, along with four other agencies; the Kentucky & Southern Indiana Stroke Association, Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky, Sickle Cell Association of Kentuckiana and the Special Olympics Kentucky.  This will provide a huge boost to JDRF in the area, as the Community Health Charities of Kentucky raises funds on behalf of its members to pay for public education, medical research and patient support

Diabetes information posted on 23rd November 2007 -

Teenage Diabetics Can Benefit From A Personal Trainer The National Institute of Health has sponsored a trial that enables insulin dependent teenagers to have one on one coaching sessions with a personal trainer.  The aim of these sessions is to teach teenagers how to personally manage their diabetes and maintain a healthy blood sugar.  The areas covered by coaching include self monitoring, goal setting and problem solving.  Individual training sessions seem to be more motivating and more effective than traditional methods of providing medical advice.

Diabetes information posted on 19th November 2007 -

Fewer People with Diabetes Developing Heart Disease -  Several studies by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that the number of diabetics developing heart disease is reducing.  There has been an 11% decrease in the incidence of heart disease among diabetics over thirty-five years of age in the last eight years.  Whilst this may be partly due to a decrease in risk factors such as smoking, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, the CDC believes the main reason is that diabetics have better control of their blood sugar and are monitoring their glucose levels more frequently.

Diabetes information posted on 16th November 2007 -

AtheroGenics limit their diabetic drug trial -  After concerns about its effect on the liver, AtheroGenics are stopping their trials involving a 300mg dose of its experimental diabetes drug AGI-1067. After discussions with U.S. Health regulators, the company has agreed to cease trialing the 300mg dose of the drug but will continue their experiments with 75mg and 150mg doses.

Diabetes information posted on 14th November 2007 -

Study concludes drug can reduce diabetic eye problems -  A five year study at the University of Sydney has concluded that the drug fenofibrate can help to reduce vision loss and blindness associated with type 2 diabetes. Nearly ten thousand diabetic adults between fifty and seventy five were involved in the study, taking either a 200mg daily dose of fenofibrate or a placebo.  The diabetics taking fenofibrate were 30% less likely to need laser therapy for macular edema or proliferative diabetic retinopathy, common causes of sight loss in diabetics, than those that took the placebo.

Diabetes information posted on 11th October 2007 -

Gestational diabetes linked to increased cancer risk - Pancreatic cancer has already been linked to type 2 diabetes, but now U.S. and Israeli researchers have suggested a link to gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes appears to be on therise as obesity rates increase, making this a particularly worrying discovery. Pancreatic cancer is often diagnosed too late for effective treatment and only about 5% of people with the disease survive for over five years. Around 200,000 new cases of pancreatic cancer are diagnosed worldwide each year.

Diabetes information posted on 8th October 2007 -

Undiagnosed diabetes has reduced significantly in American men - Research based on U.S. Government health surveys has shown that the number of American men with undiagnosed diabetes has fallen dramatically within the last three decades. Whilst 48% of male American diabetics were unaware of their condition between 1976 and 1980, this figure fell to 22% in the period 1999 to 2002. The study also indicates that black or Hispanic American men are no longer any more likely to unknowingly have the disease than white American men.

Diabetes information posted on 5th October 2007 - 

Results of long-lasting insulin trials not totally positive - A three year trial at Oxford University which has compared various types of insulin, has concluded that long-lasting insulin is not a sufficient diabetes treatment on its own.Although Levemir, or long-lasting insulin, is associated with less weight gain and is significantly less likely to cause low blood sugar, trials show that patients are less likely to reach target blood sugar levels than with shorter acting products. The study has concluded that Levemir is a useful base treatment, but can not be used on its own.

Diabetes information posted on 3rd October 2007 -

Diabetics have higher risk of death from pneumonia - A new study undertaken at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark suggests that diabetics have an increased chance of dying if they have pneumonia. The study showed that if a patient has ahigh blood sugar level when they are admitted to hospital with pneumonia, they have a much higher risk of dying from the illness. The findings come from a study of nearly 30,000 adults who were hospitalized, for the first time, for pneumonia between 1997 and 2004. The study recommends that hospitals look at their procedures for treating diabetics who are admitted with pneumonia.

Diabetes information posted on 1st October 2007 -

Insulin pen to replace the syringe - Type 2 diabetics who need to begin insulin treatment may soon be offered the use of a pre-loaded insulin pen rather than a traditional syringe. Trials in New York show that patients prefer the pen to a syringe as it is easier to use and has a higher degree of accuracy. The pen will also reduce spending on diabetes treatment as diabetics who use the pen make fewer trips to their doctor or to the hospital.

Diabetes information posted on 29th September 2007 -

Diabetics are more likely to fracture a hip than the rest of the American population - the risk of suffering from a hip fracture increases by 70% if you are type 1 or type 2 diabetic. Experts have suggested several possible reasons for this. Itmay be that impaired bone quality is responsible for many fractures, but loss of sight or difficulties walking due to diabetes related neuropathy also play a role. In addition diabetics frequently fracture their hips if they feint due to low blood sugar.

Diabetes information posted on 21st September 2007 -

Correlation found between diabetes and wealth in America - Recent statistics published by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality show that Americans from poor communities are 80% more likely to be hospitalized for diabetes treatment than those from more affluent areas. The figures classify an affluent community as one that has an average annual income exceeding $61,000, and a poorer community as one where the population earns an average of less than $37,000.

Diabetes information posted on 16th September 2007 -

Advance study recommends drugs to reduce death from diabetes - Taking a combination of blood pressure lowering drugscan reduce the possibility of early death, heart disease, and kidney disease for diabetics, according to a study at the University of Sydney. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetics are at a high risk of death from these diseases, but recent research shows that taking a regular dose of perindopril combined with indapamide can dramatically reduce this risk.

Diabetes information posted on 12th September 2007 -

Treating sleep apnoea can assist in diabetes control - Over a third of type 2 diabetics, also suffer from sleep apnoea, according to the Whittier Institute for Diabetes in California. Sleep apnoea sufferers wake several times during the night due to impaired breathing resulting from collapsed airways, which leads to intense daily fatigue. This study recommended that type 2 diabetics should be regularly screened for sleep apnoea as treating this condition can assist with blood sugar control.

Diabetes information posted on 8th September 2007 -

Exercise is crucial for diabetic children - Children with type 1 diabetes can limit the long term effects of their condition by taking regular exercise. A study undertaken in Leverkusen, Germany, looked at almost 2,500 children with juvenile diabetes, and discovered that those who were the most active had the best overall blood sugar control. Controlling blood sugar through exercise can reduce the risk of developing heart and blood vessel diseases, and can help to maintain healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Diabetes information posted on 7th September 2007 -

Pumpkins are not just for Halloween - Recent studies have shown that eating pumpkin extract could enable diabetics to reduce the amount of insulin they take each day. A study of diabetic rats in China has shown that pumpkin extract promotes the regeneration of damaged cells in the pancreas, leading to an increase in insulin production.

Diabetes information posted on 5th September 2007 -

Congress members experience a day with diabetes - Two members of congress recently took part in a ‘Day with Diabetes’ in conjunction with the American Diabetes Association. During the day Rep. Michael Castle and Rep. Zack Space took‘medication’, performed finger stick tests, and followed a special meal plan, as well as consulting diabetes specialists about their supposed condition. The event was designed to raise awareness of diabetes in Congress and to help people to understand the impact of this ever increasing disease on the American population.

Diabetes information posted on 4th September 2007 -

Clinical study into the impact of DHA on Type 1 diabetes - The Joslin Diabetes Center are currently undertaking a long term study into the possibility that the dietary supplement DHA could delay or prevent the onset of Type 1 diabetes.  DHA is found naturally in breast milk and a number of other foods.  It is believed that when taken by pregnant mothers or young babies, DHA could decrease the chances of developing type 1 diabetes in people who are at a high risk from this disease.

Diabetes information posted on 3rd September 2007 -

Diabetes supply giant bought for $1.3 billion - It was announced on August 28th that Medco Health Solutions Inc. has agreed a $1.3 billion deal to buy Polymedica Corp.  Medco Health Solutions Inc. is the largest manager of drug benefits in the U.S, while Polymedica is the country’s biggest supplier of glucose testing equipment for diabetics.

Diabetes information posted on 31st August 2007 -

Treat gestational diabetes to cut childhood obesity - Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have a higher than average risk of becoming obese during childhood. The higher a mother’s blood sugar is during pregnancy, the greater the risk for the child. As a study published in Diabetes Care has shown, effectively treating gestational diabetes with a healthy diet and insulin or other diabetes treatment drugs, should dramatically reduce the risk of childhood obesity.



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