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Diabetes information posted on 28th Decemebr 2007 -
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
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
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
Diabetes information posted on 16th November 2007 -
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
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
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
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