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The Link Between Diabetes And Dry Eye

Friday, April 15, 2005

If you have diabetes there is about a 50-50 chance that you have dry eye. Dry eye is characterized by dryness, burning or sandy-gritty irritation in the eyes that gets worse as the day goes on. Dry eye in diabetes is a result of decreased corneal sensation or relative numbness of the surface of the eye. This relative numbness of the surface of the eye has also been associated with diabetic retinopathy. What is dry eye, what causes it and what can be done about it?


Diabetes - A National Epidemic

Are you a diabetic? If so, you are definitely not alone. There are approximately 16 million people in the United States who have diabetes. Public health experts believe diabetes will be the next great lifestyle disease epidemic to afflict the United States. A study by doctors from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently startled people with the finding that the prevalence of diagnosed cases of diabetes had increased 33% over the past eight years.


Diabetes Breakthrough Helps Diabetics Fight Back

Have you heard about the Diabetes Breakthrough that lowers blood sugar levels by 31% in 30 days? There are approximately 16 million people in the United States who have diabetes. While an estimated 11 million have been diagnosed, 5 million people are not aware that they have the disease. Each day approximately 2,200 people are diagnosed with diabetes. About 798,000 people will be diagnosed this year.


Exercise Key to Longevity for Type 2 Diabetics

Mon Mar 28, 2005

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Staying active at work and during leisure time may help reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease or any other cause for men and women with type 2 diabetes, according to the findings of an international study.

"The benefits of physical activity are consistent in subjects with and without obesity, with and without hypertension, with normal cholesterol and with hypercholesteremia, in subjects who report never smoking or current smoking," study author Dr. Gang Hu told Reuters Health.


Long-Acting Insulin Unaffected by Exercise

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In people with insulin-dependent type 1 diabetes, exercise does not appear to increase the rate of absorption of insulin glargine (Lantus), a long-acting insulin analog, according to study findings.

"This study suggests that insulin glargine can be safely and effectively administered without a dose change during exercise," Dr. David R. Owens, of Llandough Hospital, South Glamorgan, Wales, and colleagues report in the journal Diabetes Care.


Diabetes Linked to Reduced Risk of Prostate Cancer

Tue Jan 18, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Men with type 2 diabetes seem to be less likely to develop prostate cancer, overall, a new study indicates.

"One previous study has suggested that diabetes may decrease risk of prostate cancer but only several years after diagnosis of diabetes," Dr. Carmen Rodriguez and colleagues from the American Cancer Society in Atlanta note in the American Journal of Epidemiology.

The researchers examined the relationship between the time of diabetes diagn


Eating Disorder, Type 1 Diabetes a Dangerous Mix

Thu Jan 13, 2005

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Despite the importance of nutrition in managing type 1 diabetes, eating disorders and unhealthy weight-control tactics are not uncommon in young women with the disease -- and the combination can lead to serious complications, a new study shows.

UK researchers found that among 87 teenage girls and young women with type 1 diabetes who were followed over roughly a decade, 15 percent had a probable eating disorder, such as anorexia or bulimia, at some point during the study.


Carnitine Compound Eases Diabetic Nerve Pain

Fri Jan 14, 2005

By Megan Rauscher

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with diabetes-related nerve damage may find pain is relieved by taking a compound related to the popular supplement L-carnitine -- provided the treatment is started early -- according to a re-analysis of data from two large clinical trials.


Aspirin Underused by People with Diabetes

Wed Dec 22, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Daily aspirin is usually recommended for people at increased risk for heart disease, and people with diabetes come into that category. While the proportion of diabetic patients who take aspirin has increased in recent years in the US, new research indicates that some are still not doing so.

Women and adults younger than 50 years of age with diabetes are under using this effective and inexpensive strategy to ward of a heart attack, according to a report in the Archives of Internal Medicine.