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Diabetic Foot Ulcers Linked with Activity Pattern

Tue Aug 3, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Lower levels of activity, rather than higher levels, appear to precede the development of foot ulcers in people with diabetes, according to a new study.

"We were surprised to find that individuals developing ulcers were apparently less active than those who did not, " Dr. David G. Armstrong, of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois, and colleagues write in the medical journal Diabetic Care.

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Study: Caffeine Interferes with Diabetes Control

Mon Jul 26, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Caffeine could interfere with the body's ability to handle blood sugar, thus worsening type 2 diabetes, U.S. researchers said on Monday.

The team at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina found a strong correlation between caffeine intake at mealtime and increased glucose and insulin levels among people with type 2 diabetes.

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Achilles Surgery May Not Help Function in Diabetes

By Will Boggs, MD

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A surgical procedure sometimes offered to people with diabetes to reduce their risk of foot ulcers may have drawbacks.

Because of nerve damage resulting from diabetes, people can lose sensation in their feet and this can lead to recurrent ulcers on the soles. Lengthening the Achilles tendon can improve the situation by increasing ankle mobility, thus allowing pressure on the foot to be spread more evenly, and by reducing point-pressures while walking.

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Poor Diabetes Control May Fuel Mental Decline

Thu Jul 1, 2004

By Megan Rauscher

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Elderly women with diabetes are significantly more likely to decline mentally over the years than women without diabetes, and poor control of blood sugar levels may be partially to blame, researchers report.

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<b>How Teens Face Stress May Affect Diabetes Control</.b>

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The approach teenage diabetics take to coping with problems may help determine how well they manage their disease, according to a new study.

Researchers found that among 103 teens with type 1 diabetes, those with more positive, practical responses to life's difficulties showed better blood sugar control than those who had more negative attitudes.

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Erection Problems Signal Heart Ills in Diabetics

Mon Jun 21, 2004

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Men with diabetes who also have trouble getting an erection may have heart disease and not even realize it, Italian doctors said on Monday.

The study is among the first to document what some experts had predicted with the advent of new drugs to treat erectile dysfunction -- that they would help flush out men with heart disease but no serious symptoms apart from erectile problems.

"If our findings are confirmed, erectile dysfunction may become a potential

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High-Fiber Cereal Cuts Excess Insulin Production

Mon Jun 14, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People in danger of developing type 2 diabetes often have high levels of insulin; because they are "insulin resistant," glucose is not processed properly and the pancreas compensates by producing more insulin.

Now, a study in the medical journal Diabetes Care suggests that dietary fiber might prevent so-called hyperinsulinemia -- and perhaps help ward off full-blown diabetes.

Dr. Thomas M. S.

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Soda May Increase Female Diabetes Risk

Tue Jun 8, 2004

By MIKE BRANOM, Associated Press Writer

ORLANDO, Florida - Chugging more than one sugar-sweetened soft drink a day appears to significantly increase a woman's chances of developing diabetes, says a Harvard study that found the extra sugar does more than just add pounds.

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Weight Training Improves Diabetic Nerve Function

Fri Jun 4, 2004

By Megan Rauscher

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Resistance training improves nerve function in elderly diabetic patients with a common condition called peripheral neuropathy, according to findings presented today at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association. It also has a favorable impact on risk factors for heart disease.

Peripheral neuropathy typically affects the feet and hands and can cause a variety of problems including numbness, tingling sensations, pain, and weakness.

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Lower Blood Sugar Helps Memory in Diabetes -Study

Sat Jun 5, 2004

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Poor memory and brain function is an important but overlooked side effect of diabetes, but controlling blood sugar helps, researchers said on Saturday.

Patients with type-2 diabetes are likely to have trouble remembering, multi-tasking and learning new things, said Dr. Richard Nesto, chairman of Cardiovascular Medicine Department, at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts.

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