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Diabetes

Water Pills Increase Diabetes Risk in Major Study

Fri 21 May, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a major study of blood pressure drugs, patients treated with water pills, or "diuretics," were at increased risk of developing diabetes, according to research presented here at the annual scientific meeting of the American Society of Hypertension.

But Dr. Joshua Barzilay, from Emory University in Atlanta, said that the increase in diabetes did not translate into an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.

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Angioplasty Linked to Higher Death Risk in Diabetics

Thu May 13, 2004

By Michelle Rizzo

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetic patients who undergo angioplasty, a minimally invasive method of opening blocked heart vessels, are more likely to die in the years following treatment than their peers without diabetes, new research shows.

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Chest Pain Doesn't Worsen Heart Disease in Diabetics

Wed May 12, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The presence of cardiac chest pain, or angina, does not seem to affect the heart disease outcomes of patients with diabetes, according to a report in the European Heart Journal. By contrast, the presence of high blood pressure or shortness of breath predicted a worse outcome.

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New Onset Diabetes, Too, Risky for Heart

Wed May 5, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetes, whether newly diagnosed or long-standing, raises the risk of heart attack and related problems by about threefold in people with high blood pressure, new research suggests.

Although diabetes is known to develop in patients being treated for high blood pressure, the significance of this phenomenon is unclear, lead author Dr. Paolo Verdecchia, from the Universita di Perugia in Italy, and colleagues note in the medical journal Hypertension.

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Vascular inflammation tied to diabetes, heart disease Finding could aid in type 2 screening

By Anita Manning
USA TODAY

Inflammation that prevents blood vessels from dilating properly could be the link between type 2 diabetes and heart disease, researchers report today in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Gov't Says 41 Million Have Pre-Diabetes

Thu Apr 29, 2004

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON - Millions more Americans than previously thought have signs of what could later turn into diabetes, the government says.

Doubling previous figures, the government estimates that 41 million Americans have pre-diabetes — blood sugar high enough to dramatically increase their risk of getting the full-blown disease.

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Cholesterol Imperils Many Diabetics, Experts Say

Mon Apr 19, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Adults with type 2 diabetes who have just one additional risk factor for heart disease should be taking medication to lower cholesterol levels, according to new guidelines from the American College of Physicians (ACP).

Dr. Vincenza Snow and members of the Clinical Efficacy Assessment Subcommittee of the ACP based their recommendations, reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine, on the results of 12 lipid-lowering studies that contained information about outcomes for people with diabetes.

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Diabetic Eye Disease a 'Major' Problem in US

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In the US, approximately 8 percent of people with diabetes develop potentially blinding retinal problems before the age of 40, epidemiologists report.

In a second report in the Archives of Ophthalmology, researchers found that the condition -- diabetic retinopathy -- threatens the vision of nearly 30 percent of adults with type 1 diabetes before 30 years of age.

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Diabetes in U.S. becoming an epidemic

Provided by United Press International on 4/3/2004

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Apr 02, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- U.S. researchers said Friday that diabetes has increased tenfold in the United States in the past 30 years.

The researchers, at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said pre-diabetes, previously called borderline diabetes, also is increasing dramatically, although reliable statistics have not yet been collected.

In order to fight the epidemic of the disease, physicians are recommending dietary changes and physical exercise.

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Poor Sugar Control in Diabetics Affects Lungs

Mon Mar 15, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The findings from a new study provide yet another reason for diabetics to keep close control of their blood sugar--impaired lung function. In fact, the higher the sugar level, the worse the lungs seem to function.

Dr. Timothy M. E. Davis, of the University of Western Australia, in Fremantle, and colleagues examined the link between sugar levels and lung function in 495 type 2 diabetic patients with no history of lung disease.

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