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Diabetes

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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Pumping Iron Improves Insulin Effects in Diabetics

Mon Mar 15, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Strength training improves the effects of insulin in the muscles of patients with type 2 diabetes, according to a report from Denmark.

"Physical inactivity is becoming close to the number-one leading cause of death in the US," Dr. Flemming Dela from the University of Copenhagen told Reuters Health. "Our study is one which shows how to fight this trend."

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Sweet White Potato Extract May Help Curb Diabetes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The results of a clinical trial confirm the beneficial effects of Caiapo, an extract of white sweet potatoes, on blood sugar and cholesterol levels in type 2 diabetic subjects.

The authors of a report published in the journal Diabetes Care explain that Caiapo is commercialized in Japan as a dietary supplement used to help prevent and control type 2 diabetes. It is derived from a variety of sweet white potato that grows in mountainous regions.

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Very-Low-Calorie Diet Controls Teens' Diabetes

Tue Feb 24, 2004

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A high-protein, low-carb, very-low-calorie diet is effective short-term treatment for obese adolescents with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

The rate of type 2 diabetes has risen exponentially among adolescents, Dr. Steven M. Willi and colleagues from the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, point out in the medical journal Diabetes Care, but there are few studies comparing the relative merits of diet, exercise, insulin, and other drug therapies in treating such patients.

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Grapefruit hope to beat diabetes

January 30 - Grapefruit may be the key to a new generation of healthy diets,

researchers have reported.

Adding half a grapefruit to every meal massively increased the loss of weight of overweight patients, researchers have reported.

The 12-week long grapefruit diet led dieters to lose an average of 3.6 lb in weight - and some lost as much as 10 lbs, equivalent to more than 4kg. The study, involving some 100 people, found that those who had no grapefruit lost a mere half a pound.

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Antioxidants Appear to Protect Against Diabetes

Mon February 16, 2004 By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Eating a diet rich in antioxidants, such as vitamin E, appears to ward off diabetes, new research reports.

A group of Finnish researchers found that people who ate diets that contained the most vitamin E were 30 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, than people who consumed the least amount of vitamin E.

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