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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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


High-Glycemic Foods Linked to Colon Cancer

Insulin Resistance Linked to Diabetes May Promote Colon Tumor Growth

by Sid Kirchheimer; WebMD Medical News

Feb. 3, 2004 -- A diet rich in foods that trigger a quick and drastic jump in blood sugar levels can do more than just boost risk of type 2 diabetes and contribute to obesity. A new study indicates they may also lead to colon cancer.


Evidence Builds: Diet High in Magnesium Lowers Diabetes Risk

02-16-2004 Eating Whole Grains, Nuts and Green Leafy Veggies May Help Ward Off Type 2 Diabetes.

Two studies in the January issue of Diabetes Care add weight to a growing body of evidence that a diet high in magnesium may help prevent the development of type 2 diabetes, especially in people who are overweight.

A Dietary Approach to Prevention: Studies Find Increasing Merit.


Study Finds Iron Storage Raises Diabetes Risk

Tue February 10, 2004

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A study has found that storing abnormal amounts of iron in the body can lead to adult onset diabetes in women, raising the possibility that a blood test earlier in life could help identify those at risk from the disease, researchers said on Tuesday.

The finding came from a look at 698 women among thousands of nurses who gave blood samples between 1989 and 1990 as part of a multiyear study. The 698 women developed diabetes over the course of the study even though they were free of it and free of heart disease as well at the start.


Study: Most diabetics don't comply with health advice

Provided by Evansville Courier & Press on 1/21/2004

CHICAGO (AP) -- More than half of adult diabetics in the United States are obese and many more have higher-than-recommended blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugar -- all factors that raise their risk of complications and death, a government study found. "The message needs to get out that doctors and patients need to do more," said lead author Catherine Cowie, a researcher at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.


Diabetics Are Urged to Check Legs


WASHINGTON - There's grim news on the diabetes front: Nearly two-thirds of diabetics aren't properly controlling their blood sugar. And one in three older diabetics likely also has a serious leg disease that could cost their limb — or their life.

This year, specialists for the first time are urging every diabetic over age 50 to get tested for the leg disease, called peripheral arterial disease or PAD.