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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.



Did you know...

  A carb is not a carb is not a carb -- at least when it comes to diabetes and getting control of high blood sugar. A low-glycemic index diet may be the way to go, say researchers.   Even foods with the same carbohydrate content can trigger a wide difference in blood sugar levels -- as much as fivefold.

Study: Coffee May Lower Diabetes Risk

Tue Jan 6, 2004

By JOANN LOVIGLIO, Associated Press Writer

PHILADELPHIA - Drinking more coffee may reduce the risk of developing the most common form of diabetes, a study found.

Compared to non-coffee drinkers, men who drank more than six eight-ounce cups of caffeinated coffee per day lowered their risk of type 2 diabetes by about half, and women reduced their risk by nearly 30 percent, according to the study in Tuesday's issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.


Gastric Bypass Surgery Cures Diabetes

Wed Dec 31, 2003

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31 (HealthDayNews) -- Gastric bypass surgery has become a popular option for obese people who want to shed pounds quickly, but researchers say diabetics also have something to gain from the procedure.

They have found the surgery controls type 2 diabetes, even when the patient is not obese, according to a report in the January issue of the Annals of Surgery.


Diabetes Limits Seniors' Abilities: Study

Thu Dec 25, 2003

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetes may impair older people's ability to carry out activities of their daily lives, such as getting up out of a chair and climbing stairs, according to the results of a new study.

That diabetes, which is on the rise in the elderly, can affect functional abilities is no surprise, but there is controversy over whether such decline is caused by diabetes itself or by chronic illnesses that are more common among diabetics.


Magnesium May Lower Diabetes Risk

Tue Dec 23, 2003

By Merritt McKinney

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but new research suggests that nuts, grains, leafy green vegetables and other foods high in magnesium may keep diabetes at bay.

In two new studies, people who consumed the most magnesium in their diets were less likely to develop type 2 diabetes. This type of diabetes occurs when the body becomes resistant to the effect of the glucose-processing hormone insulin.


Buckwheat Good for Diabetics

FRIDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDayNews) Nov 21 -- Buckwheat may help people with diabetes better manage their condition.

That's the conclusion of a Canadian study in the Dec. 3 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

University of Manitoba researchers found that extracts of buckwheat seed fed to diabetic rats lowered their blood glucose levels by 12 percent to 19 percent.


Test Spots Diabetic Foot Ulcers That Won't Heal

Fri Dec 12, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Foot ulcers are a common problem for diabetics, and now researchers have come up with a simple scoring system that predicts which ulcers will heal with standard therapy. In general, ulcers that are larger, deeper and of longer duration are less likely to heal than others.

To develop their scoring system, Dr. David J.


Heart Benefits of Aspirin Lacking in Diabetics

Wed December 3, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Low-dose aspirin is much less effective in preventing heart disease in patients with type 2 diabetes than in other high-risk individuals, new research reveals.

Dr. Michele Sacco, from the Consorzio Mario Negri in Italy, and other members of the Primary Prevention Project (PPP) Collaborative Group note that low-dose aspirin reduces the risk of heart disease-related death by more than 40 percent when used by patients with at least one heart disease risk factor.