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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.



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.