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Tight Sugar Control Protects Diabetic's Nerves

Thu Aug 14, 2003

By David Douglas

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Tight control of blood sugar levels seems to protect the nerves of patients with type 1 diabetes, new research suggests.

Nerve disease, or neuropathy, is common among patients with diabetes. Most often, it leads to sensory problems in the feet or hands. At late stages, it is not uncommon to find patients who are completely unaware when a sharp object touches, or even pierces, the skin.


Low-Glycemic Index Foods Help Control Diabetes

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People with diabetes are advised to watch the amount of carbohydrates in their diet, but that may not be enough. The so-called glycemic index of food can also have a big impact on blood sugar levels.

Past research has shown that the effect on blood glucose levels of different foods with the same carbohydrate content can vary by as much as five-fold. This has led to foods being assigned a glycemic index.


Diabetics' Education Level May Sway Death Risk

Tue May 27, 2003

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Type 2 diabetics with a college degree may have a lower risk of premature death than those with only a high school diploma, a new study suggests.

The findings support the idea that education level makes a difference in how well people with type 2 diabetes are able to control their blood sugar -- and, therefore, prevent diabetes complications, according to the report in the May issue of Diabetes Care.

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Key to Diabetes Treatment: Stay Ambitious

April 2, 2003


By Alison McCook


NEW YORK - Ambition helps when reaching for life goals, and new research released Wednesday shows that the same holds true for diabetics. According to a report in The New England Journal of Medicine, diabetics who are given more ambitious goals for lowering their blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular problems than patients whose doctors set less ambitious treatment goals.



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Health e-Tips 

March 28, 2003 


Dear reader, 

In the last edition of Health e-Tips, I told you about the physical clues to look for on your body that can be warning signs of type 2 diabetes. If you have any of these symptoms (discolored spots on your shins, skin tags, Dupuytren's contracture, or excess weight), your next step is to have a glucose insulin tolerance test done. 


Drug Gives Hope to People With Diabetes

Mon Feb 17, 2003

By RANDOLPH E. SCHMID, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - New hope for people with a diabetes-related eye disease may be found in a synthetic form of vitamin B1 used to treat nerve problems.

Benfotiamine, which is used for this purpose in Europe, has been found to prevent the most common form of diabetes-related eye disease in rats, according to a new study.


BODYLESSONS: The road to type 2 diabetes --- what you can do to change course

Jewish World Review Feb. 14, 2003 / 12 Adar I, 5763

By Judi Sheppard Missett | The rise in cases of Type 2 diabetes is big news. One out of every 10 Americans is estimated to have the disease. Yet we know the single greatest reason for the alarming increase is obesity. And that's actually good news because each of us has the power to alter the course of the disease by making lifestyle changes.


Diabetics Need Better High Blood Pressure Control

Mon Jan 27, 2003

By Charnicia E. Huggins

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Many people with diabetes do not meet national recommendations for keeping their blood pressure under control, and new research may help explain why. Doctors may not be aggressive enough in treating high blood pressure, or hypertension, in people with diabetes, the results of a new study suggest.