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Report: Diabetes Drugs May Cause Heart Failure

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two popular drugs used to treat type-2 diabetes can cause fluid buildup and heart failure in some patients, U.S. doctors said on Tuesday.

The drugs, sold under the brand names Avandia and Actos, caused heart failure and a buildup of fluid in the lungs in six men with poor kidney or poor heart function, the researchers said.


Steady Exercise Beats Back Diabetes After 40

(HealthDay is the new name for HealthScoutNews.)

THURSDAY, Aug. 28 (HealthDayNews) -- Frequent and regular workouts are required by people over age 40 who use aerobic exercise to prevent or control diabetes if they want to get the full benefit of that exercise.

That finding comes from a Mayo Clinic study in the August issue of Diabetes.


Lizard Spit Drug Controls Diabetes, Cuts Weight

Mon Aug 25, 2003

PARIS (Reuters) - Exenatide, an experimental diabetes drug derived from lizard saliva, not only controls patients' blood sugar levels but also cuts their weight, its developers said on Monday.

Amylin Pharmaceuticals Inc and Eli Lilly and Co released new study findings on the efficacy of exenatide at the 18th Congress of the International Diabetes Federation in Paris.

The drug, derived from the saliva of a lizard known as the Gila monster, is the first in a ne


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.

People with ty


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.



Ahead of its time glucose tolerance test

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.