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Tailoring Insulin to Diet Boosts Diabetics' Health

Fri Oct 4, 2002

LONDON (Reuters Health) - A week-long course that teaches diabetics to adjust their insulin intake to match their normal food consumption improves their glycaemic control and reduces the impact of the disease on their lives, British researchers said on Friday.

The technique "provides patients with the ability to fit diabetes into their lives, rather than their lives into diabetes" and could allow more people with type 1 diabetes to adopt intensive insulin treatment, write Dr. Simon Heller, from Northern General Hospital in Sheffield, and colleagues.


Drugs Could Avert Many Diabetes-Linked Amputations

Tue Sep 24, 2002

By Ned Stafford

FRANKFURT (Reuters Health) - A significant percentage of amputations stemming from complications of diabetes could be avoided by early and proper treatment with antibiotics, according to a German researcher.

Foot ulcers are a common problem for people with diabetes, whose poor circulation and loss of sensation in the feet can lead to difficult-to-heal ulcers. Such ulcers can cause foot deformities or even lead to amputation.


Early Test for Diabetes in Pregnancy Found Reliable

Tue Aug 27, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Screening women for gestational diabetes in the second trimester of pregnancy can accurately spot the condition, a new report suggests.

Researchers say such early screening could lead to earlier treatment and, potentially, a lower risk of medical complications for both mother and baby.


Specialist Care Helps Cut Diabetes Complications

Mon Aug 26, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetics who spend more time in the care of specialists are less likely than others to develop certain complications from their condition, such as kidney problems, coronary artery disease and loss of sensation in their hands and feet, US researchers report.

Lead author Dr. Janice C.


Hormone-Treated Stem Cells Could Help Diabetics

Wed Jul 17, 2002

By Keith Mulvihill

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A naturally occurring intestinal hormone may one day lend a hand to diabetics by providing them with insulin-producing cells, new study findings suggest.

The hormone, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1), is released in response to food intake, helping to regulate blood levels of sugar, or glucose, lead investigator Dr. Joel F. Habener of Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston told Reuters Health.


Attending Religious Services May Help Heart Health

Mon Jul 15,2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Diabetics who attend religious services at least once a year had lower levels of a marker of inflammation linked to heart disease than those who never attended religious services, a new US study has found.

However, the authors note that they only measured how often people attended a religious service, and not how religious they were.


Light Drinking May Protect Diabetics' Arteries

Fri Jul 12, 2002

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A drink or two a day may help cut the risk of artery disease among people with type 2 diabetes, according to Japanese researchers.

Their study of about 200 adults with the condition found that light to moderate drinkers showed less artery stiffness compared with either non-drinkers or heavy drinkers. Arterial stiffness increases as the blood vessel disease atherosclerosis progresses, and atherosclerosis can lead to heart attack or stroke.


Patches, Pills, Sprays Could Replace Insulin Shots

Mon Jun 17, 2002 

By Melissa Schorr

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Health) - Diabetics may eventually be able to throw away their syringes in favor of newer methods of taking their insulin, researchers reported here Saturday at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting.

Around one in five of the 17 million diabetics in the United States rely on insulin injections to control their disease, which is caused by the inability to


Inflammation May Predict Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Mon Jun 17, 2002

By Melissa Schorr

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters Health) - Evidence is accumulating that mild, chronic inflammation is somehow associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, researchers reported here Saturday at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting.

"We have demonstrated that markers of inflammation proceed and predict development of diabetes," said Dr.


Night-Light May Prevent Diabetic Eye Damage: Study

Fri Jun 28, 2002

By Amy Norton

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - New research supports the theory that hours of complete darkness increases retinal damage from diabetes--and that sleeping with some lights on could help counter the effect.

However, it's too soon to recommend diabetics keep the bedroom lights on every night to cut their risk of the eye damage--known as diabetic retinopathy.