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Diabetes May Alter Heart's Internal Clock: Study

Mon Apr 22, 2002

By E. J. Mundell

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters Health) - The cells that drive the human heart appear to have their own internal clock, helping them to anticipate periods of activity and rest. Now, researchers are beginning to learn that chronic illnesses like diabetes may set that clock off-kilter, potentially raising the risk of a heart attack.


Digestive Ills Linked to Poor Diabetes Control

Fri Apr 19, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Gastrointestinal problems such as heartburn and stomach pain are common in people with diabetes, and Australian researchers report that these problems may be linked to poor blood sugar control.

The investigators found that diabetic patients who had digestive problems were also more likely to have a type of nerve damage called peripheral neuropathy, and suggest that damage to nerves controlling the gastrointestinal system in diabetics might be responsible for their stomach ills.


Major Lifestyle Changes Needed to Prevent Diabetes

Mon Apr 1, 2002

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Intensive lifestyle changes can help people at risk of developing diabetes to ward off the disease, according to a report. But more modest efforts to boost exercise and improve diet may not be successful.

Insulin resistance occurs when a person begins to lose the ability to respond to the effects of this blood sugar-regulating hormone. People with insulin resistance are at risk of going on to develop full-fledged diabetes.