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New therapies useful for type 2 diabetes

Tue Oct 18, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Treatment with inhaled insulin or exenatide, an injectable drug, can improve blood sugar control in patients with type 2 diabetes who don't have a good enough response with pills, according to the findings of two studies reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine.


High aluminum levels rare in US dialysis patients

Tue Sep 6, 2005

By Michelle Rizzo

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - These days, abnormally high aluminum levels are rare among dialysis patients in the US and, therefore, periodic testing of such levels is an unnecessary expense, according to researchers in Philadelphia.

"Aluminum toxicity was a major (problem) for dialysis patients in the 1980s because of the use of aluminum-containing compounds," Dr. Joel D. Glickman, of Pennsylvania Hospital, told Reuters Health. High aluminum could lead to brain damage, anemia and bone disease.


Hormone linked to sugar control in diabetics

Thu Aug 18, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - High blood levels of a hormone called adiponectin are associated with improved sugar control in women with diabetes, new research shows.

In addition, high adiponectin levels are associated with high levels of HDL "good" cholesterol and with reduced inflammation. Taken together, these effects could help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.


Autoimmune reaction tied to diabetic neuropathy

Wed Aug 17, 2005

By David Douglas

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Individuals with diabetes often develop a problem with the nerves that control internal body functions, known as diabetic autonomic neuropathy. Autonomic neuropathy is a common and serious complication of diabetes, one that increases the risk of death. Effective treatments are limited by a lack of any clear understanding of what causes the problem.


'Double diabetes' puzzles doctors

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Having one type of diabetes is bad enough, but two? Doctors are seeing a new phenomenon dubbed double diabetes that makes it harder to diagnose and treat patients -- especially children.

The mix can strike at any age, and comes in various forms: Children who depend on insulin injections because of Type 1 diabetes gain weight and then get the Type 2 form in which their bodies become insulin resistant, for example.


Diabetes raises pancreatic cancer risk - study

Tue Aug 2, 2005

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Middle-aged and older Americans who are newly diagnosed with diabetes also appear to have a higher risk of deadly pancreatic cancer, according to a study published on Tuesday.

For three years after their diagnosis with diabetes, patients have eight times the risk of developing pancreatic cancer, the study at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center found.

Diabetes itself may be an early symptom of the hard-to-treat cancer, the researchers said.


Whey supplement helpful for diabetics

Wed Jul 27, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - For people with type 2 diabetes, adding whey to high-carbohydrate meals stimulates insulin release and reduces spikes in blood glucose levels after meals, according to new findings.

Writing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Mikael Nilsson, of Lund University, Sweden, and colleagues say the reason whey proteins have this effect is not known, but it may have something to do with particular amino acids and hormones found in the mild product.


Molecular link between obesity and diabetes found

Wed Jul 20, 2005

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have discovered a molecular link between obesity and type 2 diabetes that could be a potential target for new drugs to treat the disease.

They found that a protein released by fat tissue in mice causes insulin resistance, a primary risk factor for diabetes. Elevated levels of the protein had also previously been detected in patients suffering from diabetes.


Diabetes Spurred By Adult Lifestyles

MONDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Adult behaviors have more influence on type 2 diabetes risk than childhood risk factors such as birth weight and nutrition, according to a British study.

The findings run counter to long-held beliefs that fetal development predisposes individuals to diabetes in later life.