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Gum Care Helps Control Diabetes

September 28, 2009 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Getting treatment for moderately inflamed gums around the teeth can help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar levels under control. » Continue Reading

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Examine the Diabetic Foot

September 25, 2009 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Diabetes mellitus is a chronic condition accompanied by a slew of complications, from the head down to the toes. Ask any diabetic what complications they are aware of, and, chances are, ranking among the top answers would be amputations. True enough, diabetes mellitus is the leading cause of non-traumatic amputations of the lower extremities. The presence of poor diabetes control, peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage), peripheral arterial disease, and foot ‘ ulcerations predict a higher risk for having a toe or a foot amputated. » Continue Reading

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Is Birth Control Pills for Diabetics Okay?

September 24, 2009 Category :Diabetes Research 0

I would need more information regarding your age, the duration of your diabetes, your medical history, the nature of your menstrual irregularities and even the dose and duration of use of these birth control pills. But let me try to address your question anyway. You are correct that there is some reason for your concern. Oral contraceptive pills or birth control pills have been known to cause blood clots in certain predisposed individuals.These drugs may put women who take them at increased risk for blood clots in the leg veins (which may travel to the lungs causing difficulty in breathing), and could even cause strokes and heart attacks. » Continue Reading

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Successful Islet Cell Transplant

September 23, 2009 Category :Diabetes Research 0

A new study shows that islet cells (clusters of pancreatic cells that produce insulin) from living donors may be better for diabetes treatment. Comparing samples from living and deceased donors, the study shows that 94 percent of islet cells from living donors were viable for transplant, while only 42 percent can be used from deceased donors. » Continue Reading

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Diabetic Pregnant Glucose Levels

September 22, 2009 Category :Diabetes Research 0

A pioneer study that continuously monitored glucose levels throughout pregnancy revealed significant changes in glycemic control between women with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. » Continue Reading

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Osteoporosis Risk in Avandia

September 21, 2009 Category :Diabetes Research 0

The diabetes drug, rosiglitazone (Avandia) may increase risk for bone thinning or osteoporosis, which could help explain why diabetics may have an increased risk of fractures. The study found that the drug increased the activity of the cells that degrade bones in mice; according to results published online in Nature Medicine. GlaxoSmithKline, the company that markets the drug, has already acknowledged that a study has found that there is a higher risk of fractures among women who take Avandia. » Continue Reading

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Instant Messaging Aids in Diabetes Control

September 18, 2009 Category :Diabetes Facts 0

Instant messaging does not only help connect people throughout the globe, it has also been shown to help people with diabetes get better control of their disease. Korean researchers, whose study was published in the journal Diabetes Care, have shown that an automated instant messaging service could improve diabetes management. Dr. Chulsik Kim and colleagues from Yongdong Severance Hospital in Seoul revealed that patients who used the instant messaging service for 12 weeks lost weight, had better blood sugar control and had lower blood sugar levels both before and after meals. » Continue Reading

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Depression Care Prolongs Lives of Older Diabetics

September 17, 2009 Category :Diabetes Research 0

Older adults with diabetes and depression who receive depression care management are half as likely to die over a five-year period than depressed patients with diabetes who receive none, according to a study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Results of the study, the first known trial that linked diabetes and mortality in a depression intervention trial, were published in the December 2007 issue of Diabetes Care. » Continue Reading

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Dogs May Help Detect Hypoglycemia

September 15, 2009 Category :Diabetes Research 0

An appeal to provide substantial evidence that dogs could reliably sniff out changes in their owner’s diabetic state is now being spread out by researchers at the Queen’s University. Dr. Deborah Wells from the School of Psychology at Queen’s University and Dr. Shaun Lawson from the University of Lincoln are looking for 100 type 1 diabetics that would answer an online survey. They are also requesting for video footages of dogs reacting to the “hypos” or low blood sugar levels of their owners. » Continue Reading

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Children of Diabetics More Aware of Risk

September 14, 2009 Category :Diabetes Research| Healthy News 0

A Japanese study reveals that adult offspring of type 2 diabetics are more aware that they are at increased risk of developing the disease than their parents. According to Dr. Keiko Kazuma and colleagues at the University of Tokyo, genetics and lifestyle could more likely contribute to the development of the disease among persons with type 2 diabetic parents. » Continue Reading

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