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Men are more vulnerable than women to the debilitating effects of diabetes, a new long-term study finds.

Overall rates of diabetes are similar between men and women, according to the report published May 16 in the

  • Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 17, 2024
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  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class 1 recall -- its most urgent kind -- for an IOS app linked to a specific kind of insulin pump used by people with diabetes.

    The

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 9, 2024
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  • THURSDAY, May 9, 2024 (HealthDay News) — Though it is a widespread disorder, neuropathy often goes undiagnosed, new research shows, leaving many people at risk of falls, infection and even amputation.

    Neuropathy is nerve damage that causes numbness and pain in feet and hands. 

    A study of 169 people treated at an outpatient clinic in Flint, Mich., found that 73% had neuropathy...

    Nine of 10 American adults are in the early, middle or late stages of a syndrome that leads to heart disease, a new report finds, and almost 10% have the disease already.

    "Poor cardiovascular, kidney, and metabolic health is widespread among the U.S. population," concludes a team led by

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • May 8, 2024
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  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD) involves a debilitating narrowing of arteries in the legs, and the National Institutes of Health estimates that 1 in every 20 Americans over 50 is affected.

    Research into best treatments for women with PAD is lacking, however. 

    Now, a study finds that less inva...

    Emulsifiers -- substances that are essential ingredients in processed foods -- appear to increase people’s risk of type 2 diabetes, a new study finds.

    In fact, the more emulsifiers that people eat as part of their food, the higher their risk of type 2 diabetes, resea...

    Severe mental illness can contribute to a decline in a person’s physical health, with many chronic conditions slowly eroding their wellness, a new review finds.

    People with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are more than twice as likely to have multiple chronic health problems such as heart ...

    Managing a stroke victim’s blood sugar levels after they receive powerful clot-busting drugs might help them survive their health crisis, a new trial finds.

    People with high blood sugar levels were more likely to suffer a potentially deadly brain bleed after clot-busters reopened their blocked brain arteries, researchers found.

    The risk was particularly high in older patients with...

    An immune-compromised man with a year-and-a-half-long COVID infection served as a breeding ground for dozens of coronavirus mutations, a new study discovered.

    Worse, several of the mutations were in the COVID spike protein, indicating that the virus had attempted to evolve around current vaccines, researchers report.

    “This case underscores the risk of persistent SARS-CoV-2 infecti...

    The placenta could be one reason why some women develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy, a new study finds.

    A deficit in the way the placenta expresses the gene for a hormone called insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) appears linked to insulin resistance during pregnancy, researchers reported April 16 in the journal ...

    For people struggling with both diabetes and a common type of heart failure, the weight-loss drug Wegovy may do more for their health than help them shed pounds, new research suggests.

    In the study, published Saturday in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers reported that the drug helped people with typ...

    Drugmaker Eli Lilly & Co is announcing a temporary shortage of two of its insulin products.

    "The 10 mL [millilter] vials of Humalog® and Insulin Lispro Injection are or will be temporarily out of stock at wholesalers and some pharmacies through the beginning of April," Lilly said in a recent statement.

    The company said it is continuing to make the 10 mL vials, and "will ship t...

    A surgical treatment used to treat conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome and back sciatica might also help relieve the pain of patients with diabetic neuropathy, a new study finds.

    Surgical nerve decompression significantly eased pain among a small group of people with diabetic neuropathy for up to five years, researchers report.

    In the surgery, researchers removed inflexible tissu...

    In people with type 1 diabetes, fluctuations in blood sugar levels can affect thinking skills in various ways, new research shows.

    Researchers looked specifically at what's known as cognitive processing speed (how fast people process incoming information) and attention.

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    There may be an unexpected fix for ongoing shortages of insulin: A brown bovine in Brazil recently made history as the first transgenic cow able to produce human insulin in her milk.

    "Mother Nature designed the mammary gland as a factory to make protein really, really efficiently," explained study leader Matt Wheeler, a professor ...

    If you live in a small town and have diabetes, you're more likely to suffer serious setbacks than your cousin in the big city.

    New research shows that people in towns with fewer than 50,000 people have a significantly higher risk of diabetes-related complications, including heart attack and kidney disease.

    "Those who live in rural areas have a greater risk of experiencing eight out ...

    Weight-loss drugs like Wegovy and Ozempic can increase a person's risk of throwing up during surgery while under anesthesia, a new study reports.

    People are typically asked to fast prior to surgery because general anesthesia can cause nausea, and they might inhale and choke on their own vomit.

    Unfortunately, part of the way that these drugs, called GLP-1 receptor agonists, help prom...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the country's first continuous glucose monitor for type 2 diabetes.

    The new Dexcom Stelo Glucose Biosensor System, which will be available by summer, is intended for people 18 and older who have type 2 diabetes but do not take insulin, according to the agency.

    Also known as CGMs, these monitors consist of tiny sensors that pr...

    Are you typically getting only a few hours sleep each night?

    Besides leaving you groggy all day, your insomnia could also be raising your odds for type 2 diabetes, new research shows.

    Compared to people who slept the recommended seven/eight hours per night, folks who habitually slept five hours per night had a 16% higher odds for the blood sugar illness, Swedish researchers found. ...

    Some Americans living with diabetes are using smartwatches and smart rings that claim to be able to track their blood sugar.

    However, such claims from any device that does not pierce the skin are fraudulent and potentially dangerous, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned in an

  • Ernie Mundell HealthDay Reporter
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  • February 22, 2024
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  • People with diabetes have to spend a ton of money to stay healthy, a new study reports.

    Total and out-of-pocket costs for diabetics run hundreds to thousands of dollars more than regular medical expenses for people without diabetes, researchers found.

    Type 1 diabetes costs nearly $25,700 a year to properly manage, with out-of-pocket charges running more than $2,000 for patients, res...

    Two of the most common pregnancy complications for women, high blood pressure and gestational diabetes, could jeopardize the future heart health of their children, a new study suggests. 

    Researchers found that the children of women who developed either or both of those conditions during pregnancy showed signs of less-than-ideal heart health before the age of 12. 

    “Throug...

    Folks who drop pounds to help control their diabetes receive other substantial heath benefits for all their efforts, a new study says.

    Substantial weight loss that led to even a short-lived remission in type 2 diabetes also prompted a 40% lower rate in heart disease and a 33% lower rate of kidney disease, researchers report in the Jan. 18 issue of the journal

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  • January 19, 2024
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  • Managing diabetes will be a less expensive proposition for more Americans in 2024.

    Sanofi has officially joined Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly in lowering the cost of insulin to $35 a month for many patients. The three drugmakers are also drastically lowering the list prices for their insulin pr...

    Kids who've survived cancer face many health challenges, and a heightened risk for diabetes is one of them, new research shows.

    A team at St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., reports that these children have twice the odds of developing prediabetes (a precursor to full-blown diabetes) compared to kids without any history of cancer.

    “One of the striking features was th...

    A healthy plant-based diet can reduce a person's risk of type 2 diabetes by 24%, a new study has found.

    Eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains has this protective effect even in people with a genetic predisposition for diabetes or risk factors like obesity, advanced age or lack of physical activity, researchers report.

    And for the first time, researchers identifi...

    Many Americans battling diabetes are turning to a new class of injected drugs that includes blockbusters like Ozempic (semaglutide) and Mounjaro (tirzepatide).

    But a new study finds half of patients who use these "second line" therapies -- a class called GLP-1 RAs -- quit them within a year.

    The main factor: Gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, according to th...

    The diabetes and weight-loss drug Ozempic does not appear to harm a developing fetus when taken by pregnant women, a new study reports.

    Researchers found no elevated risk of birth defects among newborns of women who took medications to control their type 2 diabetes, compared with those who took insulin.

    During the decade-long study, researchers saw an increase in people trying to co...

    Folks who take the blockbuster weight-loss med tirzepatide (Zepbound) may regain much of the weight they lost soon after discontinuing it, new research shows.

    A trial funded by Eli Lilly, the injected drug's maker, found that “in patients with obesity or overweight, withdrawing tirzepatide led to substantial regain of weight."

    On the other hand, continuing on with tirzepatide kept...

    Could blockbuster diabetes and weight-loss meds such as Ozempic, Wegovy, Mounjaro and Zepbound also lower users' odds for colon cancer?

    New research suggests they might.

    All of these medications (and more) fall into a class of diabetes drugs known as glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists (GLP-1 RAs).

    The new study, from researchers at Case Western Reserve School of Medicin...

    Girls whose periods begin before the age of 13 are at higher risk of becoming adult women with diabetes, compared to girls who start menstruation later, new research shows.

    An earlier onset of periods also appears to hike a woman's odds for stroke before the age of 65, the same study found.

    Why the link? According to the research team at Tulane University in New Orleans, exposure to...

    People can walk away their risk of developing type 2 diabetes -- but only if they walk fast enough, a new report finds.

    Folks who walk at least 2.5 miles an hour appear to have a significantly lower risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a study published Nov. 28 in the British Journal of Sports Medicine

    Women who don't get enough sleep might have an increased risk of diabetes, an effect even more pronounced in postmenopausal females, a new study finds.

    Shortening sleep by just 90 minutes increased insulin resistance in women used to getting adequate sleep, researchers at Columbia University.

    The findings are the first to show that even a mild sleep deficit maintained for six weeks ...

    Young people who smoke and have prediabetes have triple the risk of suffering a stroke, a new study shows.

    Overall, hospitalized tobacco users with prediabetes had a 3.3 times higher risk that they were in the hospital due to a stroke, after researchers accounted for other risk factors.

    The findings “warrant early screening and prevention strategies for prediabetes in young tobacc...

    Having high insulin levels may be more than tough to manage when you have diabetes: New research shows it also appears to raise the risk of pancreatic cancer.

    In the study, scientists found excessive insulin levels overstimulated pancreatic acinar cells, which produce digestive juices. This overstimulation triggers inflammation that turns these cells into precancerous cells.

    “Alon...

    A kinder, more thoughtful workplace can lead to better heart health among older employees, a new study finds.

    Older workers' heart health risk factors decreased significantly when their office employed interventions designed to reduce work-family conflicts, researchers report in the Nov. 8 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

    Specifically, their heart risk factor...

    There's good news for people with diabetes who are turning to drugs like Ozempic and Wegovy to treat their disease and lose weight: The drugs probably will not harm their vision.

    Semaglutide (the generic name for both medicines) can trigger rapid drops in blood sugar. Prior research had linked these types of blood sugar changes with a worsening of a common diabetes complication called dia...

    A second injectable diabetes drug has been approved for weight loss in overweight and obese adults, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

    The weight-loss drug Zepbound contains the same active ingredient, tirzepatide, as the diabetes drug Mounjaro. Both medications are made by Eli Lilly and Co.

    “Obesity and overweight are serious conditions that can be associa...

    Many people with type 2 diabetes also struggle with depression, and this combination can lead to premature death, researchers say.

    “More than 35 million Americans have diabetes, and more than 95 million have prediabetes, making diabetes one of the leading causes of death in the U.S.,” said study co-author

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  • November 7, 2023
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  • Put down the saltshaker -- especially if you're at risk of type 2 diabetes.

    While the condition brings to mind the need to avoid sugar, a new study links it to frequent salt consumption.

    “We already know that limiting salt can reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension, but this study shows for the first time that taking the saltshaker off the table can help preve...

    It's time to turn your clocks back this Sunday, and a leading group of sleep experts want that return to standard time to be permanent.

    The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has issued a new position statement recommending the elimination of seasonal time changes.

    About 20 other health organizations have signed that statement, which sleep experts say aligns best with the hum...

    As many as 1 in 3 people who fall ill with COVID-19 will develop long COVID, with symptoms that can persist for months or years, a new study estimates.

    Nearly half of participants (47%) in a large-scale U.S. Census Bureau survey said they had been infected with COVID-19 by the end of 2022, the data showed.

    Further, 1 in 7 (14%) Americans said they had developed long COVID, with 7% s...

    Time-restricted dieting may be a better way for people with type 2 diabetes to lose weight than counting calories, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that people who only ate between noon and 8 p.m. each day lost more weight than those who reduced their calories by 25%. Both groups, however, had similar reductions in long-term blood sugar levels based on a test of hemoglobin A1C. The...

    Having diabetes and colon cancer together can raise the risk of dying early, particularly for patients with diabetic complications, a new study shows.

    To arrive at that conclusion, researchers from National Taiwan University examined data for more than 59,000 people from the Taiwan Cancer Registry Database from 2007 to 2015. The database is linked to health insurance and death records.

    Millions of people with diabetes take the drug metformin to control their blood sugar levels.

    Meant to be taken for the long term, new research now suggests that stopping it early may up the risk of developing thinking and memory problems as patients age.

    “We found that staying on metformin prevents or delays dementia onset, and this is very encouraging,” said researcher

    Diabetes may accelerate the growth of a blood cancer known as multiple myeloma, affecting overall survival, according to a new study.

    The research, published Sept. 29 in the journal

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  • October 2, 2023
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  • Low-carb diets may be all the rage, but they're not for kids with diabetes, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

    In a new report, the AAP says that low-carbohydrate diets cannot be recommended for children or teenagers with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. That's because there's little evidence they're helpful, but there are concerns about restricting kids' diets to tha...

    Staying up late comes naturally to some folks, whether they're working or relaxing deep into the night.

    But being a night owl might come at a cost to one's health.

    People who are night owls have a higher risk than early birds of becoming diabetic, a new study has found.

    “We found that night owls were at 72% increased risk of developing diabetes when we compare them to early ...

    It's known that older men with type 2 diabetes have higher odds for erectile dysfunction, or ED. Now, new research suggests problems in the bedroom for younger men may signal undiagnosed prediabetes or diabetes.

    Researchers found that men 40 and younger with ED have about a one-third increased risk for prediabetes or full-blown type 2 diabetes compared to men without impotence.

    The ...

    Loneliness might be a true heartbreaker for people with diabetes — raising their odds of a heart attack even more than unhealthy lifestyle habits do.

    That's according to a new study of over 18,000 adults with the blood sugar disease. Researchers found that people who reported feeling lonely were up to 26% more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke in the next decade, compared to tho...

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