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  1. Diet, Metformin Cut Medical Cost for Prediabetes Patients

    June 28, 2011 (San Diego) -- People with prediabetes can save thousands of dollars in medical costs by taking the diabetes drug metformin or making lifestyle changes, a new study shows. Treatment with the inexpensive drug metformin, which lowers blood sugar levels, reduced costs by $1,700 over a dec

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  2. Survey: Diabetes Patients Don't Change Lifestyle

    June 29, 2011 (San Diego) -- Most people with diabetes know the lifestyle changes they need to make to help control their condition but fail to follow through, according to findings of the largest nongovernmental study of its kind. Nearly nine out of 10 (87%) of 3,867 people with type 2 diabetes sur

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  3. Drug May Treat Newly Diagnosed Type 1 Diabetes

    June 28, 2011 (San Diego) -- The experimental drug teplizumab shows promise for delaying the progression of type 1 diabetes in people newly diagnosed with it, researchers say. In a study of 513 patients with type 1 diabetes, the drug failed to reach its primary goal of substantially improving blood

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  4. Metformin: Safer for Heart Than Older Diabetes Drugs?

    June 28, 2011 (San Diego) -- Older people with type 2 diabetes who take an older class of oral diabetes drugs called sulfonylureas may have a higher risk of developing heart problems than those who take metformin. In a two-year study of 8,502 people with type 2 diabetes aged 65 and older, 12.4% of t

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  5. Study: Vitamin D May Cut Risk of Diabetes

    June 28, 2011 (San Diego) -- Vitamin D may help prevent diabetes in people at high risk of developing the condition, researchers report. The study does not prove cause and effect. "But if confirmed, there are huge implications because vitamin D is easy and inexpensive," Anastassios Pittas, MD, of Tu

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  6. Diabetes Rates Double Since 1980

    June 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled since 1980 to nearly 350 million, fueled in large part by an aging population and rising rates of obesity. Diabetes rates have risen or at best remained flat in virtually every part of the world during th

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  7. New Drug May Help Treat Diabetes

    June 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- A new type of diabetes drug is effective in controlling blood sugar, but it is associated with higher rates of certain infections, researchers say. The drug, dapagliflozin, is designed to lower blood sugar by increasing the amount of glucose excreted in the urine. On Jul

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  8. Thin Gene Raises Heart Risks

    June 27, 2011 -- It's not how much fat you have, but where it's stored that may determine your health risk, according to a new study. Researchers have isolated a gene in some people that is associated with low body fat but also a higher risk of heart disease and diabetes, especially among men. "In s

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  9. Exercise After Meals Helps Control Blood Sugar

    June 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- Even a little physical activity after meals has a profound impact on blood sugar levels for people with type 1 diabetes, preliminary research suggests. "We were surprised at our findings," says Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Yogish Kudva, MBBS. People with diabetes who enga

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  10. Care Improving for Type 1 Diabetes

    June 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- The life expectancy for people with childhood-onset type 1 diabetes has improved dramatically since 1950, according to results of a 30-year study. And the survival gap between people with type 1 diabetes and the general population in the U.S. appears to be rapidly dimini

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