June 14, 2011 -- The average American spends about 5 hours a day watching TV, which is more time than is devoted to any other activity with the exception of sleeping and working. All that television has been linked to an increased risk for health problems associated with obesity and sedentary lifest
June 7, 2011 - People with well-controlled type 1 diabetes had even better sugar control, used less insulin, and lost an average of 10 pounds in six months when taking the type 2 diabetes drug Victoza in a small clinical study. Those who continued treatment for a full year continued these improvemen
May 31, 2011 -- Older people with type 2 diabetes may have a higher risk for fractures that those without diabetes, even though they tend to have less bone density loss as measured by bone mineral density testing. This paradox has left many questioning whether bone mineral density testing is of any
For women, living with type 2 diabetes can be tough. Diabetes brings many other health risks that you need to know about. For instance, women with type 2 diabetes are more likely than other women to have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or heart disease. The good news: A healthy lifestyle a
May 3, 2011 -- Structured exercise programs that include aerobic exercise and/or resistance training help improve blood sugar levels in people with diabetes, new research indicates. Scientists led by Daniel Umpierre, MSc, of the Hospital de Clinica de Porto Alegre in Brazil, performed an analysis of
May 2, 2011 -- The FDA has approved Tradjenta, a once-daily tablet that helps people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar. Tradjenta (linagliptin) is a DPP-4 inhibitor, in the same drug class as Januvia and Onglyza. While these drugs have the same mechanism of action, DPP-4 inhibitors appe
April 28, 2011 -- Young people who have diabetes face much higher medical bills than children and teenagers who do not have the disease, and much of the extra tab is due to prescription drugs and outpatient care, the CDC says. A new CDC study says the annual medical expense for young people with dia
April 27, 2011 -- Gastric bypass weight loss surgery often improves type 2 diabetes long before patients lose much weight. Now a new study from Duke University Medical Center and Columbia University may help explain why. When researchers compared patients who had gastric bypass surgery to those who
April 22, 2011 -- Many patients with diabetes fall short on foot care and footwear, according to a new study. Failure to perform recommended foot care and wearing inappropriate footwear can set diabetes patients up for foot ulcers. Ulcers are painful and potentially serious. They can sometimes lead
April 14, 2011 -- New research raises hopes that a so-called “artificial pancreas” can help patients with type 1 diabetes better control their disease. Adults with type 1 diabetes in a newly published study showed improvements in overnight blood sugar control when an experimental computer-assisted d
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