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  1. White Rice Linked to Diabetes Risk

    March 15, 2012 -- Eating white rice regularly, as is commonly done in many Asian countries, may increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. Researchers looked at data from four studies: two in Asian countries (China and Japan) and two in Western countries (the U.S. and Australia

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  2. Stroke Risk Triples After a Decade With Diabetes

    March 1, 2012 -- The longer a person has diabetes, the higher their risk of having a stroke, according to a new study. The risk for stroke is known to be two to four times higher among people with diabetes compared to people who don’t have the disease. What has been less clear is whether that risk p

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  3. Weekly Shot Gets FDA Nod for Type 2 Diabetes

    Jan. 27, 2012 -- The FDA has given its nod to Bydureon, making it the first weekly treatment for type 2 diabetes, according to drug's manufacturer.   Given as a shot, Bydureon (pronounced by-DUR-ee-on) is the long-acting form of Byetta, a twice-daily injection. It works by stimulating pancreas cells

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  4. CDC: Big Drop in Diabetes Amputations

    Jan. 24, 2012 -- There has been a dramatic drop in the rate of diabetes-related amputations in the U.S., and experts attribute the improvement to better management of risk factors that lead to the loss of feet and legs. The amputation rate declined by 65% among adults with diabetes in a little over

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  5. Why Coffee May Reduce Diabetes Risk

    Jan. 13, 2012 -- Coffee drinking has been linked with a reduced risk of diabetes, and now Chinese researchers think they may know why. Three compounds found in coffee seem to block the toxic accumulation of a protein linked with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. ''We found three major coffee com

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  6. Low Vitamin D May Raise Diabetes Risk in Kids

    Dec. 5, 2011 -- Obese children with lower vitamin D levels may be at higher risk for type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. Along with the low vitamin D levels, the obese children also had higher levels of what’s called insulin resistance, meaning that they are no longer able to efficiently use insulin

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  7. New FDA Guidelines for Testing Artificial Pancreas

    Dec. 1, 2011 -- The FDA today released new guidelines for the development and testing of artificial pancreas devices for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. The guidelines are designed to give researchers and industry a great deal of flexibility in order to get a safe and effective device to patients

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  8. Diabetes Linked to Precancerous Colon Growths

    Nov. 4, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) -- People with diabetes may be at increased risk for precancerous colon growths called adenomas, a new study suggests. Researchers compared colonoscopy results from 278 people with diabetes with those from 278 people without the disorder. Nearly all were male, and the

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  9. Diabetes: Tips for Daily Foot Care

    If you have diabetes, it's essential to make foot care part of your daily self-care routine. That's because "people can develop complications before they realize they even have a problem," says Bresta Miranda-Palma, MD, a professor with the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Medi

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  10. Diabetes: 5 Steps to Total Body Care

    If you have type 2 diabetes, you know that blood sugar control, a balanced diet, weight management, regular exercise, and checkups are vital to your health. Taking special care of every part of your body to avoid serious complications is just as critical. Among some of your biggest concerns with dia

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