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  1. World Diabetes: 366 Million Cases and Counting

    Sept. 14, 2011 -- Worldwide, 366 million people have diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation says. That's 54 million more people than the entire population of the United States. This year, an estimated 4.6 million people will die of diabetes -- far more people than the 3.8 million people liv

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  2. New Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Options

    Type 2 diabetes treatment has come a long way in the last 10 years, experts say, with new drugs and devices adding up to better lives for patients.  "In the last decade, I think that we've transformed the way we manage diabetes," says Aaron Cypess, MD, PhD, assistant professor at Harvard Medical Sch

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  3. Improving Lifestyle Reduces Diabetes Risk

    Sept. 5, 2011 -- Multiple lifestyle factors such as obesity and alcohol consumption increase a person’s risk of diabetes. But new research suggests that a person’s odds of developing the disease may decrease for each positive lifestyle change they make. Lifestyle factors that can influence the risk

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  4. Diabetes Medications and Diet: Synergistic Success

    It's a tricky balancing act - using diabetes medications to keep blood sugar at just the right level. You're coasting along, trying to "eat right," when suddenly you're confronted with a crisis -- sharing a very large pizza. It's so difficult turning away from pizza -- yet you face the inevitable bl

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  5. Red Meat, Processed Meat Linked to Diabetes Risk

    Aug. 9, 2011 -- Red meat, particularly processed red meats like bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, may increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The more processed or unprocessed red meat a person eats, the greater the risk, according to a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutri

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  6. Some Weight Loss Improves Erections in Obese Men With Diabetes

    Aug. 5, 2011 -- A little bit of weight loss may revive the sex lives and improve the urinary health of men who are obese and have diabetes, a new study shows. Obesity and diabetes can take a toll on the penis and urinary system, which are sensitive to changes in blood flow, inflammation, and hormone

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  7. Find the Right Shoes for Diabetes

    For most people, a bad shoe day means a blistered heel or painful arch that goes away quickly. But for people with diabetes, poor footwear can trigger serious problems, such as foot ulcers, infections, and even amputation. Foot problems aren't inevitable, though. Ralph Guanci learned the hard way to

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  8. Diabetes 9 to 5: Tips to Help You Manage Your Diabetes at Work

    When television's perennially popular Mary Richards walked into WJM's Minneapolis newsroom in 1970, she did more than show the world a single girl could "make it on her own." The award-winning actress who portrayed her -- Mary Tyler Moore -- also showed us diabetes and a career could coexist. Moore

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  9. Building Muscle Mass May Lower Diabetes Risk

    July 28, 2011 -- Building muscle mass with resistance training exercise may play a role in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, a study shows. The findings are published in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. "It's not just weight that matters, but what prop

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  10. FDA Panel Opposes New Type of Diabetes Drug

    Editor's note: On Jan. 19, 2012, the pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the FDA rejected their approval request for dapagliflozin, calling for more research data on the drug’s benefits and risks. Both companies say they remain committed to developing the dru

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