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  1. FDA OKs Pill for Diabetes and High Cholesterol

    Oct. 7, 2011 -- The FDA has approved the first combination pill for treating both type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol. Juvisync, made by Merck, combines the drugmaker's diabetes pill Januvia (sitagliptin) with its popular cholesterol drug Zocor (simvastatin). About 20 million people in the U.S. hav

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  2. Raising 'Good' Cholesterol May Cut Heart Risk in Diabetes Patients

    Oct. 7, 2011 -- Raising levels of HDL "good" cholesterol might play an important role in reducing heart disease and stroke risk in patients with type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. Kaiser Permanente researchers reviewed the medical records of 30,067 type 2 diabetes patients who had their HDL measure

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  3. Does Prediabetes Lead to Diabetes?

    In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our January-February 2011 issue, we asked WebMD's diabetes expert, Michael Dansinger, MD, to answer a question about the link between prediabetes and diabetes. Q: At my last checkup

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  4. New Type 1 Diabetes Genes Found

    Sept. 29, 2011 -- Researchers have identified a new set of genes that may increase risk for type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is the form of the disease that occurs when the body produces little to no insulin, which is the hormone that helps the body keep blood sugar (glucose) levels in check. As a r

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  5. Type 1 in a Type 2 World

    Andrea Kolligian has learned that she's likely to get well-meaning comments if she eats a donut. "Can you eat that? Are you sure you can eat that?" a friend or coworker will ask. Kolligian, an administrative assistant at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes

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  6. Diabetes May Be Linked to Risk of Alzheimer's

    Sept. 19, 2011 -- People with diabetes may be twice as likely to develop memory problems and dementia as they age, including Alzheimer's disease, a study shows. This risk also appears to be heightened among people with prediabetes -- people who are on the verge of developing diabetes. Exactly how di

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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