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  1. 1 in 10 Heart Attack Patients May Have Diabetes

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- As many as one in 10 Americans who has a heart attack may also have undiagnosed diabetes, a new study finds. "Diagnosing diabetes in patients who have had a heart attack is important because of the role diabetes plays in h

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  2. Diabetes Drug & Weight Loss in Obese Nondiabetics

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A higher dose of the diabetes drug liraglutide (Victoza) may help obese people without the disease lose weight, a new study suggests. In this test of its effectiveness as a diet aid, people taking liraglutide for over a

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  3. Brain Changes & Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosis in Kids

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- A serious complication of type 1 diabetes called diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) can cause temporary changes to the brain matter of children newly diagnosed with the disease, researchers say. What's more, those changes may caus

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  4. Diabetes and Food: 5 Myths and Facts

    Eating well when you have diabetes can feel challenging, but the reason may not be what you think. It's not just about temptation or willpower. The real issue may be misinformation. You can make smart choices without giving up all your favorite foods. You just need to know the truth behind these com

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  5. Diabetes: 2 Large Meals Better Than 6 Small?

    May 16, 2014 -- Eating two large meals may be better than eating six small ones with the same amount of calories to control weight and blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes. The results of the new study, conducted in the Czech Republic, have been published in Diabetologia, the journal of the Eu

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  6. This May Aid People With Diabetes After Heart Attack

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Intensive insulin therapy may boost survival in people with type 2 diabetes who've suffered a heart attack, a new study suggests. Swedish researchers tracked outcomes for up to 20 years for 620 people with diabetes who wer

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  7. Kids' Diabetes Rates Up Dramatically in 8 Years

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, May 3, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Rates of diabetes in U.S. children have jumped sharply in just eight years, according to new research. The prevalence of type 1 diabetes increased 21 percent between 2001 and 2009. At the same time, rates of type 2 diabe

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  8. How to Lower Your Risk of Diabetes Complications

    Having diabetes doesn't automatically put you on the road to complications like heart disease, stroke, or kidney failure. A healthy lifestyle, along with insulin treatments, can keep your risk for these conditions low. "Complications are not inevitable," says Robert E. Ratner, MD, chief scientific a

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  9. GenStrip Blood Glucose Test Strips Recalled

    April 29, 2014 -- GenStrip Blood Glucose Test Strips are being recalled because they may report incorrect blood sugar levels, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The strips are made by Shasta Technologies LLC. During a recent inspection of the company, the FDA found numerous violatio

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  10. When One Insulin Shot Isn't Enough

    If you have diabetes and your doctor says you need more than one insulin shot a day, you may be worried about how that will affect your daily routine. But there are a few tips that can help make your new insulin schedule go more smoothly. When you're giving yourself multiple insulin shots a day, you

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