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  1. Type 1 Diabetes Linked to Lower Life Expectancy

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with type 1 diabetes today lose more than a decade of life to the chronic disease, despite improved treatment of both diabetes and its complications, a new Scottish study reports. Men with type 1 diabetes lose abo

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  2. 1 in 3 With Type 1 Diabetes Produce Insulin: Study

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Although it's widely accepted that people with type 1 diabetes produce no insulin, a new study suggests otherwise: Roughly one-third produce the hormone long after they are diagnosed. Residual insulin production ca

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  3. Spa Safety for People With Diabetes

    What’s more relaxing than soaking your feet and getting a pedicure? If you have diabetes, you'll have more peace of mind if you take precautions to avoid nicks or cuts on your skin at the spa or salon. You'll also lower your odds of getting an infection. “Your blood flow is reduced, and even a small

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  4. Scratches, Scrapes, Cuts, and Diabetes

    If you have diabetes, your eyes might be your best medicine when it comes to protecting your skin. Act quickly to treat any small cut, scrape, or scratch to make sure it heals properly, says James L. Roth, MD. He's a family physician in Johns Creek, GA. Check your body daily for even small wounds so

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  5. Diabetes May Affect Kids' Brain Growth: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- High blood sugar may slow brain growth in young children with type 1 diabetes, a new study indicates. The research included children aged 4 to 9 years who underwent brain scans and tests to assess their mental abilities, a

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  6. Asians Need Diabetes Screening at Lower Body Weight

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Obesity is a big contributor to type 2 diabetes, but Asian-Americans may need to pile on fewer excess pounds to develop the disease than other groups do, according to new guidelines from the American Diabetes Association

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  7. Experts: Give Statins to All People With Diabetes

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- New guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) call for giving the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins to all people with diabetes to help prevent heart disease. These new standards bring the associ

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  8. Some Blood Types Might Raise Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Dec. 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- In what scientists say is a first, a new analysis suggests that some blood types place women at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes. How much higher? According to a team of French researchers, women with blood type

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  9. Type 1 Diabetes on the Rise in Children

    Dec. 17, 2014 -- More children in the U.S. are getting type 1 diabetes, according to new research. A recent study by Jean Lawrence, ScD, MPH, found a large rise in the disease among non-Hispanic white children. From 2002 to 2009, the number of kids with type 1 diabetes rose from 24 per 100,000 to 27

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  10. How Diabetes Can Aggravate Common Skin Issues

    When you have diabetes, take extra care of your skin, since it can be affected by the condition in unexpected ways.  Here's help for several issues, from itching and dryness to wrinkles. If you have dry skin, diabetes can make it worse. That's because high blood sugar can make you have to pee often,

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