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  1. Insulin-Metformin Combo Tied to Poorer Survival

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The combination of metformin and insulin for people with type 2 diabetes may slightly increase death rates among patients, according to researchers from Vanderbilt University. However, other experts question the study's

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  2. U.S. Diabetes Cases Jump to 29 Million: CDC

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans with diabetes rose from 26 million in 2010 to 29 million -- 9 percent of the population -- in 2012, a new federal government study finds. One in every four people with diabetes does not even realiz

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  3. Out-of-Pocket Costs Way Up for Type 2 Diabetes

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Laboratory-engineered "insulin analogs" have become the main type of insulin prescribed for people with type 2 diabetes, significantly boosting their out-of-pocket costs, a new study reports. Insulin use among those wit

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  4. Best Type 2 Diabetes Strategies for Women

    Losing weight can turn your type 2 diabetes around. You might end up needing less medicine for it, or maybe even none at all. Follow these experts' tips and get ready to win at losing. Like most Americans, this probably isn't the first time you've tried to lose weight. But experience isn't always a

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  5. How Not to Lose Weight With Type 2 Diabetes

    Whether you've been trying to slim down for a while, or your doctor has recently urged you to do so to help control your diabetes, you understand that the stakes are high. Not only will losing weight help you look and feel better, but it can improve your blood sugar levels and, in some cases, you ma

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  6. Weight-Loss Surgery for Obese People With Diabetes

    By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Compared to diet and lifestyle changes, gastric bypass surgery appears to be the clear winner in helping obese people with type 2 diabetes lose weight and even rid themselves of the disease, new studies show. The findings

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  7. 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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  8. Women’s Top Diabetes Concerns

    Managing type 2 diabetes means being good to yourself. “Diabetes requires self-care to do it well,” says Robin Goland, MD, diabetes research director at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. “While many women are comfortable at taking care of others, it can be hard for them to take care of themselves.” Yo

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  9. 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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  10. 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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