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  1. Depressed People With Diabetes: Blood Sugar Risk?

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 21 (HealthDay News) -- Depression can affect almost every aspect of life, but some of the changes brought about by the disorder can be downright dangerous for those with diabetes. New research has found that people with diabetes who are depressed have

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  2. 12 Oz of Sugary Soda a Day Raises Diabetes Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 25 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking just one 12-ounce sugar-sweetened soft drink a day can increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 22 percent, a European study contends. The finding is based on an analysis of data collected from more t

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  3. Diabetes Self-Care Improves Slowly: Report

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 24 (HealthDay News) -- More Americans are meeting diabetes care goals, but nearly half still aren't achieving major targets for controlling blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol, government health officials say. Just 14 percent of people wit

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  4. New Diabetes Drug Expected This Week

    April 11, 2013 -- A new oral diabetes drug is expected to arrive on pharmacy shelves in the U.S. this week. Many people predict that Invokana (canagliflozin), approved by the FDA in March, will be a brisk seller. That's partly because it treats type 2 diabetes in a new way. It’s also because Invokan

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  5. Could Coffee Bean Extract Help Control Blood Sugar?

    By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 9 (HealthDay News) -- A natural extract from unroasted coffee beans may be a tool in fighting the uncontrolled blood sugar levels characteristic of diabetes, a small, preliminary new study suggests. Research done in India on normal-weight particip

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  6. Hormone Melatonin & Type 2 Diabetes May Be Linked

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 2 (HealthDay News) -- Decreased levels of the hormone melatonin may be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. A study of U.S. women found that those with the lowest levels of melatonin had more than twice the risk o

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  7. FDA Approves New Type 2 Diabetes Drug

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 29 (HealthDay News) -- The first in a new class of type 2 diabetes drugs was approved Friday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Invokana (canaglifozin) tablets are to be taken, in tandem with a healthy diet and exercise, to improve blood sugar

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  8. OneTouch Verio IQ Blood Glucose Meters Recalled

    The LifeScan unit of Johnson & Johnson is voluntarily recalling almost 2 million of its OneTouch Verio blood glucose meters because they malfunction at extremely high blood glucose levels. The recall includes 1.2 million meters sold worldwide under the brand name OneTouch Verio IQ, says LifeScan spo

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  9. Type 1 Diabetes Poses Risk of Thyroid Disease

    By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- People who have type 1 diabetes are more likely than others to develop an autoimmune thyroid condition. Though estimates vary, the rate of thyroid disease -- either under- or overactive thyroid -- may be as high as 30 percent i

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  10. Diabetes Meds Face FDA Scrutiny for Pancreas Risks

    March 14, 2013 -- The FDA is looking into an increased risk of pancreatitis and precancerous changes to the pancreas from widely used drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. The medications are called incretin mimetics, which mimic a natural hormone in the body that tells the pancreas to release more insuli

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