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  1. Sugar Substitutes Can Lead to Weight Loss

    July 9, 2012 -- Substituting other sweeteners for sugars may help people lose weight and help people with diabetes control blood sugar, according to a new joint statement issued by the American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association. "When you use these non-nutritive sweeteners smar

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  2. New Devices Improve Diabetes Control

    July 9, 2012 -- By combining insulin pumps with continuous blood sugar sensors, people with diabetes get better blood sugar control than those using finger-stick testing and insulin shots, new research suggests. The findings come from an analysis of studies comparing new technologies to traditional

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  3. Eat Breakfast, Cut Diabetes Risk

    June 14, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Your mom was right, again. Don't skip breakfast! A new study shows that people who eat breakfast every day are less likely to become obese, develop type 2 diabetes, or gain fat around their tummy. Even having breakfast just four to six times a week may help, says rese

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  4. Progress Continues Toward Artificial Pancreas

    June 12, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Efforts to make an artificial pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes have taken another step forward, with two new studies showing progress toward that goal. Both studies, presented here at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting, were small, and more wor

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  5. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Rising Among U.S. Youth

    June 14, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- Type 1 and type 2 diabetes are rising among U.S. kids and teens, according to the first national snapshot of diabetes rates among American youths. The new report, presented this weekend in Philadelphia at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting, shows a 23%

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  6. Type 1 Diabetes Stem Cell Treatment Shows Promise

    June 11, 2012 (Philadelphia) -- In an early study, an experimental stem cell procedure helped 15 teens with type 1 diabetes stay off of insulin injections for about 1.5 years, on average. The study was very small, and the procedure is not ready for widespread use. "We now have a unique approach with

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  7. Prediabetes Linked to Stroke Risk

    June 8, 2012 -- People with prediabetes may be at greater risk for stroke, a new study suggests. Prediabetes refers to blood sugar levels that are higher than normal but not high enough to be defined as having diabetes. This condition places a person at greater risk for full-blown diabetes. Many peo

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  8. Waist Size Alone May Predict Diabetes Risk

    June 5, 2012 -- Waist size can predict your diabetes risk, even if you are not obese, according to a new study. Diabetes experts have long used both body mass index (BMI), a measure of weight related to height, and waist size to predict risk. Obese people, with a BMI of 30 or more, and non-obese ind

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  9. People With Diabetes May Need Earlier Colon Screen

    May 22, 2012 -- Should people with diabetes be screened for colon cancer at younger ages than is usually recommended? That may very well be the case, say researchers who found that people in their 40s with type 2 diabetes are about as likely to have precancerous colon growths called adenomas as peop

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  10. Death Rate Dropping for People With Diabetes

    May 22, 2012 -- New research shows that people with diabetes are living longer, and this is likely due to heart-healthy habits and tighter control of blood sugar levels. Many people may only associate diabetes with vision loss, kidney disease, and limb amputations, but it also increases the risk for

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