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  1. Sitting Too Much May Lead to Diabetes, Heart Disease

    Oct. 15, 2012 -- Your workout routine may not be enough to keep you healthy if you sit for many hours a day. A new analysis links prolonged sitting to greater odds of diabetes, heart disease, and death -- even in people who exercise regularly. “Many people think that if they work out every day that’

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  2. FDA OKs Generic Actos for Type 2 Diabetes

    Aug. 17, 2012 -- The FDA today approved the first generic version of Actos to treat adults with type 2 diabetes. The generic tablets use the same active ingredient as Actos, called pioglitazone, to improve blood glucose control in adults with type 2 diabetes. "Generic versions of this widely used pr

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  3. New Drug for Diabetes-Related Vision Loss

    Aug. 14, 2012 -- The FDA has approved using the drug Lucentis to treat diabetic macular edema, a common, vision-threatening complication of diabetes. Lucentis is given via a monthly injection from a health care professional. In diabetic macular edema, fluid leaks into the macula (the middle of the r

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  4. Obesity Paradox: Thin Not in for Type 2 Diabetes?

    Aug. 7, 2012 -- People who are overweight or obese when they are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes appear to live longer than people whose body weight is normal when their disease is detected, a new study shows. Obesity increases the risks for illness and early death. Despite this, doctors have long pu

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  5. Curry Compound May Lower Diabetes Risk

    July 31, 2012 -- Curcumin, the substance found in the spice turmeric that gives curry its color, may lower risk of type 2 diabetes, a small new study suggests. All of the people in the study had been diagnosed with prediabetes. But according to the findings, none of the participants who took capsule

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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