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  1. World Diabetes: 366 Million Cases and Counting

    Sept. 14, 2011 -- Worldwide, 366 million people have diabetes, the International Diabetes Federation says. That's 54 million more people than the entire population of the United States. This year, an estimated 4.6 million people will die of diabetes -- far more people than the 3.8 million people liv

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  2. Improving Lifestyle Reduces Diabetes Risk

    Sept. 5, 2011 -- Multiple lifestyle factors such as obesity and alcohol consumption increase a person’s risk of diabetes. But new research suggests that a person’s odds of developing the disease may decrease for each positive lifestyle change they make. Lifestyle factors that can influence the risk

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  3. Red Meat, Processed Meat Linked to Diabetes Risk

    Aug. 9, 2011 -- Red meat, particularly processed red meats like bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, may increase a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The more processed or unprocessed red meat a person eats, the greater the risk, according to a new study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutri

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  4. Some Weight Loss Improves Erections in Obese Men With Diabetes

    Aug. 5, 2011 -- A little bit of weight loss may revive the sex lives and improve the urinary health of men who are obese and have diabetes, a new study shows. Obesity and diabetes can take a toll on the penis and urinary system, which are sensitive to changes in blood flow, inflammation, and hormone

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  5. Building Muscle Mass May Lower Diabetes Risk

    July 28, 2011 -- Building muscle mass with resistance training exercise may play a role in lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, a study shows. The findings are published in the September issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. "It's not just weight that matters, but what prop

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  6. FDA Panel Opposes New Type of Diabetes Drug

    Editor's note: On Jan. 19, 2012, the pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Bristol-Myers Squibb announced that the FDA rejected their approval request for dapagliflozin, calling for more research data on the drug’s benefits and risks. Both companies say they remain committed to developing the dru

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  7. Nuts Good for Some With Diabetes

    July 8, 2011 -- Eating about 2 ounces of nuts daily in place of carbohydrates may be beneficial to people with type 2 diabetes by lowering bad cholesterol levels and improving blood sugar control, a new study shows. “There are two important factors in caring for diabetes: blood sugar control and hea

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  8. New Strides Toward Artificial Pancreas

    July 1, 2011 (San Diego) -- Spurred on by diabetes advocates and lawmakers, researchers report continued progress toward the development of an artificial pancreas for people with type 1 diabetes. It's probably not the first time you've heard that. For more than three decades, researchers have been t

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  9. Drinking Water May Cut Risk of High Blood Sugar

    June 30, 2011 (San Diego) -- Drinking about four or more 8-ounce glasses of water a day may protect against the development of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia), French researchers report. In a study of 3,615 men and women with normal blood sugar levels at the start of the study, those who reported t

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  10. Survey: Diabetes Patients Don't Change Lifestyle

    June 29, 2011 (San Diego) -- Most people with diabetes know the lifestyle changes they need to make to help control their condition but fail to follow through, according to findings of the largest nongovernmental study of its kind. Nearly nine out of 10 (87%) of 3,867 people with type 2 diabetes sur

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