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  1. Diabetes Rates Double Since 1980

    June 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- The number of adults with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled since 1980 to nearly 350 million, fueled in large part by an aging population and rising rates of obesity. Diabetes rates have risen or at best remained flat in virtually every part of the world during th

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  2. Exercise After Meals Helps Control Blood Sugar

    June 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- Even a little physical activity after meals has a profound impact on blood sugar levels for people with type 1 diabetes, preliminary research suggests. "We were surprised at our findings," says Mayo Clinic endocrinologist Yogish Kudva, MBBS. People with diabetes who enga

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  3. New Insulin Cuts Risk of Dangerously Low Blood Sugar

    June 27, 2011 (San Diego) -- The experimental, ultra-long-acting insulin degludec substantially reduces the risk of dangerously low blood sugar in people with diabetes, compared with the most widely prescribed long-acting insulin, Lantus, studies show. Results from two year-long phase III trials pit

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  4. Study: New Drug Bardoxolone Improves Kidney Function

    June 24, 2011 -- A new drug appears to improve kidney function in people with type 2 diabetes who have chronic kidney disease, new research suggests. The drug, known as bardoxolone methyl, works in a new way, says researcher David Warnock, MD, the Hilda B. Anderson professor of medicine at the Unive

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  5. Very Low-Calorie Diet May Reverse Diabetes

    June 24, 2011 (San Diego) -- A very low-calorie diet of 600 calories a day may be able to reverse type 2 diabetes, preliminary research suggests. Eleven people who had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes within the past four years slashed their calories for eight weeks, sticking to a diet of liquid

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  6. As Diabetes Increases, So Does Kidney Disease

    June 21, 2011 -- The number of Americans with diabetic kidney disease is rising, a new study shows. About 40% of people with diabetes will develop kidney disease, a serious and costly complication that greatly increases the risk of other health problems, including cardiovascular disease. Diabetic ki

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  7. High-Dose Statins May Increase Diabetes Risk

    June 21, 2011 -- The strongest doses of cholesterol-lowering statin medications prevent heart attacks and strokes in patients with cardiovascular disease, but they may also modestly increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. The study, a re-analysis of five clinical trials r

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  8. Excess TV Time Linked to Early Death

    June 14, 2011 -- The average American spends about 5 hours a day watching TV, which is more time than is devoted to any other activity with the exception of sleeping and working. All that television has been linked to an increased risk for health problems associated with obesity and sedentary lifest

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  9. Type 2 Diabetes Treatment Victoza Helps Type 1, Too

    June 7, 2011 - People with well-controlled type 1 diabetes had even better sugar control, used less insulin, and lost an average of 10 pounds in six months when taking the type 2 diabetes drug Victoza in a small clinical study. Those who continued treatment for a full year continued these improvemen

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  10. Diabetes Patients May Have Higher Fracture Risk

    May 31, 2011 -- Older people with type 2 diabetes may have a higher risk for fractures that those without diabetes, even though they tend to have less bone density loss as measured by bone mineral density testing. This paradox has left many questioning whether bone mineral density testing is of any

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