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  1. Cocoa Rich in Health Benefits

    March 23, 2011 -- Cocoa, used throughout history as a folk medicine, may actually have significant health benefits, according to a new study by Harvard researchers. Their analysis of 21 studies with 2,575 participants shows that cocoa consumption is associated with decreased blood pressure, improved

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  2. Diabetes Drug Actos May Also Help Prediabetes

    March 23, 2011 -- The diabetes drug Actos, which increases insulin sensitivity, appears to dramatically lower diabetes risk in people with prediabetes, according to a new study. People with prediabetes who took the drug had a 72% reduction in diabetes risk, compared to patients who did not take it,

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  3. Blood Test May Predict Risk of Diabetes

    March 20, 2011 -- Elevated levels of a group of five amino acids may predict the development of diabetes years before any noticeable symptoms occur, according to a new study. Researchers found that blood tests that screened for these amino acids accurately predicted risk of type 2 diabetes in otherw

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  4. Metformin Gets Highest Marks in Diabetes Study

    March 14, 2011 -- The drug metformin should be considered as a first choice for blood sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. In type 2 diabetes, the body cannot use its own insulin effectively to maintain blood sugar within normal levels. Medication is usually needed

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  5. Depression Risk Factors for People With Diabetes

    March 14, 2011 -- Experiencing negative life events and being overweight may raise the risk of depression in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research. People with type 2 diabetes are 52% more likely to become depressed than people without the condition, according to background informat

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  6. Long-Acting Insulin May Help Control Blood Sugar

    March 9, 2011 -- An experimental, ultra-long-acting insulin given just three times a week proved as effective as daily insulin for controlling blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, researchers say. Results from phase II trials of the drug degludec, funded by its manufacturer Novo Nordisk, are

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  7. 384,000 J&J Animas Insulin Pump Cartridges Recalled

    March 9, 2011 -- Johnson & Johnson has recalled about 384,000 of its Animas Insulin Pump cartridges in the U.S. and France. According to Reuters, J&J has received 22 injury reports so far. The cartridges may leak at the plunger side of the cartridge. If this happens, users may receive too little ins

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  8. Southern States Make Up Much of ‘Diabetes Belt’

    March 7, 2011 -- The CDC says the highest rates of type 2 diabetes in the U.S. are in a “diabetes belt” in 15 mostly Southern states. Researchers say the diabetes belt is similar to a “stroke belt” identified in earlier studies. The diabetes belt includes 644 counties in portions of Alabama, Arkansa

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  9. Aggressive Diabetes Therapy May Raise Death Risk

    March 2, 2011 -- New results from a large government-run trial confirm that very aggressive treatment to lower blood sugar is associated with an increased risk of death in people with type 2 at high risk for heart attack and stroke. The five-year follow-up from the Action to Control Cardiovascular R

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  10. Diabetes Risks Go Beyond Heart Attacks, Strokes

    March 2, 2011 -- Diabetes roughly doubles the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, a reality that’s put many doctors and patients on alert about the need to closely watch blood pressure, cholesterol, and other harbingers of an ailing cardiovascular system. But less attention has been paid to oth

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