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  1. Doctors, CDC Launch New Diabetes Prevention Effort

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Reducing the number of Americans with type 2 diabetes is a new mission shared by the American Medical Association (AMA) and the leading U.S. health agency, officials said Thursday. "Our health care system cannot susta

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  2. Statins Linked to Raised Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 4, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may significantly increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a new study from Finland suggests. Researchers found that statins were associated with an almost 50 percent h

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  3. Vitamin D Levels Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People with low levels of vitamin D appear to have an increased risk for type 2 diabetes, even if they aren't overweight or obese, a new study suggests. The study included almost 150 people in Spain. Their vitamin D levels

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  4. Study Links Lack of Sleep to Type 2 Diabetes Risk

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study helps explain why getting too little sleep might boost diabetes risk. Researchers say lack of sleep can lead to increased levels of substances called free fatty acids in the blood. These substances interfere

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  5. Drugs for Diabetes-Linked Eye Disease Compared

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A vision-robbing condition called diabetic macular edema can strike people with diabetes. Now, a new study compared three leading drugs for the condition -- Avastin, Eylea and Lucentis -- and found that Eylea came out o

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  6. This Diet Risky for Those With Kidney Disease

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 13, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patients struggling with chronic kidney disease who routinely consume meat-rich, highly acidic diets may boost their risk for kidney failure, a new study suggests. According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, kidney d

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  7. BP Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new analysis shows that people with type 2 diabetes are less likely to suffer heart attacks, strokes or die early when they take blood pressure medications -- even if they don't actually have high blood pressure. "Strok

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  8. FDA Approves 1st Drug for Diabetic Retinopathy

    By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Feb. 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the drug Lucentis (ranibizumab) to treat diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema. A leading cause of blindness among adults in the United State

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  9. Type 1 Diabetes More Deadly for Women Than Men

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Women with type 1 diabetes have a nearly 40 percent greater risk of dying from any cause and more than double the risk of dying from heart disease than men with type 1 diabetes, Australian researchers report. In an anal

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  10. Gut Bacteria Change and Kids' Type 1 Diabetes

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- In some young children who develop type 1 diabetes, a change in normal stomach bacteria can precede the disease by a year, a small study has found. The findings, published Feb. 5 in the journal Cell, Host & Microbe, are base

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