Jan. 16, 2013 -- An FDA advisory panel has given its blessing to canagliflozin (Invokana) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. The panel voted 10 to 5 in favor of the drug’s approval, but did express concern about heart and stroke risks. The FDA is not obligated to follow the advice of its panels,
Nov. 27, 2012 -- Countries that mix high-fructose corn syrup into processed foods and soft drinks have higher rates of diabetes than countries that don’t use the sweetener, a new study shows. In a study published in the journal Global Health, researchers compared the average availability of high-fru
Nov. 21, 2012 -- The number of children and teens with type 1 and type 2 diabetes is expected to spike dramatically in the next 40 years, creating what one expert calls a potential catastrophe for the nation’s health care system. Rates of type 2 diabetes could increase four times over the next 40 y
Nov. 15, 2012 -- The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S. jumped by 50% or more in 42 states and by more than 100% in 18 of those states in just under two decades, according to the latest snapshot from the CDC. The new data set looked at rates of diabetes in the U.S. from 1995 and 2
Nov. 7, 2012 -- Drinking black tea may help protect against type 2 diabetes, but more study is needed to confirm an association. When researchers analyzed data from 50 countries, they found that the rate of diabetes was lowest in countries where people drank the most black tea. Type 2 diabetes rates
Oct. 22, 2012 -- Adding beans and other legumes to the diet appears to help people with type 2 diabetes improve their blood sugar control and lower their risk of heart disease, according to new research. Two diets were tested in 121 men and women with type 2 diabetes. Both diets were healthy, but on
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’
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
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
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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