March 14, 2013 -- The FDA is looking into an increased risk of pancreatitis and precancerous changes to the pancreas from widely used drugs to treat type 2 diabetes. The medications are called incretin mimetics, which mimic a natural hormone in the body that tells the pancreas to release more insuli
March 15, 2013 -- Fears about low blood sugar and future complications are major issues for married couples in which one partner has type 1 diabetes, a small study shows. The study, published in Diabetes Care, was done in four focus group sessions, two with 16 adults with type 1 diabetes and two wi
By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- The drug Ranexa (ranolazine) may help reduce chest pain in people with type 2 diabetes, a new study finds. The drug is approved in the United States for treatment of chronic angina (chest pain), but this is the first study to e
By Maureen Salamon HealthDay Reporter
SUNDAY, March 10 (HealthDay News) -- A newer class of diabetes drugs may offer an extra benefit: A new study suggests these medications lower the odds of suffering heart failure. Researchers from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit found that patients taking so-calle
The idea of "reversing" type 2 diabetes through lifestyle changes is appealing. It's true that exercise and healthy eating habits should be a part of every diabetes treatment plan and can make a big difference. But there's more to it than that. Sometimes those habits will turn your diabetes around,
Getting diagnosed with prediabetes is a serious wake-up call, but it doesn't have to mean you will definitely get diabetes. There is still time to turn things around. “It’s an opportunity to initiate lifestyle changes or treatments, and potentially retard progression to diabetes or even prevent diab
March 8, 2013 (Washington, D.C.) -- Diabetes cost the United States an estimated $245 billion in 2012, according to a new analysis from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The report is an update to the ADA’s last cost report issued in 2007. It looks at the use of health resources and lost prod
When you have diabetes, some symptoms are always reasons to seek medical advice, whether it’s a call to your doctor or a trip to the ER. Never ignore these diabetes symptoms :
These are three common warning signs of uncontrolled blood sugar. What to do: You should test your blood sugar and call your
By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- A new bioengineered, miniature organ dubbed the BioHub might one day offer people with type 1 diabetes freedom from their disease. In its final stages, the BioHub would mimic a pancreas and act as a home for transplanted islet
By Serena Gordon HealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Feb. 27 (HealthDay News) -- It's a common belief that type 2 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar. While it's not nearly that simple, a new study bolsters the connection between the disorder and sugar consumption. The study found that even when r
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