Jan. 15, 2010 -- Untreated obstructive sleep apnea may affect the health of people with type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. Obstructive sleep apnea is a treatable disorder that results in episodes of stopped breathing due to blockages in the airway during sleep. The sleeping disorder may adversely a
Jan. 5, 2010 -- The so-called fat hormone leptin may play a key role in controlling and potentially reversing diabetes, a role that has nothing to do with its link to weight loss. The hormone leptin has been nicknamed the fat hormone after numerous studies have shown it promotes weight loss, which i
Dec. 29, 2009 -- The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is recommending that a simple blood test currently used to assess whether diabetes is under control also be used to diagnose the disease. The blood test -- known as the A1C test -- has several important advantages over traditional blood glucos
Dec. 14, 2009 -- Every cup of coffee a person drinks per day may lower the risk of diabetes by 7%. A new review of research on the link between lifestyle factors, like coffee and tea consumption, and diabetes risk suggests that drinking regular or decaffeinated coffee and tea all lower the risk of t
Dec. 4, 2009 -- Concerns that the diabetes drugs Avandia and Actos raise the risk for heart failure led the FDA to require label changes warning of the potential risk two years ago. Now a new study suggests this concern might be unfounded, but it also raises questions about a different class of oral
Nov. 30, 2009 -- Are you overweight? Do you exercise? Do you have high blood pressure or relatives who have diabetes? Are you male or female? Researchers have developed a simple, six-question screening test designed to help you determine whether you might be one of many millions of Americans who hav
Nov. 27, 2009 -- If nothing is done, the number of Americans with diabetes will nearly double in the next 25 years and spending on the disease will nearly triple, a new study shows. An aging population combined with a dramatic rise in obesity has created a perfect storm for diabetes in the U.S., res
Nov. 25, 2009 -- Researchers may have found a new way to delay, or perhaps prevent, type 1 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes usually begins early in life, when the T-lymphocyte arm of the immune system attacks insulin-making beta cells in the pancreas. Researchers hoping to slow or stop this process have ta
Nov. 19. 2009 -- The CDC says the prevalence of obesity and diabetes in the U.S. is much higher in the South and Appalachian region than in most areas of the West and Northeast. In its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report for Nov. 20, the CDC estimates obesity and diabetes prevalence for all 3,141
Oct. 28, 2009 -- Yellow pea flour may help prevent and manage type 2 diabetes by replacing whole wheat flour as an ingredient in creating low glycemic index foods. A new study suggests that yellow pea flour may be an inexpensive substitute for wheat flour to create healthier, low glycemic index vers
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