Oct. 28, 2009 -- Diabetes cases are rising rapidly in the U.S., with the disease afflicting 11.3% of American adults in the third quarter of 2009, according to a new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey. That's an increase from 10.4% in the first quarter of last year. That means about 26 millio
Oct. 28, 2009 -- Lifestyle changes resulting in long-term weight loss of just a few pounds proved to be roughly twice as effective as drug treatment for preventing type 2 diabetes in an ongoing government-sponsored trial. Researchers followed almost 3,000 high-risk patients for a decade in one of th
Oct. 9, 2009 -- The much touted compound resveratrol shows some promise as a future treatment for type 2 diabetes, but drinking wine or taking resveratrol supplements isn’t likely to do diabetic people much good, researchers say. Resveratrol, found in red wine, was found to lower blood sugar levels
Sept. 28, 2009 -- Women with diabetes may be 26% more likely than other women to develop a heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation. Researchers report that news in the October edition of Diabetes Care. Data came from more than 34,000 adults who got their health care through Kaiser Permanente
Sept. 25, 2009 -- The FDA wants the maker of the type 2 diabetes drugs Januvia and Janumet to change the prescribing information to note reports of acute pancreatitis, a potentially life-threatening pancreas problem. The FDA today announced that it has gotten reports of 88 people taking those drugs
Sept. 16, 2009 - A new blood test strongly predicts risk of type 2 diabetes. The test looks at sex hormone-binding globulin or SHBG. Once considered merely a way for the body to store extra sex hormones, SHBG now appears to be a player in a number of body functions. Protection against type 2 diabete
Aug. 31, 2009 -- Eating a Mediterranean-style diet may help people with type 2 diabetes keep their disease under control without drugs better than following a typical low-fat diet. A new study from Italy shows that people with type 2 diabetes who ate a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables and whole
May 2, 2005 -- Consuming more fiber could help people with type 2 diabetes protect their hearts. A study by the maker of a fiber supplement shows that when people with type 2 diabetes used the supplement for 90 days they improved their heart disease risk factors. Specifically, the study showed their
Aug. 12, 2009 - If you're getting too little sleep, you may also be getting diabetes. People at risk of diabetes tend to get too little sleep. They also tend to exercise too little and eat unhealthy Western diets. Is poor sleep really a diabetes risk factor? Yes, suggests a study by University of Ch
July 31, 2009 - The FDA today approved Onglyza, a once-daily treatment for type 2 diabetes to be taken in combination with diet and exercise. Onglyza, made by Bristol-Myers Squibb and distributed by Bristol-Myers Squibb and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, was tested in diabetes patients at relatively l
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