Saturday, June 12, 2010

Pesky Weed May Help Treat Diabetes & Cholesterol

Kudzu, a highly invasive weed, is generally considered a pest. But new research may improve its reputation by showing how kudzu’s polyphenols could help control diabetes and lower cholesterol.

Agricultural experts are now looking for ways to safely curb kudzu growth and eliminate the pesky, invasive vines. Other scientists, though, say the plant may have some redeeming qualities. Wyss says kudzu contains important healthy substances, called isoflavones. One particularly important isoflavone is puerarin, found only in kudzu. In fact, it??s the most abundant isoflavone in the plant.

The Chinese have used puerarin as an alternative medicine for centuries. So, researchers decided to investigate the effects of kudzu in animals. Female rats were given an extract made from kudzu root for two months. Another group of rats were fed a standard diet.

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Jun 12, 10 • Diabetes Support Blog

Three generations to step out to raise cash for diabetes charity

THREE generations of a family touched by diabetes are putting their walking shoes on to raise funds to help battle the disease.

Alan and Jean Rush, their son Steven, 39, his wife Claire, and their grandson Hudson, are all set to step out for Diabetes UK Cymru??s Walk The Extra Mile event in Cardiff??s Sophia Gardens tomorrow.

The family are doing the walk to raise money for the charity after Alan was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes a year ago. Alan, Jean, Steven and Claire will all be walking the two-mile route while Hudson, nine months, will enjoy being in his pushchair.

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Jun 12, 10 • Diabetes Support Blog

Diabetes doubles cancer risk in women

Women suffering from diabetes are at a greater risk of developing cancer, a new study has revealed.

The researchers at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine observed 16,721 diabetics, differentiating between men and women and defining the relative cancer risks for each group.

“The interaction of diabetes and female hormones appears to exaggerate the risk, and make certain organs like the uterus and ovaries more receptive to certain kinds of cancer,” said Dr. Gabriel Chodick, who along with Dr. Varda Shalev led the research.

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Jun 12, 10 • Diabetes News

Diabetes Foot Care

Diabetes can be controlled. My husband has diabetes and has to take insulin, so he is type II diabetes. He is not that good about caring for himself, so it is my job to take care of him.

He is good about his diet, and fair about his exercise, but who wants to look at feet? I do. I love my diabetic husband, and I want him whole. So, I make it my business to check his feet daily.

It’s not fun, but it’s necessary. I found out the hard way. One day he was standing on a ladder, I saw a whole in his bit toe. It was had almost covered the entire toe. He was about to lose it. He had no idea. The problem is the diabetic can’t feel like the pain as we do.

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Jun 12, 10 • Diabetes News

Aspirin Found Cost-Effective in Newly Diagnosed Diabetes

In individuals age 40 and older who have been newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, regular aspirin use is a cost-effective strategy, according to a study in the June issue of Diabetes Care.

Rui Li, Ph.D., of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and colleagues used a Markov disease progression model of type 2 diabetes to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the daily use of aspirin (80 mg) in adults aged 40 to 94 who were newly diagnosed in 2006. The model analyzed lifetime costs for five typical diabetes complications: neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy, coronary heart disease and stroke.

The researchers found that aspirin users gained 0.31 life-years or 0.19 quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) over a lifetime compared with those not taking aspirin; the incremental cost was $1,700. 

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Jun 12, 10 • Diabetes News

Diabetic Olympian inspires children who have diagnosis

Children at Poudre Valley Hospital’s Camp Sweetpea gathered in awe around a hero Friday afternoon, soaking up every opportunity to learn from one of their own.

The campers and Kris Freeman, an Olympic cross country skier, have at least one thing in common: They are living with Type 1 diabetes.

Since his diagnosis 10 years ago, Freeman has made it his goal to share his journey as an Olympic athlete with diabetes with children across the United States, hoping they will realize that anything is possible.

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Jun 12, 10 • Diabetes News

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Importance of insulin delivery devices for diabetes management

The growing use of insulin delivery devices such as pens and pumps may help individuals with diabetes optimize blood glucose control and minimize their risk for chronic health problems associated with diabetes, as described in a Special Supplement to Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (http://www.liebertpub.com). The issue is available free online (http://www.liebertpub.com/dia).

“Improved delivery devices for insulin treatment have increased patient compliance and acceptance of an intensive insulin strategy,” which can result in significant reductions in long-term complications associated with poorly controlled type 1 and type 2 diabetes, says Satish Garg, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver, in his Editorial entitled “Impact of Insulin Delivery Devices in Diabetes Care.”

The development of automated glucose-controlled insulin infusion systems that combine the advantages of continuous glucose measurement with intravenous insulin infusion pumps “is likely to explode over the next several years,” predicts Jay Skyler, MD, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (Florida), in the article, “Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion??An Historical Perspective.”

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Jun 08, 10 • Diabetes News

Friday, June 04, 2010

‘Fun Fair Day’ Sat. in Rochester to raise juvenile diabetes awareness

A Lebanon, Maine, man’s work for the better part of this year to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes culminates in a Fun Fair Day for families at the Rochester Fairgrounds on Saturday.

Fun Fair Day runs from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds. The cost of entry is $3, which covers the cost of all attractions, organizer Alex Cavallaro said.

Food, drinks and raffles cost extra. There will be donation jars dispersed throughout the fair as well, he said. He organized the event to raise funds for juvenile diabetes research, but said the main goal is to make parents aware of the signs and symptoms of the condition.

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Jun 04, 10 • Diabetes News

Vitamin K may lower diabetes risk

New research published in the journal Diabetes Care has found that individuals who eat a diet high in vitamin K have a decreased risk of developing diabetes.

Reuters reports that researchers in the Netherlands studied more than 38,000 adults for 10 years. The participants, who were between the ages of 20 and 70 at the start of the study, completed a detailed diet survey, from which each person??s average vitamin K intake was estimated. They also answered questions on their overall health and lifestyle habits.

They found that those who got the most vitamin K in their diets were about 20 percent less likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes during the study period.

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Jun 04, 10 • Diabetes News

Air pollution linked to type 2 diabetes in women

A new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives suggests that traffic-related air pollution may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in women.

German researchers analyzed data from 1,775 women living in both rural and highly-polluted industrial areas for nearly 20 years. Air pollution data from monitoring stations and emission inventories run by local environmental agencies were used to estimate each woman??s average exposure levels.

They found that exposure to components of traffic pollution, particularly nitrogen dioxide and soot in ambient fine particulate matter was significantly associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes.

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Jun 04, 10 • Diabetes News
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