November 7, 2011 |
Two of the most worrisome trends in healthcare - the soaring rates of Type 2 diabetes and dementia - share several key biological processes. And scientists are beginning to think that is more than just a coincidence. Many researchers now believe that proper control of blood sugar could pay dividends in the future by reducing the number of people stricken by Alzheimer's disease, other forms of dementia and even the normal cognitive decline that comes with age. The concept that brain diseases share little in common with diseases arising elsewhere in the body is rapidly crumbling, says Debra Cherry, executive vice president of the Alzheimer's Assn.
April 18, 2011 |
Type 2 diabetes, like Type 1, may be an autoimmune disease, but the immune system's target cells are different, Stanford researchers said Sunday. The discovery sheds new light on how obesity contributes to the onset of Type 2 diabetes and could lead to new types of treatment for the disorder, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Medicine. Diabetes is a growing problem in the United States, triggered in large part by the obesity epidemic. An estimated 27 million Americans are now thought to have diabetes, with the vast majority of them -- all but about a million -- afflicted with Type 2 diabetes.
October 2, 2006 |
A large study of Japanese adults has found that those with diabetes were more likely to develop cancer, especially of certain organs such as the pancreas and liver. Men with diabetes in the study of nearly 98,000 people were 27% more likely than non-diabetics to be diagnosed with cancer, the study by the National Cancer Center in Tokyo found. Women afflicted with diabetes were also more at risk for cancer, though the association was not as clear as with men.
October 26, 2009 |
Medications for Type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes are very effective at controlling blood sugar levels. You'd think, then, that the drugs would also be very effective at controlling complications of the disease related to those spikes in blood sugar: cardiovascular disease, kidney failure, blindness, nerve damage and amputation of limbs. Surprisingly, though, that has not turned out to be the case for cardiovascular events such as heart attacks and strokes. One study, in fact, hints that too-tight control may even cause patients harm.
March 8, 1999
Diabetes is the seventh-leading cause of death in the U.S. Some studies show that minorities, including blacks, Latinos and Native Americans, are at greater risk of developing diabetic kidney disease--the No. 1 cause of chronic kidney failure in adults--than the general population. * Diabetes occurs nearly twice as often in Latinos as in non-Latino whites. More than 1 million Latino Americans have diabetes.
November 22, 1998
In the Nov. 15 Shop Talk column, an employer expressed concern about possible drug use by an employee and described symptoms that could indicate drug use. But these symptoms--frequent urination, heavy sweating and erratic behavior--are also classic signs of diabetes. I would encourage the employer to discuss his/her concerns with the employee before asking the employee to agree to drug testing. BONNIE Y. MODUGNO Nutrition consultant Santa Monica
July 22, 2006 |
Diabetes and pre-diabetic conditions appear to increase the risk of Alzheimer's disease, but drugs that help regulate blood sugar may help patients with dementia as well. Several studies presented at a meeting in Spain this week showed that patients who took some of the drugs prescribed for Type 2 diabetes were less likely to have Alzheimer's disease. There is no cure for Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, which affect more than 4 million people in the United States.
February 16, 2011 |
Anyone seeking the fountain of youth should think twice before turning to growth hormone, a fast-growing trend in anti-aging fringe medicine. If conclusions from a study of an obscure population living in Ecuador prove true, less growth hormone ? not more ? may help prevent cancer and diabetes in old age. The discovery, published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine, backs up earlier research showing that yeast, flies and rodents live longer ? in some species, as much as 10 times longer ?
October 25, 1999 |
One of life's mysteries is how suffering can transform an ordinary human life. Some people call it breaking through to higher ground. Or claiming victory from defeat. Most of us don't know what to call it because we haven't been there. Here's the story of someone who has. Steve Edelman was 15 when his symptoms first hit: fatigue, excess thirst and urination, a scab that wouldn't heal. Then he lost 20 pounds. The final clue was his blood sugar: sky-high.