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HEALTH
November 7, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
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.
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BUSINESS
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
SCIENCE
July 22, 2006 | From Reuters
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.
NEWS
April 21, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
A high-fat "ketogenic" diet may reverse the kidney damage caused by diabetes, a study published online Wednesday by the journal PLoS One reports. Past research has shown that lowering blood sugar through diet can prevent kidney failure but not reverse it in patients with diabetes.  Lead author Charles Mobbs, a neuroscientist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, said that this study -- in which mice were fed a high-fat diet of...
HEALTH
November 3, 1997
The holiday season can be difficult for diabetics, what with social gatherings offering tempting foods that are not on their careful diet. The City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte is hosting a free program, "Prescription for Life: A Holiday Workshop for Diabetes Management" on Saturday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dietitians and others will discuss socializing, meal planning and alternatives to holiday treats. For more information, call (626) 301-8961.
HEALTH
October 25, 1999 | Claire Panosian Dunavan
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.
SPORTS
May 12, 1990 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As awards go, Willie Randolph has won rooms full of bigger, brighter, more recognizable trophies. But perhaps there is no honor that has touched the Dodger second baseman as deeply as the one he will receive in Los Angeles Monday afternoon, when he will be one of the original inductees into the NutraSweet/Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Hall of Fame.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 1994 | MIMI KO
Pacifica Community Hospital in Huntington Beach is seeking volunteers to take part in a nationwide vision study in which participants would take a drug for four years in order to determine if blindness can be prevented in diabetics. The drug, Trental, is a medication doctors believe may be helpful with eye complications in people who suffer from diabetes.
NEWS
November 27, 2012 | By Mary MacVean
Researchers from USC and the University of Oxford say they have found an association between countries that have more high fructose corn syrup in their food supply and those that have higher rates of diabetes. Countries with higher use of HFCS had an average prevalence of Type 2 diabetes of 8%, compared with 6.7% in countries that don't use it, according to the research published Tuesday in the journal Global Public Health. Those differences held, the researchers said, after adjustments for body mass index, population and gross domestic product.
SCIENCE
January 5, 2010 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Smoking raises the risk of diabetes, but new research indicates that -- at least in the short term -- kicking the habit increases the risk even more. The problem is not really quitting smoking. It's the pounds most people pack on when they give up cigarettes, researchers reported Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Smokers who plan to quit should be very careful not to start eating more and thus gain weight, said epidemiologist Hsin-Chieh "Jessica" Yeh of Johns Hopkins University, the lead author of the study.
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