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July 17, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
File this one under the Celebrities Under Fire column: Shaquille O'Neal, the retired NBA player, recently announced he was launching a line of low-calorie sodas with Arizona Beverages called Soda Shaq Cream Soda.  But like other celebrities who hawk sodas, O'Neal has come under fire by some consumer groups for promoting sugar-laden soft drinks.  PHOTOS: The strangest business sponsorships The Center for Science in the...
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.
October 26, 2009 | By Jill U Adams
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.
October 2, 2006 | From Times wire reports
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.
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.
February 17, 2011 | David Lazarus
David Martin was in the mood for raw fish, and he liked the deal offered by a Studio City sushi restaurant: all you can eat for $28. He took a seat at the counter and started ordering. But it turned out that Martin didn't really want sushi, which includes rice; he wanted all-you-can-eat sashimi, which is just fish. He began picking the seafood off the top and leaving the rice. Restaurant owner Jay Oh told Martin that if he wanted the all-you-can-eat price, he'd have to eat the rice too and not just fill up on fish.
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 | 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.
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...
February 14, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
In a decision with potential implications for the nation's 24 million diabetics, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that a Type 2 diabetes patient may be entitled to the protections of the Americans With Disabilities Act. A lower court was wrong to dismiss a case brought by Larry Rohr of Mesa, Ariz. -- who alleged that his public-utility employer discriminated against the disabled in pushing him out of his job -- on the grounds that his disease did not constitute a disability, the U.S.
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