February 17, 2011 |
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.
March 8, 2011 |
First, we had the " stroke belt ," a swath of the American South characterized by those with unmanaged high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle. Then, we got the " obesity belt ," a portion of Southern geography inhabited by a number of folks with elevated cardiovascular disease as well as a sedentary lifestyle. Now, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have brought us the "diabetes belt," a county-by-county census of patients with type-2 diabetes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.