September 1, 2010
Type 2 diabetes is linked with a number of health problems, but a new study finds that older diabetics who have high blood pressure, gait and balance problems or think their health is poor may be at higher risk for cognitive problems. Researchers looked at 13 potential variables that could affect cognition, including grip strength, blood pressure, involvement in physical activities, social engagement, gait and balance, and a subjective measure of a person's health. The study participants, from British Columbia, included 41 people with Type 2 diabetes age 55 to 81, and a matched group of 458 healthy people that served as a control.
October 15, 2010
Measuring children's waist circumference may be the best way to predict their risk later on for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, a study finds. Researchers compared different testing methods for body composition among a group of 2,188 Australians who were followed for an average 20 years from childhood. Initial tests were done when the study participants were between the ages of 7 and 15 and included calculating body mass index (a measurement of height and weight), measuring waist and hip circumferences and doing skin-fold measures.
October 8, 1998 |
Nicole Johnson's diabetes once caused temporary blindness, hair loss and pain so severe she couldn't walk. As the newly crowned Miss America, Johnson launched a yearlong effort to fight the disease. The 24-year-old former Miss Virginia, who was crowned in Atlantic City, N.J., last month, was diagnosed with diabetes at 19 and now wears a device that pumps insulin into her body. She said she will work to increase testing, research and education about diabetes.
July 8, 1997 |
The type of diabetes that usually strikes out-of-shape adults appears to be on the rise among children. Researchers reported that they found a dramatic increase in non-insulin-dependent diabetes among young patients at the Arkansas Children's Hospital. Non-insulin-dependent diabetes typically results from bad health. Researchers found that among the children studied with the disease, almost all of them were obese, and more than 30% of them had high blood pressure.
July 31, 2006 |
Type 2 diabetes before age 20 leads to a high risk of kidney disease and death by middle age, a significant finding because worldwide obesity is exposing more children to the disease, researchers say. In the U.S., so-called adult onset or Type 2 diabetes will be more prevalent than juvenile or Type 1 diabetes in children within 10 years, the study from the National Institutes of Health said. The findings were reported in the July 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
September 3, 1996 |
Researchers have found the apparent hiding place of a gene that promotes the most common form of diabetes, one that affects 15 million Americans. Scientists believe several genes play a role in susceptibility to type 2 diabetes, but they haven't identified any gene yet. The location suggested by the new study is the second to be implicated. Scientists hope the genes will reveal the biology of diabetes and lead to drugs for treatment and prevention.
July 14, 2007 |
Selenium dietary supplements may raise a person's risk of developing diabetes, not lower it as had been suspected, researchers reported Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. People who took a 200-microgram daily dose of the mineral for seven years had a 50% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with the placebo, the study found. About 60% of Americans take multivitamins, most of which include 33 to 200 micrograms of selenium. In the U.S.
May 24, 2004
Regarding "Patients Not Getting the Care They Need, Study Says" (May 10): Among people with chronic conditions, according to the Rand Corp. study, people with diabetes usually get the worst care, even though the disease has a high risk of serious side effects. I find the results of this study remarkably on point, on target and true. The Internet, books, diabetes educators, nurses and diabetes support groups provide the "stay alive" information. Doctors have become, sadly, a necessary nuisance expense for biannual blood chemistry, flu shots and prescriptions.
September 3, 2007 |
Treating pregnant women for diabetes can help lower the chances their children will be obese, researchers found. Untreated gestational diabetes raises a woman's blood sugar during pregnancy and almost doubles the child's risk of becoming obese by ages 5 to 7. Researchers examined the records of 9,439 mother-child pairs in Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. The women gave birth between 1995 and 2000.
July 16, 2007 |
Scientists have pinpointed an important gene involved in increasing a child's risk for type 1 diabetes, a discovery they said might lead to a way to prevent the development of the disease. Researchers reported there are two versions of the gene. People with one version show a 50% increase in risk and those with the other are protected from the disease.