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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.
September 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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.
July 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
December 18, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Boys weighing less than 5 1/2 pounds at birth are more likely than others to develop diabetes and high blood pressure when they are men, a group of Harvard doctors reports. They also found boys weighing more than 10 pounds at birth are more likely to become obese. The study's lead author said the findings don't apply to mothers trying to decide whether to hasten or slow delivery based on the fetus' size.
April 18, 2011 | By Thomas H. Maugh II, Los Angeles Times
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.
December 26, 1988 | From Times staff and wire reports and
Pregnant women with diabetes can reduce their high risk of miscarriage by keeping their blood sugar levels under control, a federal study shows. The study tried to settle a long debate over whether diabetes increases a woman's risk of miscarriage. It found that the higher the blood sugar level in diabetic women, the higher the risk of miscarriage. However, women who keep their sugar levels in the normal range have no higher risk than women without diabetes.
December 16, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Earlier reports that drinking cow's milk may trigger the onset of juvenile diabetes in susceptible people may be wrong, Florida researchers report today. Last year, Canadian researchers said most people who develop the disease, also known as insulin-dependent or Type 1 diabetes, have antibodies against a milk protein in their blood. This protein strongly resembles a protein found in the pancreas.
December 21, 1998 | PHILIP BARNETT
For the 16 million Americans with diabetes, holiday celebrations are too often marred by worry and guilt over indulging in the temptations so plentiful on party platters and buffet tables this time of year. But the good news is, you can have your fruitcake and eat it too. Remember, you control your diabetes, it doesn't control you.
May 24, 2004 | Jane E. Allen
Having diabetes may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to new findings from a well-known study of Catholic clergy. Researchers from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago reported that among 824 nuns, priests and brothers followed for an average of 5 1/2 years, 151 had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's -- among them 31 diabetics. Diabetics, they calculated, had a 65% higher risk of developing Alzheimer's than nondiabetics.
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