June 22, 2011 |
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor spoke out this week about her Type 1 diabetes, calling attention to the issue—a condition that as many as 3 million Americans know well. The pinpricks for blood, the glucose monitors, the insulin injections… Daily life isn’t easy, the Supreme Court justice told a gathering of children with diabetes. An online diabetic community would seem to agree. This from the blog Cure Moll : “When I was 10, my mom and I were used to shots, we knew the perfect amount of insulin for everything, from a small piece of pizza and cake at a birthday party to simply cereal for breakfast.
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 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.
August 8, 2009 |
A race is on to find a way to cure Type 1 diabetes by regenerating the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas that are lost in the disease. Without them, the body is unable to metabolize sugar, forcing patients to compensate by injecting themselves with insulin several times a day. One popular strategy has been to try to get embryonic stem cells or induced pluripotent stem cells -- which can theoretically become any type of human cell -- to...
June 21, 2011 |
Intensive therapy with cholesterol-lowering statins increases the risk of developing diabetes slightly, but reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease more, Scottish researchers reported Tuesday. High doses of the drugs can increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by about 12%, but reduce the risk of cardiovascular events by about 15%, the researchers reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. Common statins include Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor, Vytorin, Mevacor and Pravachol.
April 2, 2007 |
Patients with Type 2 diabetes are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, although the reasons are unclear, Finnish researchers have reported. They found that people with Type 2 diabetes were 83% more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson's later in life than people in the general population. This risk was independent of other risk factors. "Diabetes might increase the risk of Parkinson's disease partly through excess body weight," the researchers wrote in the April issue of Diabetes Care.
October 31, 2005 |
Nearly 21 million Americans have diabetes, most of them the Type 2 variety associated with poor diet, too little exercise and being overweight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. More than 6 million of these people don't know it. An additional 41 million people are estimated to have pre-diabetes, which increases the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can cause blindness, limb amputation, kidney disease and nerve damage as well as raise the risk for heart attacks and strokes.
April 7, 2011 |
When obese teen boys grow into adulthood they're more likely to develop early cardiovascular disease -- that's no surprise . But compared with the scrawny adolescents at the lowest end of teens' weight range, even those of "normal weight" are at higher risk of clogged arteries and heart attacks in young adulthood, says a new study . The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, suggests that many...
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.
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.