Metformin Benefits Diabetics with Heart Failure


Patients with both heart failure and type 2 diabetes who are treated with a metformin-based strategy have a lower mortality risk than matched individuals not treated with anti-diabetic drugs, new findings suggest. “Our findings bolster prior observational studies demonstrating that diabetic heart failure patients using metformin have better outcomes,” said Finlay A. McAlister, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Epidemiology Coordinating and Research (Epicore) Center at the University of Alberta in Calgary.

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What Is Diabetes Insipidus?


Diabetes Insipidus (DI) is a disorder in which there is an abnormal increase in urine output, fluid intake and often thirst. It causes symptoms such as urinary frequency, nocturia (frequent awakening at night to urinate) or enuresis (involuntary urination during sleep or "bedwetting"). Urine output is increased because it is not concentrated normally. Consequently, instead of being a yellow color, the urine is pale, colorless or watery in appearance and the measured concentration (osmolality or specific gravity) is low.

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Bariatric Surgery Resolves Diabetes, Saves Money


Three-fourths of patients with type 2 diabetes were able to stop taking medications six months after undergoing bariatric surgery -- and almost 85% no longer needed drug treatment at two years cutting their healthcare costs, according to a review of health insurance records. The analysis of insurance claims data for more than 2,200 adults with type 2 diabetes who underwent bariatric surgery found that despite the $30,000 median price tag for the procedure and hospitalization the surgery also saved money in the long run, Martin A. Makary, MD, of Johns Hopkins, and co-authors reported.

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Diabetes And Weight Loss – Can Lowering Your Weight Keep Your Diabetes In Check?


For the millions of Americans that suffer from Diabetes, some are turning to weight loss as the possible answer to their problem. While a simple diet won’t cure your diabetes, plans such as the South Beach Diet have been getting a lot of attention in the past few years because they have linked the American diet to the cause of so many people’s diabetes.

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Practical Diabetes Tips for the Budget Conscious


"Self-management" isn't a term doctors use much when they talk to patients about illnesses such as cancer or pneumonia. But when it comes to diabetes, self-management, with guidance from a medical professional, is key. Diabetes is a chronic condition involving blood sugar that affects more than one in 10 US adults. To stay healthy, most diabetics need to make lots of changes in their everyday life. These changes usually include modifying the foods they eat, getting more physical activity and checking blood sugar levels frequently.

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On Nutrition: Conversation about diabetes


We were having a conversation in the lobby of the hospital where I work. And I knew right away that retired businessman Bob Dehlendorf is passionate about this topic. "Do you know what type 1 diabetes is?" he began. "Do you know what it's like to have type 1 diabetes? ... every day of the year? ... 24/7?" I'm a diabetes educator. I work daily with other dietitians and nurse educators to help people manage diabetes. But I do not have type 1 diabetes. I ask him to describe his experience. "I was diagnosed 30-plus years ago. At the time, I was smoking a couple of packs of cigarettes a day.

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Blood Pressure and Diabetes: How Low Should You Go?


Study Suggests Guidelines Calling for Tight Control May Need a Second Look. Tight control of high blood pressure, recommended for those with diabetes by national guidelines, gives no better results than moderate control, according to a new study. ''The guidelines suggest you want diabetics to have [systolic pressure] under 130," says researcher Rhonda M. Cooper-DeHoff, PharmD, associate professor of pharmacy and medicine at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

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Fat cells play key role in development of type 2 diabetes


Cellular changes in fat tissue—not the immune system—lead to the "hyperinflammation" characteristic of obesity-related glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Cincinnati (UC). Cancer and cell biology experts say this new discovery about the cellular mechanisms behind glucose intolerance may provide a different target for drugs to treat type 2 diabetes as well as insights into how aggressive cancers form. The study, led by Jorge Moscat, PhD, is reported in the July 7, 2010, issue of the scientific journal Cell Metabolism.

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Changes in Fat Cells May Pave Way for Type 2 Diabetes


May result in the 'hyperinflammation' seen in the disease, researchers say. Cellular changes in fat tissue play a major role in the development of type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. University of Cincinnati researchers found that these changes in fat cells -- not the immune system, as previously thought -- are linked to the "hyperinflammation" seen in obesity-related glucose intolerance and type 2 diabetes. The findings, they said, may eventually lead to the development of new drugs to treat type 2 diabetes and may also offer insights into the formation of aggressive cancers.

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