Friday, Feb 9, 2007
Retinopathy in Diabetics Increases Risk of Death
Researchers at the University of Kuopio in Finland have found that Type 2 diabetic who develop retinopathy have an increased risk of death.
In women, proliferative retinopathy was associated with a 2.9-fold increased risk of death from all causes. In women, this type of retinopathy was also associated with a 3-fold increased risk of cardiovascular death and a nearly 5-fold increased risk of coronary heart disease death ... In men, proliferative retinopathy was significantly associated with death, increasing the risks of all-cause, cardiovascular, and coronary heart disease mortality by 3.05-, 3.32-, and 2.54-fold, respectively.
Wednesday, Feb 7, 2007
Kidney Failure on the Rise in Diabetics
A Canadian study says that cases of kidney failure among people with diabetes has risen dramatically.
The number of new cases of kidney failure jumped 114 per cent, from just under 1,100 in the first year to more than 2,100 cases in 2004, says the Canadian Institute for Health Information, adding that the incidence of Type 2 diabetes jumped during the same period.
Wednesday, Jan 31, 2007
One in Eight Adults in NYC Has Diabetes
According to the results of a study by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, one in eight adults in New York City has diabetes.
The study, released yesterday by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, shows that almost one-third of those who have diabetes are unaware of it, as are many of those with prediabetes, or abnormally high blood sugar. That means they are not working to control the ailment and fend off devastating consequences like heart disease, kidney failure, blindness and amputation.
The study has also revealed that more than 50% of New Yorkers with ancestors from the Indian subcontinent have diabetes or prediabetes and that Asian-Americans have surprisingly high rates of the disease.
Friday, Jan 26, 2007
Couch Potatoes At Risk for Diabetes
The results of a study published in the February issue of Diabetes Care suggest that people who get very little daily activity are at a higher risk for diabetes.
Morrato's team found that just 39 percent of adults with diabetes were physically active, compared to 58 percent of those without diabetes ... Among those who did not have the disease but had risk factors for it, the researchers found that the more the risk factors, the less likely the people were to be active.
Friday, Dec 15, 2006
Researchers Cure Diabetes in Mice
In an exciting breakthrough, Canadian researchers have cured diabetes in mice and have hopes that the cure will extend to humans.
Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.
This is exciting news, not only for diabetes but for the future treatment of other diseases.
They also conclude that there are far more similarities than previously thought between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and that nerves likely play a role in other chronic inflammatory conditions, such as asthma and Crohn's disease.