Tag Archive 'diabetes'

“Knocking Socks Off” Saves Limbs and Lives

Amplify’d from www.apma.org During Diabetes Awareness Month, the American Podiatric Medical Association encourages patients to see a podiatrist for regular foot examinations. Bethesda, MD—The number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes continues to rise toward record levels, with an estimated one in three adults predicted to have the disease by the year 2050, according to the [...]

Alert a Podiatrist About Foot Problems

Amplify’d from www.nlm.nih.gov HealthDay Problems with your feet shouldn’t be ignored. They can get worse over time, and can signal trouble elsewhere. The American Podiatric Medical Association mentions these issues that should be discussed with a podiatrist: An open sore or ulcer on the feet, as they can indicate problems such as high blood pressure, [...]

Diabetes risk may fall with magnesium intake

Amplify’d from news.yahoo.com Getting enough magnesium in your diet could help prevent diabetes, a new study suggests. People who consumed the most magnesium in foods and from vitamin supplements were about half as likely to develop diabetes over the next 20 years as people who took in the least magnesium, Dr. Ka He of the [...]

New Drug For Gout-FDA Approves Krystexxa (Pegloticase)

Amplify’d from www.medicalnewstoday.com The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Krystexxa (pegloticase) to treat the painful condition known as gout in adults who do not respond to or who cannot tolerate conventional therapy. Gout occurs due to an excess of the bodily waste uric acid, which is eventually deposited as needle-like crystals in the joints [...]

Drug Halts And May Even Reverse Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy In Mice

Amplify’d from www.medicalnewstoday.com A drug developed at the University of Kansas has the potential to stop a debilitating condition of diabetes that often leads to pain in the extremities and even amputations, KU researchers have found. The researchers recently published an article showing that KU-32 can stop and even reverse diabetic peripheral neuropathy, or DPN, [...]

Overweight Kids Risk Diabetes, Weak Bones

Amplify’d from children.webmd.com Aug. 17, 2010 — Overweight children who are at risk for developing diabetes before puberty also face greater odds for having weak bones, a new study indicates. Researchers at the Medical College of Georgia studied 140 children between the ages of 7 and 11 who got little regular exercise and found that [...]

Type 2 Diabetes

According to the CDC, close to 24 million Americans have diabetes. Forty percent of those with diabetes are age 65 and older. Most of the diabetics over the age of 60 have type 2 diabetes. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Starting a Walking Program: 10 Tips for Your Feet!

Walking is an easy and affordable form of exercise associated with numerous health benefits. Walking improves overall health by increasing aerobic fitness, increasing good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. Walking decreases this risk of cancer, stroke, depression and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Diabetic Neuropathy

Over 21 million Americans have diabetes and about 30% of diabetics over the age of 40 years have diabetic peripheral neuropathy (CDC 2005). Neuropathy is a nervous system abnormality. Peripheral refers to the nerves outside the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Peripheral neuropathy generally refers to sensory abnormalities in the feet, legs, hands [...]

Ultracet As Effective As Gabapentin for Diabetic Nerve Pain

Ultracet, a combination of tramadol and acetaminophen, has been shown to be as effective as gabapentin (Neurontin) for treating painful diabetic neuropathy. The findings from this study, which was funded by Janssen, marketers of the medication, were presented at the World Diabetes Congress in Montreal. Gabapentin is a common first line treatment for nerve pain [...]

Chili Pepper Cream Helpful For Nerve Pain

Capsaicin is an active compound found in chili peppers and a chemical irritant which produces a burning sensation. Capsaicin is used as a treatment for painful nerve conditions, arthritis and muscle aches. Capsaicin works by binding to a protein in specific nerves which transmit pain and heat sensation. Although capsaicin will cause a burning sensation, [...]

Diabetic Amputations Can Be Prevented

Twenty-four million Americans have diabetes and 600,000 will develop foot ulcers every year. More than 25% of diabetics with ulcerations will end up with a lower extremity amputation. More than 80,00 lower extremity amputations are performed on diabetics every year. Experts say that many of these amputations are preventable with the proper education and appropriate [...]

IgM Helps Predict Diabetic Complications

A new study in BMC Medicine found that diabetics with a higher excretion of IgM (short for immunoglobulin M, an antibody present on B cells) have a three time higher risk of end stage renal disease and death from cardiovascular disease. Testing for urine IgM may help predict future diabetic complications. BMC Medicine 2009, 7:39doi:10.1186/1741-7015-7-39 [...]

New Drug to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

The FDA approved a new drug to treat Type 2 diabetes called Onglyza (generic name saxagliptin) and made by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. Onglyza is an oral hypoglycemic,  a pill designed to lower blood sugar levels. It is included in the drug class dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors. The mechanism of action of this class of drugs is [...]

Intensive Blood Sugar Control Prevents Serious Diabetic Complications

Some of the most serious complications associated with type 1 diabetes include vision loss, severe kidney disease resulting in transplant and lower extremity amputations. The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial has been a 30 year ongoing effort to evaluate these risks in association with intensive control and management of blood sugar. The latest results from [...]

Obama Mentions Diabetic Foot Amputation as a Risk of Current Health Care System

At the recent news conference on health care reform Obama discussed rising health care costs. One contributing factor to the rising cost is the lack of primary health care coverage for millions of Americans. This results in a lack of preventative care and an increased use of emergency facilities for primary care visits. Social Bookmarking [...]

Grapefruit Flavonoid May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

The flavonoid naringenin, found in most citrus fruit, has been found to have fat burning potential in the liver. Scientists in Canada studied groups of mice fed high fat Western Diets. One group of mice were given naringenin, while the other group was not. The mice fed the non-naringenin diet became obese and developed metabolic [...]

Nicotine May Promote Insulin Resistance

Smokers are at a higher risk of developing diabetes and a new study could explain why smokers have an increased risk. Researchers at the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles found that the nicotine in cigarette smoke may promote insulin resistance, which causes higher blood sugar levels and leads to prediabetes. [...]

Type 1 Diabetes On The Rise in Children

The incidence of type 1 diabetes is increasing in children under 15 years of age. A new study in The Lancet reviewed European registries in 17 countries and noted 29, 311 new cases of type 1 diabetes between 1989-2003 in children before their 15th birthday. Based on the data, the authors calculated age-specific log linear [...]

Fenofibrate Reduces Diabetic Amputation Risk

Results from the Fenofibrate Intervention and Event Lowering in Diabetes (FIELD) study were reported in this month’s Diabetes Special Issue of The Lancet. University of Sydney researchers evaluated the risk of cardiovascular death and amputation in type 2 diabetics using the medication fenofibrate. Over a five year period, 9,795 diabetics ages 50 to 75 were [...]

Fewer Complications in Diabetics With Better Blood Glucose Control

A new study, presented as a thesis at the University of Gothenburg Sahlgrenska Academy, finds that diabetics who maintain their blood glucose at normal levels have a lower risk of eye, kidney and nerve complications. The study analyzed 4,000 patients’ records from multiple diabetes clinics in western Sweden over an eight period, from 1996-2004. They [...]

High Triglycerides Are Associated with Nerve Loss in Diabetics

In a new study published in the journal Diabetes, elevated triglycerides were associated with the progression of diabetic neuropathy (1). Diabetic peripheral neuropathy is an abnormality of the nervous system which occurs as a result of diabetes and causes a loss of sensation in the feet and the legs. Although there are many theories for [...]

IDF Calls For International Awareness of Diabetes

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is calling on governments, the United Nations and the World Health Organization to recognize the impact of diabetes on global health and take immediate action to ameliorate the threat. IDF president, Professor Silink, urged these institutions to include diabetes and other non-communicable diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and cancer [...]

Some Diabetics at Greater Risk of Swine Flu

The CDC report released by the New England Journal of Medicine provided information on hospitalized patients with the H1N1 Flu. Those individuals who have been hospitalized or have died from the flu have been very young, elderly or had chronic medical conditions. The CDC telebriefing yesterday on human cases of H1N1 Flu stated that there [...]

Gene Therapy Hopeful Treatment for Neuropathy

Researchers in the Neurology Department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that injections of a growth factor gene may help improve diabetic peripheral neuropathy. The researchers randomly divided 50 patients with diabetic polyneuropathy into two groups to receive intramuscular injections of plasmid VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor) gene or a placebo. Study participants [...]