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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

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 [...]

Study to Evaluate Stem Cells for Diabetic Ulcers

Fortis Healthcare’s diabetic foot trial broadens it’s inclusion criteria to include more patients in it’s stem cell study. The study will be evaluating peripheral blood stem cells and their effectiveness in healing diabetic foot ulcers, specifically in patients with poor blood flow (ischemia). A pilot study of similar design in China showed promising results. Ulcerations [...]

Fruit Juice May Speed Healing of Diabetic Wounds

Diabetics are prone to developing wounds, called, ulcers, and have difficulty healing them due to multiple factors, which include poor blood flow, increased sugar levels, decreased collagen production and decreased levels of growth hormones. The Polynesian medicinal plant, Morinda Citrifolia, has been used for burns, arthritis, diabetes, circulatory conditions and wound healing. Some studies have [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Stem Cells Help Heal Diabetic Ulcers

Researchers at the Bristol Heart Institute found specific stem cells which helped heal chronic, ischemic diabetic ulcers. The CD133+ stem cells, along with collagen, were transplanted onto an ischemic diabetic wound. Through an indirect mechanism, the CD133+ cells promoted new blood vessel formation and accelerated healing. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Diabetics Risk Amputation in Tough Economy

Tough economic times are forcing people to make difficult decisions regarding their health care. An Associated Press analysis found that diabetics are skipping doctor visits, skimping on insulin and not purchasing other necessary diabetes medications and blood-sugar testing kits. Diabetics who do not properly control their blood sugar levels risk losing their vision, their legs [...]

Risk Factors for Bone Infection in Diabetic Wounds Identified

Individuals with diabetes have a greater risk for developing open wounds (ulcers) due to reduced sensation and circulation. Diabetic ulcers can become infected and severe infection may reach the bone. The medical term for bone infection is osteomyelitis. Osteomyelitis associated with diabetic wounds worsens the chances of recovery. Treatment of bone infections involves prolonged antibiotic [...]

Stem Cell Injections May Prevent Amputations

The following is a press release by the American Podiatric Medical Association New Stem Cell Injections May Help Prevent Amputations: American Podiatric Medical Association Member Assisting in Breakthrough Clinical Trials October 20, 2008 Bethesda, MD– Poor blood flow to the lower limbs is a health condition that many Americans with diabetes experience. But without early [...]