Diabetes Health Type 1: Mixed Martial Arts Reveals Hidden Strengths

Rob Cooper isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. After the Illinois native’s diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at 14, the teen who never really thought of himself as an athlete began mixed martial arts training, a rigorous physical workout that merges mind and body while pushing participants to their limits. “I wanted to know how to defend myself,” said Cooper, who was 17

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Alzheimer’s New Name: Type 3 Diabetes

When news about a startling new insight into the cause of Alzheimer’s disease first emerged in 2005, it was highly speculative. But now the evidence for it has become very strong: Alzheimer’s is a form of diabetes, and the name being given to it is type 3. In Alzheimer’s, proteins called beta amyloid plaques begin replacing normal brain cells, eventually leading to the classic symptoms

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Eylea Earns FDA Approval To Treat Diabetic Macular Edema

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the eye drug Eylea for the treatment of diabetic macular edema, according to the drug makers Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Diabetic macular edema (DME) is a common complication for those with diabetes. Of the 29.1 million Americans with diabetes, 1.5 million have been diagnosed with DME. This occurs when the blood vessels of the retina are damaged due

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Newly Discovered Virus Linked To Obesity

If you thought your obesity and type 2 diabetes diagnoses were genetic “gifts” from your family, it could be a virus instead. Researchers at San Diego State University have identified a virus called crAssphage – named for the computer software that discovered it – that infects a common intestinal bacteria associated with both obesity and diabetes. The virus is present in more than half the

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Carrying a Pancreas Outside My Body

One of the pluses of having a working pancreas is that you do not often lose it. The organ just comes along for the ride, as it were, safe inside your abdomen. Type 1 diabetics have the unenviable job of carrying their pancreas-equivalent with them. If they use insulin injections, they need to have their needles and vials of medicine. If they’re on a pump

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Insulin pumps lead to lower A1C levels for insulin-dependent type 2s

Insulin pumps can be as beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes that require insulin as they have become for those with type 1, according to a new trial. The study results are especially positive since many of those with type 2 are failing to control their blood glucose levels, which can lead to potentially costly complication, both for patients and the health care system.

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USDA Announces $78 Million Available for Local Food Enterprises

The local food movement was given a big boost earlier this month with the announcement that the USDA has plans to invest $78 million into local and regional food enterprises. Food hubs, farmers markers, aggregation and processing facilities, distribution services could all benefit from the funding, part of the 2014 Farm Bill and a significant increase over previous years. It is not only expected to

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A Primer on Gluten for Celiac Awareness Month

Many people first became aware of how dangerous a slice of bread could be for those with celiac disease when “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck shared her personal experiences with the genetic autoimmune disorder. After years of misdiagnoses, the former “Survivor: The Australian Outback” contestant learned she had celiac and wrote the book “The G-Free Diet: A Gluten Survival Guide” to help others impacted by

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Type 2 Drug Slashes Dementia Risk

A new study has surprising implications for a generic diabetes drug. Pioglitazone, which is often prescribed for patients with Type 2 diabetes, also appears to reduce the risk of developing dementia. The drug was not studied specifically to see if cut the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Instead, researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases combed through a giant database of German health

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U.S. News & World Report Lists Best U.S. Hospitals for Diabetes

News magazine U.S. News & World Report has published a list of the top 10 American hospitals for treating diabetes and delivering endocrinological care.
 The magazine ranks the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as the top U.S. hospital in the diabetes/endocrinology category, followed by Ohio’s Cleveland Clinic.
 The remaining eight top-ranked hospitals are: 
3. Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
 4. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
 5. UCSF

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