CDC Reports Decline of Diabetes-Related Complications

While new cases of type 2 diabetes are rising rapidly, recent research shows that complications from the disease are on the decline.Research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that over a 20-year period, rates of the five major complications associated with diabetes – heart attack, stroke, end-stage kidney failure, lower limb amputation and deaths from hyperglycemia – all saw drastic

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Successful Clinical Trial of Type 2 Drug That Works on Intestinal Organisms

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–MicroBiome TherapeuticsTM has announced positive results from its clinical trial of a microbiome modulator, NM504, in development for type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes. NM504 is designed to improve glucose tolerance and other metabolic parameters in patients with diabetes by shifting the gastrointestinal microbiome–the micro-organisms that inhabit the human body. Studies have shown that people with type 2 diabetics typically have gastrointestinal dysbiosis, or microbial

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Q&A With Dr. Richard Bernstein

What is the best way to overcome insulin resistance? Answer: The most common cause of insulin resistance is obesity due to abdominal and intramuscular fat. The best way to overcome it is to lose weight. In addition, the second best way, is to exercise and build muscle mass, because muscle mass increases insulin sensitivity. If you are lowering your body fat, you’re diminishing insulin resistance.

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Study to See If Vitamin D Can Prevent Type 2

The National Institutes of Health is investing millions of dollars in new research to determine if vitamin D supplements play a role in preventing type 2 diabetes. More than 20 health centers across the United States will participate in the study, which will include 2,500 volunteers with pre-diabetes, or blood glucose levels that are higher than normal. “This study aims to definitively answer the question:

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Type 2 Comedian Drew Carey Sheds 80 Pounds, Says No-Carb Diet Did It

Keep a close eye on this story. It has two elements necessary for creating a lot of buzz: a celebrity and his unconventional “cure” for a disease.  People magazine reports that comedian Drew Carey says he has stopped his type 2 diabetes – and the need to take any medications for it – by shedding 80 pounds through a diet in which he almost totally

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Mayo Clinic Says Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Forestall Type 2

The Mayo Clinic Health Letter for August 2012 has published three lifestyle changes that could stave off the progression of prediabetes to full-blown type 2 diabetes. The list isn’t new, but its periodic reiteration indicates that healthcare researchers and providers have settled on a simple prescription for staying diabetes-free. The three changes are: Consume fewer calories and cut back on fat Take a brisk 30-minute

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Metformin Could Protect Women Against Endometrial Cancer

British researchers say that metformin, the drug most often used to treat prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, could provide potential protection against endometrial cancer in women. Endometrial cancer, a malignancy of the uterine lining, is the fourth most common cancer among women in the United States and United Kingdom. One of its preconditions is sometimes polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal condition in which ovarian

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The New York City YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

At 330 pounds, Kerry Watterson was tired of not being able to fit into his seat on an airplane. He had a family history of type 2 diabetes, and although doctors said his blood sugar was still at a normal level, he knew it was time to make a change. “I found out about the YDPP [YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program], called the director, and said,

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