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New Study Supports Major Change In Diet Treatment For Diabetes

A low-fat vegan diet treats type 2 diabetes more effectively than a standard diabetes diet and may be more effective than single-agent therapy with oral diabetes drugs, according to a study in the August issue of Diabetes Care, a journal published by the American Diabetes Association.

New Company Will Seek Drugs Against Diabetes and Cancer

A new company will use a novel technology to rapidly screen thousands of drugs for their effectiveness against two of the biggest health threats in the United States, diabetes and cancer.

With Few Factors, Adult Cells Take On Character Of Embryonic Stem Cells

With the introduction of just four factors, researchers have successfully induced differentiated cells taken from embryos to behave like embryonic stem cells. The researchers reported their findings in an immediate early publication of the journal Cell, published by Cell Press.

Long Acting Insulin Makes The Grade

Following a recommendation from the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and extensive negotiations with the Department of Health and Ageing, agreement has finally been reached that will see the long acting insulin products made available at a reasonable price to people with diabetes who require insulin.

New Study Seeks To Lower Diabetes Risk In Youth

Study will determine if changes in school food services and physical education (PE) classes, along with activities that encourage healthy behaviors, lower risk factors for type 2 diabetes, an increasingly common disease in youth.

Supplementation with Chromium Picolinate Improves Glycemic Control, Attenuates Weight Gain

Results from a new study in patients with type 2 diabetes demonstrate that daily supplementation with 1000 mcg of chromium as chromium picolinate, in combination with a common oral anti-diabetic medication, improves insulin sensitivity and glucose control better than the oral anti-diabetic agent alone.

Analysis Shows Blacks Have Poorer Diabetes Control than Whites

An analysis combining 11 separate research studies found that blacks with diabetes have poorer control of blood sugar than whites, according to researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues.

Chronically High Blood Sugar Linked To Risk Of Cognitive Impairment

A four-year study of elderly women has found that chronically elevated blood sugar is associated with an increased risk of developing either mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia.

Insulin Pathway Component Explains Insulin Resistance, Age-Associated Metabolic Syndrome

Metabolic syndrome, an aging-associated group of disorders that includes insulin resistance, heart disease and high lipid levels, may be treatable thanks to a newly discovered role for a regulatory gene.

Pomegranate Juice Could Benefit Diabetics

Pomegranate juice may provide important health benefits for diabetic patients. Subjects who drank pomegranate juice daily over a three month period experienced a reduced risk for atherosclerosis and a reduced uptake of "bad" cholesterol by immune cells.

Exercise in Itself Improves Blood Glucose Control in Type 2 Diabetes

Exercise, dietary changes and medication have long been the cornerstones of managing type 2 diabetes. But few studies examine how exercise actually benefits these patients.

Traditional Chinese Medicine For Diabetes Has Scientific Backing

Reports of a traditional Chinese medicine having beneficial effects for people suffering from type 2 diabetes now has some scientific evidence to back up the claims.

Big Kids Are Getting Too Big

The epidemic of obesity in young children has been far worse in the tallest, fastest growing young children, according to new research

Key Fat and Cholesterol Cell Regulator Identified, Promising Target

Researchers have identified how a molecular switch regulates fat and cholesterol production, a step that may help advance treatments for metabolic syndrome, the constellation of diseases that includes high cholesterol, obesity, type II diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Sleep Deprivation Doubles Risks of Obesity in Both Children and Adults

Research has found that sleep deprivation is associated with an almost a two-fold increased risk of being obese for both children and adults.

Weight Lifting Can Help Overweight Teens Reduce Risk of Diabetes

Teens at risk of developing diabetes can prevent or delay its onset through strength training exercise, a University of Southern California study has found.

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