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Selenium Supplements May Increase the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Selenium, an antioxidant included in multivitamin tablets thought to have a possible protective effect against the development of type 2 diabetes, may actually increase the risk of developing the disease.

Adult Type 2 Diabetes – Poor Information on Diet, But Exercise Seems Good

There are no high quality data to assess how well dietary treatments for type 2 diabetes work in people who have just been told they have the disease, but there is evidence that taking on exercise seems to be one way of improving blood sugar levels.

Gene Discovered for Type 1 Diabetes in Children

Pediatrics researchers have identified a gene variant that raises a child's risk for type 1 diabetes, formerly called juvenile diabetes.

Most Diabetes Drugs Provide Similar Glucose Control

Most oral medications prescribed for type 2 diabetes are similarly effective for reducing blood glucose, but the drug metformin is less likely to cause weight gain and may be more likely than other treatments to decrease so-called bad cholesterol. The new study directly compared 10 oral medications.

A Decisive Step Toward a Cure for Insulin Dependent Diabetes

Using innovative high-density DNA microchip technology, which can test 550,000 genes in a single analysis, researchers have detected a new gene involved in type 1 diabetes.

Diabetics Experience More Complications Following Trauma

Individuals with diabetes appear to spend more days in the intensive care unit, use more ventilator support and have more complications during hospitalization for trauma than non-diabetics, according to a July 2007 report.

Obesity Found to be a Risk Factor for Multiple Myeloma

An obese person is more likely than a lean person to develop multiple myeloma, according to researchers. Their findings indicate that Body Mass Index provides an indicator for one's risk of developing multiple myeloma.

New Role for Protein in Fat Cells May Improve Understanding of Obesity and Diabetes

Scientists have shown for the first time that a protein involved in the transfer of fat in the blood may also influence how fat cells store fat.

Flavonoids in Orange Juice Make It a Healthy Drink for Diabetics, Despite the Sugar

Orange juice, despite its high caloric load of sugars, appears to be a healthy food for diabetics due to its mother lode of flavonoids, a study by endocrinologists at the University at Buffalo has shown.

Superiority Not Proven for Rapid-acting Insulin Analogues in Type 1 Diabetes

There is currently no evidence available of a superiority of rapid-acting insulin analogues over human insulin in the treatment of adult patients with diabetes mellitus type 1.

Metabolic Syndrome – Don’t Blame the Belly Fat

Abdominal fat, the spare tire that many of us carry, has long been implicated as a primary suspect in causing the metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that includes the most dangerous heart attack risk factors: prediabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure, and changes in cholesterol.

Reducing Insulin Signaling in the Brain Can Prolong Lifespan

A study from Children's Hospital Boston finds that reducing insulin levels in the brain boosts longevity. Though it was done in genetically engineered mice, old-fashioned exercise and good diets also keep brain insulin levels low in humans.

Rosiglitazone for Type 2 Diabetes: Concern Over Side Effects

New studies are needed to assess the trade-offs between potential benefits and potential harms when rosiglitazone is used by people with type 2 diabetes.

New Review Adds More Reasons to Avoid Diabetes Drug Avandia

Little evidence supports using rosiglitazone (Avandia) to improve the quality or length of life among adults with diabetes, according to a systematic review of data by German researchers.

Low Glycemic Index Diets Better for Weight Loss

Put aside the white bread and pick up an apple. A diet of foods less likely to spike blood sugar levels helps dieters lose more weight, according to a new systematic review from Australia.

Healthful Compounds in Tomatoes Increase Over Time in Organic Fields

Chemists report that levels of flavonoids increase over time in crops grown in organically farmed fields. Studies have shown that consumption of flavonoids may help protect again cancer, heart disease and other age-related diseases.

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