Diabetes

Heart Beat: September 2014

If you used a generic version of AstraZenecas Toprol XL in recent years and you found the medications didnt treat your symptoms as effectively as the name brand, youre not alone. Two large Indian manufacturers of generic versions of Toprol recalled more than 100,000 bottles of the beta blockers earlier this year.
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Study: Undiagnosed Diabetes a Factor in Many Heart Attacks

An estimated 10 percent of people who have a heart attack may have undiagnosed diabetes. Researchers presenting their findings at the American Heart Associations Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2014 also noted that less than a third of those diagnosed with diabetes during hospitalization received diabetes education or diabetes medications at discharge.
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Heart Beat: July 2014

Study Warns of Excess Calorie Consumption Among Statin UsersMany statin users may be undermining their efforts to improve their cardiovascular health by overeating, a recent study found. Researchers found that statin users, on average, increased their caloric intake by nearly 10 percent and their fat intake by 14 percent over a recent 10-year period. There […]
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Questioning the Benefits of Carb-Counting

Counting carbohydrates has long been considered the tried-and-true method for helping diabetics control their blood sugar levels. Yet, a new meta-analysis suggests its effectiveness is limited.
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Research Shows Diabetes Drug May Also Cut Cancer Risks

A Cleveland Clinic-led study of two commonly used diabetes drugs found that one group of medications not only helped reduce diabetes symptoms, but it may cut the risk of cancer, too.
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Further Proof of the Effectiveness of Bariatric Surgery on Diabetes

Further analysis of a study that demonstrated the benefits of bariatric surgery in patients with diabetes shows that about one-third of patients who had the surgery remained cured of type 2 diabetes at least six years after the operations.
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Heart Beat: October 2013

Though type 2 (or adult onset) diabetes is usually the type of blood glucose management challenge most often associated with cardiovascular disease, a new study finds that coronary artery calcification (CAC) is accelerated in individuals with type 1 diabetes (formerly known as juvenile diabetes), even without the presence of diabetic kidney disease.
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Older Patients May Benefit from Implantable Cardiac Devices

Research shows that older patients who receive implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) tend to have more complications and greater mortality than younger patients. However, a recent study suggests that its incorrect to assume that the devices are inappropriate or unsafe for the elderly.
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The Impact of Aching Joints on Cardiovascular Disease

If you have an inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), you know full well its impact on your body. Problems such as morning stiffness, joint pain, appetite loss and fatigue are constant reminders of the condition, but did you know that inflammatory diseases threaten your heart as well?
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Diabetes, Hypertension Patients Should Get Sleep Apnea Checks

Evidence continues to mount supporting the importance of treating sleep problems such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), especially if you have risk factors for heart disease.
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Effective Stress Relief May Be One Mouse Click Away

Chronic stress is a known contributor to conditions such as high blood pressure, arrhythmias, obesity, diabetes and other serious health problems. Likewise, a recent diagnosis of heart disease or recent heart surgery can greatly increase an individuals stress levels. But a new study suggests that people who learn coping strategies online can better manage the stress in the lives.
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Should the Criteria for Bariatric Surgery be Changed?

Bariatric surgery is considered a last-ditch effort to help morbidly obese individuals lose weight and reverse the progression of diabetes. Studies in recent years have shown that the weight-loss surgery is an effective approach, though the criteria for patients to undergo the treatment may be excluding others who could benefit from the operation.
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