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New Web Resource to Help Evaluate Medical Tests & Treatments – Their Benefits, Harms & Costs – Launched by American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest specialist physicians organization in the U.S., announced on January 16 that it has launched a new “High Value Care website” “to help physicians and other health care professionals, medical students, and patients … Continue reading

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Everyone May Benefit from Diabetes-Friendly Recipes at Thanksgiving

As part of its national observation of Diabetes Awareness Month this November, the American Diabetes Association has published a new Family Classics Diabetes Cookbook with diabetes-friendly recipes, which it says can benefit everyone this Thanksgiving — whether you have diabetes … Continue reading

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Eating Legumes May Help Diabetes Patients Control Blood Sugar & Lower Heart Disease Risk, Study Finds

A new study published October 22 in the Archives of Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association, has found that type 2 diabetes patients who consumed at least one cup of legumes (such as beans, chickpeas or lentils) … Continue reading

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More than 50% Obesity in 39 States by 2030, New F as in Fat Report Projects

A new report issued September 18, 2012 projects that if current trends continue, in 39 U.S. States more than 50% of adults could be obese by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, and all 50 … Continue reading

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Dental Health Key to Good Physical Health, Experts Say

“Did you know that your oral health can offer clues about your overall health? Or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body?” So says the Mayo Clinic. In a paper called “Oral Health: Keeping Your … Continue reading

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Does Coffee Help You Live Longer?

A new HealthBeat message from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) features a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, finding that “Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, … Continue reading

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Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

UPDATED July 23, 2012: A new Health Tip published by MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health advocates that seniors “make exercise a social activity.” “Participate in a group dance class or a group … Continue reading

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Study Discovers Hormone Produced by Exercise that Helps Burn Fat and Prevent Diabetes

A new Harvard Health Letter reports that a recent study by scientists at Harvard Medical School has discovered a previously unknown natural hormone in muscle cells that is produced by exercise. The new hormone, which the scientists called “Irisin,” appears … Continue reading

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Compound in Apples May Help Build Muscles & Fight Obesity and Diabetes, New Study Suggests

A new study conducted on mice by researchers at the University of Iowa, found that ursolic acid, a compound found in apple peels, may help build muscle and fight obesity, glucose intolerance (characteristic of diabetes), and fatty liver disease. If … Continue reading

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2012 Future of Medicine Summit to Focus on Mental Health, Heart Disease and Diabetes

The Palm Beach County Medical Society announced that it will hold its sixth annual Future of Medicine Summit on September 27-28, 2012. A number of notable national and regional health care experts will speak at the Summit, which will be … Continue reading

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New High Value Care Guides for Patients Are Jointly Announced by American College of Physicians & Consumer Reports

The American College of Physicians (ACP) and Consumer Reports jointly announced yesterday that they will work together to produce a new series of “High Value Care” guides to help patients understand what are appropriate treatments for common health problems. The … Continue reading

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Heart Disease Reversal

The Rave Diet claims to reverse heart disease, as well as wide range of other diseases, by changing to a plant-based diet. It has been endorsed by doctors from The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, who are interviewed–one of whom reversed severe … Continue reading

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Are You At Risk for Diabetes? CDC Provides Quiz to Help You Find Out

As part of Diabetes Alert Day, March 27, 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) posted updated information on Diabetes’ diagnosis and prevention on its website. This includes a Quiz (below), which the CDC invites you to … Continue reading

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National Nutrition Month – Resources on Eating for Prevention & Wellness

March is National Nutrition Month®, a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a nonprofit organization. According to the Academy, “The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed … Continue reading

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Exercise Changes DNA for the Better, New Study Finds

A new study has found that even 20 minutes of exercise by sedentary adults actually changed the DNA in their muscle cells within minutes. The DNA was changed in a way that helps the muscles work better for further exercise, … Continue reading

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Harvard Health Discusses the Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

In a new article entitled “What is it about coffee?” the editors of Harvard Health Publications, discuss some of the known benefits and drawbacks of drinking coffee. The new article on coffee is found in Sleep, Hygiene, Quit Smoking & … Continue reading

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Which States Have the Best and Worst Health Rankings in 2011?

The 22nd annual America’s Health Rankings® report was released on December 5, 2011, grading and ranking the 50 U.S. states in terms of the level of their overall health and health care, determined by 23 objective measurements. The annual America’s … Continue reading

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BPA Levels Increase Over 1000% After Eating Canned Soup, New Harvard Study Finds

A new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health has found that in subjects who ate canned soup for five days, levels of bisphenol A (BPA) found in the urine increased more than 1000%, compared to … Continue reading

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November is American Diabetes Month

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has declared November as American Diabetes Month. This is an annual event, a time to become informed about diabetes and the importance of diabetes prevention and control. As illustrated in the ADA poster at right, … Continue reading

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Steps to Take to Avoid Diabetes

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New Patient Guides & Treatment Decision Aids Provided by AHRQ

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), part of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is providing a new series of Guides for Patients and Consumers. These new Guides for Patients and Consumers include Consumer Guides … Continue reading

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Diabetes Doubles The Risk of Getting Dementia, Study Finds

A new study of over 1,000 adults age 60 and above, conducted by researchers in Japan found that those with diabetes had about twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia and 1.74 times the risk of developing dementia of any … Continue reading

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5 Healthy Lifestyle Factors Incrementally Reduce Risk of Diabetes, Study Finds

A new study has found that each of five healthy lifestyle factors incrementally lowered one’s risk of getting diabetes by an additional 31% to 39% in a large 11-year study of approximately 207,000 men and women aged 50 to 71 … Continue reading

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Obesity Alert: Scientists Warn of Alarming Health Costs, Discuss Cures

In a series of four scientific papers published today in The Lancet medical journal, noted scientists from several countries have examined in detail the worldwide obesity epidemic, its present and projected impact in the U.S. and the UK, and the … Continue reading

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Diabetes Pandemic Linked to Obesity Epidemic; Study Finds Early Diet Intervention Helps

New statistics show an alarming increase in type 2 diabetes of pandemic proportions worldwide, which is linked to the continuing, dramatic increase in obesity now being widely reported in the U.S. and worldwide. Addressing this worldwide “diabetes pandemic,” a new … Continue reading

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New Report Shows Americans Getting Fatter; Serious Health & Policy Concerns

A new report, F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2011, from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), shows that 68% of Americans are either overweight or obese, and adult obesity … Continue reading

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TV Viewing Linked to Higher Risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease & Death

A new study has found a correlation between every two additional hours of television viewing per day and an increase in risk of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and death. The study, by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, … Continue reading

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Tips for Traveling With Diabetes Issued by NIH and CDC

The National Diabetes Education Program, jointly sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), has issued a checklist of tips to help you travel with diabetes. These may be helpful to you … Continue reading

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Are You At Risk for Type 2 (Adult-Onset) Diabetes?

If you have a family history of diabetes, are obese, are over age 45 and get little or no exercise, or belong to certain racial or ethnic groups you may be at risk. Take a simple quiz provided by the … Continue reading

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Ways To Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Did you know walking 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, combined with a moderate weight loss, can lower one’s risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 58%? Watch Dr.Raul Seballos from the Cleveland Clinic»

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Calculate Your Body Mass Index (BMI)

Use this Calculate Your BMI – Standard BMI Calculator.

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CDC Reports Number of Americans with Diabetes Or Prediabetes Has Risen Dramatically; Losing Weight & Exercise Can Prevent or Delay the Disease

According to the National Diabetes Fact Sheet for 2011 newly released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 26 million Americans (8.3% of all Americans or 11.3% of adults age 20 and older) now have diabetes, … Continue reading

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Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients | NDEP

Small Steps. Big Rewards. Your GAME PLAN to Prevent Type 2 Diabetes: Information for Patients. Three publications from the National Diabetes Education Program of the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. View Info » Small … Continue reading

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Diabetes diet: Create your healthy-eating plan

Diabetes diet: Create your healthy-eating plan – by the Mayo Clinic.  Helpful basic information about how to create a healthy eating plan for diabetes, a chief way in which diabetes is treated and managed. “A diabetes diet — medically known … Continue reading

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How You Can Help Your Loved One with Diabetes

by National Diabetes Education Program, a Joint Program of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services >>View Info

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Hypoglycaemia in elderly diabetic patients

by V Lassmann-Vague, Diabetes Metab, 2005;31:5S53-5S57. A significant scientific article on the greatly increased risks of hypoglycaemia in the elderly diabetic patient. The article calls for greater education of elderly patients and their caregivers on the causes, symptoms and prevention … Continue reading

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Diabetes: Treatment and Research

National Institutes of Health –Senior Health. Explains that there is no known cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Discusses role of diet, exercise, medications, and self-monitoring in the management of diabetes. >>View Info

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Four Steps to Control Your Diabetes for Life

National Diabetes Education Program, by National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. >>View Info

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Tips to Help You Stay Healthy

National Diabetes Education Program, by National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Education on management of diabetes >>View Info

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If you have diabetes… know your blood sugar numbers!

Learn about tests to manage your own blood glucose. By National Diabetes Education Program, National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. >>View Info

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What I Need to Know about Diabetes Medicines

50 page booklet by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. >>View Info

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Got Diabetes And Wondering How Your Blood Glucose Monitor Actually Works

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Type 2 Diabetes: The Oral Diabetes Drugs – Comparing Effectiveness, Safety and Price

30 page paper with recommendations by the Consumers Union, 2007. >>View Info

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See also, Prevention

See also, the information under “Prevention.” Because there is no known cure for diabetes, treatment consists of management of the disease, including the same diet, exercise and other steps beneficial for prevention of diabetes.

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Am I at Risk for Diabetes? Taking Steps to Lower Your Risk of Getting Diabetes

20 page booklet from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health. >>View Info

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What I Need to Know About Eating and Diabetes

52 page booklet by National Institutes of Health, Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. >>View Info

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What I Need to Know About Physical Activity and Diabetes

24 page booklet by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services >>View Info

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A Family Lifestyle Approach to Diabetes Prevention – for African Americans

a 253 page booklet by the National Diabetes Education Program of the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”). Studies by the CDC have found that African Americans are 1.8 times as likely to have … Continue reading

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A Step in the Right Direction: Lose Weight & Lower Your Risk for Type 2 Diabetes

by the National Diabetes Education Program of the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control. >>View Info

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Prevent Diabetes Problems; Keep Your Heart and Blood Vessels Healthy

24 page booklet by National Institutes of Health, Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. >>View Info

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Preventing Diabetes Problems; What You Need to Know

by National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. >>View Info

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Diabetes Prevention Program

by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. >>View Info

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Do You Know The Signs And Symptoms Of Diabetes

Do you know the signs and symptoms? >>View Info

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Diagnosis of Diabetes

by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. >>View Info

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Diabetes in Older People – A Disease You Can Manage

by National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health. Good introduction to causes, types, stages, symptoms, diagnosis, and management of diabetes in elders. >>View Info

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Diabetes Overview

by the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. >>View Info

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Diabetes, Heart Disease & Stroke; What You Need to Know

by National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. >> View Info

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National Diabetes Statistics – 2007

by U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. >> View Info

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Diabetes Basics

The American Diabetes Association. An introduction to diabetes, with links to comprehensive information and resources, including information on the different types of diabetes, symptoms & diagnosis, diabetes statistics, tips, common terms, and diabetes myths. >>View Info

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Diabetes – Information from NOAH

UPDATE – MAY 22, 2013: HelpingYouCare® has received notice today that NOAH closed in January, 2013, and their website referenced below is no longer available. Excellent presentation of links to comprehensive information on Diabetes, including special information on “Seniors and … Continue reading

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Diabetes, by MedlinePlus

Diabetes, by MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, a component of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. Good overall introduction to diabetes. Explains the types of diabetes: Type 1, occurring in … Continue reading

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Diabetes Defined, by National Institutes of Health

Diabetes Defined, by National Institutes of Health — Senior Health. Good introduction to diabetes, with links to risk factors and prevention, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and research, frequently asked questions, and links to other resources.

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Diabetes: Signs and Diagnosis

Diabetes: Signs and Diagnosis, by by National Institutes of Health — Senior Health. Explains that diabetes is known as a “silent” disease because it may not show any symptoms. Discusses signs to watch for, and tests to undergo for diagnosis. … Continue reading

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Diabetes Tests

Diabetes Tests, from the American Association of Clinical Chemistry, February 29, 2008. »View Info

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Mayo Clinic Discusses Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes – Symptoms, , by Mayo Clinic. MayoClinic.com. »View Info

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Cleveland Clinic Discusses Diabetes

Diabetes – Diagnosis, by Cleveland Clinic. ClevelandClinic.com. »View Info

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State-Based Diabetes Prevention & Control Programs

State-Based Diabetes Prevention & Control Programs, Map with comprehensive links to state by state programs for prevention and control of diabetes, provided by Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. »View Info

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Directory of Diabetes Organizations

Directory of Diabetes Organizations, from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health, a very good, comprehensive list with links to many government and nonprofit resources where you can seek help if your loved one suffers from diabetes. »View … Continue reading

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Diabetes Screening, Supplies and Self-Management Training

Preventive Services – Diabetes Screening, Supplies and Self-Management Training. Information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, on what Medicare covers for elders suffering from diabetes. »View Info

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Informal Caregiving for Diabetes

Informal Caregiving for Diabetes and Diabetic Complications Among Elderly Americans, Abstract of a scientific article from the Journals of Gerontology, finding that the number of required hours of caregiving per week for elderly patients with diabetes mellitus (up to 14.4 … Continue reading

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Geriatric Depression Scale

Geriatric Depression Scale, provides explanation and links to a short form and longer form “mood assessment scale”/ questionnaire (in various languages) offered by two Stanford professors as a rough diagnostic test for whether an elderly person may be depressed. »View … Continue reading

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Link Between Diabetes, Alzheimers Disease Strengthened

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 25 Newsweek — New research suggests that having insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes raises your risk of developing the brain plaques associated with Alzheimers disease.  A study in Japan found that those with the highest levels of … Continue reading

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