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Diabetes Affects 9.3% of Americans

Shocking data published by Annals of Internal Medicine. About 21 million American adults are obese and diabetic.

“Diabetes has increased dramatically. The rates have almost doubled since the late ’80s and early ’90s,” said Elizabeth Selvin, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, in Baltimore.

“This study also highlights that the increase in diabetes really tracks closely with the epidemic of obesity. The diabetes epidemic is really a direct consequence of the rise in obesity,” Selvin said.

There are two main types of diabetes — type 1… Continue reading

Many at Risk for Diabetes and Don’t Know It

New research shows that many Americans who are at risk for type 2 diabetes don’t believe they are, and their doctors may not be giving them a clear message about their risk.

American Diabetes Association researchers surveyed more than 1,400 people aged 40 and older and more than 600 health care providers to come to this conclusion. The investigators found that 40 percent of at-risk people thought they had no risk for diabetes or prediabetes, and only 30 percent of patients with modifiable risk factors for diabetes believed they had some increased risk for diabetes.

Less than half of at-risk… Continue reading

Hemoglobin A1c – Test Regularly

Hemoglobin A1c  (glycated hemoglobin) is the preferred diagnostic test for diabetes mellitus, and should be done regularly in diabetic patients.

Among its advantages over fasting glucose values (or 2-hour glucose values during an oral glucose tolerance test) is that samples can be drawn at any time and need no special handling (whereas ongoing glycolysis can falsely lower glucose values).

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Moderate Coffee Consumption Reduces Risk of Diabetes

coffee-diabetesDrinking three to four cups of coffee per day may help to prevent type 2 diabetes by up to 25 percent according to research highlighted in a session report published by the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), a not-for-profit organization devoted to the study and disclosure of science related to coffee and health.

Recent scientific evidence has consistently linked regular, moderate coffee consumption with a possible reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. An update of this research and key findings presented during a session at the 2012 World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications (WCPD)… Continue reading