AHA: Sudden Death Tracks Diabetes

AHA: Sudden Death Tracks Diabetes

AHA: Sudden Death Tracks Diabetes

In Danish study risk was significantly higher for young adults with diabetes
by Ed Susman, Contributing Writer, MedPage Today
This article is a collaboration between MedPage Today and:
Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Note that this Danish population-based cohort study found that younger individuals with diabetes have dramatically higher rates of death and sudden death than patients without diabetes.
Most of the patients in the study had type 1 disease, which may carry a different risk profile than type 2 disease.
ANAHEIM Young men and women diagnosed with diabetes appear to be at a greater risk of sudden cardiac death than their peers who do not have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, researchers from Denmark reported here.
Overall, individuals with a diagnosis of diabetes are almost five times more likely to die of any cause, said Jesper Svane, BM, a medical student at University Hospital Copenhagen who scrutinized Danish national records to compared outcomes of younger people age 35 or younger with and without diabetes.
In his oral presentation at the annual scientific sessions of the American Heart Association, Svane said the standardized mortality ratio was 234.9 per 100,000 person-years for people with diabetes and 50.9 per 100,000 person-years for persons without a diabetes diagnosis or a 4.6-fold higher mortality rate (P<0.0001).
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Vegan Diet May be Key to Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Vegan Diet May be Key to Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

Vegan Diet May be Key to Reversing Type 2 Diabetes
By Danielle Dent-Breen G+ Aug 1 2017 - 12:20am
In the United States alone, more than 29 million people are living with diabetes, and 86 million are living with prediabetes, a serious health condition that increases a persons risk of type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs when the pancreas is no longer able to make insulin, or when the body cannot make good use of the insulin it produces.
New thoughts suggest vegan diet is key to treating or reversing diabetes.
Traditional dietary recommendations for Type II diabetics have been to reduce portion sizes, consume few carbohydrates, and increase protein intake. However, these recommendations, along with the use of multiple glucose management medications and increased physical activity have a very poor compliance rate . What if there was a better way?
New research seems to be pointing to the benefits of a low fat Vegan diet to combat Type II diabetes.
In the 72-week study referenced above published by Neal Barnard, M.D., president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, people with type 2 diabetes followed either a low-fat vegan diet or a moderate-carbohydrate plan. Both groups lost weight and improved their cholesterol. When people who didnt complete the study or had medication changes were omitted from the study analysis, there was a significantly greater decrease in A1C (measure of average blood glucose levels over an extended time) and LDL (bad) cholesterol in the vegans.
Further research has suggested that Continue reading

After Conquering Diabetes, BP Adams Shares Book, Diet That Helped Save His Life!

After Conquering Diabetes, BP Adams Shares Book, Diet That Helped Save His Life!

After Conquering Diabetes, BP Adams Shares Book, Diet That Helped Save His Life!
The best thing to happened to me in my life is that I became diabetic, because if I wasnt diabetic, I was going to die from one of the 15 American diseases, said BP Eric Adams.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams works out on a machine he has added to his office as a part of a change in his lifestyle and diet.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams is on a mission to improve the health of Brooklyn. That includes the boroughs economic health, social health, mental health, but most importantly, the physical health of its residents. And Adams is leading by example, starting with himself!
In April 2016, during a routine health checkup, Adams learned he had Type 2 diabetes a lab test showed that his average level of blood glucose was three times that of a normal patient, and the doctor was surprised he had not already lapsed into a coma.
He thought about his mother, who also suffered from high blood pressure and the onset of diabetes, and so he figured his condition was hereditary. Immediately, he began to research every diet plan available to figure out how he could lose the weight quickly.
Disease is not in your DNA; its in your dinner!
He went online, watched videos, read articles, manuals, medical studies. One of the most valuable books he came across during his search was How Not to Die , by Dr. Michael Greger, M.D. a book the borough president says pretty much saved his life.
In that book he learned that the cause of diabetes and most other illnesses was not genetic, nor was Continue reading

Diabetes Risk and Moderate Drinking

Diabetes Risk and Moderate Drinking

Researchers also looked at what people were drinking.
Men and women who had seven or more glasses of wine per week had a 25-30 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared with people who had less than one drink per week, according to a press release .
This fits with an earlier meta-analysis of 13 studies that found that moderate wine drinkers had a 20 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared with abstainers or light drinkers.
The researchers suggest that natural phytochemical compounds found in red wine may have beneficial effects on blood sugar levels.
Men who drank between one and six beers each week had a 21 percent lower risk of diabetes, compared with men who drank less than one beer each week. Researchers found no link between beer drinking and diabetes risk in women.
In women, drinking seven or more drinks of liquor each week increased their risk of diabetes by 83 percent, compared with women who drank less than one each week. There was no link between mens liquor consumption and their diabetes risk.
A relatively small number of people in the study, though, reported heavy consumption of spirits.
Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical, and mission officer for the American Diabetes Association, cautioned that given the observational nature of the data, its difficult to draw firm conclusions about any real difference between men and women in the effect of spirit consumption.
Cefalu told Healthline that one of the strengths of the study was the large number of people surveyed.
But he said the study had certain limitations, including a small number of peopl Continue reading

Closed-Loop Insulin Pump Brightens Future of Diabetes Management

Closed-Loop Insulin Pump Brightens Future of Diabetes Management

Closed-Loop Insulin Pump Brightens Future of Diabetes Management
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For patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D), one of the biggest burdens of the condition is the need to manage it - more specifically, to manage their blood glucose levels .
With the September 2016 approval of the MiniMed670GInsulin Pump System by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), produced by Medtronic, the patients ability to manage their glucose became much easier.
Normally, patients with T1D need to monitor their continuous glucose monitoring sensor and use the information the sensor provides them to predict and adjust the dose of insulin they set their pump toadminister. While that open loop system is a major improvement from the previously used multiple daily injections, it still puts a burden on the patient, especially at night and for pediatric patients.
Medtronics device, however, is the first of its kind featuring a closed loop system that self-adjusts to the individual wearer. This allows for real-time alterations in insulin based on the needs at the time, and it is currently the only such device on the market that is able to control dosing automatically. Now, the system does the work for the patient.
Our previous approach with the old pump systems, with set basal rates of insulin infusion that change every couple hours at most, was very nave and inadequate, Kevin P Continue reading

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