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Diabetes Kills One Person Every Six Seconds, New Estimates Show - Bloomberg

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Diabetes Kills One Person Every Six Seconds, New Estimates Show Bloomberg Diabetes kills one person every six seconds and afflicts 382 million people worldwide, according to the International Diabetes Federation, which has been canvassing the help...
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Health News - Proper diet and exercise to brake diabetes epidemic

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Lifestyle changes cut diabetes risk in high-risk patients - Medical Xpress

Lifestyle changes cut diabetes risk in high-risk patients - Medical Xpress | Tackling Diabetes | Scoop.it
Lifestyle changes cut diabetes risk in high-risk patients Medical Xpress Comprehensive lifestyle interventions decrease the incidence of type 2 diabetes in high-risk patients, but the benefits are less clear in diagnosed patients, according to a...
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Local Researchers Make Link Between Night Shift Work & Diabetes - CBS Local

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — If you regularly worked the night shift, even if you're retired now and keep a normal daytime schedule, you're at higher risk of a common disease: diabetes.
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Putting diabetes awareness information in the hands of one million Indians

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Diabetes is rampant in India – 60 million-plus Indians are currently living with the disease and one million die from it each year. Furthermore, Indians tend to get the disease at an earlier age – often in their 30s and 40s – during their prime earning years.

 

In September, Arogya World announced that we have reached more than 1,000,000 people from all over India with a series of 56 diabetes prevention and education text messages in 12 languages, fulfilling a

 

Commitment we made at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. Analysis of the program is ongoing, but initial results look very promising.

 

In 2012, Nokia Life helped Arogya World recruit 1,052,633 consumers who opted-in to receive mDiabetes text messages. Messages were provided free to subscribers twice a week for six months. Participants came from all over India and a variety of socio-economic backgrounds.

 

Arogya World developed the 56 text messages with Emory University in late 2011, based on science and behavior change theory, and then, with Ipsos, consumer-tested them in simulated conditions as well as in the real world. Nokia Life provided the translation and transmission infrastructure, and transmitted more than 56 million mDiabetes text messages to the consumers throughout 2012.

 

Following the program, consumers’ awareness of diabetes and its complications increased, and promising trends in behavior change included:

 

* An 11% increase in daily exercise

* A 15% increase in the intake of 2-3 servings of fruits a day

* An 8% increase in 2-3 servings of vegetables a day.


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Do Antidepressants Increase Risk of Diabetes? | Psych Central News

Do Antidepressants Increase Risk of Diabetes? | Psych Central News | Tackling Diabetes | Scoop.it
A new review by researchers in the U.K. warns clinicians that prescribing antidepressants could increase a person's risk of type 2 diabetes. University of S.
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Diet, lifestyle advice good for those with diabetes, public - UPI.com

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UPI.com Diet, lifestyle advice good for those with diabetes, public UPI.com Computer modeling was used to explore the relationship in both those with and without diabetes of mortality with the following risk factors: body-mass index, waist/height...
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Diabetic boy breaks Arizona swimming record

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Breaking the state record for a swimming event is a great achievement for most young swimmers. Anthony Paleo, 10, broke the Arizona record for the 50 meters breaststroke, and was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

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Straight Talk About Diabetes: More Tools Needed

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Experts discuss devices, pills, and treatment strategies for diabetes.


During a panel discussion with other doctors and drug industry executives, William Herman, MD, made a statement that seemed pretty innocuous.

’I think the key to controlling diabetes is prevention.’


During a panel discussion with other doctors and drug industry executives, William Herman, MD, made a statement that seemed pretty innocuous.


But Dr. Herman, who is Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Michigan, also said that many healthcare insurance programs are simply not aligned with the end goals of treatment.


John Brooks, President and CEO of the Joslin Institute, agrees that such ’unintended consequences’ disincentivize patients to properly manage their conditions.


For example, when diabetes patients who have co-pays for eye exams forgo the exams, they’re cutting off a crucial means of monitoring the disease because an eye exam can show symptoms of diabetes. Not only can diabetes cause blindness but it is the leading cause of blindness in United States.


’I’m mad that we haven’t figured this out,’ adds James Young, MD, and Chair, Endocrinology.


In spite of the relative success of bariatric surgeries to reduce risks associated with diabetes, Dr. Young says it’s far easier to get a patient into heart surgery than it is to get a patient into bariatric surgery for diabetes treatment.


’There are too many hoops to jump through,’ he says.


What the panelists all seemed to agree on is that more tools ’ of all kinds ’ are needed to manage diabetes.


’I believe there is a role for technology to play,’ says Stu Randle, President and CEO of GI Dynamics. ’We need more therapies used in more combinations than we have today’ more collaborations in drugs and devices is where we need to go.’

Complicated disease requires collaborative approach

’Diabetes is always going to be with us,’ said Sandra MacRury, MD, Professor of Clinical Diabetes, University of the Highlands and the Islands. Dr. MacRury said about 10 percent of costs associated with diabetes in Ireland are due to complications, including heart disease and amputations.


More: http://medcitynews.com/2013/10/straight-talk-diabetes-tools-needed/


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Insulin user, 80, awarded medal

Insulin user, 80, awarded medal | Tackling Diabetes | Scoop.it
An East Sussex pensioner who has been using insulin to control her diabetes for 70 years has been honoured by a charity.

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