November 21, 2011 Breast cancer has a pink ribbon — and a lot of money and awareness as a result. Diabetes affects far more people, but it's a disease that still gets lost in the shuffle. Advocates say uniting behind the color blue would give diabetes patients much needed support and acceptance.
Financial conflicts abound on medical panels that set practice guidelines.
October 12, 2011 Researchers found conflicts of interest were prevalent among experts who served on 14 U.S. and Canadian panels that came up with guidelines for the treatment of diabetes and high cholesterol between 2000 and 2010.
Meat preservatives like nitrites and sodium have been linked to insulin resistance, which might explain the link between Type 2 diabetes and high consumption of these meats, researchers say.
August 10, 2011 In a study, diabetes risk doubled for people who ate a lot of processed meats, such as hot dogs, deli meat and bacon, which tend to be high in salt and nitrites. Those meat preservatives have been shown to play a role in increasing insulin resistance.
Obesity rates continue to climb in the U.S.
July 7, 2011 The best state in the current obesity rankings is Colorado, with 19.8 percent of its adults classified as obese. But turn back the clock to 1995, and that same obesity rate would have made Colorado the worst state in the nation.
A chubby baby may not be a healthy baby.
June 23, 2011 Almost 10 percent of babies and toddlers are overweight, and children's health researchers are concerned. The Institute of Medicine wants child care centers, preschools and parents to play a bigger role in keeping these young kids from gaining too much weight.
June 22, 2011 People taking high doses of statins were more likely to develop diabetes than those taking moderate doses of the drugs. The increase amounted to 2 additional cases of diabetes per 1,000 patients taking high doses of the medicines compared with those getting lower doses.
Test tubes for insulin.
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April 27, 2011 Gastric bypass surgery cures type 2 diabetes in up to 80 percent of patients. Now scientists are beginning to figure out why. And weight loss may be the least of it.
March 17, 2011 Novo Nordisk hired Denver artist Mark Cline to paint a mural in Washington's Union Station that depicts the toll diabetes is likely to take in the United States by 2025.
March 8, 2011 The cartridge leaks could mean people get less insulin than they need or lead the alarms on their pumps to fail. The recall of leaky cartridges is the latest in a parade of quality-related problems at Johnson & Johnson.
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