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Coffee Puts BP Patients at Heart Attack, Diabetes Risk

According to research examining the long-term effect of coffee drinking on the risk of diabetes, coffee drinkers – especially those who drink over four cups a day – are at an increased risk of heart attacks and other cardiovascular events. Heavy coffee consumption can also trigger pre-diabetes in young adults …

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Periodontal Disease Predicts CAC Progression in Type 1 Diabetes

In patients with type 1 diabetes, but not those without diabetes, periodontal disease duration is an independent predictor of long-term progression of coronary artery calcium (CAC), according to a study. They examined the interrelation between periodontal disease and CAC progression in individuals with and without type 1 diabetes. The prevalence …

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Survey on Physical Fitness Knowledge Is Poor

A survey of more than 1,000 people found that almost 75% did not know that losing one pound of fat meant burning 3,500 calories. Only 13% knew weight training does not cause women to bulk up like men, 67% knew resting heart rate was an indicator of aerobic fitness and …

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Diabetes and Hypertension Linked to Grip Strength

Researchers found that the strength of your grip could provide clues to undetected diabetes or high blood pressure, especially if you’re “skinny fat.” That means you’re within the normal range on the body mass index (BMI), but your fat-to-lean muscle ratio leans more toward the fat part, about 25 percent …

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Metformin Helps to Lower LDL Cholesterol

A new study finds that in more than 1,000 patients that the administration of metformin in patients suffering from type 2 diabetes led to a change in metabolite levels. According to the authors, this was associated with a significantly decreased level of LDL cholesterol, which is under strong suspicion to …

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Statins Raise Aggression in Women, Lower it in Men

Previous studies had raised questions about adverse behavioral changes with statins, such as irritability or violence, but findings with statins have been inconsistent. For postmenopausal women, said the scientists, the typical effect was increased aggression. The effect was significant for postmenopausal women older than age 45. The increase in aggression …

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Diabetes and Tuberculosis

In countries with a high-burden of tuberculosis (TB), it has been well established that there is an increased incidence of TB among patients with diabetes. Diabetes patients face up to a sevenfold increased likelihood of having tuberculosis compared to the general population. However, in countries with a low burden of …

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Blood Glucose Meter Accuracy Unclear at Low Glycemic Range

The accuracy of blood glucose meters (BGMs) in the low glycemic range is questionable, according to an observation published letter. This prompts concerns regarding safety for measuring blood glucose and when BGMs are used in trials. Noting that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance for over-the-counter BGMs requires …

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