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FDA Approves Labeling Changes for All Statins

These clarifications include but are not limited to: Use may be associated with hyperglycemia and elevated A1c; Use may be associated with the potential for cognitive adverse effects; Periodic monitoring of liver function tests is no longer required. Lovastatin labeling was revised to include contraindications and dose limitations for certain ...

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Memphis Is the Fattest City in the US

With nearly a third of its population considered obese, Memphis is America’s fattest city, says Newsweek. It’s the city that turned barbecue into an art form and bought a special ambulance this March to transport super-sized patients. Memphis’s 29.7% obesity rate barely edged out No. 2, Richmond, Va. (29.4%); San ...

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America’s Waistlines Grow and Costs Soar

U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients. The Federal Transit Administration wants buses to be tested for the impact of heavier riders on steering and braking. Cars are burning nearly a billion gallons of gasoline more a year than ...

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Eating Eggs Increases HDL Metabolism and Reduces Appetite

A new study has suggested that a carbohydrate-restricted diet with some individuals eating three whole eggs per day and others eating an equivalent amount of egg substitute improved HDL measures. Participants in the study were followed for 12 weeks. The group eating whole eggs experienced an improvement in HDL measures ...

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Belief in Self Linked to Better Diabetes Control

Belief in yourself and your own skills may help to improve your diabetes management. A recent study found that people who had high self-efficacy had better control of their diabetes. Self-efficacy is the belief and confidence in a person’s own ability to complete a task or reach a goal. Specifically, people with high ...

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Yogurt Drink Good for Diabetes

A Middle Eastern yogurt drink known as “doogh” and fortified with vitamin D decreased inflammatory markers in people with type 2 diabetes, researchers found. Those who drank the doogh fortified with vitamin D, or vitamin D plus calcium, had decreased levels of highly sensitive C-reactive protein and several interleukin proteins, ...

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One Third of Empty Calories Come from Snacks

The ARS Food Surveys Research Group analysis looked at data on US snacking habits, taken from interviews with more than 5,000 adults 20 years or older. The latest data show that the empty calories from snacks account for about 32% of the daily calories consumed by women and about 31% ...

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Losing Belly Fat Improves Blood Vessels

Overweight people who lose weight, especially belly fat, can improve blood vessel function no matter what diet they choose, U.S. researchers say. They studied 60 men and women who weighed an average of 215 pounds at the start of the program. Half went on a low-carb diet while the others ...

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Prevalence of Diabetic Retinopathy May Exceed 90 Million People

Based on data from nearly 23,000 people with diabetes, the age-standardized prevalence of any diabetic retinopathy was 34.6%, which translates into an estimated 92.6 million adults worldwide. The prevalence of PDR was 6.96% (about 17.2 million adults), and the prevalence of DME was 6.81% (about 20.6 million adults). According to ...

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