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Severe Hypoglycemia, Severity of Depressive Symptoms in T2 Patients Linked

From the results of a cross-sectional study, it was revealed that severe hypoglycemia was positively associated with the severity of depressive symptoms in Japanese patients with type 2 diabetes independent of glycemic control, insulin therapy, lifestyle factors and diabetic complications. “Since severe hypoglycemia and depression are known risk factors for ...

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Prediabetes: An Unknown Disease

Only about one in eight people with prediabetes knows they have a problem, a U.S. study found. Lacking awareness, people with the elevated blood sugar levels were also less likely to make lifestyle changes such as getting more exercise or eating less sugary food that might prevent them from becoming ...

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Putting ‘Added Sugars’ on Food Labels Confuses Shoppers

In a recent study, consumers who viewed nutrition panels with grams of "added sugars" as part of total grams of sugar miscalculated the amount of sugar. But when consumers looked at a nutrition panel that didn’t break out "added sugars," most of them correctly identified the amount of sugar. The ...

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Eating Just a Handful of Nuts Daily Lowers Risk of Death from Diseases

Previous research has hailed peanuts and nuts for their health benefits. Now, a new study supports such research, finding that consuming these foods may protect against death from numerous diseases, including cancer, heart disease and diabetes. The study results revealed that participants who consumed around 15 grams of nuts or ...

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FDA Panel Favors Approval of Alirocumab for Hypercholesterolemia

The FDA’s Endocrinologic and Metabolic Advisory Committee has recommended approval of the first PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab (Praluent, Regeneron and Sanofi) injection for treatment of hypercholesterolemia. In a 13-3 vote, the panel decided that the LDL-lowering benefit of alirocumab outweighed the risks in one or more patient populations. The committee based ...

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A Bad Night’s Sleep May Explain Overeating

Researchers evaluated how disrupted sleep and excess food intake are correlated, placing both adults and children at risk for long-term health conditions. Study authors reported that, after a bad night’s sleep, the appetite-controlling hormone is impacted, emotional stress is higher, and more food is desired to compensate for the lack ...

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Starting Insulin Earlier in Older Patients Can Lower A1c

Early insulin initiation significantly lowered A1C levels and increased odds of reaching less than 8% A1C levels among type 2 diabetes patients older than 65 who also took oral antidiabetes drugs, compared to those who delayed insulin initiation, according to a study. Researchers found no significant differences in hypoglycemia events ...

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PPAR Agonist Safe for Type 2’s

Type 2 diabetes patients showed declines in their A1C, fasting glucose, triglycerides and non-HDL cholesterol levels after nine months of daily treatment of saroglitazar, a dual peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-agonist. The findings also revealed that the drug did not cause any serious adverse events and was well tolerated by the patients. ...

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Older Diabetes Patients Can Lower A1C with Early Insulin Initiation

Early insulin initiation significantly lowered A1C levels and increased odds of reaching less than 8% A1C levels among type 2 diabetes patients older than 65 who also took oral antidiabetes drugs, compared to those who delayed insulin initiation. Researchers found no significant differences in hypoglycemia events or total costs between ...

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CDC Says Americans’ Triglycerides Dropped over Last Decade

Investigators found that the percentage of adults with triglyceride levels 150 mg/dL or above declined from 33.3% in 2001-2004 to 25.1% in 2009-2012. There was an especially big dip in people aged 60 years and older. Among men aged older than 60 years, those with elevated numbers dropped from 39.9% ...

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