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Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Low Vitamin D Levels

Low serum vitamin D levels are more closely associated with diabetes than obesity is, claim Spanish researchers, who go on to suggest that vitamin D deficiency may be linked to an increased risk for type 2 diabetes. They found that serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels are reduced in prediabetic and …

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Can Traffic Noise Increase Risk of Obesity?

There is an association between road traffic noise and the risk of obesity among people who are particularly sensitive to noise, according to a study. Among women who reported being particularly sensitive to noise, statistically significant associations were found between traffic noise levels and all three obesity markers: body mass …

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Saunas May Help Cut CVD Risk

Although past research has shown a link between sauna use and fewer cardiovascular events, a large study from Finland suggests its use could also help decrease all-cause mortality and that the associations may be “dose-dependent.” The take-home message: the more an individual relaxes in the warmth, the better. A study, …

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Drinking Tea Can Help Prevent Diabetes

Drinking tea can help prevent type 2 diabetes, according to a growing body of scientific research. A new study from researchers in the US found that black tea inhibits the body from absorbing glucose sugars, too much of which can cause type 2 diabetes. The researchers, who brewed the tea …

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Serving of Yogurt Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

When researchers studied the reduction of type 2 risk after consumption of various dairy products, yogurt was the only one to yield a result. “It’s not a huge effect,” said Dr. Frank Hu from Harvard School of Public Health, “about an 18% reduction in risk.” Eighteen percent is pretty significant …

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Well-being Index Gives Which State Top Ranking?

When it comes to well-being, Alaskans nabbed the top spot in the U.S. while West Virginia ranks last for the sixth consecutive year. The report was based on more than 176,000 phone interviews nationwide. Hawaii and South Dakota followed Alaska in spots two and three and Kentucky stayed in the …

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MRI Technique Can Help Detect Pancreatic Inflammation

Ferumoxytol-MRI provided clear images of ongoing pancreatic inflammation in patients with new-onset type 1 diabetes. Using the technique may help identify patients showing diabetes progression and stratify subgroups that may respond to various treatments. The researchers investigated the possibility of using MRI and ferumoxytol, a coated iron nanoparticle used as …

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Smartphones Effective in Measuring Physical Activity

Researchers found smartphones were as effective as pedometers and accelerometers in monitoring number of steps. Study subjects walked on a treadmill wearing a pedometer, accelerometer and smartphone. The study patients wore all of the devices at the same time. The patients performed four walks with the treadmill set at 3 …

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Probiotics May Help Prevent Diabetes

Seventeen healthy individuals were split into two groups both maintaining their habitual food intake for the first three weeks of the study. One of the groups also consumed two bottles of a probiotic fermented milk drink every day. During the fourth week, both groups were given a high-fat and high-energy …

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