For Women with Gestational Diabetes

A common test to diagnose gestational diabetes – a temporary condition which can harm both mother and child if left untreated – also has predictive power for Type II adult-onset diabetes, a new Tel Aviv University study finds. Dr. Gabriel Chodick of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine has proven that women who „fail“ the glucose challenge test, a series of four blood tests conducted over a single four-hour period, have a higher chance of developing adult onset diabetes during the later part of life. In his latest research, published in the journal Diabetic Medicine, Dr. Chodick observed that nearly half the women who fail all four of the four-part tests, demonstrating an elevated blood sugar level, developed Type II diabetes within ten years……..

High blood pressure drugs in diabetic eye disease

Researchers in Massachusetts are reporting new evidence that certain hypertension drugs appears to be useful in preventing and treating diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of vision loss in people with diabetes. The study, the largest to date on proteins in the retina, could lead to new ways to prevent or treat the sight-threatening disease, they say. The findings are in ACS‘ Journal of Proteome Research, a monthly publication……..

Diabetes patients who have a lower propensity to reach out

Mistrust can exact a high toll. Being overly cautious or dismissive in relating to people, scientists are learning, may shorten the lives of people with diabetes. Diabetes patients who have a lower propensity to reach out to others have a higher mortality rate than those who feel comfortable seeking support. These are the findings of a five-year study reported by Dr. Paul Ciechanowski, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington (UW) and an affiliate investigator at Group Health Research Institute in Seattle……..

Caution in reducing blood pressure in patients with diabetes, coronary disease

For patients with diabetes and heart disease, less isn’t always more at least when it comes to blood pressure. New data show an increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death for patients having blood pressure deemed too high or too low, as per Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff, Pharm.D., an associate professor of pharmacy and medicine at UF. She reported her findings today (Sunday, March 14) at the American College of Cardiology’s 59th annual scientific session in Atlanta……..

Rapid-acting insulin analogues

Due to a lack of suitable studies, it remains unclear whether children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes benefit more or less from long-term therapy with rapid-acting insulin analogues than with short-acting human insulin. Certainly, there is no proof of additional benefit from the available results from clinical trials of maximum one year duration. This applies both in the comparison with human insulin and in the comparison between analogues only. This is the conclusion of the final report of the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) published on 16 November 2009……..

Diabetes' link to eating disorders

Diabetics, under the gun to better manage their disease by controlling their food intake and weight, may find themselves in the sticky wicket of needing therapy that makes them hungry, scientists said. Attempts to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and prevent weight gain may suggest an eating disorder when the disease and its therapy are to blame, said Dr. Deborah Young-Hyman, pediatric psychology expert at the Medical College of Georgia’s Georgia Prevention Institute……..