Type 2 Diabetes in Youth: How Serious Is It?

While three decades ago it was rare for a child or teen to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, today, the American Medical Association (AMA) estimates that there are about 3,700 new cases a year among youth in the United States. While the majority of new diabetes diagnoses in children are still type 1 – about 13,000 a year – the escalating numbers of type

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Diabetes and Arthritis: a Challenging Combination

For older adults dealing with type 2 diabetes, co-occurring physical problems can make disease management and healthy living a challenge. One of those most challenging-and common- diagnoses is arthritis. Researchers from the U.S. government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decided to look further into the issue. Their goal was a simple but important one: finding out how many adults with diabetes had arthritis. And

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Tracking Hospital Infections

When we visit the hospital, we don’t expect to be released with more problems than when we checked in. But that’s a very real possibility, according to a sobering new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The study, which appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, says that if 25 patients enter a hospital for treatment, at least one of them

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Routine Tests Can Identify Risk of Gestational Diabetes Years Before Pregnancy

Up to seven years before she becomes pregnant, a woman’s risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy can be identified based on routinely assessed measures of blood sugar and body weight, according to a Kaiser Permanente study published in the online issue of the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers at the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research in Oakland, California, studied 580 ethnically diverse women

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Diabetic Amputations Down Significantly Since 1996

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that foot and leg amputations decreased dramatically between 1996 and 2008. Over those 12 years, amputations dropped from 11 out of every 1,000 diabetic adults to only four-a decrease of almost 64 percent. Over the same period, however, the number of people officially diagnosed with diabetes tripled. The CDC cites several reasons for the decline

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