Runner With Type 1 Takes On Seven Marathons In Seven Days

The first time Gavin Griffiths ran a marathon to raise money for his local diabetes clinic, the local newspaper reporter told him, “you’re plucky, but you don’t stand a chance.” Spurred by the words of anti-inspiration, Griffiths – nicknamed the Diathlete, a superhero moniker for a tough endurance athlete – ended up running the 29-mile coastal race in England’s county of Kent in just a

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Weight Loss Can Reduce The Risk Of Kidney Disease

With kidney disease one of the most devastating complications of type 2 diabetes – and a risk for about 35 percent of those with the disease – a new study suggests that losing weight can help significantly lower the risk of nephropathy in overweight or obese adults with type 2. In fact, according to a study that appeared in the journal The Lancet Diabetes &

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The Link Between Diabetes and Hormones

Diabetes begins as a metabolic syndrome that features a combination of hormonal and nutritional imbalances. If these imbalances aren’t corrected, a pre-diabetic condition can turn into full-fledged diabetes. These hormonal imbalances can result in an inability for your body to produce the insulin that it needs to convert glucose into energy, a condition that is known as insulin resistance. When this occurs, your blood glucose

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Study Ties Earlier Onset Of Type 2 To More Complications

A study from the Joint Asia Diabetes Evaluation shows that the age when a person is diagnosed with type 2 may have an effect on the complications that person later experiences. Interestingly, the study suggests a reason for the likelihood of more complications despite being younger is tied into the use of statins. The study divides type 2 patients into “young onset”—people who are diagnosed

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Duodenum Resurfacing Procedure Improves Type 2 Diabetes Markers

A procedure designed to change how the body absorbs and processes glucose could help improve A1C numbers for those with type 2 diabetes, according to recent research. Presenting at the 19th World Congress of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders in Montreal, researchers said that a procedure that resurfaces the duodenum, the first part of the small intestine where food is

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Life With Type 2: Science Catches Up to Our Experiences

Scientists will tell you that they don’t consider anecdotes-personal stories about something-to be evidence that establishes a fact. Say you have 10 people swear they’ve been abducted by aliens, and all of their descriptions of the kidnapers match. That still wouldn’t be enough for scientists to declare that aliens are real. It would take other types of evidence, not just word of mouth, for the

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Study debunks link between low vitamin D and type 2

While previous research has linked low levels of vitamin D to the onset of type 2 diabetes, new research finds no evidence that high levels of vitamin D prevent the disease. British researchers went looking for genetic proof of the connection, and found that even when there were variants of the genes that control levels of vitamin D in the blood, there was no connection

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Gluten-Free Diet Still Questionable

While a gluten-free diet has been shown to be beneficial for both those with celiac disease and those without, the jury is still out on whether going gluten free can help benefit those with type 1 diabetes. Recent research has determined that there is a relationship between type 1 diabetes and celiac disease, since both diseases result in the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking itself.

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A Little, Not A Lot

Halloween is the beginning of what many see as the season of indulgence. Candy and costumes lead to turkey and trimmings, to presents and feasts, to binge drinking and late nights. How is a diabetic, or anyone else, supposed to navigate this wonderful, at times intimidating, celebratory season of family and friends? When I was a child, I had a pillowcase full of candy after

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The Ten Healthiest Cities In America By Brenda Neugent

Despite the stress of politics – revealed through President Barack Obama’s new head of gray hair – if you live in Washington, D.C., you’re living in the healthiest city in the nation, according to a new study. Based on analysis of more than 4,300 hospitals in the United States, iVantage Health Analytics ranked the 10 “healthiest” metropolitan areas, taking into consideration wellness, cost of health

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