You’ll be interested to know …

Kids and adults who eat candy tend to be …. thinner?  How can that be?

The American diet – not good.  But, as it turns out, American’s are not having a problem with portion control.  Instead, we’re eating too many portions (snacks).

Coffee, known for great health benefits, protects the brain from Alzheimer’s

Diet soda – not good for dieters (or anyone else)

Recent studies confirm that it is probably best to say no to the “potato” and that that the french fry is worse than the cigarette.

Adult stem cells appear to show the most promise for diabetes treatment

My Top Reasons for Eating Breakfast – and why you should too

Sleep Apnea

We have reason to be concerned about sleep apnea because it affects an estimated 12 million Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The condition can contribute to heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, impotence and other conditions. While there are three classes of sleep apnea–obstructive, central and mixed–obstructive sleep apnea is by far the most common form. This article gives the report of Ron Mason, a cabinet worker who in 2002 experienced a significant drop in his energy:

Mason’s doctor referred him to a Santa Cruz sleep disorder clinic, where a diagnostic test of his sleep patterns showed he was constantly moving between unconscious and semiconscious states, meaning that he “woke up” an average of 47 times per hour.

“I hadn’t had any dreams in years,” Mason says. “To get into a dream state, you really have to fall into a deeper sleep.”

As it turns out, sleep apnea also increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Not to beat a dead horse, but the common factor between the two appears to be obesity:

“The unifying factor between sleep apnea and diabetes is obesity in the vast number of cases,” says Arthur H. Friedlander, MD, director of graduate medical education and associate chief of staff at Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Healthcare Center.

Interestingly, seelp apnea often leads to a decrease in blood oxygen levels which often triggers the body’s “fight or flight” instinct. Sympathetic stimulation causes the heart to race and a burst of adrenaline is released.

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Administrative Note

Thanks for those who contacted me regarding the Diabetes Aggregator. Unfortunately a PHP upgrade left the software system at a stand still until last weekend. After a not-so-small modification we’re up and running!

Link confirmed between Agent Orange and diabetes

Were you exposed to Agent Orange in the Viet Nam War? Do you have Diabetes? A new study may shed some light on increased risk factors associated to exposure to chemical defoliants.
Agent Orange, the chemical defoliant widely used during the Vietnam War by US forces, was associated with diabetes found in American veterans, says a Pentagon study.
“Results from the 2002 physical examinations support adult-onset diabetes as the most important health problem seen in the Air Force Health Study” among examined veterans, according to a statement released by the Pentagon.

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Positive Outcomes in Diabetes Treatment

Key health outcomes indicators, one on the incidence of end-stage kidney disease and the other on potentially preventable hospital admissions, suggest notable improvements in the quality of diabetes care in America, according to reports from the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) presented here today at the American Diabetes Association’s 65th Annual Scientific Sessions.
“The incidence of end-stage kidney disease in people with diabetes
decreased by 30 percent in the six years ending in 2002,” reported Nilka Rios Burrows, MT, MPH, epidemiologist, Division of Diabetes Translation, CDC, in a recent interview. “The cause is probably due to a reduction in the prevalence of kidney disease risk factors, such as hypertension and high blood glucose levels, and people getting better care as well as taking better care of themselves, yielding a healthier population of diabetes patients.”

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Cool Tool for Assessing Diabetes Risk

According to the American Diabetes Association, 18.2 million Americans have diabetes and another 41 million are at risk … and most don’t even realize it. That’s why the ADA, through its Doing Better: Tools For Diabetes Care initiative, has launched ‘DIABETES PHD,’ a free, online, interactive tool that not only assesses individual risk for developing diabetes, heart disease or stroke, but also allows users to modify their health variables to see how changes they make can reduce their risk for diabetes and its complications.
DIABETES PHD or ‘Diabetes Personal Health Decision,’ provides personal health profiles to help people understand their risk for diabetes or its serious complications. The program creates a whole set of personal clinical trials enabling users to see what might happen in the future based on health behavior changes.

The Diabetes Blog Aggregator

In an effort to promote websites about diabetes and related topics the diabetes blog aggregator has been put online.
An aggregator is a compilation of posts from various blogs that are listed in one spot using an RSS feed (e.g., the index.xml or atom.xml files most blogs generate).
This aggregator is somewhat unique in that it also employs a keyword filter that will display only posts on topic…. So, if you want your posts promoted click here. To access the aggregator click here.
Very shortly I plan to display aggregated posts on the right column of this page and provide a listings of all aggregated sites.

Metabolic Syndrome

SURGING SYNDROME: New figures show that $4 of every $10 spent on prescriptions for American adults is going toward treating metabolic syndrome. Medical groups are pushing for family doctors to be more aggressive in testing patients for metabolic syndrome and starting treatment early.
A report by Medco Health Solutions, a huge prescription benefit manager, shows that adult use of medication for the syndrome jumped 36 percent between 2002 and 2004.
Annual prescription costs for people 20 and older with metabolic syndrome averaged $4,116 last year, 4.2 times the average amount spent on drugs for that age group, according to New Jersey-based Medco, which released the data exclusively to The Associated Press. [more here]

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