Type 2 - diabetes

Childhood Diabetes Rate higher in China than in US

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(Best Syndication News) - Chinese children had a higher rate of diabetes compared with United States rates, according to a recent study. Researchers from the University of North Carolina reported that the diabetes rate in Chinese teenagers were four times higher than the comparable age group in the US. The results will be published in the online edition of Obesity Reviews and will be published in the September issue of the print edition.

The researchers studied data from the China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS), which ran between 1989 and 2011 and involved over 29,000 people in over 300 communities in China. The CHNS study was a collaborative arrangement between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Chinese Center for Disease Control (CCDC) National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety.

Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes - Increased risk seen with Fast Food Eaters in Singapore

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that people in Singapore who ate fast food on a regular basis were at an increased risk for developing coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The study was published in today’s online edition of American Heart Association's journal Circulation.

The researchers found that even eating fast food once weekly showed a 20 percent increased death risk from coronary heart disease compared to those who avoided dining at these places. There was a 50 percent increased risk of death from heart disease if the person ate out two-to-three times each week. There was an 80 percent increased risk of dying from coronary heart disease in those who ate fast food four or more times on a weekly basis.

FDA grants approval for Belviq - Prescription Weight Loss Pill

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of approved Belviq (lorcaserin hydrochloride) for overweight and obese people who also have either high blood pressure (hypertension), type-2 diabetes, or elevated cholesterol levels (dyslipidemia).

In order to qualify for the weight loss medication, the person's body mass index (BMI) needs to be greater than 27 (this is considered overweight). A BMI over 30 is considered obese. There also has to be a secondary condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes present. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over one-third of the US adult population is considered obese.

Heart Failure Risk reduced with regular moderate Coffee Drinkers

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(Best Syndication News) - Drinking coffee in moderation on a regular basis might lower your chance for developing heart failure, a recent study suggests. The findings were published in the American Heart Association’s journal, Heart Failure.

The researchers compared results from prior studies that correlated coffee consumption and heart failure. The good news is that the researchers found significantly lower risk of developing heart failure with moderate coffee drinking. The bad news is that they found excessive coffee consumption might increase the risk of developing serious heart problems.

Ursolic Acid found in an Apple Peel may increase the amount of Calories Burned

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(Best Syndication News) - Mice given ursolic acid burned more calories and reduced obesity levels compared with those that were not given the supplement. The study was an investigation on the potential of using ursolic acid as a way to reduce obesity. The research was published in the June 20 edition of the journal PLoS ONE.

Christopher Adams, M.D., Ph.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, and a Faculty Scholar at the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the UI, led the study.
Additional benefits of the mice taking the ursolic acid supplement were the increase in muscle mass and more brown fat. Increase in muscle mass and brown fat are believed to help burn calories efficiently.

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