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Pre-diabetes might increase Stoke Risk

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(Best Syndication News) - A study found that some patients identified as having pre-diabetes may be at a higher risk for having a stroke. The study was published online at bmj.com.

Pre-diabetes is typically diagnosed with a fasting blood glucose test. The person fasts for 12 hours and is tested after not eating any food. The normal range for blood glucose after a fast is between 70.2 to 100 mg/dl. The pre-diabetes range for this test is between 100 to 126 mg/dl.

Pre-diabetes can be resolved with diet and exercise. However, if pre-diabetes is left untreated it could become type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, pre-diabetes patients have the same vascular risk factors as those that have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. These factors include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity. However, the future stroke risk had not been recognized in pre-diabetes patients.

Type 2 Diabetes: Waist Size is an independent Risk Factor

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(Best Syndication News) - Waist size is an independent risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes said a recent study. This is a separate factor from just calculating body mass index (BMI). The researchers of the study reported about their findings in the current week's issue of PLoS Medicine.

The waist measurement was more of a risk factor for women, more so than in men. Both the BMI and waist circumference were independent risk factors related to developing type 2 diabetes.

Claudia Langenberg and colleagues reanalyzed data from the InterAct case-control study to find that waist circumference is a predictor of type 2 diabetes. The groups were divided by BMI and waist circumference. As the BMI and waist circumference increased, so did the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

Gum Disease not the cause of Heart Disease or Stroke

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(Best Syndication News) - The American Heart Association assembled a committee of cardiologists, dentists, and infectious disease specialists to investigate if gum disease causes heart disease or stroke. The committee concluded that gum disease does not cause atherosclerotic heart disease or stroke. Additionally, the treatment of gum disease has not been proven to prevent heart disease or stroke. The new statement by the committee was published in Circulation, which is an American Heart Association journal.

2012 California County Health Report released by CDPH

County Population Dark Orange is over 900,000, medium orange is 300,000 to 900,000 and lightest yellow is under 300,000 people - credit CDPH.gov report

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health has released their County Health Status Profiles 2012 report that assesses the health status of each county throughout the state. The current data analyzed was between 2008 – 2010 and was compared against the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives to determine if the state has met each goal.

The CDPH report saw improvements from the previous report that involved the years of 2005 through 2007. The new report saw around a 14 percent decline in the birthrates of adolescent mothers for the 2008 through 2010 data. There was a 29.4 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic crash death rates, which was the best improvement overall in the 2012 report. The rates of Gonorrhea infections declined by 25.6 percent. AIDS infections declined by 24.4 percent. Diabetes death rates also showed a decline by 11.1 percent. All cancers including lung, breast, and prostate declined since the 2005 – 2007 report. There also was a reduction in coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. However, death rates for Alzheimer’s disease and suicide rates increased.

Higher Glucose Levels for people with Diabetes had better outcomes with Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study from UCLA found that diabetes patients that had heart failure had better survival rates and need for heart transplants with higher A1C levels also known as glycosylated hemoglobin levels. The study is published online in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Typically, the goal is to lower blood glucose levels for diabetes patients. The new research from UCLA suggests that heart failure patients might not benefit from this management of the disease.

The UCLA researchers tracked A1C levels in advanced heart failure patients that had diabetes and that did not have diabetes. The A1C levels or glycosylated hemoglobin are assessed by a blood test. The higher the A1C levels the higher the blood glucose levels are on average.

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