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Type 2 Diabetes – Improved Mobility with Weight Loss and Physical Fitness

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(Best Syndication News) - A recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes improved the outcome of mobility when they lost weight and increased physical fitness. The study came from the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial based on the four-year results. The findings were published in the March 29, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Lead author Jack Rejeski, Ph.D, Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University, explained that this study demonstrates how important losing weight and increasing physical activity is to treat mobility problems with aging people with type 2 diabetes.

Cocoa Epicatechin Flavonoid beneficial for Type 2 Diabetes and Advanced Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found improvements in mitochondrial structure with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes patients who consumed epicatechin-enriched cocoa for three months.

The initial research was with a small clinical trial, but now it is being tested in a larger clinical trial that has a placebo-control. The next study will test to see if epicatechin enriched cocoa will help heart failure and type 2 diabetes patients improve their ability to exercise.

FDA announces New Safety Concerns for Statins

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(Best Syndication News) - Cholesterol lowering medications prescribed by doctors have new important safety information announced by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These include not needing to do routine blood tests for liver enzymes, memory loss problems, increased diabetes risk, and muscle damage risk.

The FDA is advising health care professionals that routine blood tests for liver enzymes are no longer necessary because they did not prove to be helpful in preventing rare cases of serious liver injury that can happen when taking statins.

Memory loss, forgetting, and being confused have been reported as a side effect from some people taking statin medications. The memory loss was described as being “fuzzy.” The FDA said that the memory loss was reversible once the person stopped taking the medication.

Majority of US Adults have Sodium Intake Higher than RDA

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) reported that 90 percent of US adults consume too much sodium or salt daily. The bulk of the sodium comes from eating restaurant foods and certain grocery food items.

The CDC’s Vital Signs report declared that the 10 kinds of foods add up to over 40 percent of the daily sodium intake. The biggest culprit is breads, luncheon meats, pizzas, poultry, soups, cheeseburgers, sandwiches, cheese, pasta dishes, and meat dishes, and snack foods. The meat dishes can include meat loaf. The snack food items include food such as potato chips, pretzels, and popcorn. The sodium intake can continue to increase as the person eats multiple servings of the food daily, such as with bread.

Diabetes Lower-Limb Amputations decline in US

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(Best Syndication News) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that lower-limb amputation for people with diabetes over the age of 40, have declined to 3.9 cases per 1,000 in 2008, compared to 11. 2 cases per 1,000 in 1996. The CDC published their findings in the journal Diabetes Care.

These lower-limb amputations are related to circulation problems that is often an outcome for people with diabetes.

In 2008, men had higher age-adjusted rates of leg and foot amputations compared to women. The men had 6 per 1,000 compared to the women having 1.9 to 1,000. Blacks had higher rates of amputations compared to whites. Blacks had 4.9 per 1,000 compared to 2.9 per 1,000 for whites. Adults over the age of 75 had the highest rate of all, with 6.2 per 1,000.

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