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Statins increase diabetes risk, but may protect against diabetes-related blood vessel damage

Cholesterol-lowering statin medications, such as the widely prescribed Lipitor, may protect diabetics against diabetes-related damage to small blood vessels that can cause to blindness and neuropathy, which can lead to amputations, a new study suggests. However, the drugs may cause non-diabetics to develop the disease. Statins are used to lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people with elevated cholesterol levels. Statin side effects, which include muscle injury and liver damage, also include increased blood sugar levels, which can increase the risk for type 2 diabetes. It is this adverse event, however, that researchers focused in on for ... Read More

Insulin therapy may help prevent acute pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis affects about 20,000 people every year and results in 1,000 deaths. It can also increase the risk for pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of the disease. Yet, there is no immediate cure for the painful and debilitating condition and treatment is restricted to intravenous fluid and nutritional support. But a team of researchers from the Faculty of Life Sciences say that insulin could possibly help ease the symptoms of acute pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas essentially digests itself, causing severe abdominal pain, vomiting and systemic inflammation. The major cause of pancreatitis includes ... Read More

California study reveals one third of patients hospitalized have diabetes

Nearly a third of patients age 35 and older who were hospitalized in 2011 in California were diabetics, despite only 11.6 percent of people living in California having the chronic disease. Not all patients were hospitalized for diabetes. However, these patients are more susceptible to complications such as vascular or retinal disease. They also require special measures to keep their blood sugar levels in check. Diabetes is a growing concern. More than 90 percent of diabetics have type 2 diabetes, a condition often caused by obesity, poor eating habits, and a sedentary lifestyle. People with diabetes are at greater risk ... Read More

Death rate, incidents of pancreatic cancer continue to climb; diabetics in high risk group

Death rates from pancreatic cancer as well as incidents of the disease continue to rise in both men and women, according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Oncology. “The increased death rate is cause for concern because the prognosis for this tumor is bleak, with less than five percent of pancreatic cancer patients surviving for five years after diagnosis,” said Dr. Carlo La Vecchia, lead author of the study. Pancreatic cancer is typically diagnosed in an advanced stage, which makes it one of the more deadly forms of the disease. There are also no promising treatments ... Read More

FDA warns manufacturer, advises public not to use GenStrip diabetes test strips

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned a manufacturer of diabetes test strips about manufacturing violations and issued a safety communication urging consumers and health care professionals not to use the company’s products. GenStrip Blood Glucose Test Strips, sold by Shasta Technologies LLC, are used with the LifeScan OneTouch family of glucose meters, such as the Ultra, Ultra 2, and Ultra Mini. During a recent inspection of Shasta Technologies LLC, the FDA found extensive violations of federal regulations that put into question the quality of the products in the manufacturing of GenStrip Test Strips. These regulations, called quality system regulations, require ... Read More

Type 2 diabetes may shrink brain tissue, lead to cognitive disorders

Long-term type 2 diabetes may shrink gray matter, the portion of the brain responsible for memory, emotions, decision-making and self control, according to a new study published in the journal Radiology. For each decade a person has diabetes, his brain looks about two years older than a non-diabetic, researchers found. For the study, researchers with the University of Pennsylvania analyzed MRI scans to evaluate brain structure of more than 600 patients with type 2 diabetes. They were surprised to find that diabetes was not linked to just the damaging effect of the tiny blood vessels in the brain, but by ... Read More

Short-term use, lower doses of Actos linked to increased bladder cancer risk

People who have been treated with the type 2 diabetes medication Actos (pioglitazone) for more than six months may be at greater risk of developing bladder cancer, even if they were on a low dose, according to a new study published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science and reported by Cancer Monthly. In 2011, studies showed long-term use (12 months or greater) of Actos increased the risk for bladder cancer. As a result, some countries banned the drug. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered that Actos and its generic equivalents include a warning on their safety labels ... Read More

Rise in obesity rates puts more people at risk of serious health consequences

An estimated one-third of the world’s adult population is overweight or obese and at risk of developing diabetes and other serious health conditions, according to a new study by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). “The evidence is well established: obesity, together with excessive consumption of fat and salt, is linked to the rising global incidence of non-communicable diseases including some cancers, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes,” the report states. The study found the biggest problem to be in developing countries, where an estimated 900 million are considered overweight – nearly three times as many as 1980. Comparatively, about 550 million ... Read More

Medtronic issues urgent medical device safety notice regarding infusion pumps

Medtronic has issued an urgent medical device safety notification to patients and health care providers regarding its Paradigm Infusion Set Connectors, which connect to Medtronic Paradigm infusion sets used to administer insulin to diabetic patients in order to maintain blood glucose levels. Vents can become blocked if insulin or other fluids come in contact with the inside of the connector on the Medtronic Paradigm infusion sets. If the pump’s vents are blocked, this can potentially result in too much or too little insulin being delivered, which may cause hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. In extreme cases, these conditions may cause loss of consciousness or death. According to the safety notification, ... Read More

Thousands of defective blood glucose meters recalled

Abbott Laboratories is recalling its FreeStyle InsuLinx glucose meters because the devices have been registering and storing much lower readings when blood sugar levels are dangerously high. The defect could delay the identification and treatment of severe hyperglycemia, or incorrect treatment may be given, which could result in deadly consequences. The recall affects about 50,000 people in the United States. Blood glucose meters are small computerized machines that measure the amount of sugar in the blood. The devices are often used by diabetics. The risk of an incorrect reading with the FreeStyle InsuLinx only occurs if blood glucose levels hit ... Read More