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Testosterone replacement therapy may help men lose weight

Testosterone replacement therapy may help older, obese men with low levels of the hormone lose weight, according to a new study. But researchers are quick to warn that more studies are needed before the treatment is deemed safe and effective as a weight loss treatment. Testosterone replacement therapy delivers the male hormone in the form of injections or creams and gels. It is prescribed for men who have low levels of testosterone in their blood. The treatment is used to counter symptoms of low testosterone, including low sex drive and mood swings. The study followed a group of mostly older, ... Read More

Bacterium may increase risk for type 2 diabetes

A type of ulcer-causing bacterium may be linked to the development of type 2 diabetes in overweight and obese adults, and may offer clues on how to prevent the development of diabetes in these individuals in the future, according to a NYU Langone Medical Center study. The bacterium, known as Helicobacter pylori, is an organism that can affect both children and adults, yet in entirely different ways. In children, it has been found to protect against asthma and allergy. Infections beginning in childhood have also been linked decades later to stomach and small intestine ulcers, as well as an increased ... Read More

Metformin may help protect against diabetes-associated cancers

A common drug used to treat type 2 diabetes may prevent natural and man-made chemicals from stimulating the growth of cancer cells, suggests a new study from Michigan State University (MSU) and South Korea’s Seoul National University. The study looked at long-term use of the drug metformin and its ability to reduce the risk of diabetes-associated cancers such as cancers of the breast, liver and pancreas. Researchers say they found metformin reduced the risk for these cancers but there was no evidence of how it worked. Metformin is an oral medication used to treat diabetes and is often the first ... Read More

Diet pill indicated as contributing cause of Bubba Smith’s death

Results from an autopsy indicate the diet pill phentermine contributed to the death of Bubba Smith, the towering all-pro football player-turned-actor and commercial spokesman. Smith was also found to have heart disease and high blood pressure. He was 66. The autopsy report listed as a contributing cause of death acute phentermine intoxication, a condition that can cause the heart to beat irregularly and the body to overheat until the person collapses. Phentermine was one ingredient in the diet pill combination “Fen-Phen,” which was pulled from the market after it was shown to cause serious heart risks. Fenfluramine – the “fen” ... Read More

Prediabetes is a diagnosis to take seriously

More than 90 percent of an estimated 60 million Americans are on the verge of getting type 2 diabetes but are completely unaware that they are at risk, according to HealthWomen.org. Many of these people have no symptoms, and many who learn they have the condition known as prediabetes think it’s no big deal. But a diagnosis of prediabetes is nothing to take lightly, says Ann Albright, PhD, RD, director of the Division of Diabetes Translation at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The good news, she says, “is there is something you can do about it.” Prediabetes, as ... Read More

FDA considers type 2 diabetes treatments for children, adolescents

Type 2 diabetes used to be a disease that affected mostly adults who were overweight and over 40. But as obesity has grown among children and teenagers, the condition is increasing among youths between the ages of 10 and 19. An estimated 1 in 6 children and teens is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While losing weight through diet and exercise is the first line of treatment for children with type 2 diabetes, many kids may need medication to control their blood sugar. Only one drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ... Read More

Experimental diet pill hopes to win FDA approval

Arena Pharmaceuticals and Eisai Co. have put their experimental diet pill back into clinical trials in hopes of gaining approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Qnexa, a combination of the weight loss drug phentermine and the antiepileptic medication topiramate (Topamax), was rejected by the FDA last fall because there was not enough data to measure the benefit/risk profile. The FDA also raised questions about early animal trials that showed the drug caused cancerous tumors in laboratory rats. The latest clinical trial involves nearly 2,500 overweight and obese men and women. Each were randomly assigned to diet and exercise ... Read More