BY GINGER VIEIRA: The mainstream understanding of diabetes developing in a pregnant woman — known as gestational diabetes — is that the largest problem it can lead to is simply a large, unusually “fat” baby.
But any type of diabetes in a pregnant woman poses a variety of much more complex threats to a growing fetus. (read more)
BY JAMES P. McCARTER: $327 billion.
That’s how much diabetes cost the United States last year. Despite all this spending and lost productivity, the disease still does tremendous damage: It’s one of the nation’s top three causes of death, killing more than 80,000 people each year.
Diabetes takes a particularly large toll here in Houston. More than 15 percent of adults have the condition. All told, diabetes costs the state more than $12.5 billion annually. And that figure will only go up. By 2040, it is projected that 1 in 5 residents will have diabetes.(read more)
BY HEALTHDAY NEWS: More than 25 percent of older U.S. adults with diabetes use some type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a research letter published in the June issue of Diabetes Care.
Taeho Greg Rhee, PhD, from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues examined the prevalence and patterns of CAM use in older adults with diabetes using data from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Data were included for 1475 adults aged 65 years or older who reported having any type of diabetes. (read more)
BY DIABETES UK: In their latest study, published in Cell Metabolism, DiRECT researchers at Newcastle University explored exactly how weight loss can put Type 2 diabetes into remission, and why it might work for some people and not others.
They measured levels of fat in the liver and pancreas, alongside other metabolic tests, in a subset of people taking part in DiRECT. They looked for differences between 29 ‘responders’ (people in remission) and 16 ‘non-responders’ (people not in remission) over 12 months. (read more)
BY S. ADAM RAMIN, M.D.: Cancer affecting the kidneys and renal pelvis ranks among the top 10 most common cancers in the world, with renal cell carcinoma the most frequently diagnosed kidney cancer type. And though this type of cancer affects a variety of people around the globe, it’s particularly on the rise in the more developed regions, including North American and Europe. For the last several years, a majority of evidence has pointed to smoking, hypertension and obesity as the most established risk factors. But new research further highlights the significant influence that diabetes plays in the development of RCC, especially among the female population. (read more)