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BY HEALTHDAY NEWS.: People with type 1 diabetes have a much greater risk of serious heart problems and early death, especially if they were diagnosed before age 10, new research suggests.

But the study only found an association, and didn’t prove cause and effect.

More than 27,000 type 1 diabetics in Sweden were followed for an average of 10 years. The patients were compared with a control group of more than 135,000 people without diabetes.

Compared with the control group, life expectancy averaged 16 years less for people diagnosed with diabetes before age 10. Those diagnosed at an older age died, on average, 10 years earlier than people without diabetes. (read more)

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Overweight, obesity prevalent in youth with type 1 diabetes

BY MAFFEIS C: Additional strategies are needed to address the high rate of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes, according to study data published in Pediatric Diabetes.

“To the best of our knowledge, there is a scarcity of available data on the prevalence and geographical distribution of underweight, overweight and obesity in large cohorts of children and adolescents with [type 1 diabetes],” Claudio Maffeis, MD, of the pediatric diabetes and metabolic disorders unit at the University of Verona in Italy, and colleagues wrote in the study background. “Apart from a study comparing underweight, overweight and obesity in children with [type 1 diabetes] conducted in Germany, Austria and the United States, there is a lack of international data using the BMI standard deviation score of WHO.” (read more)

How red blood cells harm cardiovascular health in diabetes

BY DESMOND SCHATZ: According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases, an estimated23.1 million people in the United States have type 2 diabetes.

This is a metabolic disease in which the pancreas does not produce enough of the hormone tasked with keeping blood sugar levels in check.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that people with type 2 diabetes face twice the risk of heart disease and stroke, compared with those who are free of diabetes. They are also exposed to cardiovascular risks at an earlier age, say the CDC. (read more)

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Study Investigates Association Between Migraine and Diabetes

BY ALISON RODRIGUEZ: While investigating the association between migraine and diabetes mellitus, researchers found no significant differences in the prevalence of migraine between diabetics and nondiabetic age and sex-matched controls, according to a recent study.

Using data from the European Health Interview Surveys for Spain, the researchers identified subjects of at least 40 years old in order to conduct the cross-sectional study. Diabetes status was self-reported and each diabetic case was matched by the year of survey, age, and sex to a nondiabetic control. (read more)

Break the link between diabetes and cancer

BY MICHAEL ROIZEN AND MEHMET OZ: Diabetes. We know many of you get anxious about it because it can lead to heart attack, blindness, gastrointestinal problems, depression, kidney dysfunction and chronic neuropathy. We know you wish you didn’t have to deal with it. That may be why almost half of you fail to meet your blood sugar control goals, which could help you dodge those complications.

But Type 2 diabetes is a reality for 31 million U.S. citizens (over 7.2 million are not yet diagnosed!). There also are 84 million folks with prediabetes (which has its own serious health risks), and one-third of them will develop full-blown Type 2. If you’re in one of those groups, listen up! The way to check diabetes off your worry list is to face it down and beat it — and you can! (read more)

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Kayla Pearce
Kayla Pearce is a Content Developer at Diabetic Nation in Memphis, TN. She has backgrounds in professional and creative writing and over a decade of experience in research and editing. She is deeply interested in literature, poetry, cats, and dessert.