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Why diabetes is more common in rural areas

If you live in a rural area, there’s a greater chance that you’ll develop diabetes.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified what it calls a “diabetes belt” in 644 counties in 15 states of mostly rural portions of the Southeast and Midwest. Some of the states in the diabetes belt include Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee. (read more)

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Spending on diabetes drugs is ‘skyrocketing’

With $51.5 billion in U.S. sales in 2016 alone, diabetes drugs had the highest amount of revenue in the nation, above drugs to treat cancer and autoimmune disease, according to QuintilesIMS, which analyzes information from drug companies and suppliers.

Some 29 million people with diabetes across the country take drugs to control glucose. Costs among the 136 brand name drugs soared* from $15.9 billion in sales in 2009 to $32.2 billion in 2014. (read more)

Asthma drug shows potential benefit for type 2 diabetics

Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease improved in some patients who were given an asthma drug, according to a small clinical trial released Wednesday.

The medication, amlexanox, reduced blood-sugar levels and liver fat in one-third of patients in the placebo-controlled study.

Moreover, the researchers found gene signatures that correlated with the positive responses. (read more)