BY MELISSA MATTHEWS: We all know strength training is important for more than just looking good. After all, lean muscle mass keeps your bones strong, increases mobility, and according to a new study, may lower your chances of developing type 2 diabetes.
Published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, a new paper claims that people with moderate amounts of muscle strength reduced their risk for type 2 diabetes by 32 percent. Researchers say the benefits were independent of other types of fitness ability, like cardiorespiratory fitness, and lifestyle factors such as smoking. What’s more, you don’t have to be the next Arnold Schwarzenegger to reap the benefit since more muscle strength wasn’t linked to better protection. (read more)
BY ANA SANDOIU: More than 100 million people in the United States have diabetes or prediabetes, according to the latest statistics.
Over 9 percent of the U.S. population is living with diabetes, and more than 84 million people are living with prediabetes — a condition that is bound to develop into full-blown type 2 diabetes without treatment. (read more)
BY AARON E CARROLL: More than 30 million people in the United States have diabetes. The vast majority of them have Type 2 diabetes. Some of those are testing their blood sugar at home, but the best research is telling us that they don’t need to — that in fact it’s a waste of money.
BY NICOLE WETSMAN: Adding to its roster of healthcare offerings, the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe announced yesterday that it can provide customers with a score that predicts their risk of type 2 diabetes. Currently, the tests doctors use to screen for this condition are based on lifestyle factors and family history—it’s unclear how much of an improvement this test could be.
People develop type 2 diabetes when their bodies stop producing and using insulin, the hormone that helps control blood sugar levels, properly. Things like poor diet, lack of physical activity, and obesity can put people at risk of getting this condition—but genetics play a role, as well. People with a family history of type 2 diabetes are more likely to have it than those without: Over a lifetime, someone with one diabetic parent has a 40 percent risk of developing the condition, and two parents with the condition increase that risk to 70 percent. (read more)
BY GO BY TRUCK NEWS: Health advocacy groups are working hard to raise awareness for truck drivers on how they can better manage diabetes since about 500 thousand truckers in the U.S. have diabetes and overall diabetes rates for truck drivers run 50 percent higher than the national average.
Vice President of TrueLifeCare, a diabetes management company, Kay Pfeiffer, said that the most concerning aspect of the trucker-diabetes statistic is that only about 100 thousand of them regularly check their glucose levels.
“It’s a crash waiting to happen,” Pfeiffer said.
She added, “There are a lot of drivers that should not be driving. They like to eat a lot of sugar; their hands and feet get numb. That’s very dangerous.” (read more)