Friday, June 20, 2008

diabetes news: trends, drugs, related conditions

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At Diabetes Mine Amy Tenderich discusses a bunch of the cool products she spotted at the American Diabetes Association conference:

Spotted at ADA: Diabetes Products of Note.

Researchers say some diabetics can be successfully treated with multiple classes of oral medications for years before they need to go on insulin.

It was previously believed drugs would eventually lose their effectiveness as the patient's pancreas fails.

Drugs May Treat Some Diabetics for Years

A study has found that hearing loss is twice as common among diabetics than in the general population.

Hearing Loss Seen As Common Diabetes Complication

Researchers are finding that not only can diabetes lead to depression, depression can lead to diabetes.

Study Finds Depression Can Trigger Diabetes

U.S. researchers led by Dr. Sherita Hill Golden of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore tracked an ethnically diverse group of about 5,000 men and women between ages 45 to 84 for about three years.

They found that people with symptoms of depression were 42 percent more likely to develop diabetes by the end of the study than those without such symptoms. They also found that the more serious the symptoms, the higher the risk of diabetes.

The researchers statistically accounted for factors including obesity, lack of physical activity and smoking, and found that the risk for diabetes was still 34 percent higher in patients with depression.

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