To Reduce Diabetes Risk: Eat. Stroll. Repeat.

There used to be a tradition of taking a little walk after dinner to aid digestion. Turns out, a short walk after eating can do even more: It can help reduce the risk of diabetes in older adults by lowering blood sugar levels for hours after a meal, a new study finds. The research from George Washington University’s School of Public Health and Health Services looked at whether a 15-minute walk after each meal was better for blood sugar levels …

Blood Glucose Meters – How Accurate Are They?

By Phil Galewitz, Senior Correspondent, Kaiser Health News Blood glucose meters, which millions of diabetics rely upon to regulate their blood sugar, have become less costly and easier and less painful to use. But they haven’t become more accurate, a top Food and Drug Administration official said May 21 at a meeting of researchers analyzing studies that show wide variation in the performance of the machines used to measure blood glucose levels. Katherine Serrano, diabetes branch chief in the FDA’s division of …

Alzheimer’s: Is It Diabetes of the Brain?

Could what we eat be killing our brains? Or, to put it another way, could Alzheimer’s really be Type 3 diabetes? The theory is that the factors in our diet and the environment that’s causing the Type 2 diabetes epidemic is also playing a role in the increasing rate of Alzheimer’s — resulting in a third form of diabetes, Type 3 brain diabetes. It’s an intriguing — some might say controversial — theory. In any case, it’s certainly one more …

Weight-Loss Surgery Reverses Diabetes For Obese Patients

 “Diabesity” — Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity — can be reversed by stomach-reducing surgery like gastric bypass and researchers say the operation should be offered sooner to obese and overweight patients instead of as a last resort. Two new studies, one at the Cleveland Clinic, the other at Catholic University in Rome, are among the first to compare the effectiveness of two types of bariatric surgery  with traditional medicine in controlling Type 2 diabetes. Both studies found that …

The Four Drugs Most Likely To Send You To The Hospital

Four drugs commonly prescribed to seniors — two blood thinners and two diabetes drugs — are the cause of the most emergency hospital visits for Americans over 65, a new study has found. An estimated 100,000 older adults are hospitalized annually for harmful drug reactions, but two-thirds of those hospitalizations are from accidental overdoses of just a handful of familiar medications, according to new research by the CDC’s  Medication Safety Program. And in half of those overdoses, the patient was …