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Many diabetics patients needlessly test blood sugar at home

One in seven people with type 2 diabetes may be needlessly testing their blood sugar at home several times a day, a U.S. study suggests. People with type 2 diabetes don’t need to test their blood at home if they have well controlled symptoms and don’t take medications that can cause dangerously low blood sugar, doctors say. For these patients, studies have not found that home blood sugar monitoring makes any difference in blood sugar levels. But still, many of them are pricking their fingers unnecessarily. For the…

Here is what Pakistan should know about diabetes, a deadly disease

World Diabetes Day is being observed across the world today. World Diabetes Day was first observed in 1991 by International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to create awareness in the world about increasing threat posed by diabetes. World Health Organization described diabetes as: Diabetes is a chronic, progressive noncommunicable disease (NCD) characterized by elevated levels of blood glucose (blood sugar). It occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough of the insulin…

Cancer diagnosis tied to increased risk of diabetes

NEW YORK: People who get diagnosed with cancer may be more likely to develop diabetes, a Korean study suggests. The study included 524,089 men and women, ages 20 to 70, who didn’t have cancer or diabetes at the start. By the time half the participants had been in the study for at least seven years, 15,130 people had developed cancer and 26,610 had developed diabetes. Cancer patients were 35 percent more likely to develop diabetes than people without malignancies, the study found. The excess diabetes associated with…

Work stress may be deadly for men with heart disease and diabetes

NEW YORK: Men with heart disease, diabetes or a history of stroke are more likely to die prematurely when they have a stressful job even when they’re relatively healthy, a large European study suggests. Doctors have long advised patients with heart disease and diabetes to try to reduce major sources of stress in their lives as one way to help minimize their risk of heart attacks and strokes. But studies to date haven’t offered decisive proof that this approach helps people live longer, researchers note in the Lancet…

Diabetes, smoking linked to deposits in brain region tied to memory

NEW YORK: People who smoke or have diabetes may be more likely to have calcium deposits in brain regions crucial for memory, a Dutch study suggests. The deposits were not associated with lower cognitive function, however. Researchers examined cognitive test results and brain scans for 1,991 patients visiting a memory clinic at a Dutch hospital from 2009 to 2015. Overall, 380 patients, or about 19 percent, had calcification, or abnormal buildup of calcium, in the hippocampus, the region of the brain important for…

Half of Pakistani population found to be Obese, faces high risk of Diabetes

LAHORE: the Scientific survey has revealed that half of the population in Pakistan is at high risk of suffering from diabetes. With 50 percent of the population found to be obese, Pakistanis face a real threat. Prof Dr. AH Amir from Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, while addressing the 5th Annual Mid-Summer Endocrine conference organized by the Pakistan Endocrine Society said that; “This real-time research survey provides the most reliable data on the prevalence of obesity in Pakistan, therefore, should serve as a…

Red meat linked to liver disease, diabetes risk factor: study

NEW YORK: People who eat lots of processed and red meat are at increased risk of developing chronic liver disease and insulin resistance, a diabetes risk factor - especially if they like their steak well done, an Israeli study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is associated with obesity and certain eating habits. While red and processed meat has long been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease, evidence to date has been mixed about…

In diabetes war, Novo Nordisk aims to break mold with new pill

LONDON: After nearly a century building a company worth $125 billion based on injectable drugs, Denmark’s Novo Nordisk - the world’s biggest insulin maker - wants to prove this year it can transform the diabetes market with a pill. Novo’s oral semaglutide medicine is important for ensuring the group’s long-term growth - a critical mission after 2017 results last week revealed mounting price pressure in a crowded market targeting the world’s 450 million diabetics. Rivals, especially Eli Lilly, are watching Novo’s…

Increased stress at work linked to higher risk of diabetes: study

BEIJING: Workers who experience an increase in stress on the job over time may be more likely to develop diabetes than their coworkers who don’t, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on 3,730 petroleum industry workers in China. At the start of the study, none of the workers had diabetes. After 12 years of follow-up, workers who experienced increasing stressful tasks on the job were 57 percent more likely to develop diabetes, the study team reports in Diabetes Care. At the same time, workers who…

Diabetes, obesity behind 800,000 cancers worldwide: study

PARIS: Nearly six percent of new cancers diagnosed worldwide in 2012 -- some 800,000 cases -- were caused by diabetes and excess weight, according to a study published Tuesday. Among the 12 types of cancer examined, the percentage of cases chalked up to these factors was as high as a third, researchers reported in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a leading medical journal. Cancers stemming from diabetes and obesity combined was almost twice as common among women than men, they found. And of the two…