Type 2 Diabetes: Waist Size is an independent Risk Factor

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(Best Syndication News) - Waist size is an independent risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes said a recent study. This is a separate factor from just calculating body mass index (BMI). The researchers of the study reported about their findings in the current week's issue of PLoS Medicine.

The waist measurement was more of a risk factor for women, more so than in men. Both the BMI and waist circumference were independent risk factors related to developing type 2 diabetes.

Claudia Langenberg and colleagues reanalyzed data from the InterAct case-control study to find that waist circumference is a predictor of type 2 diabetes. The groups were divided by BMI and waist circumference. As the BMI and waist circumference increased, so did the risk for developing type 2 diabetes.

2012 California County Health Report released by CDPH

County Population Dark Orange is over 900,000, medium orange is 300,000 to 900,000 and lightest yellow is under 300,000 people - credit CDPH.gov report

(Best Syndication News) - The California Department of Public Health has released their County Health Status Profiles 2012 report that assesses the health status of each county throughout the state. The current data analyzed was between 2008 – 2010 and was compared against the Healthy People 2010 National Objectives to determine if the state has met each goal.

The CDPH report saw improvements from the previous report that involved the years of 2005 through 2007. The new report saw around a 14 percent decline in the birthrates of adolescent mothers for the 2008 through 2010 data. There was a 29.4 percent reduction in motor vehicle traffic crash death rates, which was the best improvement overall in the 2012 report. The rates of Gonorrhea infections declined by 25.6 percent. AIDS infections declined by 24.4 percent. Diabetes death rates also showed a decline by 11.1 percent. All cancers including lung, breast, and prostate declined since the 2005 – 2007 report. There also was a reduction in coronary heart disease, and cerebrovascular disease. However, death rates for Alzheimer’s disease and suicide rates increased.

Higher Glucose Levels for people with Diabetes had better outcomes with Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication News) - A new study from UCLA found that diabetes patients that had heart failure had better survival rates and need for heart transplants with higher A1C levels also known as glycosylated hemoglobin levels. The study is published online in the American Journal of Cardiology.

Typically, the goal is to lower blood glucose levels for diabetes patients. The new research from UCLA suggests that heart failure patients might not benefit from this management of the disease.

The UCLA researchers tracked A1C levels in advanced heart failure patients that had diabetes and that did not have diabetes. The A1C levels or glycosylated hemoglobin are assessed by a blood test. The higher the A1C levels the higher the blood glucose levels are on average.

Type 2 Diabetes – Improved Mobility with Weight Loss and Physical Fitness

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(Best Syndication News) - A recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes improved the outcome of mobility when they lost weight and increased physical fitness. The study came from the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial based on the four-year results. The findings were published in the March 29, 2012 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Lead author Jack Rejeski, Ph.D, Thurman D. Kitchin Professor of Health and Exercise Science at Wake Forest University, explained that this study demonstrates how important losing weight and increasing physical activity is to treat mobility problems with aging people with type 2 diabetes.

Cocoa Epicatechin Flavonoid beneficial for Type 2 Diabetes and Advanced Heart Failure

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(Best Syndication News) - A study from the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found improvements in mitochondrial structure with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes patients who consumed epicatechin-enriched cocoa for three months.

The initial research was with a small clinical trial, but now it is being tested in a larger clinical trial that has a placebo-control. The next study will test to see if epicatechin enriched cocoa will help heart failure and type 2 diabetes patients improve their ability to exercise.

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