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Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles. There are 18.2 million people in the United States, or 6.3% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 13 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.

April 12, 2005

Research Breakthrough Links Diabetes and Obesity

The findings thus indicate that obesity leads to increased levels of free fatty acids that stimulate the secretion of insulin via GPR40 receptors, which in turn contributes to disease development. By inactivating GPR40 function the animals are protected from these diseases. This theory is supported by the finding that mice with an increased number of GPR40 receptors on their beta cells develop diabetes. GPR40 belongs to the class of receptors targeted by most drugs. The receptors also occur on human beta cells, and therefore substances that block these receptors are prime candidates as drugs for preventing or curing diabetes and other complications of obesity.

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April 4, 2005

Belly fat good predictor of diabetes in men

Studies claiming to investigate a new predictor promising diagnostic capabilities are frequently funded. The latest, which is really nothing new, seeks to determine diabetes risk on the basis of a patient's BMI:Overall obesity, measured by high body mass index (BMI) – the height-to-weight ratio, and abdominal obesity, measured by a...
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January 26, 2005

Spleen Stem Cells Produce Potential Cures

Previously, researchers discovered that adult stem cells taken from the spleen could regenerate the insulin-producing islets of the pancreas. The finding is significant because it provides a potential cure for diabetes. The same team is now reporting that spleen adult stem cells have properties previously believed to be present only...
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January 12, 2005

Diabetes and Stem Cells Research

Type I diabetes, commonly diagnosed during childhood, is a condition in which the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is used in the body to process glucose by transporting it from blood into cells. Consequently, the disease is marked by chronically high blood glucose levels that...
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July 26, 2004

Coffee, Caffeine and Diabetes

Previously coffee was found to reduce the risk of diabetes (click here). Now it seems that caffeine interferes with "diabetes control" by impairing the metabolism of carbohydrates (click here). "It appears that diabetics who consume caffeine are likely having a harder time regulating their insulin and glucose levels than those...
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April 16, 2004

Coffee Reduces Diabetes Risk

Good news for coffee drinkers – you have a reduced risk of developing Type Two Diabetes . In a large study involving 6,974 men and 7,655 women researchers found that the incidence of Type Two Diabetes was significantly reduced in individuals who consumed coffee. In addition, the risk decreased with...
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