New research underscores yet again the importance of including muscle strengthening in your exercise routine. A study published recently in Mayo Clinic Proceedings has found that muscle strength is linked to a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes — regardless of aerobic fitness. And you apparently don’t have to be gung-ho in the weight room at your gym to reap the potential benefit. The study also found that moderate amounts of muscle strength were associated with the reduced risk. These findings may have important implications. More than 30 million Americans — almost 1 in 10 — have diabetes, and as many as 95 percent of them have type 2 diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition, research has shown that muscular strength may play a role in preventing and managing other chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease. Study details For the current study, researchers analyzed lifestyle and health data from more … [Read more...] about Having moderately strong muscles linked to lower risk of type 2 diabetes
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When I got home after work I was surprised to find my husband and three children sitting by the television and watching the news. They had just learned that the direct to consumer genetic testing company 23andMe was now offering a report that assessed the customers’ risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. “Is it true?” my husband asked. “Can they now study my genes and predict whether I will get Type 2 diabetes?” As a primary care physician who is exploring how to integrate genetic testing into traditional family medicine – a combination we now describe as precision medicine – I was excited to explain the science behind this new report and the barriers to using 23andMe’s new diabetes risk score in current clinical care.MORE HEALTH: The at-home health test kits to have on your radarAs a family physician, I am eager to identify my patients most at risk for developing diabetes, as this is a very costly and debilitating disease with … [Read more...] about Type 2 diabetes: can it be predicted by a genetic test?
Whether you’re optimistic or cynical by nature might affect your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. A new study based on data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) shows that positive personality traits, such as optimism, actually may help to reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The findings were published online on Thursday in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the release states. Past research has found that depression and cynicism are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, and high levels of hostility have been associated with high fasting glucose levels, insulin resistance and prevalent diabetes. This study, however, is one of the first that has investigated the association of potentially protective personality characteristics with diabetes risk.RELATED READ: This brand condensed men's health and wellness into one websiteAccording to Mayo Clinic, type 2 diabetes is a … [Read more...] about These personality traits in women allude to risk of type 2 diabetes, study finds
For severely obese people with type 2 diabetes, weight-loss surgery reduces the risk of having a heart attack or stroke by almost 40 percent over the course of five years when compared to standard diabetes treatment, according to a study published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The study also found that people who had the surgery were 67 percent less likely to die from any cause during the five years after their surgery. Because it was observational, the study can’t prove that the surgery was the direct cause of those better health outcomes. Still, the findings suggest, say the study’s authors, that weight-loss surgery should be part of the discussion that severely obese patients with diabetes have with their doctors about treatment options for their diabetes. “I was not surprised by the improvements in the heart attack and stroke, but I was pretty astonished at the magnitude of the drop in the mortality rate,” said Dr. … [Read more...] about Weight-loss surgery linked to lower risk of heart attacks and strokes in patients with type 2 diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is a medical condition that causes your blood sugar to become too high due to a problem with your body’s ability to produce insulin. In some cases, this life-altering condition can be prevented if you recognise the warning signs when there’s still enough time to make lifestyle changes. Here are a few signs that you could be at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 1. Your urine smells fruity or sweet. Urine should normally have a very faint or non-existent odor. If you notice that your pee has a fruity or sweet odor, it could be a sign of trouble. According to Healthline, urine may take on a sweet scent when the body is trying to lower blood sugar by getting rid of excess glucose through the urine. So, sweet-smelling urine is often one of the first signs of diabetes or high blood sugar. Fruity-smelling urine can have a number of different causes, so it’s important to talk to your doctor if you notice this symptom. 2. You’re extremely hungry even … [Read more...] about 10 signs you’re at risk for developing type 2 diabetes