World Diabetes Day 2008

Today, November 14, is World Diabetes Day. Events have been planned on every continent to raise awareness of the global diabetes epidemic and the need to increase prevention efforts, improve treatment, and find a cure. The theme of this year’s World Diabetes Day is "Diabetes in Children and Adolescents." Read More “World Diabetes Day 2008”

Calories, Carb Counts Coming to Philadelphia Menus

Another city will now require chain restaurants to post nutrition information about the food items they sell on menus and menu boards. This time, it’s Philadelphia, and the new requirements there will go beyond those in place in New York City and California; not only will calorie counts have to be posted on menu boards, but saturated and trans fat, sodium, and carbohydrates will have to be be disclosed along with calorie counts on printed menus. Read More “Calories, Carb Counts Coming to Philadelphia Menus”

The Rising Costs of Treating Type 2

A study published this week in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine has put the spotlight on the rising cost of Type 2 diabetes drugs. According to researchers from the University of Chicago, the University of California, San Francisco, and Stanford University, spending on diabetes drugs increased by 87% between 1994 and 2007, from $6.7 billion to $12.5 billion. Read More “The Rising Costs of Treating Type 2”

Fighting Fatty Liver With Exercise

As Eric Lagergren has highlighted in his last few blog entries ("A Week in the Life," "The Paranoid Moments," and "When the Paranoia Subsides"), having diabetes can raise your risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition in which fat accumulates in the liver, possibly leading to liver damage and other complications. Now a new study has shown that, in addition to all of its other benefits, exercising regularly can help people with diabetes significantly reduce the amount of fat in and around their livers. Read More “Fighting Fatty Liver With Exercise”

Disability Law Amendment May Benefit People with Diabetes

In a move that the American Diabetes Association is calling "a historic victory," President Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act into law on September 25. This amendment to the original 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act is meant to restore its broad protection of people from unfair treatment because of their disabilities—which can include diabetes. Read More “Disability Law Amendment May Benefit People with Diabetes”

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