Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Dentists Can Identify People with Undiagnosed Diabetes

According to a recent study performed by researchers at Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, "dental visits represented a chance to intervene in the diabetes epidemic by identifying individuals with diabetes or pre-diabetes who are unaware of their condition."

From the nearly 600 individuals who were recruited for the study, half of the group was non-Hispanic, white 40-years-old or older; the other half were Hispanic, or non-white, 30-years-old or older. None of them had been ever told that they have diabetes or pre-diabetes.

Friday, February 3, 2012

What Is a Diabetic Food?

Now that the Paula Deen brouhaha is past us, what can we learn from it? To me, the positive outcome is the attention it’s brought to the role of diet in managing type 2 diabetes.

No amount of medication (even $500-a-month injections) can override careless eating. Yet, what you need to eat if you do have diabetes is not as restricted as many people think.

Sure, it’s probably best to forgo Paula’s famous bacon and egg burger that’s served inside two glazed donuts or her deep-fried mac n’ cheese, but a ‘diabetic diet’ (an outdated term no longer used) is not all that different from the basic tenets of healthy eating.

Now experts say people with diabetes should follow the same type of eating plan as the rest of us, with an emphasis on fiber-filled whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, low-fat dairy, and ‘good’ fats.

Even so, there’s been an onslaught of sugar-free, diabetes-friendly foods showing up in supermarkets, and some experts believe the growing popularity of ‘diabetic foods’ simply perpetuates a myth.

Head over to WebMD and continue reading

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Around the Diabetes Blogosphere

Great blog wrap-up from Diabetes Mine - Charles

Welcome again to 2012! Last year, we launched a monthly recap of the best blog posts we’ve seen around the blogosphere, and now we’re back with even more awesome posts that can’t be missed. As always, we love reader participation, so please feel free to send us your recommendations for the next round-up.

Around the Diabetes Blogosphere — January Edition : DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog

Women With Diabetes Experience More Hearing Problems

A new study from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, presented at the annual Triological Society's Combined Sections Meeting, on January 26 in Miami Beach, shows that diabetes is likely to cause a greater degree of hearing loss in women as they get older, particularly if the diabetes is not well controlled with medication.

The study showed that women aged between 60 and 75 years, whose diabetes was controlled appropriately, were able to hear better with similar hearing levels to non-diabetic women of the same age, compared with those who had poorly controlled diabetes. The findings also demonstrated substantially worse hearing levels in all diabetic women below the age of 60 years, even when their diabetes is controlled appropriately.

In contrast, the study showed that all men, irrespective of age, and whether or not they were diabetic, displayed worse hearing loss compared with women.

Women With Diabetes Experience More Hearing Problems - MediLexicon