Category: Diabetes

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Ganging up on high blood pressure

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Research

High blood pressure affects a third of U.S. adults. It’s undertreated and hard to manage. But a new team approach underway at University Health System clinics is showing promising results. When high blood pressure isn’t controlled, it can contribute to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and diabetes complications. Typically, in most settings, treatment involves a brief chat with a physician, followed by a prescription for a hypertension medicine. Controlling blood pressure, however, is more successful when a number of factors are addressed. The team approach being studied at University Health System involves getting the physician a little help. That includes …Read More >

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Good things from a community garden

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Wellness

University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute celebrated the opening of its new community garden this week by hosting a health fair for National Diabetes Alert Day. The fair offered free glucose screenings, cooking demonstrations and other community resources centered around the garden, the result of a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. While TDI has achieved much in serving the community with diabetes treatment, research and prevention, said Theresa De La Haya, senior vice president of community health and service line programs at University Health System, it’s only the beginning. “We still have a big task ahead of us,” …Read More >

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A surge in sweetness?

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Wellness

It’s been a bad year for sugary drinks. In February, a federal advisory group recommended that people cut back. Groups like the American Heart Association and the World Health Organization said they should cut back even more — citing a growing body of scientific evidence, and the expanding waistlines of the average American. On Tuesday, a broad-based community partnership called the Bexar Healthy Beverage Coalition launched a new campaign that aims to educate people and families on how much sugar they’re consuming through drinks such as sodas, sweet tea, energy drinks and fruit-flavored beverages, and promote water and other healthy …Read More >

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A look at Hispanic health

Categories: Cancer  /  Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Research

It’s probably not a surprise to anyone in South Texas, with its large and diverse population, that the most important health risks for Hispanics may be a little different than for others. For example, Hispanics have a lower overall death rate than non-Hispanic whites. But Hispanics are more likely to die from diabetes. And while heart disease is the leading cause of death among all Americans, cancer holds the No. 1 spot among Hispanics. These were among the highlights of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said was their first national study on Hispanic health risks and leading …Read More >

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New help for peripheral artery disease

Categories: Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Surgery

Peripheral artery disease is a common problem, particularly in diabetics, affecting millions in the United States. Blood vessels in the legs become narrowed or blocked by fatty deposits, raising the risk of amputations, heart attacks and stroke. Doctors typically recommend lifestyle changes and medications first to treat the condition. When that fails, they turn to opening the narrowed blood vessel with a balloon catheter. But often the blockage returns months or years later. Now, doctors have a new tool approved by the FDA in recent months — a balloon coated with a drug that resists the reforming of plaque on …Read More >

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Working to improve a promising new diabetes drug

Categories: Diabetes  /  News  /  Research

A new type of drug that has been the focus of much study by San Antonio researchers takes a fairly straightforward approach to treating diabetes. It sends excess sugar down the drain. Literally. Over the past two years, three different oral drugs in a class known as SGLT2 inhibitors have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration — and more are on the way, said Dr. Eugenio Cersosimo, associate professor of medicine at the UT Health Science Center, and clinical research director at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute. While the liver, pancreas, muscle and fat cells all …Read More >

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Paying proper attention to a familiar disease threat

Categories: Blog  /  Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  Flu  /  Infections  /  Pregnancy

It’s been a busy year for scary, emerging infectious diseases around the world, from Ebola virus disease to MERS, to the hard-to-pronounce chikungunya virus. Maybe because they’re new, they’ve gotten a lot of attention in the media and around the water cooler. But as we’re entering the start of this year’s flu season, it’s worth putting these disease threats in perspective. Influenza is also very serious. It kills some 15,000 Americans each year. It puts hundreds of thousands more in the hospital, and infects many millions. The elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with certain chronic illnesses are at …Read More >

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The search for the best diabetes medicine

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An explosion of new drugs for type 2 diabetes have come on the market in recent years, leaving doctors and patients with a dilemma — which one should I use? The question isn’t so much about the first drug doctors prescribe. Guidelines from the American Diabetes Association and other professional groups around the world say that metformin should be the first drug offered to patients. Metformin, which has been used in Europe for decades, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1994. Much of the research leading to that approval was led by Dr. Ralph DeFronzo, deputy …Read More >

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Stable blood sugar? There’s almost an app for that

Categories: Children's Health  /  Diabetes  /  News  /  Research  /  Technology

Technology moved a little closer to the long-sought goal of helping diabetics maintain something close to normal blood sugar levels, around the clock, without the ordeal of endless finger sticks and insulin injections. And yes, it involves an iPhone app. Although not yet available, researchers at Boston University reported in the New England Journal of Medicine this week they had achieved much more stable blood sugar levels with a “bionic pancreas” in two small studies of type 1 diabetics — one involving 20 adults, and the other 32 adolescents attending a diabetes camp, over the course of five days. In type …Read More >

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A South Texas medical mystery

Categories: Cancer  /  Diabetes  /  News  /  Research  /  Surgery

It’s long been a grim medical mystery in this region why rates of liver cancer are high here, particularly among Hispanics. Taking a deeper look at rates of the most common form of liver cancer across the country over a 15-year period, researchers at UT Health Science Center San Antonio found the highest rates in the nation among South Texas Hispanics. The new study, led by Dr. Amelie Ramirez, professor and director of the Institute for Health Promotion Research at the Health Science Center, used data from state and national cancer registries between 1995 and 2010 to look at rates of hepatocelluar …Read More >

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