Diabetes, Obesity, Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Risk

By Laura Brooks

It is well known that many people with type 2 diabetes (anywhere from 30-50%) suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), but there is also a potential cardiovascular and other health risks associated with the disorder. Being overweight or obese increases the likelihood of OSA. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your upper airway temporarily collapses while you sleep and you stop breathing (apnea) for […] Read more »

Weighing In: The Ruby Gettinger Show on Style Network

By Laura Brooks

Admittedly, I'm late in coming to the the Sunday 8 pm (EST) Style network show called "Ruby," which began in November 2008.  The first episode I watched was this past Sunday, and I have to say I was  intrigued to learn more about Ruby Gettinger, her issues with obesity, weight discrimination, and healthy living program to lose weight. The charismatic […] Read more »

Diabetes: Fast Heart Rate Warns of Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes

By Laura Brooks

Findings published in the Dec. 11 online issue of the American Journal of Hypertension show that a 'too-fast' heartbeat in early adulthood could herald cardiovascular problems later in life. The study of 614 residents of a rural farming community in southwestern Japan found that a heart rate greater than 80 beats a minute during a first examination in 1979 predicted […] Read more »

Diabetes: Can Genetic Screening Help Identify Type 2 Diabetes Risk?

By Laura Brooks

Although genetic screening does seem to help identify people at risk for type 2 diabetes, current methods are just as effective. In a couple of new studies, researchers looked at newly discovered "genetic variants" for  an associated increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Results for both studies showed that the risk for type 2 diabetes increased with the more genetic variants found […] Read more »

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Diabetes: US Rate of Diabetes Doubled in Past 10 Years; High Incidence in South

By Laura Brooks

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest the rising rate of obesity is behind the 2 fold increase of type 1 and/or type 2 diabetes. A breakdown of the incidence rate by 33 individual states is available in the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weeky Report (MMWR), published just last week. "The figures came from a telephone survey […] Read more »