Obesity Raises Diabetes Risk Up to 80 Times
People who are obese are up to 80 times more likely to develop diabetes, a leading health charity said on Friday. In Britain, which has the fastest growing rate of obesity in the developed world, one in five adults has a serious weight problem. Obesity is not the only risk factor for diabetes, but Diabetes UK said in a report that people who have a body mass index (BMI) of more than 30 are 10 times more likely to develop the illness. Learn more>>
Vitamin E Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Failure
The results of a seven-year study examining the potential benefit of vitamin E in preventing cancer and cardiovascular events in older patients with vascular disease or diabetes not only showed no benefit from taking the supplement, it showed an increased risk of heart failure, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Waistline Good Indicator of Diabetes
A man’s waist size seems to be a stronger indicator of diabetes risk than the body-mass index, new research suggests Johns Hopkins scientists reviewed data from 27,270 men tracked over 13 years and put them into five groups according to their waist size; 884 of the men had diabetes. Compared to those in the group with the smallest waists, 29-34 inches, men with larger waist sizes were at least twice as likely to have diabetes.
How Does Depression Influence Diabetes Medication Adherence in Older Patients?
Depression has an adverse impact on medication adherence and subsequent health outcomes among older, chronically ill adults. Depressive symptoms are linked to inadequate treatment adherence of several chronic diseases, including diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, asthma, and hypertension. Older patients may be especially at risk for the adverse consequences of poor medication adherence, in part because of multiple medication use, coexisting chronic conditions, and functional decline.