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Medical Interventions and Diabetes

Weight loss surgery may not combat diabetes long-term

In the last few years, weight loss gastric bypass surgery has been used to treat Type 2 diabetes. Is this an appropriate medical intervention? Unfortunately, many studies are showing that this does not necessarily work over the long term. Many still have diabetes after the surgery. For others, a third develop diabetes again within five years after the surgery.

Read original article “Impact of Different Bariatric Surgical Procedures on Insulin Action and β-Cell Function in Type 2 Diabetes” published in Diabetes Care (2009).

“Bariatric Surgery and Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes in Swedish Obese Subjects” published in The

New England Journal of Medicine (2012).

“Lifestyle, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Risk Factors 10 Years after Bariatric Surgery” published in The

New England Journal of Medicine (2004).

Recent blog post from New York Times

Diabetes and pregnancy-what you need to know

Are you expecting a child or considering pregnancy? Here are a few guidelines to think about. Mothers need to stay healthy for their babies to stay healthy as well. Most women are motivated and want to change their eating habits and exercise regularly for their offspring.

Remember to practice healthy eating and exercise.

Keep checking blood glucose levels throughout day as recommended by physician.

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Get a free screening to see if you are at risk

There are now many tests that help with the detection of diabetes and measuring blood levels. Many pharmacies, health fairs, community centers, stores (such as Walmart) and hospitals are offering free tests.

Helpful Tip: Take this test from American Diabetes Association

Note that while free screenings are great, there may be a high error rate.

Read Full Article from Everyday Health


The Diabetes Belt

The diabetes belt is a geographic area of the United States (644 counties in 15 states, most of the South and reaches up through Appalachia) where residents have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who live in other parts of the country.

* Within the diabetes belt, 11.7 percent of the population has diabetes.

* In some counties, that percentage can reach 13 percent.

* The national average is 8.5 percent.

Reasons for diabetes may consists of income, healthful food, access to health care, insurance coverage.

The Diabetes Belt from Forecast Diabetes

CDC Identifies Diabetes Belt from CDC

County-Level “Diabetes Belt” Carves a Swath through U.S. South from the Scientific American

‘Diabetes Belt’ Encircles Southern U.S. from PBS

Researchers find U.S. “diabetes belt” from Reuters


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