June 25, 2011

Double 1980’s Stats

1 350 Million Adults Worldwide Have Diabetes

The number of adults with diabetes has doubled since 1980 says a study that analyzed worldwide data. "Diabetes is one of the biggest causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Our study has shown that diabetes is becoming more common almost everywhere in the world. This is in contrast to blood pressure and cholesterol, which have fallen in many regions. Diabetes is much harder to prevent and treat than these other conditions,” says lead researcher Prof. Majid Ezzati, Imperial College London. Of the people with diabetes, 138 million live in China and India; 36 million live in the US and Russia. The Pacific Island nations have the highest level of diabetics in the world. South and Central Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, No. Africa and the Middle East also report high levels.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Study Looks at New Way of Treating Diabetes

Tags: China, Diabetes, Imperial College London, India, Russia, Worldwide Incidence of Diabetes, Professor Majid Ezzati, Latin America, Caribbean, North Africa, Middle East, Pacific Islands

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Very Effective Glucose Control

2 Diabetes Drug May Up the Risk of Some Cancers

A two-year study found a new diabetes drug may increase the risk of bladder and breast cancers. Developed by Bristol-Meyers Squibb and AstraZeneca, dapagliflozin stops sugar from entering the bloodstream via the kidneys so it leaves the body through the urine. It was superior to the placebo in controlling glucose and weight loss but nine out of 2,223 women using the drug developed breast cancer compared to one out of 1,053 in the control group. Nine of the 5,478 patients taking the drug developed bladder cancer while only one of the 3,156 participants in the control group did. Urinary tract and genital infections also occurred more often in those on the drug. Some other side effects were influenza, diarrhea, upper respiratory tract infection and kidney impairment or failure.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: New Type 2 Diabetes Drug Used As Add-on Therapy

Tags: Bladder Cancer, Breast Cancer, Dapagliflozin, Diabetes, Diabetes Drugs, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Dapagliflozin and Cancer Risk

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