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What to Do About Hard-to-Control Type 1 Diabetes, Aka Brittle Diabetes

Have you ever heard of “brittle” diabetes?

The concept was introduced in the 1930s, and essentially described Type 1 diabetes that seemed to be chronically unstable.While there’s no standardized definition for brittle diabetes, it generally refers to blood sugar levels that quickly swing from low (hypoglycemia) to high (hyperglycemia). It is also known as labile diabetes.

A recent article from U.S. News and World Report discusses difficult-to-control type 1 diabetes, some possible causes, and more.

Learn about the symptoms and causes of this severe form of diabetes.

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Arthritis Tied to Heart Disease. Pain Relievers May Be to Blame.

Osteoarthritis has previously been linked to an increased risk for cardiovascular disease. Recent research suggests that a significant portion of the risk comes from the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicines, or NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin), naproxen (Aleve), or some prescription NSAIDs.

Researchers studied data from over 30,000 participants. It was found that when compared with healthy people, those with osteoarthritis had a 42 percent increased risk for congestive heart failure, a 17 percent increased risk for coronary heart disease, and a 14 percent increased risk for stroke. They calculated that 41 percent of the increased risk for any cardiovascular event was attributable to the use of NSAIDs.

More research is needed to establish a cause and effect relationship. The findings from this study have been published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology.

Pain relievers such as ibuprofen and naproxen may account for higher rates of heart disease and stroke in those with osteoarthritis.

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Alzheimer's Disease

Too Much Napping May Signal Alzheimer's

Recent research shows that excessive napping may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers have found that the areas of the brain that keep you awake during the day are damaged in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, which is why those with the condition may nap excessively long before they start to forget things. Further, the scientists also found that damage to those brain regions was caused by the protein tau. This gives more evidence that tau may play a larger role in Alzheimer’s than the amyloid protein.

The findings were recently published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Areas of the brain that keep you awake during the day are damaged in the early stages of the memory-robbing disease, which is why people with Alzheimer’s may nap excessively long before they start to struggle with forgetting things, the study authors said.

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Heart Health

A plant-based diet might help your heart and longevity, study suggests

Results from a new study suggest that eating more plants and less meat may be tied to an increase in life expectancy and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Researchers studied data on 12,168 middle-aged adults in the United States. It was found that those who followed diets with mostly plant-based foods, compared with those who had the lowest adherence, had a 16% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, approximately 32% lower risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease, and 18-25% lower risk of early death from any cause.

More research is needed to determine if a causal relationship exists. The findings have been published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Sticking to a plant-based diet or a diet of more plant foods than animal foods could be linked with a 16% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and up to 25% lower risk of early death, according to a new study.

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For Kids With Asthma, Allergies, New School Year Can Bring Flare-Ups

As we enter late summer (and a new school year), many people can face an increase in allergy flares, particularly as fall sets in.

A recent article from HealthDay News discusses some tips for helping to combat the onset of fall allergies.

As kids head back to school, it’s important for parents to keep potential asthma and allergy challenges in mind.

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Here's How Much Caffeine May Trigger a Migraine, According to a New Study

Recent research suggests that having more than two servings of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea and soda in a day is the tipping point at which caffeine becomes a migraine trigger. A serving is usually defined as eight ounces of coffee, six ounces of tea, 12 ounces of soda or two ounces of an energy drink. The study did not distinguish between types of caffeinated beverages.

Researchers running the small study asked 98 adults who suffered two to 15 migraines per month to log their caffeine intake twice a day for six weeks, along with information about other possible migraine triggers. It was found that one or two caffeinated beverages per day wasn’t statistically associated with a higher chance of migraine, but three or more was linked to a higher risk of headaches.

Further research is needed on the subject. The findings have been published in the American Journal of Medicine.

It can be both a treatment and a trigger

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Researchers from the University of Exeter are studying the relationship between IBD symptoms and the...

Researchers from the University of Exeter are studying the relationship between IBD symptoms and the development of depression.

After studying 120 study participants, it was found that 68 participants had Crohn’s disease and 49 had ulcerative colitis. Of these patients, 35 had active disease and 26 had depression. Those who had depression were more likely to be female, lacked social support, had active disease, and were taking corticosteroids, but not TNF-alpha inhibitors, while exhibiting less positive emotional recognition bias.

More research is needed to fully understand the link. The findings from this study have been published in the journal Neurogastroenterology & Motility.

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Alzheimer's Disease

Could a blood test help predict the development of Alzheimer's?

Scientists at the Washington University used mass spectrometry to measure amounts of two types of amyloid beta in the blood: amyloid beta 40 and 42.

They found the ratio of these types in the blood goes down as the amount of the substance in the brain increases. The new test may be able to warn of amyloid deposits forming years before they can be identified by PET scans.

When combined with risk factor evaluation, the test is said to have a 94 percent accuracy. It is hoped that early detection will allow people to take action to slow down disease progression.

The findings have been published in Neurology.

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Diabetes – what it is, what it is, what are some treatments.

A helpful resource from Mayo Clinic gives information regarding this condition, possible causes, diagnosis, treatments, and more.

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Vet Vowed to Run First Half Marathon After Lupus Flare Put Her in Kidney Failure

A recent article from Runner’s World shares the journey of Stacey Halse, a lupus warrior who fell in love with running.

It shares her journey through lupus flares, kidney failure, and participating in half-marathons, 10K and 5K runs.

At first, Stacey Halse’s doctors weren’t thrilled, but she was determined to do it safe—and do it big.

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Liver Disease

Fatty liver disease: An often-silent condition linked to heart disease - Harvard Health

A recent article from Harvard Health Publishing discusses NAFLD, possible links to heart disease, and more. The article covers diagnosis and possible treatments.

As many as one in four Americans has a potentially dangerous accumulation of fat in the liver. Known as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, it is closely linked to obesity and diabetes and may boost heart disease risk. The milder form of the disease, n…

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Heart Health

5 Heart Disease and Diabetes Risk Factors That Should Be on Your Radar

A recent article from Healthline discusses five risk factors for heart disease and diabetes that the Endocrine Society recommends are regularly assessed.

Regular screenings in these five areas can help you reduce your risk for developing heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

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