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Diabetes Patients Rank Health Concerns Differently Than Their Doctors, U-M Survey Shows

About one-third of doctors and their patients with diabetes do not see eye to eye on the most important health conditions to manage, according to a survey by the University of Michigan Medical School. While both groups frequently ranked diabetes and hypertension among their top concerns, 38 percent of doctors were more likely to rank hypertension as the most important, while only 18 percent of diabetics said it was the most important. Patients were also more likely to prioritize symptoms such as pain and depression. The findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine and may shed light on why some patients manage their diabetes so poorly.

Relishing Diabetic Recipes

Who says that those who are afflicted with diabetes cannot enjoy the fun provided by different kinds of recipes? Most people tend to cut down on foods that are prepared using sugar because they are afflicted by this disorder that tends to increase the level of blood sugar. Sugar when taken by normal persons is broken down by the digestive system into glucose upon digestion. This glucose then circulates in their blood waiting to enter the cells for being used as fuel. There is good news for all such persons and they need not stop enjoying quality food. They can enjoy a number of quality diabetic diet meal recipes available on the net without any fear of the level of their blood sugar increasing.

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American Association Of Clinical Endocrinologists Approves New Diagnosis For Diabetes

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has approved the use of A1c as an additional diagnostic criterion for type 2 diabetes. An A1c of 6.5 or greater is now considered an alternate criterion for the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. The decision was announced in a position statement entitled "The AACE/ACE Statement on the Use of A1c for the Diagnosis of Diabetes." The position statement also reviews the limitations of the test. For example, certain ethnic groups may have marginally elevated values which do not necessarily indicate diabetes. "Using A1c will provide doctors and patients a convenient additional tool to diagnose diabetes and thereby identify more patients with it, " said Dr.

List of Foods That Diabetics Should Avoid

Do you remember the first instruction you ha from the doctor when you were first diagnosed with diabetes? I'm sure it was something about eating and lifestyle habits. By lifestyle habits the doctor meant that you should adopt an active lifestyle. By changing eating habits he meant that you should stay away from carbohydrates. The worse thing here was that endocrinologist only took the name of carbohydrates and for maximum elaborated simple or complex carbohydrates and forgot to tell you the details of food items included in simple and complex carbohydrates. This can be justified for the doctors as hey don't have time to tell the details of carbohydrates to their each an every patient.

Diabetes UK Announces Parliamentary Champion Winners

Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South, and the Right Honourable Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, were announced as winners of the Diabetes UK Parliamentary Champion Award at the House of Commons on Wednesday 27 January. The eight nominations for the award were announced throughout 2009 and the winners were chosen by Diabetes UK campaigners, staff and website visitors. The award aims to recognise politicians who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in raising awareness of diabetes in Parliament. Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham became heavily involved in the charity's campaign to improve support given to children with diabetes in schools after meeting his constituent, Alick Doggett, at the Diabetes UK children's lobby in November 2008.

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The Endocrine Society Recommends Against Changes In Blood Sugar Control Goals In Response To Study On A1C Levels And Mortality Published In Lancet

A study published this week in Lancet suggests that low A1C levels may be just as dangerous as high A1C levels in diabetes patients with respect to mortality and cardiovascular outcomes. Upon review of the study, The Endocrine Society released a statement recommending against any wholesale change in glycemic goals and strongly encourages patients to discuss these issues with their diabetes-care providers. Measurements of A1C show the percentage of hemoglobin (the main component of red blood cells) in the blood that is glycated, i.e., has glucose attached to it. The A1C blood test is currently one of the mainstays of diabetes management because it reflects the average blood sugar levels for the previous two to three months.

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