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New diabetes program for GatorCare members

Published: Sep 4th, 2014

GatorCare offers multiple health insurance plans to eligible employee groups associated with the University of Florida and its affiliates. Are you a GatorCare member diagnosed with diabetes? Learn about a new program designed to help you manage your condition and your health. This program is open to GatorCare members and their covered dependents. Call (352) 733-9202 or email morgan.papworth@floridablue.com by October 1st to determine your eligibility.

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Guidelines suggest more aggressive initial treatment of type 2 diabetes

Published: Sep 4th, 2014

James R. Taylor, PharmD, CDE, a clinical associate professor in the UF College of Pharmacy, recently gave his perspective on a retrospective study examining controlled vs. uncontrolled type 2 diabetes following use of the oral antihyperglycemic drug, metformin. “It seems that we still have room for being more aggressive in treating diabetes, and perhaps that would improve the percentage of patients who are controlled,” he writes. The editorial was published in the online magazine, EndocrineToday.

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UF study aims to assess prevalence of fatty liver in African-Americans

Published: Aug 28th, 2014

A fatty liver is now the most common chronic liver condition in adult Americans and will soon be the leading cause of end-stage liver disease in patients that are obese or have Type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the University of Florida want to determine whether African-Americans accumulate fat in their livers in a similar way to Caucasians and Hispanics in order to develop novel insight for early diagnosis and treatment techniques for the condition. Read more.

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Celiac Screening for Kids with Type 1 Diabetes

Published: Jul 11th, 2014

Several studies to date have found that people with type 1 diabetes (T1D) tend to have celiac disease more often than individuals in the general population. Michael Haller, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at UF Health, told Medscape Medical News in a recent interview that screening every type 1 diabetes patient for the disease presents a unique clinical challenge. Read more.

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Bacterial Interactions in the Gut May Influence Type 1 Diabetes

Published: Jul 11th, 2014

A new study co-authored by UF diabetes researchers finds that bacteria in the guts of young children with type 1 diabetes are different from those of other kids. The research is helping clarify the importance of healthy gut bacteria development in early childhood and could help lead to novel prevention therapies for people at risk of developing the disease.

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UF Researchers Present at ADA’s 74th Scientific Sessions

Published: Jun 21st, 2014

UF and UF Health faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students submitted a record number of original research presentations for the American Diabetes Association’s 74th Scientific Sessions held June 13-17, 2014 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. This year’s submissions represent one of the largest showcases of research emanating from UF.

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UF researcher finds connection between sitting and diabetes

Published: Jun 13th, 2014

Time spent in sedentary behaviors could affect whether some people develop Type 2 diabetes later in life. Data from the Women’s Health Initiative shows postmenopausal women who sat more than 16 hours during their waking day had the highest risk of developing diabetes. The UF analysis also found that the high risk of diabetes remained even if they otherwise exercised five days a week, 30 minutes per day. Read more.

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New diabetes wound care available at UF Health

Published: May 14th, 2014

The UF Health Wound Care and Hyperbaric Center at Magnolia Park offers wound patients with diabetes, obesity and other chronic conditions with wounds that are slow to heal access to state-of-the-art technology and treatment options. In addition to improving the quality of life to those afflicted with chronic wounds, the new center will provide outstanding outpatient care within the UF Health network. For more information, call 352-265-4450.

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Are you interested in participating in a Type 1 diabetes research study?

Published: May 8th, 2014

Diabetes investigators at UF Health are seeking participants for a pharmaceutical research study of 1 and up to 3 years to test an investigational new drug for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes. We are looking for males and females between the ages of 18 and 35 who have been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes within the past 8 weeks. Enrolled participants will receive payment compensation for their time and travel during the study. Learn more.

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Chocolate, wine and berries may protect against type 2 diabetes

Published: Apr 9th, 2014

A new study in Healthy Women suggests that consuming high levels of flavonoids, including compounds found in berries, tea, grapes, and wine, could potentially lower the risk of type 2 diabetes. The compounds responsible for the red or blue color of berries and other fruits and vegetables — anthocyanins — can improve the way we handle glucose and insulin and also reduce inflammation, a risk factor for heart disease and diabetes.