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American Heart Association issues new guidelines; affect T2D patients

Published: Nov 14th, 2013

For the first time in a decade, the American Heart Association in conjunction with the American College of Cardiology is issuing new guidelines for the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to target preventing heart attacks and strokes. Among the most dramatic changes, people ages 40-75 with Type 2 diabetes will now be recommended to take a statin drug, regardless of their cholesterol. Read more.


How to spot the warning signs of diabetes in children

Published: Nov 14th, 2013

UF type 1 diabetes expert Desmond Schatz and Shannon Lyles, a UF Health registered nurse, were both recently featured in a news segment on the hallmark symptoms you should be aware of when considering whether a child has developed diabetes. Typical features are polydipsia, meaning drinking too much, and polyuria, urinating too much, but there are some lesser symptoms you should be on the look out for as well. Read more.

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Join Walgreens in the Movement to Stop Diabetes®

Published: Nov 1st, 2013

The American Diabetes Association is excited to partner with Walgreens as a National Strategic Partner. To kick off the collaboration, Walgreens will be conducting a pin pad donation campaign this November during American Diabetes Month®. From now until Nov. 30, participate at your local Walgreens by donating $1, $2, $5 or $10 at checkout when you use a debit or credit card, and help raise critical funds for resources and educational programs in local communities. Learn more online.

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Take the Big Blue Test today!

Published: Oct 31st, 2013

What are you waiting for? Join the movement by taking the Big Blue Test right now. Each Big Blue Test entry you log between now and November 14th triggers a donation on your behalf to nonprofit groups that are providing life-saving supplies, services and education to people with diabetes in need. You can log more than one! It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3! Learn more.


Helping Kids Fight Obesity: Best Online Info Sources

Published: Oct 25th, 2013

Need trustworthy, up-to-date information on how to help you kids —or grand kids— avoid obesity? If so, you’ll want to take a look at the top-notch sources provided here. UF Health registered dietitian and nutrition information specialists recommended these highly reliable sources as among the best. Read more.


Weight-loss, diabetes outcomes boosted by Mediterranean diet plus interval workouts

Published: Oct 23rd, 2013

A combination of high-intensity interval training and Mediterranean diet counseling was associated with reduced waist size and blood pressure levels and improved aerobic fitness in individuals with abdominal obesity, a recent Canadian study indicated. Diabetes patients on the combination program showed a mean blood glucose improvement of 23%, researchers reported at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. Read more.

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UF researchers receive $3.7 million to evaluate weight management programs for rural residents

Published: Sep 25th, 2013

The University of Florida has received a $3.7 million grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to test long-term weight management programs geared to people living in rural areas. The UF study will include men and women ages 21 to 75 living in 10 rural counties in north Florida. All participants will participate in a 4-month lifestyle program with face-to-face group sessions led by local providers at UF/IFAS Extension county offices.


New Technology Receives FDA Approval

Published: Sep 24th, 2013

The U.S. FDA just approved a new device that represents a significant step toward an artificial pancreas. The MiniMed 530G, combines an insulin pump with a sensor that halts insulin delivery for 2 hours if a patient’s blood sugar falls below preset levels. It’s a step toward a fully automatic artificial pancreas that adjusts insulin delivery continuously as glucose levels change. The system’s technology trumps existing machines that sound an alarm to wake sleeping patients when their blood sugar gets too low.

Patient Care and Education

Featured Web Resource: Just for Parents

Published: Sep 23rd, 2013

Just for parents is an online program designed to help parents better understand, relate to, and support their teenager with type 1 diabetes. The program is designed to help parents evaluate the amount and kind of distress they may be experiencing, understand what might be contributing to it, and provide tips to help deal with it. Parents can take a brief online assessment, and will then receive personalized results, information, and opportunities to participate in informative webinars. Learn more.


UF Researcher Blocks Effects of High-Fructose Diet

Published: Sep 13th, 2013

Lead investigator Yuri Sautin, PhD, from the University of Florida, has recently shed light on the way fructose is broken down, or metabolized, by the body. By elucidating these pathways he had discovered a way to potentially block its harmful effects. Read more.