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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.


Walgreens flu shot program to benefit T1D research

Published: Sep 3rd, 2013

Walgreens just made it easier for JDRF supporters to stay happy and healthy this flu season and support type 1 diabetes (T1D) research at the same time. Just stop in your favorite Walgreens or Duane Reade for your flu shot between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, 2013, and Walgreens will donate $1 to JDRF for every flu shot its supporters get. You’ll be helping to reduce your risks from the flu and potential complications, while at the same time helping to find a cure for T1D. View the flier.


CDC: More U.S. schools ban junk food, soda ads

Published: Aug 27th, 2013

CDC data show that 44% of U.S. school districts had bans on junk foods from vending machines in 2012, an increase from 30% in 2006. Researchers also found that the percentage of districts that allowed soda advertisements in schools decreased from about 47% in 2006 to 33.5% in 2012, while the number of school districts that disclosed nutritional and caloric information of school meals to families grew from about 35% in 2000 to about 53% last year. Read more.

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UF laboratory to focus on study of diabetic retinopathy, among others

Published: Aug 27th, 2013

A $600,000 grant will allow the University of Florida to renovate existing lab space into a laboratory dedicated solely to producing more effective treatments to prevent vision loss and blindness. “Having this laboratory space will significantly enhance our ability to conduct essential research into the basic mechanisms of normal vision and disease. It also will offer the resources to develop translational projects that will create new therapies for diabetic retinopathy…and other retinal degenerations.” Read more.

Introducing the UF Clinical and Translational Research Building

Published: Aug 26th, 2013

The University of Florida recently celebrated the opening of the Clinical and Translational Research Building, a new home for research that will speed scientific discoveries to patients. The building houses an array of academic departments, clinical research programs, and Institutes including the Clinical and Translational Science Institute and, the UF Institute on Aging which focuses, in part, on the link(s) between diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Read more.

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New campaign tackles diabetes complications: Are You At Risk?

Published: Aug 21st, 2013

Neuropathy is a serious and sometimes overlooked problem for patients with diabetes. The American Diabetes Associations estimates that 60-70% of diabetics have mild to severe nervous system damage. Learn how drug manufacturer Shire is educating everyone about a new risk assesment tool in addition to complications associated with having diabetes. Learn more.