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Chocolate, wine and berries may protect against type 2 diabetes

Published: April 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.

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

Published: April 7th, 2014

Diabetes investigators at UF Health are seeking individuals between the ages of 10 and 45 for a new study that involves measuring pancreatic volume via imaging tests (MRI and Ultrasound). Results will be compared with people who have been recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. This is a one day study visit. Participants are compensated for their time and travel. Learn more.

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UF launches healthy lifestyle program for kids in Columbia County

Published: April 1st, 2014

The Healthy Kids Program launched in Columbia County is designed to help parents and children ages 3 to 7 who are at the higher end of the growth chart improve diet and increase physical activity and modify the home environment in order to promote healthy lifestyles. The free program is part of a joint effort between researchers at UF Health, UF/IFAS Extension and the UF/IFAS Columbia County Extension Service. Read more.

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Childhood virus may increase type 1 diabetes risk

Published: April 1st, 2014

A common childhood ailment could be an early indication of type 1 diabetes onset, according to new study by The University of Melbourne. The focus of this new research will be to develop and implement preventative strategies for children who are at risk this disease. Read more.

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More Evidence Weight-Loss Surgery Helps People With Diabetes

Published: April 1st, 2014

STAMPEDE investigators report a 3-year follow-up of obese patients with uncontrolled type 2 diabetes randomized to intensive medical therapy or to such therapy plus bariatric surgery. Significantly more patients in the bariatric surgery groups achieved glycemic control. These results were presented at the American College of Cardiology meeting in Washington, DC . Read more.

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Mobile News: Estimated 24 million will use diabetes apps by 2018

Published: March 26th, 2014

Mobile applications promise to play an invaluable role in assisting people who suffer from diabetes to empower them to better manage their condition and as a consequence reduce health care costs. Currently only 1.2 percent of people with diabetes who own a smartphone or tablet use apps to manage their condition, the latest report found. But that number is predicted to increase to 7.8 percent, or 24 million people, in 2018. Read more.

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New diabetes prevention website launched in Asia

Published: March 26th, 2014

A new diabetes prevention website – the Asian Diabetes Prevention Initiative – has been launched in Asia in an attempt to put a stop to the growing epidemic on the world’s most populous continent by offering authoritative, science-based information about type 2 diabetes. Read more from Harvard School of Public Health newsroom.

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Innovative Program Fosters Collaboration Among FL Diabetes Experts

Published: February 25th, 2014

A new initiative in Florida seeks to accelerate advancements in diabetes care and research through a collaboration of some of the state’s largest hospitals and academic universities. The consortium will foster new synergistic relationships between eight major diabetes institutions from around the state, including the University of Florida. Read more.

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New CEU’s Expand Diabetes Education to State Public Health Employees

Published: February 21st, 2014

UF College of Public Health and Health Professions offers a pair of new CEU online courses for Florida’s Public Health Workers that seeks to provide an overview of diabetes, including: understanding different forms of the disease, testing, blood sugar levels, and new developments in research. Read more.

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Ryan Reed Debuts in NASCAR Nationwide Series

Published: February 20th, 2014

NASCAR’s 2014 race calendar will feature Ryan Reed, an incredibly talented driver who never let his type 1 diabetes diagnosis slow him down. Reed, now age 20, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 17. Ryan is a leading figure in the American Diabetes Association’s Drive to Stop Diabetes℠ campaign and also serves on the Leadership Council for the UF Health Diabetes Center of Excellence. Read more.