Health News

Looking for Disease in the BMI Crystal Ball
It is already known that being overweight or obese can increase the risk of diabetes and heart disease. New research shows that it is possible to predict a teenager's risk by looking at their Body Mass Index (BMI) - a measure of body fat based on height and weight.
Disease Fighting Tangerines
Tangerines are not just deliciously sweet fruits, they are also good for you. New research shows that tangerines can help protect against obesity and other health problems.
Bariatric Surgery Risk Calculator
Obesity is a national health problem that causes significant illness and disability. A new method for determining the risk for complications from bariatric surgery may steer more physicians and patients towards considering it as an option. 
Ain't She Sweet?
It is an ironic finding that a nautral sweetener may fight diabetes. New research says not all sweeteners are created equal. 
Whoa Nelly!
Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision loss in Americans under the age of 65. A new study shows there are now two therapies that may slow down the progression of this sight robbing disease.
To Cut is to Cure
Surgeons often jokingly say, “To cut is to cure”, referring to their preference for surgical solutions over internal medicine therapies. Well, now it appears the International Diabetes Foundation (IDF) is at least in part embracing this mantra.
Smoking Complicates Diabetes
Most smokers with diabetes know they have high blood sugar levels. Until recently, researchers did not know which cigarette ingredient was causing blood sugar to rise. A new study shows that nicotine may be the cause.
Actos May Prevent Diabetes
There's great news for the millions of Americans who are at the highest risk for diabetes: taking a pill once a day may prevent diabetes.
Stopping Diabetes Before It Starts
A newer drug used to treat people who already have type 2 diabetes might also help prevent diabetes in people who are at high risk of developing the disease.
Diabetics Benefit from Blood Pressure Drug
Type 2 diabetics are exposed to many health risks, including developing kidney problems. New research shows that a common blood pressure drug may help these patients protect their kidneys.