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Diabetes Hotline Helps Maintain Blood Sugar in People From Minority Areas

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A recent study successfully conducted a clinical trial that aims to prove that telephone counseling is a cost-effective method to help people maintain their blood sugar and keep diabetes complications at bay.

The study, which was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, sought to discover more effective ways to assist people diagnosed with diabetes in regulating their blood sugar levels. Dr. Elizabeth A. Walker, who facilitated the trials, expressed the need for a more personal approach in treating diabetes aside from insulin shots and informational brochures. “People with diabetes need ongoing counseling about problem-solving and goal-setting for behavior change,” Walker said via a news item.

Close to 1,000 adult diabetics residing in the South Bronx took part in the trial, courtesy of the Health Department’s A1c Registry. One year after receiving self-help brochures and random phone calls from health educators involved in the study, the participants were monitored for any changes in their A1c (an indication of a person’s long-term blood sugar level).

Results showed that for patients with extremely high A1c levels at the beginning of the trial, those who received help via phone experienced an 18-percent decrease in their A1c.

The study proponents believe that this kind of approach can do wonders to the lives of diabetic patients and their families. “An intervention like this can be adopted by health systems and other organizations looking to improve diabetes outcomes through diabetes self-management interventions,” said study lead author Dr. Shadi Chamany.

The trials were conducted by a research team from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in coordination with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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Extremely Obese People Face Great Odds in Achieving Normal Weight

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Apart from experiencing the vicious cycle of improper eating habits, people who are extremely obese have a very slim chance of returning to a normal weight.

This is according to a research team from King’s College London, whose recent study looked into health data of close to 280,000 people in the U.K. diagnosed with obesity. Results of the study, which was published in the American Journal of Public Health and reported in a news release, revealed that people who have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above have difficulty getting their target weights — that is, only one in every 1,290 males and 1 in 477 females can achieve this monumental feat.

Study first author Dr. Alison Fildes emphasized how important it is for people to lose weight. “Losing 5-10% of your body weight has been shown to have meaningful health benefits and is often recommended as a weight loss target,” Fildes said. However, the study confirmed the challenge that extremely obese people have to go through. “These findings highlight how difficult it is for people with obesity to achieve and maintain even small amounts of weight loss… Once an adult becomes obese, it is very unlikely that they will return to a healthy body weight,” Fildes added.

However, she believes that their study should pave the way for improvements in addressing obesity by preventing further weight gain in diagnosed patients. “Obesity treatments should focus on preventing overweight and obese patients gaining further weight, while also helping those that do lose weight to keep it off. More importantly, priority needs to be placed on preventing weight gain in the first place,” Fildes further stated.

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Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter, everyone!

 

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Important Drug & Addiction Related Conferences and National Health Observances.

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Event-CalendarThis year will see dozens of health related conferences and workshops throughout North America.

Find all of the major health observances here in North America, plus international ones.

Use TestCountry’s Calendar to keep up to date with current health observances. View Calendar

 

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Study Reveals Diabetes Overtreatment In Seniors

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A recent study that appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that some seniors are being overtreated for diabetes, leading them to higher risk of hypoglycemia.

old woman senior diabetes treatmentA team of researchers from Yale School of Medicine led by Dr. Kasia Lipska discovered that majority of diabetes patients at least 65 years old received tight glycemic control treatments to limit blood sugar to less than 7 percent hemoglobin A1c. The study looked into health data of more than 1,200 seniors obtained from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2001 and 2010. The study group was divided into three categories, according to the authors: “Those who are relatively healthy, those with complex medical histories for whom self-care may be difficult and those with a very significant comorbid illness and functional impairments, many of whom may have limited life expectancy.”

Results showed that 61.5 percent of the patients were treated in line with tight glycemic control, with the said ratio carried over across any of the three groups. The research team believes that elders with existing medical issues might not get the benefits of tight glycemic control. “older persons, particularly those with complex medical problems, may derive less benefit from intensive strategies to lower glucose levels… and are more susceptible to hypoglycemia and its consequences compared with younger, healthier persons,” the team said in a news release.

Despite the risks defined by the research team, no precautions have been done by medical institutions due to lack of data. In fact, a similar study pointed out that intensive treatment does not heighten the risk of diabetes-related deaths. Still, the researchers believe that more studies need to be done in this field. “Recognition of both the harms and benefits of glycemic control is critical for patients and physicians and other health care professionals to make informed decisions about glucose-lowering treatment,” the researchers pointed out.

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Happy New Year!

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From everyone at TestCountry, have a wonderful and prosperous 2015! Be happy, be healthy and make this year your best year ever!

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Happy Holidays from TestCountry!

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We here at TestCountry have had a wonderful 2014 and we owe that all to our wonderful customers and business partners. We wish them, along with all of their friends and family — and all of our own friends and family — a wonderful, joyous and safe holiday season.

Please celebrate responsibly, think of the less fortunate and have fun with whoever you are with.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

Have a purrfect Christmas!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Michael Schumacher In Critical Condition After Ski Accident

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Despite engaging in the very risky sport of car racing, Michael Schumacher is now in “critical condition” after injuring himself while skiing in the French Alps last Sunday.

michael-schumacherSchumacher, a seven-time champion in the Formula One racing circuit, was reported by SB Nation to have “suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and is in critical condition” according to doctors of the University Hospital of Grenoble. He is now in a comatose state after suffering head trauma, which requires immediate surgery.

The accident occurred in Meribel, France where the 44-year-old racecar driver fell during skiing and hit his head on a rock, albeit wearing a helmet. Despite this, Schumacher was still conscious when the National Gendarmerie — France’s authorities incharge of public safety and rescue operations — found him.

The champion driver was rushed to a medical station, and transferred to the hospital shortly after. It was there that doctors declared him under coma and needing surgical treatment.

Schumacher retired in late 2012 after his last race in the Brazil Grand Prix. He still holds the record for the most wins — 13 in total — in a season.

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Merry Christmas from your friends at TestCountry!

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As the title says, wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas from your friends at TestCountry!

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