Study: High blood sugar, but not necessarily diabetes, raises dementia risk

Redskins Team With HDL on Advanced Heart Disease, Diabetes Tests

Washington Redskins Quarterback Kirk Cousins

The study involved 2,067 people 65 and older in the Group Health Cooperative, a Seattle-area health care system. At the start, 232 participants had diabetes; the rest did not. They each had at least five blood-sugar tests within a few years of starting the study and more after it was underway. Researchers averaged these levels over time to even out spikes and dips from testing at various times of day or before or after a meal. Participants were given standard tests for thinking skills every two years and asked about smoking, exercise and other things that affect dementia risk. After nearly seven years of follow-up, 524, or one quarter of them, had developed dementia – mostly Alzheimer’s disease.
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Diabetes: Glucose Testing Strips Recalled

A blood sugar test

There are no reports at present of patients being harmed by using the strips, which are manufactured in Italy byMenarini. Bridget Turner, director of policy and care improvement at Diabetes UK , said: “We would urge people with diabetes who use testing strips to follow advice from the MHRA and check their test strips to see if they are from these batches. “If they are, they should not use them and take them back to their pharmacist or their GP.” There are an estimated three million diabetics in the UK. Those with type one or type two diabetes often test their glucose levels several times a day using test strips and a hand-held monitor. The reading tells them whether they need to inject insulin to bring down high blood sugar, or eat more to increase their blood sugar levels.
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Little Silver teen named face of American Diabetes Association

It does resonate with them when you talk about looking down the road. Greater Jeopardy Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round draft pick in 2012, said the opportunity for players to receive increased levels of medical testing off the football field is as important as getting extra coaching on it. If anything I want to be informed, Cousins said in a telephone interview. If Im doing something wrong, Im going to continue to do it wrong. For me, I want HDL testing to tell me that my lifestyle or something Im doing is setting me back.
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Each time, I simply suggested that they consider making a $28 donation, he said. I know the number sounds random but its significant to me… It’s the total number of insulin injections I have to give myself every week. This tactic helped McMahon raise more than $1,100 in just one month, making him a top fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association and its Face of the ADA for the New Jersey market in August. CONNECT WITH US I’m hoping that the funds I’ve raised will help make this process easier for future diabetics by supporting the research & development of future devices, medications and supplies, McMahon said.
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