The American Diabetes Association (ADA) released a new Diabetes Risk Test during the 24th annual Diabetes Alert Day, which took place Tuesday, March 27th. The new risk test has been updated with a more complex algorithm that can be taken by users in under a minute, and determines whether or not an individual is at risk for developing type 2 diabetes.
Scott Bentley of Amarillo, Texas, was honored on Saturday, April 14th for his ongoing involvement with and dedication to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Bentley helped found the Amarillo board of the JDRF about 10 years ago, after learning that the 2-year-old son of a close friend had type 1 diabetes.
A recent study has found that phthalates, which are chemicals commonly found in scented candles, cosmetics, and products made from plastic, may increase a person's risk of developing type 2 diabetes. It was found that individuals with higher levels of phthalates in their system were twice as likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those without phthalates in their system.
According to a new study conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health, fruits such as blueberries, apples, and pears can possibly lower a person's risk of developing diabetes by 23%. All of these fruits contain high amounts of a natural compound called flavonoids, which has been tied to health benefits that include a lower risk of cancer and heart disease in addition to type 2 diabetes.
According to Consumer Reports magazine, studies have recently proven that Actos, a drug that treats individuals with type 2 diabetes, is linked to the promotion of a number of deadly diseases. The magazine has cited that Actos is a danger, and is linked to bladder cancer, bone fractures, and congestive heart failure.