Medical News Notes – February 7, 2013

Posted Thursday, Feb 7, 2013 by Allen B. Ury

Medical News NotesNew treatment guidelines and dietary help for type II diabetes. How stress affects weight gain and prostate cancer. These and other stories from the world of health and medicine in this week’s Medical News Notes.*

Doctors Issue Guidelines for Treating Type 2 Diabetes in Children

Although Type II diabetes has reached near epidemic proportions among American children 10 to 18 years old, doctors have had no official guidelines they can follow when treating this potentially fatal illness. Now, for the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued an official set of guidelines for treating Type 2 diabetes in teens and pre-teens. In addition to diet and exercise, their recommendations include insulin regimes and regularly monitoring the child’s glycemic (blood sugar) levels.

Carrots Could Help Prevent Diabetes

And speaking of Type 2 diabetes, anyone with a known risk for the disease should consider adding carrots to their diet, according to a new study by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Researchers there have found a link between beta carotene, the compound that makes carrots orange, and a reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in people with a family history of the disease. So now we know what Bugs Bunny really meant when he asked, “What’s up, Doc?”

Majority of Americans Track Health Indicators

A famous business quote states, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.” According to a new Pew Research Center survey, seven in 10 Americans are, in fact, trying to manage their health by regularly measuring at least one important health indicator such as weight, blood pressure or blood sugar. The bad news is, half of these people are keeping track of this vital information “in their heads” rather than writing anything down. According to Pew, health outcomes could be improved by the development of a virtually effortless app that keeps track of such important health information.

Stress and Prostate Cancer

One in three men will get prostate cancer in their lifetimes. Now, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation links prostate cancer to stress, particularly the adrenalin the body releases during stressful situations. And as it turns out, drugs normally used to reduce stress also seem to lower the chances of getting prostate cancer. So if you’re a man, calm down. You may live longer.

Stress and Weight Gain

And speaking of stress, an article in the journal Psychological Sciences explains how humans are biologically programmed to react to tough times by eating high-calorie foods. Since the 21st century seems to be nothing but tough times, this may help explain our growing problem of obesity. Since we can’t change our circumstances, maybe the best we can hope for is to change how we react to them. At least recognize that while your first instinct upon receiving bad news is to reach for a cupcake, after the bad news fades away, those extra calories may hang around forever.

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