The Takeaway

Communities Fight Mississippi's Diabetes Crisis

Monday, January 20, 2014

Diabetes is quickly on the raise in Mississippi, with potentially a third of the population suffering with the disease by 2030. For the underfunded and under-resourced, the state of Mississippi is now looking toward community leaders to make health changes for residents at the local level. Dr. Michael Minor, the reverend at the Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Hernado, MS, explains how his congregation is fighting obesity and diabetes.



NYC Deaths From Diabetes Doubled in Last 20 Years

Monday, June 10, 2013

About 11 percent of New Yorkers who die have diabetes as a primary or secondary cause. That’s a proportion that’s nearly doubled over the last two decades.  

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The Takeaway

Children with Type 2 Diabetes Resist Drug Treatment, Study Finds

Monday, April 30, 2012

As obesity rates in children have climbed over recent years, so too has the childhood incidence of type 2 diabetes. Dr. David Nathan, an author of the study and director of the diabetes center at the Massachusetts General Hospital explains why this study's findings are so troubling.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Paula Deen's Diabetes

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Marion Nestle, Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, and Professor of Sociology, at New York University, reacts to the news that Food Network star (and butter enthusiast) Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes, and that she will be a spokeswoman for a maker of diabetes medications. Deen has announced that she was diagnosed three years ago.

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The Takeaway

Is Our Blood Pressure Rising With the Foreclosure Rate?

Thursday, September 01, 2011

It doesn't take a scientist to conclude that going through the foreclosure process is stressful. Even the threat of being foreclosed on can make one's blood pressure rise. But science can show the very real effects that these tough economic times are having on America's health. A new study links the rise in foreclosures to more hospital visits related to diabetes and hypertension. More specifically, for every 100 foreclosures there was a 7.2 percent rise in emergency room visits, an 8.1 percent increase in diabetes cases for people aged 20 to 49, and 12 percent more hospital visits related to anxiety in the same age category.

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South Asian New Yorkers Have Higher Diabetes Rate Than Others

Friday, July 08, 2011

Asian immigrants in New York City are less likely than U.S.-born residents to have diabetes, according to a new study.

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The Takeaway

Study Shows Double in Global Diabetes Cases Over Three Decades

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The number of adults worldwide with Type 2 diabetes—formerly called adult-onset diabetes—has doubled over the past three decades, to 350 million people, according to a new study by the British medical journal The Lancet. Nearly 25 million Americans have the disease, and the study also shows that a healthy diet—over excercise—is the best method for treating it. 


The Takeaway

FDA Panel Votes to Keep Avandia on the Market

Thursday, July 15, 2010

More than 23 million Americans suffer from type 2 diabetes. After it was approved by the FDA in 1999, Avandia quickly became the world's most popular drug to treat type 2 diabetes. However, in 2007 studies began to show that the drug increased the risk of cardiovascular problems, and concerns about the drug's safety have persisted ever since. 

Yesterday an FDA advisory committee voted on the safety of Avandia. Although most agreed that the drug increases the chance of a heart attack and stroke, the majority also voted to keep the drug on the market with revisions to its labels and more restrictions on its sale.


Studio 360

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Saturday, May 31, 2003

Fiction writer Timothy Westmoreland has type 1 diabetes, a chronic illness that need not be, for most people today, catastrophic. But for Westmoreland the illness has been about as bad as can be — and has led him to specialize in fiction about characters who deal (and don’t deal) with ...