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When third-grader Ava Rao was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it changed life for her whole family. Now a high school freshman, Ava and her dad, cardiologist Sunil V. Rao, MD, share their perspectives on the disease and hopes for the future. 

Following the White House physician’s Jan. 16 assertion that President Donald Trump is in “excellent health,” a few national news outlets published stories questioning that claim.

The unrelenting growth of diabetes around the world is prompting cardiologists to rethink how they treat and manage a challenging patient population, even as an emerging class of cardio-protective diabetes drugs is setting the stage for transformation.

Black men and women who smoke more than one pack of cigarettes a day could be as much as 79 percent more likely to develop diabetes mellitus than those who have never smoked, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Exposure to a Western diet high in refined sugars, salt and saturated fat can have a permanent impact on the body’s immune system even if the diet is later changed, new research published in Cell suggests.

 

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Diabetes Mellitus: A Personal Perspective

When third-grader Ava Rao was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it changed life for her whole family. Now a high school freshman, Ava and her dad, cardiologist Sunil V. Rao, MD, share their perspectives on the disease and hopes for the future. 

Cardiology & Diabetes: Collaborating to Defeat a Dangerous Duo

The unrelenting growth of diabetes around the world is prompting cardiologists to rethink how they treat and manage a challenging patient population, even as an emerging class of cardio-protective diabetes drugs is setting the stage for transformation.

Experts concerned about Trump’s heart health despite favorable report

Following the White House physician’s Jan. 16 assertion that President Donald Trump is in “excellent health,” a few national news outlets published stories questioning that claim.

High-intensity smoking linked to diabetes in black patients

Black men and women who smoke more than one pack of cigarettes a day could be as much as 79 percent more likely to develop diabetes mellitus than those who have never smoked, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Unhealthy diet may permanently change immune system

Exposure to a Western diet high in refined sugars, salt and saturated fat can have a permanent impact on the body’s immune system even if the diet is later changed, new research published in Cell suggests.

Unfit Army recruits posing threat to national security

A generation of unfit Army recruits could be posing threats to not just their own health but the country’s national security, researchers reported in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice this week.

CVD risk lowered in obese teens who opt for bariatric surgery

Severely obese teens who underwent bariatric surgery saw vast improvements in cardiovascular risk factors in the latest installment of the Teen-LABS study, researchers reported this week in Pediatrics.

Mitochondria the culprit behind increased risk of heart failure in diabetics

Misshapen mitochondria could explain the two- to five-fold increased risk of heart failure in diabetics, according to research out of the University of Iowa.

Developmental drug shrinks fat cells without suppressing appetite

A developing anti-obesity drug out of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has been proven to shrink fat cells and reduce blood cholesterol levels without suppressing appetite, a study published in Biochemical Pharmacology reports.

Ranking the best, worst diets for heart health in 2018

Last year’s fad diets fell to the bottom of the pack in the U.S. News and World Report’s annual heart-healthy "Best Diet" rankings for 2018, the magazine announced this month, while clinician-recommended staples like the DASH and Mediterranean diets topped the list for the eighth year in a row.

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