A new study from Taiwan suggests that the use of antidepressant therapies may decrease the number of deaths by 35% in patients suffering from diabetes and depression.
For their research, the scientists used the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, where they identified 53,412 individuals, of which 50,532 were taking antidepressants and 2880 people took no antidepressants.
The data showed that among the patients in the non-antidepressant group the rate of heart failure, the rate of heart failure was higher but no significant differences were detected between groups in regard to the other 3 comorbid chronic diseases.
The incidence rate of deaths events ranged from 1113.7 (95 %CI: 1078.4-1150.3) per 100,000 person-years in the highest group to 1963.7 (95%CI: 1876.8-2054.7) per 100,000 person-years in the lowest group. Researchers noted that the rates of death decreased as the total cumulative dose increased.
A new study from Brazilian scientists suggests that strength training may reduce liver fat and improve levels of blood sugar in people with obesity and diabetes.
A team of researchers from the University of Campinas in São Paulo State, Brazil, conducted the study using a mouse model.
In the study, all mice were divided into three groups: the first group got a standard diet and sedentary lifestyle, the second one had a diet high in fat for 2 weeks and sedentary lifestyle, and the third group had the same diet as the second group but performed strength training sessions for 2 weeks.
The findings of the study showed that mice from the third group were still obese, yet their blood sugar levels significantly improved, and the mice from the groups that included sedentary lifestyle still had diabetes.
A new study from the School of Public Health at Indiana University in Bloomington, US, suggests that optimism may protect postmenopausal women against type 2 diabetes.
The team of scientists discovered that the most optimistic women were
12% less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women with the lowest quartile
of optimism. Scientists also concluded that low optimism and high negativity
linked to the higher risk of incident diabetes in postmenopausal women.
Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, the executive director of the journal Menopause,
where the results of the research were published, comments: “In addition to
efforts to promote healthy behaviors, women’s personality traits should be
considered to guide clinical or programmatic intervention strategies in
A new international study, led by researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, confirms evidence that dairy fats may decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes.
For the study, a team of the researchers analyzed the data received from 16 prospective cohorts that included 63,682 participants from 12 countries. Having analyzed the data, the researchers discovered that people who consumed more dairy products had the lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
The lead researcher Dr. Fumiaki Iamamura says: “We hope that our findings and existing evidence about dairy fat will help inform future dietary recommendations for the prevention of lifestyle-related diseases.”
A new study finds that people with prediabetes who prefer evening activities and go to bed late have higher chances to gain weight than early risers with the same condition.
A team of researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine examined 2,133 people with prediabetes aged 64 years on average. Scientists assessed their preferences for going to bed late and waking up early, respectively.
Dr. Sirimon Reutrakul, an associate professor of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism, says: “Timing and duration of sleep are potentially modifiable […] People can have more regular bedtimes and aim to have more sleep, which may help reduce BMI and the potential development of diabetes in this high-risk group.”