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In the first three months after getting his Dexcom continuous glucose monitor, Ric Peralta managed to reduce his average blood sugar level by three percentage points.

"It took me from not-very-well-managed blood sugar to something that was incredibly well managed," says Peralta, a 46-year-old optician in Whittier, Calif., who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008.

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There are certain drugs people can’t live without like insulin and pain medication. In recent years, prices for medication have skyrocketed without much explanation as to why. New legislation being introduced by Congressmen Tom Reed, R-New York, and Steven Horsford, D-Nevada, would require drug manufacturers to publicly justify large price increases.

Angela Lautner knew her thirst was unusual, even for someone directing airplanes, outside in the Memphis summer heat.

"We had coolers of Gatorade and water for people to always have access to," Lautner remembers of her job as a ground services agent. "But the amount of thirst that I felt was just incredible."

She had no appetite and she lost an unusual amount of weight. Then after a trip to the emergency room, Lautner, who was 22, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. The diagnosis was life changing.

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A University at Buffalo distinguished professor is seeing his longterm work in diabetes spread to Europe and a joint research effort with the University of Glasgow.

A new mashup of 47 studies of diabetes and cancer covering more than 19 million patients finds a seriously higher risk of developing cancer among diabetics, especially type 2 diabetics. It also finds diabetic women are much more likely to develop cancer than diabetic men.

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A Western New York congressman is backing proposed legislation that would broaden access to a Medicare-backed program that fosters training to self-manage diabetes.


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With diabetes becoming an increasing problem, a local expert on the health problem is suggesting a different way to help treat diabetics.

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The American Diabetes Association's annual fundraising bike ride -- the Tour de Cure -- is coming up early next month. Saturday, association members teamed up with riders from the group Reddy Bikeshare to promote the event.

Many diabetics ignoring basic health recommendations

Nov 8, 2016

New data collected by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield suggests many people with diabetes admit they are not taking the basic steps to keep their chronic illness in check.

UB researchers were initially studying how Vitamin D may boost muscle strength in older when they stumbled onto indications of how mushrooms may help control sugar in diabetics.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center believes it can provide better health care for less money in its new Niagara Wellness Connection Center.