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Diabetes Risk For Women

Chugging more than one sugar-sweetened soft drink a day appears to significantly increase a woman's chances of developing diabetes, says a Harvard study, that found the extra sugar does more than just add pounds.

"Women in the study who drank at least one sugar-sweetened soda a day were 85% more likely to develop type-2 diabetes than those who drank less," said Matthias B. Schulze, who presented the Harvard School of Public Health research at the American Diabetes Association's 64th scientific sessions.

There were 18.2 million Americans with diabetes in 2002, and it is the nation's fifth-deadliest disease, says the American Diabetes Association. Worse yet, diabetes is a growing problem. The prevalence of diabetes was fairly flat during the 1980s, but nearly
doubled from 1990 to 2002.

According to Schulze's study, the women most prone to gaining weight had increased their consumption of sugary soft drinks from less than one a week to more than one a day. On average, those women gained 9-10 pounds in a four-year period. But women who cut their intake of soft drinks gained an average of three pounds or less.

The research followed more than 91,000 adult women over an eight-year period. It is part of the Nurses Health Study at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Workers' Compensation Study: Chiropractic Less Expensive, More Effective Than Medical Care

A review of more than 43,000 claims of injured workers in North Carolina over a 19-year per-iod has found drastic differences in the average cost of treatment, number of days spent in a hospital for care, and compensation payments among patients treated by doctors of chiropractic, medical doctors, or a combination of providers. On average, the cost of treating an injured worker was almost $2,900 less if the worker was cared for by a doctor of chiropractic than if treatment was provided by a medical doctor, and that injured workers treated by chiropractors were able to return to work almost six times as fast as patients who sought an MD for care. According to the authors of the review published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Ther-aputics, increasing utilization of chiropractors could result in substantial savings in the state's workers' compensation system-a finding that, if implemented nationally, could significantly reduce the costs of treating injured workers in the U.S.

Short Takes

  • According to Obstetrics & Gynecology, pregnant women who are overweight or obese progress through labor much slower than normal weight women.
  • Every day nearly one-third of U.S. children aged 4 to 19 eat fast food, which likely packs on about six extra pounds per child per year and increases the risk of obesity, according to a study of 6,212 youngsters. The new study results bolster evidence that fast food contributes to increased calorie intake and obesity risk in children, Yale University obesity researcher Kelly Brownell said in an accompanying editorial.
  • A report by Duke University found that spinal manipulation by a Chiropractor resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck.  Participants also reported significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headaches than a commonly prescribed medication.

They Said It

"I suffered from severe migraines as frequently as once per week.I was tired of taking strong prescription drugs that only masked the symptoms, but did not address the real problem. Under Dr. Theobald's care, I have only had one headache in the past six weeks."     - Rebecca Gerow


Interesting fact

If both parents smoke, a teenager is more than twice as likely to smoke than a young person whose parents are both non-smokers. In households where only one parent smokes, young people are also more likely to start smoking.



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