Obesity, diabetes greatly increase heart disease risk
NEW YORK A study has indicated that obesity and diabetes combined increase the risk of heart disease.
The study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, examined 3,400 American adults and found that obese and diabetic women had an 80 percent chance of developing heart disease, while the men had a 90 percent chance. Meanwhile, women without diabetes had a 47 percent chance of developing heart disease, while men had a 49 percent risk.
The results mean that diabetes raises the risk of heart disease, while obesity makes the risk worse.
Heritage Labs unveils home blood glucose monitoring kit
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. Heritage Labs, a division of Hooper Holmes, last week introduced the Appraise Home A1c Kit, a new at-home consumer product that measures the average blood glucose level of diabetics and potential diabetics.
“The home testing market has significantly expanded in recent years as more consumers seek to control their health care costs,” stated Roy Bubbs, president and chief executive officer of Hooper Holmes. “This is a natural area of opportunity for us, as we operate one of the most efficient, high quality labs in the country that is also an FDA-approved manufacturer of collection kits. We believe that Wal-Mart’s decision to stock our product in their stores nationwide validates the kit as an accurate and affordable way to reduce the health risks associated with diabetes. In the weeks ahead, we will be expanding distribution to additional retail channels.”
At Wal-Mart, the kit is marketed as the Reli-On A1C Test. The test is also available under Heritage Labs’ Appraise brand in other retail locations nationwide, including Rite Aid.
Results are delivered online or in the mail within a few days.
Bayer to provide diabetes care guide, webinars
TARRYTOWN, N.Y. Bayer Diabetes Care last week announced that it is providing The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with Diabetes Workbook, authored by Stephen Covey, and a companion guide to healthcare professionals and a new partnership with Fit4D, an organization that provides personalized diabetes coaching.
“We received over 10,000 requests last year for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with Diabetes booklet indicating the strong demand for us to create additional resources,” stated Sandra Peterson, president of Bayer Diabetes Care. “With Dr. Covey’s help, we have designed this new guide to provide a valuable tool that addresses the challenges that healthcare professionals and people with diabetes face in managing the disease.”
The workbook outlines a step-by-step approach to applying Dr. Covey’s “7 Habits” to meeting the everyday challenges of life with diabetes.
Through the Fit4D partnership, Bayer will strengthen its educational offerings for people living with diabetes through various programs, including: educational webinars, interactive classes with Fit4D coaches, monthly tips and opportunities to win one-on-one personal coaching packages.