Health Alert 10-15-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

October 15, 2012 - Screening programs for Diabetes do not appear to lower death rates. That's the finding of a large trial in England. Researchers divided more than 20 thousand patients into three groups, one was screened for type two diabetes and then received routine care, a second group received intensive management after screening, and the third group didn't get screened at all. After a ten year period, there was no difference in mortality rates between the groups.

Also, It's part of a new challenge aimed at urging city employees to make healthier choices. Chicago is teaming up with major soda makers to offer more low-calorie drinks in drink machines. Vending machines will also display calorie information. The new wellness challenge is also pitting Chicago versus San Antonio to see which city can lose the most weight. A 5 million dollar prize courtesy of the beverage industry is up for grabs. The drink machines with healthier options will eventually be made available across the nation.

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