Health Alert 9-21-12

By: Gina Pitisci Email
By: Gina Pitisci Email

September 21, 2012 - Depending on your heritage, you may be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles say Latinos have an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes because they store fat in their pancreas. The study compared white, black and Latino adults who were all overweight with similar pre-diabetic conditions. Latinos tended to store fat in their pancreas which was then less able to produce enough insulin, a metabolism-regulating hormone.

Also, The American Association for Cancer Research is out with a progress report in the fight against cancer. In the past year, the Food and Drug Administration has approved 8 new cancer treatment drugs said to be more effective and less toxic than older drugs. The organization predicts two out of every three cancer deaths in the US this year will come from preventable causes, such as tobacco use, obesity and physical inactivity. It also finds cancer will be the number one killed both in the u-s and globally soon.

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