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Kathleen Doheny

Freelance Health Writer
Los Angeles, CA

About Kathleen Doheny

Kathleen Doheny is a Los Angeles journalist specializing in health, behavior and fitness topics. She writes for a variety of health websites and publications, including WebMD, EverydayHealth, HealthDay and Health

Articles Written by Kathleen Doheny

Study: 60% of Americans with Diabetes Skip Yearly Eye Exams

Results of a new study find that annual eyes exams are avoided by a large percentage of people with diabetes. Regular vision checks are the best way to detect problems in the early stages and prevent vision loss.
Annual eye exams are crucial for detecting diabetes-related vision problems which is the best way to prevent loss of eye sight.

A Text a Day Keeps Excess Weight at Bay?

Texting, in tandem with other programs and care, is an ideal way to help patients achieve weight loss and numerous other health goals, according to several recent studies. It's especially helpful, experts say, for those with chronic conditions such as diabetes.

Want To Lower Diabetes Risk? Get Nutrition Counseling

If you're at risk for prediabetes, nutrition education can help you lose weight, lower blood sugar levels and head off type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes, Your Bladder and Your Sex Life: It's Complicated

Recent research indicates that having diabetes may make you more prone to developing sexual problems and urologic conditions. Learn more about the risks and treatments.
Research increasingly shows that blood sugar is related to both urologic conditions and sexual problems. Learn more about the role diabetes plays,

Diabetes & Your Feet: 5 Things You Need to Do Right Now to Prevent Ulcers, Infection, Amputation

Diabetes & Your Feet: 5 Things you need to do right now to prevent ulcers, infection, and amputation.

Jardiance Can Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease and Death

The FDA has granted empagliflozin (Jardiance) double duty status—it can lower blood sugar and, if you have cardiovascular disease, reduce your risk of heart-related death.

Sugar Guidelines: Who to Believe? What to Believe?

A controversial report on sugar guidelines finds advice varies widely, is based on limited evidence.

For Some Overweight Teen Girls, Oral Glucose Tolerance Best Test: Study

Researcher finds that fasting blood sugar test misses teens at risk for diabetes, prediabetes
For teen girls who are overweight or obese with irregular menstrual cycles, the choice of a test to determine if they have prediabetes and heart disease risk factors is key, according to a Polish researcher.

Online Diabetes Support Improved Healthy Behaviors

Diabetes HealthSense, an online government-reviewed resource, helps you better manage diabetes.
HealthSense is a program of the National Institutes of Health's National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP) started in 2004.

Flu Shots: Health Insurance for People with Type 2 Diabetes

Adults with Type 2 who got the ''flu jab'' less likely to have stroke, heart failure, flu, pneumonia, experts find
The flu vaccine does more than help those with type 2 diabetes avoid coming down with influenza. Getting vaccinated also appears to reduce their risk of death, stroke, pneumonia and heart failure, according to a new British study that tracked more than 124,000 adults with type 2 diabetes for seven years.

New Clues About How Anxiety Boosts Diabetes Risk

If you have an inability to deal well with stress, your immune system may malfunction, increasing the risk of getting type 2 diabetes, experts say.

FDA Toughens Kidney Warnings on Invokana and Farxgia

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) told two drug makers to toughen the existing warnings about the risk of kidney injury for their diabetes drugs. The two drugs are canagliflozin (Invokana, Invokamet) and dapagliflozin (Farxiga, Xigduo XR).

Is Reversing Diabetes Possible with Diet Alone?

A physician in the U.K. says a very low-calorie diet regimen and the resulting weight loss can reverse type 2 diabetes; U.S. expert says studies are short-term and concept is not new.

Diabetes & Hearing Loss Linked

Those with type 2 diabetes may be 40 to 80% more likely to have hearing problems, experts find.
Growing research suggests that people with diabetes need to be on the lookout for hearing loss.

Mindfulness Meditation and Your Health

A round-up of supportive research
If you've been struggling with losing weight, reducing stress, keeping your blood sugar levels under control or minimizing your risk of getting type 2 diabetes, and success has eluded you, researchers say learning how to practice more mindfulness may help.

Bring on the Full-Fat Dairy? Not So Fast

Full-fat dairy was linked with reduced risk of diabetes, but experts say it's not a green light to load up on milk, cheese and butter.
Adults who consumed more full-fat dairy products (as reflected by higher levels of certain fatty acids in their blood samples) had a lower risk of getting type 2 diabetes over a long-term follow-up, according to a new study from Circulation.

Do Diabetes and Depression Up Your Risk for Foot Ulcers?

Researchers explore the link between diabetic foot ulcers and depression.

Strong Social Connections Linked to Better Health

Being socially connected to supportive people during your entire life bodes well for your health, new research finds, and may actually counteract some of the risks that accompany health problems such as diabetes.

4 Signs That You're In Prediabetes Denial

The results of your blood tests are in, and your doctor explains that your blood glucose levels are abnormal, high enough to put you in a high-risk category for developing type 2 diabetes. The diagnosis: You have pre-diabetes.

Mindfulness Meditation: How to Get Started

Research suggests mindfulness meditation is good for many diabetes-related issues. Here's how to start learning, stick with it and appreciate its benefits.

Too Much Standing: Why Your Foot Wound Won't Heal

A new study finds that in people with diabetes, walking and standing may delay foot wound healing.

Is Diabetes Messing with Your Bladder and Sex Life?

Learn more about why people with diabetes are more prone to urologic and sexual problems than those without the diagnosis plus, how to threat the problems.

Cravings: Can You Blame Them? Can You Tame Them?

Learning how the cravings affect your weight and how to tame them—yes, it's possible—may help keep your weight healthy—and, by extension, your blood sugar under control.

Bye, Bye Butter Guilt?

Experts found no link between butter and heart disease or overall death, slightly protective link between butter and diabetes. But butter still doesn't get a green light.

Sugar Guidelines: Who to Believe? What to Believe?

A controversial report on sugar guidelines finds advice varies widely, is based on limited evidence.
Advice about how much sugar to include in your diet is offered by many public health organizations, but a new report, just published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, finds that the guidelines on sugar limits vary greatly and that many are not based on rock-solid evidence.

Avoiding Diabetes Stigma and Guilt

How your health care team talks to you can make a big difference in diabetes management, experts say
The words your health care team uses when they talk to you about your diabetes or pre-diabetes treatment plan can make a big difference in how well you do, experts say.

Substitute Healthy Fats for Saturated Fats, Refined Carbs to Reduce Diabetes Risk

Review of 100 studies finds replacing saturated fats and carbs with unsaturated fats may reduce risk of getting type 2 diabetes or help manage it.
Study results reveal that eating healthy fats, and fewer refined carbs, is tied to better A1c levels.

Group Program Helps Those with Prediabetes Boost Physical Activity

A new study finds that enrolling in a lifestyle intervention program that encourages both weight loss and increased activity really does help people boost their workout time. The researchers followed 223 people enrolled in such programs, tracking the effect on physical activity.

CDC Reports New Cases of Diabetes Declining in the U.S.

Diabetes is on the decline in the U.S., after many years of steady increases, according to a new report issued Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Pharmacist-Led Program Helps Manage Blood Sugar After Surgery

When patients with diabetes undergo surgery, keeping an eye on their blood sugar during and after the procedure is crucial to keep them healthy, experts know. Better blood sugar control is linked with better results from the surgery, lower readmission rates to the hospital and fewer complications.

Can Food Talk Affect Our Eating Habits?

Mentions of high-calorie foods tempt everyone when under stress, but experts find only obese people more likely then to overeat.

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