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Adverse effects of common prostate enlargement and hair growth drugs: A review

Twenty-five percent of men currently taking Finasteride or Dutasteride, popularly known as Proscar and Avodart, for the treatment of benign prostate enlargement (BPH), appear not to benefit from taking these medications. Those prescribed Propecia or Avodart for male pattern hair loss (known as alopecia) are also at risk for adverse events elicited by these drugs. [...]

Targeting the early-teens for extra exercise could cut diabetes risk

A study has found that physical activity provides the greatest benefits to adolescent insulin resistance – a risk factor for type 2 diabetes – when the condition peaks at age 13, but provides no benefit to it at age 16. The findings, published today, could help design more effective interventions for children by targeting the [...]

Lipid enzyme heightens insulin sensitivity, potential therapy to treat Type 2 diabetes

Reducing high concentrations of a fatty molecule that is commonly found in people with diabetes and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease rapidly improves insulin sensitivity, UT Southwestern Medical Center diabetes researchers have found. Insulin is a crucial hormone that helps the body convert sugar into energy, absorb nutrients, and reduce the storage of sugars as fat. [...]

For black rhino, zoo diet might be too much of a good thing

Prediabetes condition seen in captive black rhinos, but not their wild counterparts A new study shows that captive black rhinos — but not their wild counterparts — are at high risk for two common health problems suffered by millions of humans: inflammation and insulin resistance. The finding suggests captive black rhinos have metabolic problems. In [...]

Insulin resistance linked to a human gene variant

Insulin resistance is a risk factor for developing both type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Almost one third of the U.S. population has some degree of insulin resistance, though it is undiagnosed in many of these individuals. Obesity is associated with reduced insulin sensitivity and the development of insulin resistance. However, recent large-scale genetic studies [...]