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Obesity, diabetes greatly increase heart disease risk

BY Alaric DeArment

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.

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Heritage Labs unveils home blood glucose monitoring kit

BY Michael Johnsen

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.

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GoMacro introduces nutrition bars with Omega-3

BY Michael Johnsen

VIOLA, Wis. GoMacro on Wednesday announced the launch of Omega-3 MacroNutrient Bars that will be available in three flavors: banana almond crunch, cashew mesquite and chocolate crunch.

“We have created bars that are not only delicious but also low in sugar and carbs and high in Omega-3, fiber, vitamins and minerals,” stated Amelia Kirchoff, GoMacro co-founder. “Whether you need a high protein, gluten-free or low glycemic meal replacement you will find it in MacroNutrient Bars.”

GoMacro products are currently distributed through health food and specialty stores throughout the United States and Canada.

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