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Study into effects of drinking coffee shows link to controlling type 2 diabetes

BY Jenna Duncan

LOGAN, Utah New research has shown that drinking coffee regularly may help control or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes, scientists at the Utah State University Center for Advanced Nutrition have said.

Though other studies have concluded that caffeine causes hardships for diabetics trying to manage their blood sugar levels, the Center for Advanced Nutrition study suggests that the positive effects of drinking coffee may outshine the negative. This study said that while some diabetics switch to decaffeinated coffee to try to mitigate the effects of caffeine on blood sugar levels, there might actually be more beneficial effects from regular coffee that have been overlooked in the past.

For example, coffee contains antioxidants and, according to the Center for Advanced Nutrition, has been shown to help prevent the liver from creating excess glucose.

“Coffee has a lot of antioxidants and that may protect the beta cells involved in diabetes from being damaged,” Center for Advanced Nutrition professor Michael Lefevre, part of the team studying the effects of coffee in diabetics, told local media.

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Walgreens ships diabetes supplies for free to Medicare Part B patients

BY Jenna Duncan

DEERFIELD, Ill. Walgreens has announced that it ship diabetes testing supplies for free to people who have their supplies covered under Medicare Part B.

The move comes at a time when budgets are tight—especially for seniors. To make getting diabetes supplies easier and more affordable, Walgreens said, patients can pick up their testing items at one of the 6,400 stores or have supplies mailed to their home at no cost.

Those seniors who are eligible can sign up by calling 1-888-PARTB-65 (1-888-727-8265) or request a call from a Walgreens representative by logging on to https://www.walgreens.com/partb. Special Walgreens phone reps will assist with filing all of the necessary Part B claim forms and will answer any other additional questions, the company said.

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Bruno’s, Food World stores announce closings of many in-store pharmacies

BY Jenna Duncan

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Bruno’s over the weekend announced that 22 out 40 in-store pharmacies in Bruno’s and Food World stored throughout Alabama and Florida will be closed. The closures will affect about 60 employees, the company said.

Bruno’s will sell remaining prescriptions and pharmaceutical inventories to CVS, a spokesman told the local media. CVS may also retain some of Bruno’s pharmacy employees.

No word yet on what Bruno’s will do with the remaining space in stores.  

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