Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes

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Type 2 Diabetes
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Dr. John Fritz, the owner of a family practice in Jersey City, New Jersey, has treated patients with diabetes for a long time. In addition, Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City has lectured and taught on topics related to diabetes care at the local, regional, and national levels.

Type 2 diabetes develops when a patient’s body loses the ability either to produce sufficient insulin or to effectively use it to regulate blood glucose. Medical science has not yet identified the exact cause of this process, although research has revealed a few key risk factors. Excess weight, particularly around the waist, appears to be the most influential. However, it is possible to develop the condition at a normal weight.

Individuals over 40 and those from certain ethnic backgrounds also have a higher chance of developing diabetes, as do those with a sedentary lifestyle. Elements of a person’s medical history, including heart disease and high blood pressure, can increase risk, as can a family history of the condition. Prediabetes, or higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, marks a person at greater risk as well.

Patients with a higher risk of diabetes, regardless of reason, can often mitigate this risk by increasing the amount of exercise they get and by adopting a more healthy diet. Losing excess weight may also be a protective factor, although a physician is best qualified to determine the preventive measures each individual patient should take.

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Link Discovered Between Asthma and Chronic Migraine

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Asthma and Chronic Migraine
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As the owner of a private family practice in Jersey City, New Jersey, Dr. John Fritz has welcomed many patients with asthma. Dr. John Fritz of Jersey City also stands out as an expert in the treatment of migraine, having developed an in-depth knowledge of therapies for acute and chronic cases.

According to a recent study, published in the journal Headache, asthma may be a predictor of chronic migraine for patients with existing episodic migraine. The study followed 4,500 patients beginning in 2008, at which time all study volunteers had 15 or fewer headache days per month. The following year, 5 percent of volunteers with asthma had developed chronic migraine, as compared to 2.5 percent of volunteers without asthma.

Lead study author Dr. Vincent Martin, codirector of the headache and facial pain program at the University of Cincinnati, noted that these statistics are significant enough to indicate a link between asthma and chronic migraine. The study‚Äôs coauthor, Dr. Richard Lipton of New York’s Montefiore Headache Center, pointed out that the activation and inflammation of smooth muscle tissue, present in both conditions, may be the source of the link. Researchers suggest that these findings may allow physicians to implement preventive measures for patients with asthma and episodic migraine, thus potentially decreasing a patient’s chance of developing chronic migraine.