(Vitapix, iStockphoto) Keeping Type 1 diabetes under tight control through medication may help prevent people with the disease from developing an immune reaction to their own bodies, one that specifically attacks the heart, according to new research. Type 1 diabetes is the less common form of the disease that affects the way the body regulates…

(Christopher Boswell, Envato Elements) This story is part of Eat It or Leave It?, a series that provides a closer look at the pros and cons associated with certain foods and drinks – and cooking options if you decide to eat them.   No respectable Thanksgiving plate is without some form of cranberry, but the…

(Maya23K, Getty Images) For people with diabetes, blood sugar isn’t the only important measurement. New cholesterol guidelines suggest the more than 110 million U.S. adults with diabetes or prediabetes also should manage their cholesterol. The guidelines released earlier this month during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference suggest doctors consider prescribing cholesterol-lowering drugs called…

(Sitthiphong, Getty Images) When doctors are sorting out what to do about a patient’s cholesterol, a key calculation is that patient’s future risk for developing heart disease. But what if that risk is uncertain? New cholesterol guidelines released Saturday suggest it can help to have a coronary artery calcium test when risk status for people…

(Sean Gallup/Getty Images) The wait for a heart transplant varies widely based on factors such as availability of donor hearts and blood type, but little is known about differences in wait times based on race and ethnicity. Now, preliminary research suggests African-American patients may experience longer wait times than other racial and ethnic groups. Who…

African-American leaders from major medical organizations discussed health inequities at the Scientific Sessions conference Sunday. From left: Dr. Ivor Benjamin, Dr. Patrice Harris, and Dr. John Fontaine. (Photo by Todd Buchanan for American Heart Association) Making sure underserved people can access quality, affordable health care was the focus of a unique panel discussion featuring African-American doctors who lead…

Actress Angela Bassett spoke Sunday at the Scientific Sessions conference about losing her mother to heart disease. (Impressionista Films/Jay Reilly) CHICAGO – Betty Jane Bassett was among millions of Americans suffering from Type 2 diabetes. She also was among millions suffering from heart disease. In 2014, she lost those battles. Years later, her family learned…

(Scott Bodell for American Heart Association) With the release of new guidelines for treating and managing cholesterol, you may have some questions – not only about the changes in the update, but about cholesterol itself. Let’s start by acknowledging that while cholesterol is often talked about, it’s tricky to understand. You probably know that high…

(Scott Bodell for American Heart Association) Exposure to high blood cholesterol over a lifetime can increase the risk for heart attack or stroke, and new scientific guidelines say managing this waxy, fat-like substance in the blood should be a concern for all ages. The guidelines, published Saturday in the journal Circulation, are meant to help…

(GIPhotoStock, Getty Images) Health care providers regularly consult documents called guidelines when determining the best way to treat a patient. But what exactly are guidelines? Why are they so important? And how are they made? Guidelines help doctors understand the best ways to diagnose, treat and even prevent diseases and conditions. Guideline recommendations are based…