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Lettuce For Diabetes Cure?

August 5, 2008

This is the second time I am seeing this reference to lettuce as a cure. The first time was on a U-tube presentation about lettuce. I don't know if it's the same. It's on this page and scroll down that page to see the video on lettuce Mike, we're rooting and praying for you so you can see your daughter grow up.

Some Drugs Increase Sensitivity To The Sun

August 5, 2008

This is the first time I have heard that some medications can increase sensitivity to the sun, I am glad to have come across this news item as one of the culprits are these diabetes medications: Glipizide, sold also under the brand name Glucotrol, is an oral medication for type 2 diabetes. Other related drugs include Amaryl and glyburide. Check with your doctor first.

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Growing Support Group for Diabetes

August 4, 2008

This is about having a diabetes support group. This is just what we need. Wish we had someone like Wendy Rose who started this group in the valley. But you know what? This is a sample for us to follow. Finding other people who understand what we are going through is pretty encouraging. Click below and it opens in a new window so after you finish reading the whole news, just click the x to come back here.

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Need for Volunteers To Find Genetic Basis of Diabetes and Kidney Disease

August 4, 2008

A medical study group is looking for volunteers to participate on their research to find the genetic causes of diabetes and kidney disease. Essentially, they need volunteers from this ethnic groups: Pacific Islander and Filipino. They hope to test 7000 of these volunteers. Hope it comes to fruition because we need to keep up with the research in order to come up with the solution.

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Olympics: First of all, It's Not Ping Pong

August 4, 2008

This story is supposed to be inspired by diabetes but I read through it several times and didn't see the connection. I enjoyed reading it though because now I understand table tennis better. Perhaps you'll be luckier than I am and will find the link between diabetes and this article.

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NSW Will Fund Surgery of Obese People

August 3, 2008

Wow! This is great news for in Australia 8,000 lap-banding surgeries are conducted each year. This is a wise decision for doing this could slash the $7 billion budget that is now spent for diabetes. Those with a body mass index of 30 or more are referred by their doctors to the clinics, where they will be able to consult with specialist doctors, diabetes nurses, dietitians, exercise physiologists and psychologists. Hopefully the other governments will jump on board and do the same.

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Boy Is a Champion Diabetes Fighter

August 3, 2008

What a boy! Congratulations! Since having been diagnosed with diabetes, this boy, Jonathan Vogel has spoken and raised money for diabetes. He is only eleven years old yet he makes powerful speeches to as many as five hundred people. And he gets standing ovation for his speeches.

He has certainly done a lot for diabetes speaking and lobbying and raising money for research. What an addition to the diabetes cause! He said he wants to be a basketball player. After that he wants to be a chef and a scientist.

Then he will consider running for office. In his words, "I just want to create awareness so that people just know more about diabetes so that people treat kids and adults with diabetes like normal people." Here's the link:

Soft, Fruit Drinks Increase Diabetes Risk

August 2, 2008

It is good to know that soft and fruit drinks increase the risk to develop diabetes as some people may have the wrong notion that fruit drinks are healthy foods. This study involved 59,000 women and conducted for a long period of time as it was only after ten years that they analyzed the findings.

Diabetes Could Be Managed by Healthy Diet, Exercise and Culturally Sensitive Care

August 2, 2008

I have heard before about the benefits of healthy diet and exercise in controlling diabetes but what struck me with this article is the phrase “culturally sensitive care.” I thought it would be more than teaching them the basic of self-care in their own language. Anyway, at least, they improved but too bad it only lasted a year.

Doctors Raise Voices About Diabetes

August 2, 2008

It’s too bad Denise Minks developed such wounds in her feet that left her bedridden for the better part of last year. That made her realize what a serious disease diabetes is. Now she knows people have to take care of themselves. I am glad to hear that more people are aware they have the condition, the statistics having decreased from 30 to 25%.

From Fear to Self-Control: A Reporter's Diabetes Journey

August 1, 2008

This man had quite an incredible journey so much so it's an inspiration for all the diabetics out there. He did everything he could to look after himself. And look at what happened: He lost 45 pounds in eight months because of eating right and exercising. I wanted to ask him though about his friend John who had diabetes and lost most of his sight in his right eye. He had laser surgery on his left eye so that he will not lose his sight there too. So it is good to ask the doctor if you are in the same situation if laser surgery will save the other eye.

Oklahoma Companies Seeking to Cut Diabetes

August 1, 2008

I applaud the Oklahomans for doing something about the high cost of diabetes that they said it was almost $2 billion in 2006. Instead of just dwelling on this, they had a seminar where more than a hundred company presidents and officers discussed how to strive for a healthy work environment. I hope all the different states will have seminars like this. You can try to persuade the people you work for to do the same.

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Study Found a Clue to Solve the Celiac Puzzle

July 31, 2008

This report is actually on celiac disease but they included it among the diabetes medical news because it is an autoimmune condition just like diabetes. I am hoping the researchers will find time to do the same for diabetes. Diabetes can't be that far behind though so I keep my fingers crossed.

Weight Loss Plays a Critical Role in Diabetes Fight

July 31, 2008

Obesity is linked to diabetes, that's true and thank you for reminding us of that again. I do believe however that overeating is more than love for a favorite food like chocolate. Rather it could be about an emotional roadblock. That is why it is a good idea when embarking on a weight loss program to examine the other areas of ones life as well.

Birth Defects Linked to Pre-pregnancy Diabetes

July 30, 2008

This is disheartening news as the list of defects of babies to diabetic mothers has grown. This is the finding of the largest study ever undertaken on this subject. It looks like diabetic mothers are three or four more times likely to get babies with birth defects.

Actually it is not as bad as it sounds because the study found that there was no diabetes involved in 93% of the birth defects. Approximately 2% of children with one birth defect had mothers who were diabetic before they were pregnant. As to multiple defects, the statistics is 5%.

Thank you for this news so we can alert mothers-to-be to get screened for diabetes if they are at risk. This way if they find out they’re positive they can work at getting their blood glucose level within normal target.

The American Diabetes Association's Take on The Americans With Disabilities Act

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July 30, 2008

On the 18th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the chairman of ADA's Legal Advocacy Subcommittee, Dan Kohrman, spoke on how this act provided protection for Americans with disabilities to engage in opportunities at work and in school.

In almost two decades this has helped Americans with disabilities including those with diabetes but lately they still find themselves judged unjustly. The Supreme Court has handed down decisions that limited the number covered by the law. Therefore despite the improvement, some were still denied protection of the court.

That is why on this 18th anniversary, Kohrman said (bless his heart) it is ADA's chance to urge the legislators to deliver on the original intention when the act was first passed nearly two decades ago. To do this, ADA has come together with the other disability rights groups to make sure they get the support of Congress to restore the protection that the 1990 Act awarded to people with disabilities.

The House of Representatives already overwhelmingly passed the ADA Amendments to the Act. They are now hoping the US Senate will do the same and to do it this year. ADA really works on helping fight discrimination against the diabetics.

Among the things the American Diabetes Association does for the effort to stop discrimination against the diabetics are campaigning for more diabetes programs and research and working on getting better quality and access to health care for the diabetics. ADA was founded in 1940 and ever since then has made effort to prevent and treat diabetes and make life better for those with this condition.

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Here we are not going to upload the whole news but give you a heads up on some snippets just to get you current:

Increased Risk of Type 2 diabetes for Gestational Diabetes

July 29, 2008

It is good to report news like this so that our gestational diabetic friends will be encouraged to take care of themselves for as long as nine years after the birth since new study has proven they are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes. The study conducted on this tracked 659,164 Ontario women for nine years and found 21,823 developed gestational diabetes and found this group to have a 20% more risk to develop type 2 diabetes.

The results of this study are published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal's July 29 issue. With precaution such as this, eating right and moving more, this increased risk may be reduced. Here's the link where I got this news.

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Diabetes Risk Linked to Dietary Factors

July 29, 2008

Here's another study that could help the diabetics and pre-diabetics to avoid drinking sweetened drinks or risk to develop the condition or if already diabetics may get complications. This research found that because fruits and vegetables are the main sources of vitamin C, eating even a small quantity of fruits and vegetables may benefit everyone concerned. Protection against diabetes rises as the consumption of fruit and vegetables increases.

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Walking 45 Minutes Everyday Limits Diabetes Impact

July 28, 2008

Imagine walking 45 minutes a day and after only a few weeks you will notice the improvement in the body's ability to store sugar and burn fats. The scientists found this out in a study conducted at Newcastle University. This makes sense as diabetes is linked to obesity and inactive lifestyle. The scientists used MRI scanners to measure the leg muscles of the participants before and after eight weeks.

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Diabetes Camp for Kids in Ohio

July 28, 2008

Registration is going on for The Greater Northwest Ohio Diabetes Camp. This will be for school children who have type 1 diabetes. They can even bring along a friend or a sibling to this camp to be held on August 22-August 24, 2008 at Camp Berry in Findlay, Financial aid is available. Otherwise it is $40 per camper. Contact Wendi Schworm, PA-C, at 419-424-0380 ext. 3120 or wschworm@bvma.com wschworm@bvma.com for more information. The above is a sample of a camp for kids with diabetes.

Diabetes Warning: A Heart to Heart Talk

July 28, 2008

Although we already know about this diabetes warning, it's still good to know other perspective on this. We now confirm that people who adhere to a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, fish, legumes, cereals and olive oil are less likely to develop new-onset diabetes. They also said that minimizing red meat and moderate intake of wine is part of this type of diet. We certainly have gone a long way since insulin was discovered because before this discovery, diabetes had 100 percent mortality. Now with the proper diet and physical exercise we can minimize death from not only metabolic sickness but also from cancer and others.


Kids with Diabetes and Their Families Learn to Control Blood Glucose

July 28, 2008

My heart went out to this boy, Joshua Black who is only six and has had 8500 plus finger pokes since being diagnosed with diabetes three years ago. He is tired of it but thankfully, he and his parents are determined to continue on with the blood glucose monitoring to prevent complications.

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Does Diabetes Decrease Fertility Among Males?

July 27, 2008

We have been waiting for this type of news so that we can act accordingly. It looks like new researches have shown that diabetes can damage the DNA of the sperms and that this impact happens most to those with type 1 diabetes but that this also happens to males with type 2 diabetes. The research findings have been presented at European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology conference in Barcelona this month. This is distressing in the sense that those developing diabetes are getting younger and so are on the reproductive age. I didn't see recommendations from the researchers except to say that for couples who want to have children, it will take longer.

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Massage Therapy Has Benefits for Diabetics

July 27, 2008

Certainly alternative forms of treatment have been recommended but this is the first time I have heard about massage therapy. This is welcome news as the more help the diabetics get, the easier will it be for them to cope with this condition. The Community Health Center at Winchester Hospital offers massage therapy services. Call 781-756-4700.

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Researchers Develop Vision Test for Early Detection

July 27, 2008

Thanks for this development, perhaps diabetic blindness will be a thing of the past because this device will be able to detect the condition early enough. This vision testing device is pain-free and inexpensive at $20 per test. Detecting the problem early will make it possible to work on managing the condition to avoid the complications.

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Some Sweeteners May Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

July 26, 2008

It is good to know that some sweeteners may help manage not only type 2 diabetes but also the complications that may come along with the condition. Apparently they contain a good amount of antioxidants. Of course we have to know their origin and the grade of refining but their potential to control high blood pressure and heart disease that are linked to diabetes is more than welcome.

Drinking Orange Juice Daily Raises Risk to Develop Type 2 Diabetes in Women

July 26, 2008

I'm glad I have found this news so I can tell others to be careful about drinking orange juice. I always thought it was one of the good foods because of its vitamin C content but now with this Harvard Medical School Study on the eating habits of more than 70,000 female nurses for over 18 years and finding that drinking orange juice increased their risk of developing type 2 diabetes, is making me think twice.

Learning to Cope With Juvenile diabetes

July 26, 2008

This is a good example for us to follow when dealing with diabetes. We can't really let it control our life. I am glad you have reported this so that when people who are living with diabetes read it, they will know it is not the end of the world. It will give such a powerful example for all and encourage them to cope and try to beat this condition. Imagine this boy lost 20 pounds and was sick with 800 blood glucose level. Did he lose hope? No, on the contrary after his hospital stay, he went back to school, played tough and won his tennis match.

Miss Teen Diva Yamilka George Will Work with the BVI Diabetes Association

July 25, 2008

It is good to know that people like Miss Teen Diva will work to promote healthy lifestyle among the young people. This will be part of her community service. Hope the other pageants will have similar projects. This way, people may be encouraged to maintain their health and prevent diabetes in the process. What a worthy endeavor! Imagine her bringing awareness about diabetes and encouraging people to lose weight to solve the obesity problem.

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Here's a Diabetes Story To Give Us Hope

July 25, 2008

What a lovely story, one that will only bring hope to thousands or even more. Any pump that will help the diabetics cope with their diabetes should really be provided free. It is the least we can do. Ben was diagnosed at 20 months and Byron at 14 years old. Now they are 23 and 25 years old. It was scary living with diabetes for this family. Once the firemen were called to bring Ben back to consciousness with the use of an IV of sugar juice.

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Hospital Opens New Endocrinology and Diabetes Center

July 25, 2008

The opening of its new Saratoga Center for Endocrinology and Diabetes can only mean more help is available for the diabetics and I rejoice every time I hear news such as this. Since this center specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and management of type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes among other conditions in the endocrine system, it's right down our alley. It's in the newly renovated Saratoga Family Physicians building, adjacent to Wilton Medical Arts on Route 50 near Exit 15.

Diabetes Health Fair set for October

July 24, 2008

It is so nice to have health fairs for the diabetics need events like this so they will get more information about their condition first-hand. This 5th Annual Northeast Regional Diabetes Health Fair will be Saturday, Oct. 18, at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling. It will be from 8 a.m. to 12 noon where there will be screenings, health presentations, nutrition education and other resources. All the events are free except optional A1c tests and flu shots. County Express will also provide free transportation.

Diabetes Experts Recommend One-Two Approach to Treat Patients with Pre-Diabetes

July 24, 2008

The recommendations here are so clear-cut, nothing is left but to follow them and stop diabetes on its track. I really believe that this two-pronged approach will work. The first which is lifestyle change has to be managed intensively in order for it to work its magic. The second approach is to prevent the development of cardiovascular complications and may require medications.

Big Rewards For Gestational Diabetes

July 24, 2008

This is great news for women and their children who are also at risk. Letting the families know of the small steps to prevent diabetes is much appreciated. The tips given to mothers and families are priceless. Here are the tips for mothers and families and I quote: "Tips for Mothers: If you have been diagnosed with gestational diabetes, get tested for diabetes six to 12 weeks after the baby is born, then every one to two years. It is good to breastfeed your baby because it may reduce the child's risk for type 2 diabetes. Please try to achieve the pre-pregnancy weight six to 12 months after the baby is born. Then, if you still weigh too much, work to lose at least 5 to 7 percent of your body weight. Try to be physically active at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week and eat smaller portions of healthy foods to help you reach and stay at a healthy weight.

As for tips for the family, make sure to tell the child’s doctor that you had gestational diabetes and ask for an eating plan for your child. Try following a healthy lifestyle as a family. Serve your children healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, dry beans and peas, whole grains, and low-fat or skim milk and cheese. Choose water to drink. Help them to be physically active at least 60 minutes a day. Limit TV watching and video and computer games to an hour or two a day.

Lives at Risk with Undiagnosed Diabetes

July 23, 2008

That's so true that lives are at risk when people with diabetes are not diagnosed. I'm glad they are reporting on this because we should really keep on doing this so people who are at risk will have themselves tested. This way the earlier they are diagnosed, the better is there a chance to reverse it or at least work on preventing the complications.

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Pre-diabetes Must Be Treated

July 23, 2008

The doctors are so right to urge that pre-diabetics have to be treated. Otherwise their condition will just become full-blown. Besides it is easier to do this than do the treatment when the complications are already there. So I thank them for this article so that all those concerned can make sure they work at preventing diabetes.

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Type 2 Diabetes Drug Treatment Approved in the European Union

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July 23, 2008

A new drug called Sitagliptin/Metformin or Janumet for Type 2 diabetes treatment was recently given the go-ahead in the European Union. This is a combination product of Merck & Co., Inc. that apparently aids in lowering the blood glucose level.

In addition to the help in the reduction of blood glucose level, Janumet has shown a lower risk for hypoglycemia and weight gain. It targets the three main deficiencies of diabetes. What are these defects? It's the insufficient insulin from the pancreas, liver's manufacture of too much glucose and the problem of insulin release. How does this medication do it?

The part that sitagliptin plays raises the active incretins which boosts the process of increasing insulin production and its release from the pancreas at the same time reducing the secretion of glucagon. This leads to lower glucagon production in the liver. We are more familiar with metformin's part in targeting resistance to insulin.

Approval has also been given to Janumet to be combined with sulphonylurea as an addition to diet and exercise to get better glycemic control. This means it is now approved in fifty countries all over the world. There has been over one million prescriptions on this medication.

Stefan Oschmann who is Merck’s president in Canada, Europe, Africa and Middle East is pleased with this approval. He said that doctors now have a new effective way of helping their patients reach their goal in keeping their blood sugar level within normal range.

In the 24-week clinical trial involving 701 patients who have A1C levels from mild to moderate and were not sufficiently helped by metformin alone, Janumet showed that it lowered the blood glucose levels. The same thing happened in the 30-week clinical trial.

There is a precaution in the sense it should not be used for patients who have renal impairment either severe or moderate. Neither should it be used for those with ketoacidosis, diabetic pre-coma, chronic condition that may result in tissue hypoxia. Moreover, it is contra-indicated for patients exhibiting acute intoxication from alcohol, alcoholism and those who are lactating.

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New Medical Research on Chronically Tired, Diabetes and TB

July 22, 2008

So people who are chronically tired can be helped better by cognitive behavioural therapy than any other therapeutic measures including psychological treatment? I thought all the while that cognitive behavioural therapy involves some kind of psychological approach. Oxford University led this study so I am not questioning it at all. I just have to read more about cognitive behavioural therapy. The thing that made me feel bad though is the announcement from Harvard School of Public Health that the diabetics are more prone to develop Tuberculosis.

Merck Profit Gains on Diabetes Pill

July 22, 2008

The third largest drugmaker in the US reported a 5% increase on sales of its diabetes pill Januvia. Sales of diabetes pills Januvia and Janumet more than doubled to $406 million. Apparently doctors have been changing their patients to Januvia from Avandia since the warning that the latter could increase risk of heart problems. Thanks for this news because while I have heard of the FDA warning regarding Avandia, I thought Glaxo Smith was changing the labels in order to continue selling this product. Here's the link:

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Juvenile Diabetes Growing at Alarming Rate

July 22, 2008

This is indeed sad news. With Juvenile diabetes becoming an epidemic, it is just heart-breaking to know the children who will be affected by this. Imagine babies not even one year old needing insulin shots every day. It's good though that researchers are going with work to find a cure especially studies on the stem cells. This will indeed make life easier for these children and their families. Doctors have predicted the cure will come in ten to fifteen years. I hope and pray they are right. Meantime, I will be counting the years, no the days, till that prediction becomes a reality.

Imagine five-year old, Miya has learned how to check her blood sugar levels all by herself. She does it six times a day. Her mother said they have to count each carb that enters her mouth. Here's the link:

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Warning Over Undiagnosed Diabetes

July 21, 2008

Approximately over half a million Britons are putting themselves at risk because they are not aware they have diabetes. I don't blame Charity Diabetes UK to issue this alert because some are not diagnosed for up to a year and by that time some are already showing some signs of complications. Please tell your relatives who are at risk to get tested.

MSU Pharmacy Taps Natural Cures for Diabetes

July 21, 2008

It is a good thing that the search for natural cures is on-going like the one that MSUniversity's Department of Pharmacy is conducting. So they are now having pre-clinical trials on the benefit derived from methi and ginger extracts. Apparently this can help reduce hypertension among the diabetics. I think the MSU's professor of Pharmacology, R. Balaraman, is right to say that both fenugreek and ginger can help bring down hypertension.

Camp Shows Students How to Cope With Diabetes

July 21, 2008

Here's another cool thing I discovered while searching for something for all parents of diabetic children. Imagine diabetic children going to the camp and learning about how to live with diabetes. There should be something like this going on all over the country. Parents of diabetic children should know about this so they will be more hopeful and not carry the burden alone. Thank you for this article.

Diabetes Support Panel Will Hold a Meeting This Week

July 21, 2008

It is good to know there are meetings like this going on. It is another support that we can live with. Try to find out meetings like this around your area as they are open to the public. They will offer such tremendous support. Here's the link:

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Rotary Club Donates $10,000 for Diabetes

July 20, 2008

This is great news. Not only did the members of the Rotary Club become healthier for losing more than 150 pounds but also they were able to donate the money they raised to help the diabetics. We hope we shall have more of this. This association is truly a role model to all of us. I know a lot of you have already lost weight but this news might just encourage some more to do the same. This the link:

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Prevent Damage to Kidneys by Controlling Diabetes

July 20, 2008

If the blood glucose is out of normal range, problems can occur in many parts of the body. How true is this! But it is still good to keep this out in the open as a reminder for all of those concerned to control their diabetes. We know we can slow down the problem this way. I thank them for reminding us of this and of the recommendation to see the eye doctor to rule out retinopathy as this could be an omen for kidney problem.

By the way, The American Dialysis Center will start conducting free education classes each month, that will begin in August, for diabetics to prevent health problems from diabetes. Classes will be on the first and third Tuesdays and Thursdays of each month, from 1 to 2 p.m. The class size will be limited to 15 attendees and will start at the beginner level on August 5, 7, 19 and 21. For more information and to sign up, call Eric Hayes or Eileen Escalera at 646-3773. I hope they will have this type of sessions all over the world. This is an example of classes on diabetes that could be offered near you.

Pain And Numbness Linked to Diabetes Could Be Eased

July 19, 2008

Those with diabetes often have pain and numbness. We know that this is due to the high blood glucose levels which harm the nerve cells. Now the physician-scientists at New York- Presbyterian/Weill Cornell are checking up a drug called reboxetine that could ease the chronic pain and sleepless nights some diabetics have to endure. I thank Science Daily for this news. I am hoping and praying that this will be the answer to our prayers. I will keep watching for it and you will be the first to know.

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Staying Healthy With Diabetes

July 19, 2008

It's good that Joslin Diabetes made it known that they have a new book on Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Weight and Wellness. This will be so good for the type 2 diabetics. The author of this book is Amy Campbell, M.S., R.D., C.D.E. They said it again and it is true what I said in my article at Ezines.com that even a little bit of weight loss will help a lot. Thank you for this article. I don't know if this is free or it costs something. I will try to find out. Here is the link:

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Fruit Juice Linked to Diabetes

July 18, 2008

And all this time I thought fruit juice was a healthy food item. But this study appears to be reliable because it involved 71,000 women and was carried out for 18 years. At least three servings a day of fruit and leafy vegetables are not linked to diabetes. Instead adding one serving of whole fruit or leafy vegetables actually decreased the chance to get the disease. This is the link where I got this news:

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Miller's Ailment Can Serve as Diabetes Warning

July 18, 2008

This is indeed a wake-up call for those with and without diabetes. It's too bad he didn't take control of his diabetes because it is certainly possible to live a long and healthy life if one follows the "gold standard" of diabetes control. Getting at least two hemoglobin A1C exams each year and making sure the blood glucose level is as close to normal as possible will really help. It's too bad this Jazz owner neglected himself for too long. I like what the doctor said that "It's really important to have a very good diet, and exercise. Preventing diabetes is way easier than treatment."

Diabetes Community Fights Insurance Companies For Denials of Life-Saving Devices

July 18, 2008

Diabetes Talkfest sponsored the first Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems Denial Day on July 1. How cool is that! This is good news that people are banding together to take on the insurance system. The insurance companies have a track record of denying claims for such an important tool for the diabetics. I hope all the success for this Denial Campaign and if there is a possibility we can sign a petition in the website, please let us know.

Diabetes Limb Loss Could Be Reduced

July 17, 2008

I love news like this as it will give hope to some diabetics. It looks like University of Bristol scientists are on to something great. Now that they have determined which protein cells could be responsible for this severe diabetes complication, I hope that they would go ahead and find a drug treatment that will target these protein cells.

I like what the article said that this discovery could lower the number of Britons losing their limbs which now stands at 100 a week. Imagine how many in the whole world will save their limbs. I will follow this with interest. The following link is the source of this news item:

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Diabetes Crusader Recognized Nationally

July 17, 2008

Bravo, Cynthia Evans! Good work and you deserve that special medallion awarded you by Diabetes Australia. Imagine having been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes since five years old! She has learned a lot of lessons, she said. Among them is this: “You must follow the rules but still enjoy your life.”

She said that despite a number of setbacks, she has quite a lot of happy memories. After trying to cope with diabetes for 51 years, she has this to say, “I’m just looking to enjoy life, keep on laughing and carry on one day at a time. You don’t ever let it [diabetes] control you.” This is the link where I got this news:

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Positive Diabetes Events

July 16, 2008

Wow! This is such a good way to get people to want to do what they can for diabetes. It is indeed necessary to have events like this every so often. Imagine holding a spa and education day for women at risk for diabetes or living with diabetes. There may be a free "Divabetic—Makeover Your Diabetes" near you. They are scheduled to stage this event at Washington, D.C., Cleveland, New Orleans and Miami where in addition to checking the blood sugar levels, there will be makeup artists, photographers, image consultants, stylists and life consultants. Watch for similar events in your area.

Men to Work Harder to Reduce Diabetes Risk

July 16, 2008

Oh, oh, this is not good news for men. Apparently they have to work harder to reduce their risk for diabetes but there is a good side to this. If they catch this news early, then they will have time to reduce their risk. Also do you know what this study found out? Here it goes: If men exercised more, they would have more success at losing weight than women. This is the link where I got this news:

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Type 1 Diabetes Insulin News

July 16, 2008

The newly introduced long-acting insulin this decade that has replaced the intermediate-acting one is found to be just a little better in the tighter control of type 1 diabetes when the two types were compared. However, this new study found that long-acting insulin is found to offer benefit in the hypoglycemia risk.

Moshe Vardi, M.D., the author said that they reviewed 23 studies consisting of 6500 people to determine if the long-acting insulin has an important benefit since it has become popular in the type 1 diabetes treatment. Working in Haifa, Israel's Carmel Medical Center in the department of internal medicine, Vardi said that drug companies have been campaigning hard to promote the new insulin.

The new treatment replaces the insulin more closely to the way the body releases it. When injected, it restores the secreted insulin continuously. In addition, the spike that happens after a meal is replaced as well. This report is published in The Cochrane Library of the Cohrane Collaboration after checking on the quality and substance of the medical trials.

The majority of type 1 diabetics inject insulin (either long or intermediate acting) once or two times a day and an additional dose of rapid or short-acting insulin at meal times. Another option of course is the use of insulin pumps. The intermediate-acting ones have been in use since the 1950's but now a number of doctors think the long-acting insulin is better.

So to determine which offers the most benefit, the researchers examined the A1C results and the fasting sugar levels in the blood. They also assess hypoglycemia and other unfavorable events to evaluate the safety. Since type 1 diabetics require large insulin amount, hypoglycemia risk is much higher than their insulin-treated type 2 cousins. And if hypoglycemia is left untreated, it could lead to seizures and coma.

Vardi said they found the advantage of the long-acting just small in the A1C results when compared to the results of the intermediate-acting insulin. But they did find that the long-acting insulin reduces the hypoglycemia risk at night by 30%. There was no difference when checked with the other unpleasant events.

This is the reason why in the United States, they do not use the intermediate-acting insulin much. So did I. Hirsch, M.D, of Seattle's Diabetes Center in the University of Washington's School of Medicine say. Dr. Hirsch is a type 1 diabetes expert. He said that the reduction in hypoglycemia makes the new long-acting insulin a good treatment choice.

Dr. Hirsch said the older insulin is not a good treatment option because of its unnatural peak which the newer insulin does not have. This is significant for those who try hard to reduce their blood glucose level but many do not do this. He thinks this is the reason why studies show no significant difference between the long and intermediate acting insulin.

Still, Dr. Vardi and his team concluded that there is no significant difference between the two types. Vardi gave this cautionary statement: There has not been any studies that researched the risk for the long term diabetes complications.

Liver Protein Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

July 9, 2008

A new study at the School of Medicine in University of California in San Diego found that liver protein may help determine who will get type 2 diabetes. JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association) is publishing the results of the study today as I write this.

The leader of this study who is UCSD's Division of Nephrology and Hypertension's assistant professor, Joachim H. Ix, M.D., M.A.S. along with the other researchers found the protein that is linked to type 2 diabetes. This protein is called fetuin-A which is produced by the cells in the liver.

The researchers found the link apart from the other risk factors. The increased risk is 1.7- fold. It is only now that this association has been assessed in humans despite the fact it has been known that the protein played a role in resistance to insulin.

This study's finding makes it possible to consider fetuin-A as a new treatment in the prevention of insulin resistance as well as in the treatment. In this research, they measured the fetuin-A levels in 519 participants who were from 70 to 79 years old and did not have diabetes.

They followed these individuals for six years and found that those whose fetuin-A levels were the highest also had higher chance to develop diabetes. This finding is in comparison to those whose fetuin-A levels were low. The levels of adipocytokines which control the blood glucose metabolism did not affect the findings.

Neither did physical activity level or the other risk factors affect the finding that linked fetuin-A to diabetes. The results were also the same in spite of race, obesity and gender. This study should be duplicated for people who are middle-aged specially since the occurrence of type 2 diabetes is highest in this age group.

New Findings Could Trigger Better Therapy for Diabetes

July 2, 2008

Cell metabolism just published the findings of the scientists from Uppsala University that show better understanding of the processes involving the release of insulin. They used the image analysis method that enabled the researchers to see what happens in the plasma membrane of the cells that secrete insulin.

The molecule that controls the functions in the cell is called cAMP (cyclic AMP). Among its functions is what it does in the insulin release from the pancreas' beta cells. While the scientists knew that cAmp describes how some hormones can increase the secretion of insulin, they didn't know how it accomplished this role.

So for the first time, the University of Uppsala developed the ways to measure both the cAmp and the insulin secretion in the beta cells. They found out that a molecule known as ATP leads to more cAmp concentration at the cell where the insulin is released. They also discovered that the increase in the concentration corresponded with the changes that calcium ion triggered.

Anders Tengholm, the chief investigator, said that the discovery leads to the better understanding of the insulin release in healthy people. The secretion of insulin brought about by glucose needs both the coordination of the cAMP and calcium signals.

Knowing that the cAMP production is stimulated by the metabolism in the cell shows a new way to regulate the process. This link between the production of the cAMP and metabolism is significant not only for the insulin secretion but also in cell growth and survival as well as in the regulation of the gene. This will only make the development of new drugs easier.



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