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Here are some snippets of diabetes medical news just to keep you current:

Dramatic Rise In Childhood Diabetes Found

September 30, 2008

This article will show how important it is to keep a healthy weight. This is a wake-up call for parents to try to encourage their children to eat healthy and that includes the correct portion. It is not good to stuff oneself when already full. Not only will one become obese but also may become vulnerable to a high risk for a number of diseases.

I try to put only the most important alert of the day as it does not seem people want more than that. Especially my host does not think it wise to use up space when people do not have much use for it. Thank you for the rest of you who come and visit this site for it means I can continue doing this. So please encourage your friends and family to read a page a day.

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Diabetes Prevention Challenges Doctors

September 29, 2008

Here's a new approach that some doctors employ. I believe it is the approach that will help avoid those complications. This chronic care model is showing the lowest risk for the complications, so I shot them a note on how can we ensure that this is the approach that will be employed all over the country. I am waiting with much anticipation.

Patients With Pre-Diabetes Can Still Prevent Full-Blown Diabetes

September 28, 2008

Here's Carol who is newly diagnosed with pre-diabetes but she is determined not to get the full-blown condition so she is doing the best she can to avoid it. First, she stopped smoking. Then she stopped having coffee, stopped drinking alcohol. Don't you admire her guts and effort?

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Excessive Cleanliness Could Increase Risk of Diabetes

September 27, 2008

I suppose this makes sense in a way. Those who live in a germ-free environment will have no practice at battling the disease while if one lives with some friendly bacteria, then the body will be used to fighting or at least be resistant to diabetes and other conditions. Isn't this the principle behind vaccination?

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Packing for a Trip

September 26, 2008

Here's someone who made lemonade out of the lemon and did a good job at it. This looks like a diary of some sort, but I'd like you to pay particular attention to her entry on September 18, 2008 so please scroll down till you see this date. You'll be surprised at what she packed. Wish I could do as well as she did.

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What To Do When Insurers Deny Coverage for Treatment

September 25, 2008

There are several strategies that can help you in your case when battling with the insurance companies who will deny your claim for treatment. There is a growing number of appeals now. It will help if you have all your paper work. You may also have to enlist the help of your doctor. And get this, some states consider appeals that have been denied by the private insurance companies.

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Study Finds Nasal Insulin Does Not Prevent Diabetes In Children

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September 24, 2008

Lancet reported a finding of a study that said nasal insulin does not prevent diabetes in children. Dispensing insulin through the nasal cavity does not delay or prevent the appearance of diabetes in children who are at a high risk of developing the condition due to the presence of autoantibodies and having a member of the family with the disease.

Dr. Olli Simell, Dr. Kirsti Nanto-Salonen both of the Finland's University of Turku and their peers conducted a clinical trial after a study on animals showed positive outcome. The animal study showed that insulin therapy could lessen the occurrence of type 1 diabetes with the best results happening when nasal insulin is done on young animals at the beginning of the disease.

That said, the researchers started analyzing the blood samples of 116,720 babies from three Finland hospitals as well as those of their 3,430 brothers and sisters. They found an increased risk in 17,397 babies and 1,613 siblings.

Of the aforementioned numbers, 11,225 and 1,574 agreed to be screened for diabetes every 3-12 months. The controlled group consisted of 264 children. The insulin group numbered 137 children while the placebo group's number is 127. The length of the intervention is 1.8 years.

What did they find? From the insulin group 49 children were diagnosed to have type 1 diabetes. Almost the same number, 47 in fact from the placebo group developed the condition so the difference was not significant at all. This led the authors to conclude that dispensing nasal insulin did not prevent nor delay the occurrence of type 1 diabetes.

Dr. John Todd and Dr. David B. Dunger both of UK's University of Cambridge gave their opinion on the Nanto-Salonen findings. They said that there may be an autoantibody seroconversion in the first three years of life that suggests there is an early susceptibility to the condition.

Diabetes Medical News Nuggets

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Retired Hawaii Teachers Warn of Diabetes Dangers

September 23, 2008

Here are retired teachers from Hawaii who are spending their retirement years wisely. They're making the diabetes presentations to schoolchildren, office workers, etc. They want to lower the people's risk of developing diabetes by making some lifestyle changes. What a difference they're making in people's lives!

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Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis Means Meds - Right Away

September 23, 2008

I was surprised to read that those recently diagnosed should take medication right away. Some authorities said not to take medications until after trying to change one's lifestyle but I guess since the American Diabetes Association has recommended this, it must be the way to go. If I were the one, I'd ask my doctor which way to go. By the way the medication metformin they say is not for those with impaired kidney function and caution is advised for those with heart failure and some types of severe liver disease.

Tips Can Stave off Type 2 Diabetes

September 22, 2008

Here is a fun way to find out how much we know about preventing diabetes. We could even have a contest on it and have prizes. In their case you will be asked some questions. Find out whether you really know how to prevent diabetes. Then tell us your score and I will tell you mine.

Good Gut Bacteria May Protect Against Diabetes

September 22, 2008

There's good news on the researchers at Yale University and the University of Chicago discovering a friendly gut bacteria that may protect against Type 1 diabetes? I shot them a comment that while I am excited over this, I wanted to know what to do next in order for this to be of help to the diabetics.

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Hot Shots for the Cure: Fighting Diabetes

September 22, 2008

I have a confession to make. I thought this news was about a cure for diabetes so my heart was pumping as I unloaded the article only to find that it was a walk that they were planning for diabetes. But that's okay because we have to support each other's effort to get a cure for this condition.


Diabetes Up Sharply in Europe

September 21, 2008

Britains's diabetes rate is on the rise, just like the rest of the world. So how do we turn the tide around? As this article mentioned, this condition can be controlled with diet, exercise and drug therapy. With government cost rising to 10% we should be motivated to try preventative measures.

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Clinic on Wheels for Diabetes Patients

September 21, 2008

Do we ever need these clinic on wheels for if people do not come to be tested then we will come to do so. This is what they did. It was like an assembly line. A doctor pricked the finger, then another doctor announced the sugar level. Neat, huh? But you know someone complained that he didn't want to be tested because he didn't want to stand in a queue. Go figure. New Non-invasive Device Could Control Diabetes

September 21, 2008

Here's something that is non-invasive and yet could help control the weight and lower blood glucose level. It certainly sounds better than the bariatric surgery because no scalpel is used. There were no details reported on the actual study so I'd wait for that before implementing as I'd like to know how long was the study conducted, how many participated and what is the track record of the result.

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Type 1 Diabetes May Be the Result of Good Genes Behaving Badly

September 20, 2008

They're now saying the genes may not be at fault when it comes to diabetes. Shees, (I don't know how to spell this word but it's not a swear word, honest!) I don't know what to believe now. The thing is they have a leg to stand on because a study of identical twins showed one developed diabetes and the other did not. Well, at least they will build upon the building block of knowledge which will guide future researchers.

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Angie Stone 'Fearless' of Diabetes, Encourages Others Through 'F.A.C.E.'

September 20, 2008

Angie Stone, a celebrity in her own right is facing diabetes head on and helping others do the same. How is she doing it? By encouraging diabetics to take control of their condition and learn to manage their diabetes better. She is the spokesperson for the association that should scare the diabetes away because their name starts with the word Fearless.

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How to Establish a Fun and Healthy Diabetes Diet

September 20, 2008

Here's a good guide to follow when planning a healthy meal. I am glad too when they said a diabetic diet is a healthy diet that everyone needs. So this would mean they can eat the same as the others who eat in a healthy manner.

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Links to Diabetes, Heart Disease Escalate BPA Controversy

September 18, 2008

This BPA controversy has gone up another notch, but what drew me to this article are the suggestions to minimize exposure to it and therefore avoid its links to diabetes and other diseases. Among them are not to microwave and wash polycarbonate plastic containers, avoid those with #7 on the bottom, use glass, porcelain or stainless steel containers and baby products labeled BPA free and of course eat fresh or frozen foods instead of canned ones.

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Simple Leg Pain or Deadly Blood Clot?

September 18, 2008

This may not be related to diabetes but I am concerned that for those with diabetes leg pain the condition called DVT may be there too so it is a good idea to have this condition ruled out by your doctor next time you make a visit to him.

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Key Protein Molecule Linked To Diverse Human Chronic Inflammatory Diseases

September 17, 2008

Research like this will hopefully help us move forward into that age when finally the cure for diabetes will be found. While this condition is no longer a death threat, thank goodness to the discovery of insulin, still we're hoping and praying for something better.

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Bottle, Container Chemical Linked to Diabetes, and Heart Disease

September 17, 2008

Studies have shown that there is a link between food and drink containers and diabetes and heart disease. Why then does FDA insist this is safe? Hmm.. What to do? To be safe, I will keep checking it out because even babies from their bottles are said not to be safe.

Making the Choice About Medicare Parts B and D

September 17, 2008

Here's some help on how to make a choice regarding Medicare Parts B and D. I don't blame people for having a difficult time choosing which one to apply for. Why? Because it looks like it is written in a convoluted way with loop holes here and there.

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A Review of the Usefulness and Safety of Premixed Insulin in Type 2 Diabetics Plus Drug Treatment for Osteoporosis

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September 17, 2008

Let us first study the review of the effectiveness and safety of premixed insulin for type 2 diabetics. The result of the National Health Interview Survey reported 28% of type 2 diabetics use insulin alone or a combination of oral antidiabetic medication to manage their blood sugar levels.

This survey was conducted because of the rising statistics of type 2 diabetes and the increasing number of those who use premixed insulin for glycemic control. Along with the significance of glycemic control to lower morbidity and mortality, the researchers thought it was good to compare them as to the safety and effectiveness of premixed insulin and oral medication.

What did they find? Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) researchers found that premixed insulin offers tighter glycemic control than their long-acting insulin cousins. They also provide better glycemic control than the oral antidiabetic medication. They did say though that there should be a longer follow-up on this to make sure of the long term results.

Now on to the guidelines issued by the American College of Physicians as part of the news from the Annals of Internal Medicine. It is an essential guideline for the men and women who need treatment as a result of osteoporosis. This is also known as low bone density.

Osteoporosis, we know is a serious disease that afflicts approximately forty million Americans. On top of this, about thirty four million are at an increased risk of developing this condition because they have low bone mass.

So now the new guideline recommends for doctors to propose drug treatment for men and women who have osteoporosis or suffered from fracture before. This is the same recommendation to prevent fracture to those who are at risk to develop osteoporosis.

As for the drugs to use, the writers did not mention any specific ones. They left the decision to the doctors depending on the benefits, risks and side effects of the said drugs. Why did they leave it up to the doctor? It is because they did not find any one drug that stands out as better than the others.

Diabetes Medical News Nuggets

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Classes Teach Diabetics How to Avoid Problems

September 16, 2008

The registered dietitian Nancy Maza is doing a great service for people with diabetes by imparting her knowledge and skills at these classes. Indeed in menu planning, the problem is in the details and not in avoiding carbohydrates, as an example. Hope Ms. Maza will travel all around the country to spread the message.

Ask the Expert: Local Resources For Diabetes

September 16, 2008

Here's a good resource where one can ask questions from the expert. They have classes. Medicare, Medicaid and many private insurers may pay a share of the costs for attending these classes. And you can bring a guest at no cost.

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Tampa Bay Diabetes Expo

September 16, 2008

This expo held in Tampa Bay Area was a great help for those with diabetes. They had health screenings and cooking demonstration on healthy food preparation. We hope we will have expos like this to give support for the diabetics all over the country.

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Rainy-day Sunshine Kids Carnival

September 15, 2008

The Santo walk will raise funds and the overall 2008 goal is 6 million dollars. It is open to the public and there is no registration fee. Anyone who raises $100 will get A T-shirt for the event. It will be in Chicago on October 25.

Arthritis Drug Helps Diabetes

September 15, 2008

You will like this article as it has background information on the causes, prevention and treatment. We have heard of salsalate before and now the researchers are saying this will also be good to treat diabetes as it has been shown in the studies.

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Diabetes Group Meets and Gives Comfort to Families

September 15, 2008

It is great for families to get together with common interest like they have. It is just a great help for families who are new to the situation. It will worry them less knowing that some families have gone through not knowing anything before and then after two years, they become proficient in counting carbohydrates, checking the blood glucose level and giving insulin shots.

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Diabetes, Dialysis, and Nutrition Care Interaction

September 14, 2008

It makes one feel good that nurses try hard to understand the magnitude of diabetes and work at making a difference in the lives of their patients. This is what we need instead of all the talk and some empty promises out there. The nurses in this article try to learn all they can about glycemic control and other things to improve the quality of life of their patients.

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First Ever Walk To Cure Juvenile Diabetes Held in Idaho Falls

September 14, 2008

My heart goes out to these kids who have to struggle with diabetes having to prick their fingers several times to test the blood sugar level and getting four shots a day. But these families in this community must not feel alone because their neighbors are showing their support in meaningful ways.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT- What’s Cookin’ with Diabetes

September 14, 2008

This will be a great seminar which will be for two hours on October 2 and is sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, K-State Research and Extension, and Prime Therapeutics, LLC. There will be expert help on diabetes and take home materials on tasty recipes and resources in the community. It is a free seminar but registration is by September 25.

 

Diabetes Center Will Close

September 13, 2008

I am just surprised that the Rice Diabetes and Nutrition Center is closing when it has done such a wonderful job. Why close this now when the incidence of diabetes is rising. With all the millions of dollars awarded for research, could they not have spared some funds for this wonderful facility?

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Diabetes Management Needed

September 13, 2008

That's true taking action has long-term benefits and now this is proven again by the result of this study. I like the term "legacy effect" of the intensive glucose therapy for the first ten years that will make one have lower risk for the complications. I say let's go for it.

Biodel Shares Down on Diabetes Drug

September 13, 2008

It is good to know that the authorities concerned are cautious about releasing drugs and making sure they are both effective and safe for public consumption. I'm just wondering why shares are already on sale when the last-stage program has shown that the product seems not to be meeting the standard.

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New Medicare Payment Policy To Enhance Patient Safety

September 12, 2008

This is scary in my opinion. Why? Because if Medicare refuses to pay for what it deems as an error on the part of the hospital, who will be left holding the bag? Is this another way of just passing the buck? Hopefully the powers-that-be will see the unfair advantage this may be on the patients.

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$50 Million Donation Benefits Diabetes Research

September 12, 2008

Here's another $50 million dollar donation this time to The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. I really hope this money will be used for the benefit of all diabetics. All this money keeps rolling in. Why, was it only yesterday we had news of over $300 million granted to USF for diabetes? If I had this money I would provide all diabetics with the continuous monitoring system.

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Team Sharon Walks for Diabetes Cure

September 12, 2008

Sharon Team is walking for diabetes cure. Now, don't you think these people deserve some grant from the millions and millions earmarked for research? I wish I could join their walk but alas my schedule is to be in the Boston area on October 26-27 and not on the 4rth when they have this event.


Sidewalk Sale at Macon Store to Help Diabetes Foundation

September 11, 2008

This same company raised more than a quarter of a million dollars last year. This year the newest store in Macon will hold its 14th sidewalk sale to raise for funds for the cure of juvenile diabetes and they are aiming to raise $300,000 all for the cure of juvenile diabetes.

USF President Envisions Campus Diabetes Hospital

September 11, 2008

I love this news for we have a diabetes expert in this area and right in my backyard too. Can you imagine the resources I will be able to access from this? And this expert Jeffrey Krischer has been granted $398 million in research funding to study the cause and find a cure for Type 1 diabetes.

Pain Killing Drug Can Prevent Retinal Problems Caused By Diabetes

September 10, 2008

This is not what I expected these researchers have the evidence that a pain killer of a drug, called pentazocine can also prevent damage to the eyes caused by diabetes. I have to study this some more before any implementation or if you, consult with your eye doctor by showing this news item.

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Diabetes; Life After Diagnosis

September 10, 2008

This is a good way to face the challenge of a diabetes diagnosis. Stress the positive. Knowing what’s wrong can ease the stress of wondering what’s making you feel sick. Now that you know what’s wrong the strategies to fight and beat it will be laid.

Diabetes Prevention Program Is a Success in the Community

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September 10, 2008

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine will publish next month an article on the report from the School of Medicine at Indiana University. The researchers say that YMCA and similar organizations can help with educating the public about the prevention of diabetes.

YMCA has more than 2500 facilities in over 10000 inner-city, suburbs and rural areas. These can indeed be mobilized in helping dispense diabetes prevention strategies since it has a track record of implementing health promotion programs.

The researchers conducted a study to see how this can be done. The participants are from two YMCA facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana. One facility used the Diabetes Prevention Program on diet and exercise to reduce or delay diabetes. The other used the standard advice on the prevention of diabetes.

There were 92 participants who were divided into two groups of 46 each. Both groups were given educational materials but one group received 16 meetings lasting 60-90 minutes over 16-20 weeks. They discussed how to set goals, self-monitor and solve problems. This is the intervention group while the other is the control group.

After four to six months, the weight of the intervention group went down by 6% (5.7 kg or 12.5 lbs) compared to the control group that achieved only a weight loss of 2% (1.8 kg or 4 lbs). The researchers think the difference is significant.

The same happened in cholesterol concentration. Here the intervention participants had a total cholesterol concentration of -21.6 mg/dL while the control group had +6 mg/dL. The differences remained during the follow-up at 12-14 months.

Ronald T. Ackermann, MD, MPH said that this very first study shows that YMCA is an effective tool to use for people to participate in the Diabetes Prevention Program. This should be studied further in order to reduce the risk for diabetes.

Diabetes Medical News Nuggets

Here are some snippets of diabetes medical news just to keep you current:

Continuous Monitoring Help Control Diabetes

September 9, 2008

Here's a study that may just make the insurers agree to cover payment for the use of the continuous monitoring device as this study showed that not only will it help patients see how their lifestyle changes affect their blood glucose level but also they will be able to see the trend and then make changes to correct whatever needs correction.

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Xoma Diabetes Studies Could Lead to One Monthly Dose

September 9, 2008

Pretty soon, we may be able to take just one dose per month because a study is showing that one is enough to control the blood sugar level. Won't that be grand. We will be like the people who have osteoporosis who just take a single dose per month.

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Sweets Lead to Diabetes

September 9, 2008

It was difficult going on to this site only to find out it was only a nursery rhyme. At least we could tell from the title that sweets are not good for diabetes which is a reasonable presumption.

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Calendar of Events, Screenings, Support Groups and More

September 8, 2008

There's a workshop on Defeating Type 2 Diabetes where they will teach the five key food types to control blood glucose but they're charging $30 which I find a bit steep. Then there's the one on pre diabetes and how to make changes to prevent or delay it.

4,000 Walk for Diabetes Cure

September 8, 2008

Raising funds for research on diabetes cure is surely a worthy endeavor. Hopefully, this will lead to a diabetes cure soon. Many are the events that do try to raise money and there are as many researchers who put long hours into trying to discover something to make the life of the diabetics easier to bear.

Applications for Diabetes Camp in Yuma

September 8, 2008

Applications are available for this camp to be held in Yuma on November 14-15 for children with diabetes. If you live around there, try registering your kid by September 30. There's scholarship available so the $20 fee could be waived. Call Christine Winters, YRMC Diabetes Program coordinator, at 336-2332.

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Lifestyle Rx: Lifestyle Choices Can Disarm Diabetes

September 7, 2008

We've known this all along that lifestyle changes could reverse diabetes. But this has proof from a world renowned diabetes authority by showing the results of the experiments he conducted illustrating the benefits of the lifestyle changes on reversing and preventing diabetes.

Allen Teams Up with JDR Foundation to 'Sack Diabetes'

September 7, 2008

Jared Allen, defensive end of the Minnesota Vikings has signed up with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Since some people look up to him, this will be good in two ways: It will raise awareness for diabetes and raise funds for the JDRF. How will he do this? He will donate $3000 for every quarterback he sacks, whatever that means.

Vitamin C May Lower Diabetes Risk

September 7, 2008

The researchers from Cambridge, England say Vitamin C may lower the risk to develop diabetes. I have a gut feeling they may be on to something and the 12-year study they conducted proves it. There's some trouble ahead though and that is that gum disease may be an indication that the diabetes risk is there lurking in the shadows.


Diabetes Walk in October

September 6, 2008

There's a diabetes walk in October that I might be able to join. It is a worthy cause that attracts 3000 to 4000 every year. Last year they raised over a million dollars for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. There are free breakfast, lunch and beverages and any walker raising $50 will receive a prize - admission to Six Flags. Let's make this a family affair and bring your children as there will be activities for them. Looney Tunes characters are coming to visit!

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Study Found Link Between Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and Neurodegeneration

September 6, 2008

Here's one more incentive to lose weight and maintain a healthy weight. The study showed that obesity and type 2 diabetes can contribute to mild cognitive impairment and AD. It further recommended that reducing obesity and preventing and controlling diabetes could change the course.

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Good Old Cousin of Aspirin Used to Treat Type 2 Diabetes

September 6, 2008

Something old is new again. Some doctors at Joslin Diabetes Center had an AHA Moment after reading about the treatment used over a hundred years ago. Apparently, it is a cousin of aspirin called salsalate and used long ago. They used it again to help out with the arthritis pain and found out that the blood sugar level became stable too. I can't wait for the clinical trial to be over.

Diet and Exercise Can Cut Diabetes Risk Factors

September 5, 2008

I don't think there is anything new in this news but the result of this study just confirms what we have been saying all along: diet and exercise cut diabetes risk. So please help me spread the word because you and I can stop the statistics from rising more.

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Nibbles: Genes Link Low Birth Weight and Diabetes Plus Thinking Makes You Fat

September 5, 2008

I am concerned about the last part of these news nibbles on how thinking makes one fat. I will have to revisit this topic and study it some more. Why? Because I think a lot and this may be the reason why I am gaining weight. This is one type though of "too much information" I don't mind at all because I learned a lot from all the topics.

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Diabetes Is Now More Common and More Preventable

September 5, 2008

While it is true the frequency of diabetes is rising, there is hope that it is more preventable. How? Just heed the risk, spread the word and get tested. Then if you have pre diabetes, it will be easier to reverse the condition and the complications that come with it. This is the precious lesson I got from this news. Thank you.

Dash for Diabetes

September 4, 2008

Hey, there's a free clinic for diabetics at Kansas City Free Health Clinic. This is great news. There is no cost of medical treatment for patients who don’t have access to the regular care they need. Volunteer physicians from the local community are the staff. Now they're going to have a Diabetes Dash Event on September 20, I suppose to raise funds for the clinic.

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Old Diabetes Rules Don't Apply

September 4, 2008

I wondered why they said there's a change in the old rules when the rule regarding diabetic diet has always been the same. You don't have to get special food. Just eat healthy meals and you will be fine. And the healthy food the diabetics eat is the same food everyone who wants to be healthy should eat anyway.


Quick Takes on Health: Diabetes management; caring for a disabled family member; Ovarian cancer;

September 3, 2008

The name of their symposium is The Hope for Tomorrow, Living for Today. I was attracted by the title saying diabetes management and caring for a disabled family member will be discussed. Reading the news in detail, it mentioned only Parkinson’s disease but perhaps they will talk of the above too. It will be held on September 20 and it’s free lunch but one has to register by the 12th. Call (585) 234-5355 and leave your name, address and phone number if you live near Rochester.

Is Miley Cyrus Sweet on Nick Jonas?

September 3, 2008

Here are two celebrities, one of them with diabetes and they’re just going on with their lives. Wait a minute, it looks like Jonas is dating another girl now. Oh, I see a triangle brewing here and to think Jonas has diabetes! So you see life can go on! This is the lesson and not the romance of a 15 year old girl, for crying out loud.

Freedom From Injections With New Insulin Pump Guidelines for British School Kids With Diabetes

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September 3, 2008

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will transform the way diabetes is managed in children. With insulin pump, they will have more freedom and control of their diabetes. They now recognize the impact of insulin pump therapy on the life of the diabetics.

As a result of this new guideline, the approximately 20,000 British school kids who start this school year will have a better time since the pumps may replace the injection of insulin. As expected, the insulin injections have been known to disrupt the school hours.

The world leader in the care and management of diabetes, Roche, has been working hard to raise awareness for insulin pump therapy. That is why they are very happy over the newly released guidelines recommending more access to the insulin pump.

"There are significant psychosocial benefits associated with insulin pump therapy, particularly improved quality of life," so says one of the chief authorities in the UK on this issue. She is Dr. Katherine Barnard PhD at the University of Southampton's School of Psychology.

The new guidelines will allow greater access to the insulin pump. This will benefit not only the diabetic children but also their families. Life at home and school will be so much easier. One can just imagine the benefits and the impact of this therapy as being priceless.

There will be less hypoglycemic events for one thing. The diabetic children will be able to take part in sports without so much careful planning. They will also be able to eat a more assortment of food since the insulin pump can be adjusted to provide the correct insulin amount each time.

They say that UK is behind other countries when comes to the use of insulin pump. Apparently 1% uses this type of therapy in the UK, with USA and Germany having 15-20% usage. With the diagnosis of type 1 diabetes multiplying at five times the rate among the under five year old group, it is time to open up access to the insulin pump therapy. They will live a more normal life.

The insulin pump therapy may not be for everyone. There is a need for complete training. Roche has provided an online simulator which people can try by visiting http://www.accu-chek.co.uk . It is amazing how they made this like the pancreas by making it deliver insulin as often as every three minutes. Imagine that.



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