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

Jim's Journey... Real Life with Type 2 Diabetes

September 2, 2008

Here's Jim who was diagnosed with his type 2 diabetes last year. Find out what he is doing to take care of himself and find out what else he has to do to be more successful. He has already lost ten pounds and wants to exercise by getting an exercise expert to work with him. What do you think of his progress?

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Norwell VNA to Start Diabetes Course in September

September 2, 2008

I thank the Norwell Visiting Nurses Association and Hospice Inc. for offering this course on diabetic self-management. We need something like this everywhere. It will start on September 23 at 91 Longwater Circle so if you live around there see if you can attend.


Innovative Diabetes Products & Companies Checked Out at the Children With Diabetes Conference

September 2, 2008

It's good to know that there are products that may help other children with diabetes as a result of some other people's experience with this condition. What more could be better than products that came out of the desire to help one's own kids who are suffering from diabetes.


Up to 3,000 Lose Limbs Unnecessarily Due to Diabetes

September 1, 2008

The Irish report on the unnecessary loss of limbs is sad especially it is so unnecessary. Dr. Smith said that providing foot services in a clinic will potentially eliminate this threat. In Ireland they're saying the politicians have to be informed of this.

Support Delivered for Families in Tehama County

September 1, 2008

Here's a man named Tim Garman who works hard for other diabetic children by distributing 200 copies of "Taking Diabetes to School" to counties. He also meets with department of education members for the sake of the diabetic children. We need someone like this man in every neck of the woods.

Exposure to Bisphenol A Can Increase Diabetes and Heart Attack Risk

September 1, 2008

It's worrisome to hear news such as this as we have enough to be concerned about. They say that fat tissues Bisphenol A or (BPA) holds back levels of a key hormone called adiponectin which provide protection from heart attacks and Type II diabetes. But then they qualified this statement by saying this disappears at lower levels.

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Doctors Against Diabetes Course

August 31, 2008

I welcome the effort of the Medical Council of India for trying to block this course for going through this via the long distance way is not going to uphold the highest standard the course should have. It will only dilute the standards and the patients deserve the very best we can offer them.

Channel Swim To Raise Funds For Diabetes

August 31, 2008

Miss Guttfield must be commended for her effort to raise funds for diabetes by swimming the Channel. And believe it or not, having diabetes herself makes this a more commendable effort. It just goes to show that diabetics or not, we can all do what we want to do and will not let diabetes stand in our way.

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Diabetes Study by Vanderbilt University Medical Center

August 31, 2008

Hooray for the new study at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The more studies we have, the better chance we will get to help prevent or delay diabetes. I think Vanderbilt University Medical Center is in Nashville, Tennessee. We are keeping our fingers crossed that they will discover something to ease the life of the diabetics.

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Annual Diabetes Drive-Thru A Success

August 30, 2008

Here is a free event that every hospital should emulate. The Marion General Hospital showed a good example in providing more than 300 blood glucose checks during this event. This will go a long way in screening those with pre-diabetes, thus making it possible to work on preventing diabetes early in the game rather than wait till some complications have set in.

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Curb Diabetes Menace With Preventive Strategies

August 30, 2008

It is always nice to hear stories on how people are doing their best to curb the diabetes epidemic. I like what the author said about raising the awareness on healthy eating, becoming physically active and letting the youth aware of the bad effects of fast and junk foods. To tell you the truth, I thought there was something new about preventive strategies so I was a little disappointed that they were the same old thing. It's good though to have these issues brought to the fore every once in a while.

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New Drug to Fight Diabetes

August 30, 2008

Here's news on a new drug to control type 2 diabetes. They say there are no side effects. This is not the only benefit because it looks like it will also aid in controlling the blood pressure and in maintaining a healthy weight. In addition, it is supposed to stimulate the beta cells.

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Some Diabetes Drugs Double Risk for Heart Failure

August 29, 2008

I don't like this news but at least we are alerted so we can consult with the doctor to review the diabetes care plan. Be sure to tell the doctor about "an analysis of four long-term trials, using rosiglitazone, showed that it doubled heart failure risk among the diabetes patients."

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Young Type 2 Diabetic Men Have Low Testosterone Levels

August 29, 2008

Having low testosterone levels, these young men could develop diminished bone mass and so may need to consult with their doctor for treatment. Due to this, they may also gain weight and become more resistant to insulin. The researchers found these young men to have only 50% of the testosterone that the type 1 young diabetic men have.

Pancreas Cells to Produce Insulin

August 28, 2008

This is indeed good news. Who knows? Someday, a a patient's own supply of healthy tissue could help make the cells in the pancreas to produce insulin. We can't wait for this to happen. It will be akin to the time when insulin was first discovered.

Hatfields and McCoys: Feuding over Diabetes Care?

August 28, 2008

There is a battle brewing worthy of the feud between the McCoys and the Hatfields. No, it's not between the US and Russia over Georgia but between two drug companies competing for market supremacy. I like what the author said that just because we're part of a big market, we do not have to be guinea pigs.

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Oat Bread May Help Fight Diabetes

August 27, 2008

Hmm, a study on oat bread. Let's see what they will come out of this. It can't do any harm. We already know whole wheat bread is good for us. Why not another one to add to the mix so we will have more variety and flexibility at our finger tips?

International Diabetes Federation Supports Study to Help Improve Management Type 2

August 27, 2008

Hope these motivational interviews will help. We must be getting this from our diabetes team care already. If they're not because they're so busy, why not turn the table around and interview them. Ask all the questions that come to your mind. Every time you read about diabetes and a question pops up in your mind, write it down in a notepad and bring it with you next time you meet with a member of your health care team and ask those questions.

Leptin Can Help Type 1 Diabetics

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August 27, 2008

Here's news that sounds promising. Scientists discovered that rodents that were terminally ill became fully healthy with one injection of a substance that is not insulin. This was the report of the researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

I am so excited about this news that I am trembling as I type this. It looks like that aside from insulin that helps lower the blood sugar level and prevent diabetic coma, Leptin can do the same. It can lower the blood glucose levels and keep them within normal range for an extended time.

What is Leptin? It is a hormone that the body's fat cells produce. This report will be published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences". It seems unbelievable that these rodents, instead of dying, were restored back to health even though they didn't have any insulin at all.

Dr. Roger Unger, the lead author of this research and also an internal medicine professor, said that there has been some kind of a brainwash in the thinking that only insulin can help with the deficiency in the body. So, how does this work? The way Leptin lowers the blood glucose level seems to involve the control of glucagon.

What is glucagon? It is a hormone that raises the sugar levels. It is released by the pancreas when the sugar level is low but then with lack of insulin, the glucagon gets so high it makes the liver release too much glucose into the bloodstream.

What the scientists did in this study is give one injection of Leptin gene to rats that were dying from diabetic coma. Lo and behold, these animals started to produce too much leptin that reversed the consequences of diabetes type 1 such as hyperglycemia, weight loss and ketoacidosis.

Dr. Xinxin Yu, the other lead author of this research and an internal medicine assistant professor, said that within two weeks of administering the Leptin gene, these animals that were on the verge of dying were restored to normal health. What is amazing is, there was no other treatment provided to these animals.

It is too early to say that Leptin may replace insulin but this research shows that Leptin could do some of the work of insulin and do it better because it lasts for longer time whereas insulin appears to be active only for three to four hours.

By next year, they will be studying more of the glucagon suppressants and starting clinical trials. It is hoped that there will be an oral agent that will do this job without the use of injections. Please hurry up, our prayers are with you.

Diabetes Medical News Nuggets

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

Link Between Soft Drinks and Diabetes Risk

August 26, 2008

This is a good study as it involved quite a large number of participants, 43,960 in fact. They may be right to say that fruit drinks may be okay as they are usually drunk during meal but I am concerned about babies and toddlers who are given fruit drinks all day long thinking perhaps that they are nutritious but the rise of type 1 diabetes among the very young worries me so I shot them an email about this. If I get a reply, you will be the first to know.

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Broccoli Could Reverse Damaging Effects Of Diabetes on the Heart

August 26, 2008

We always knew that vegetable-rich diets are healthy but now they have just confirmed that broccoli can even reverse the bad effects of diabetes on the heart. Hopefully, this news item will encourage others to eat broccoli and ignore what the first President Bush remarked on how he hates this vegetable.

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Caesarean Babies at Risk of Diabetes

August 26, 2008

This has just come in time so mothers-to-be will have the information on the choice of delivery they prefer. If they find out that the risk to develop diabetes is up by 20%, I think they will think twice before making the final decision. This will be a good resource for them in making that decision.

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Coping with Diabetes In School

August 25, 2008

Here's Troy dealing admirably with his diabetes the right way. And the school district is helping him and the other diabetic children cope with their condition. The school district even has school staff following doctors' orders testing the blood sugar and administering insulin to younger students. I wish all school districts follow this example. If you are a parent of a juvenile diabetic, take this news to your school and school district and see what they can do about this.

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State Works To Lower Diabetes Rate in East Tennessee

August 25, 2008

We hope there will be a program like The Knox County Health Department's Healthy Weight Program in everyone's neck of the woods. Why? Because this will help lower the risk for diabetes and the complications. And the good part? This can both be done in the community and work settings.

Beer Event Raises Funds for Diabetes

August 25, 2008

What an idea! A brewfest to sample 100 different beers! (Not for us, okay?) It is the noble intention behind this that caught my eye. They were able to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They were able to raise awareness for diabetes and at the same time got together with the community.

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Hobart Hospital Staff Raise Funds for Juvenile Diabetes

August 24, 2008

Here's some hospital staff raising funds for JDRF. Their mission is to find a cure for diabetes through research. And they do it in such a way everybody is having fun. I only wish we could do it everywhere and all over the nation. This will put diabetes center stage.


Gestational Diabetes Usually Goes Away, But...

August 24, 2008

Here's what Dr. Donahue said about gestational diabetes. "You won't have diabetes for life if you have what's known as gestational diabetes, the diabetes of pregnancy." He further advised for one to have the blood sugar levels followed and to do what is necessary to prevent diabetes.

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Expectations for Cutler's Diabetes Under Control

August 24, 2008

We've had this news before but here's an update. I think by now he has faced his diabetes head on and remained the leader of his team. He talked to Wade Wilson who also has diabetes and plays quarterback. He also studied other professional athletes with diabetes. I remember Bobby Clark of Philadelphia Flyers who played excellent hockey and even had to inject himself some insulin during the game.

Amitabh Bachchan Launches Diabetes Charity in Britain

August 23, 2008

Bollywood ( Believe it or not, I still don't know what this is) superstar Amitabh Bachchan has launched a diabetes charity by way of a diabetes detection van staffed by a trained nurse. This will enable those who can't go to main centers to get tested. I do know a little bit more now. Amitabh Bachchan is a baritone who is on a world-wide tour. I am not really concerned as to who he is but that I am intrigued by the diabetes detection van who upon invitation can go from work place to work place and get employees tested.

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Increase Risk of Diabetes Due to Blood Pressure Drugs

August 23, 2008

Here's a news item that's giving a warning about blood pressure medication that may increase the risk to develop diabetes. If you or a loved one is taking this type of drug, try to consult with your doctor to make sure that you are safe.

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Scheduled Diabetes Lunches

Here's a great program you may be able to join if you are living in North Carolina. Not only do they have lunches scheduled but also they have some kind of informational session on healthy eating and stuff. And if you have a disability and need assistance, you can call two weeks before to request for accommodation but they didn't leave any telephone number. However there is an email button to click. They have the lunches scheduled on September 10, October 22, November 5 and December 3.

Look Into Eye to Track Diabetes

August 22, 2008

Scientists from Aston University in London want to check on the eyes to see if they could track the early symptoms of diabetes. They want to see if results would be able to help detect the early symptoms. This could hopefully improve early diagnosis.

Mercer University School of Medicine Granted $3.1 Million to Study Diabetes

August 22, 2008

Such a large grant should be able to come up with something to ease the lives of the diabetics. Who knows? Perhaps they will find something earth-shattering. I just don't know why they will be using 42 churches to participate in the study for the next five years.

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NC Trust Fund Opens Diabetes Campaign

August 21, 2008

Can you believe what North Carolina is doing to reduce health inequality regarding diabetes? And they're able to do this because they have such a large trust fund that's enabling them to make this effort statewide. If you live in that state, try to start an initiative for the sake of diabetes and apply a grant. You have a fighting chance because for this campaign, they gave grants to 25 diabetes campaigns.

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Diabetes Forums

August 21, 2008

Here's someone I met in the forum who is working so hard and doing her best. She needs diabetes supplies but can't get them for lack of funds so I told her that if the family income is below a certain level, she will be supplied with medical care by the government.

Amitabh Bachchan and Keith Vaz in Diabetes Appeal

August 20, 2008

It's nice of Bollywood (I don't know what this is) superstar Amitabh Bachchan to join forces with Keith Vaz as his fans will come and this will help raise awareness about diabetes. They even have a new building where they provide free blood glucose tests with the use of mobile assessment units. Now they got me going. These mobile units keep dancing in my head.

Walking to Beat Diabetes, Two Birds in One Shot

August 20, 2008

This is a great way to be physically active and get a social network besides. Why don't we start a walking group like these people have? We will meet new friends and swap diabetic recipes and other hints to stay healthy with them. We can even do it in a mall, but remember no stopping and shopping!

Arsenic Exposure Could Increase Diabetes Risk

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August 20, 2008

A study found that inorganic arsenic may raise the risk of getting type 2 diabetes. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers said that people with diabetes had more arsenic in the urine than the non-diabetics. JAMA is publishing the results of the study this month.

What is inorganic arsenic? It is usually found in ground water, rocks and soil. Drinking contaminated water may expose one to this compound. There are also small quantities of this in rice and flour. Organic arsenic is found in seafood but with small amount or no toxicity.

The lead author of the study, Ana Navas-Acien, MD, PhD who is also an assistant professor at the aforementioned school said that low level exposure to the compound may lead to diabetes. She added that there is a need for more studies to establish firmly the cause and effect of inorganic arsenic, not to mention the long term cost of such exposure.

How did they conduct this study? They took urine samples from 788 participants who are 20 years and older and took part in a survey carried out in 2003 and 2004. The researchers examined the samples adjusting the outcome for such risk factors for diabetes like body mass index and the organic arsenic contained in seafood.

Since about 13 million people live where the public supply of water contains inorganic arsenic that goes beyond the safety standards of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, it is wise to take a serious look at the result of this research.

The concentration of this compound that goes over the standards are mainly in the Northeast, West and Midwest areas. Consumption of inorganic arsenic in US is in the vicinity of 8.4 to 14 micrograms daily for different age groups.

It is important to spell out the causal relationship between inorganic arsenic and type 2 diabetes since there is extensive exposure from drinking water all over the world. This could have an implication for preventing and managing diabetes. .

Medical News Nuggets

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

Obesity Rates Among Adults Up in 37 States

August 19, 2008

There has been a lot of time and energy spent promoting lifestyle changes by eating right and moving more. Yet there is an increase in obesity rates in 37 states. What does this tell us? We have to keep up with bringing awareness to more people as to the danger of obesity.

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Among Six on Diabetes Drug Who Got Sick, Two Die

August 19, 2008

FDA reported that six people who were taking Byetta to control their blood glucose had inflammation of the pancreas. The Food and Drug Administration did not associate pancreatitis with Byetta but its stock value plunged 13%. Don't panic, just consult with your doctor if you are taking Byetta.

Study finds Strict Blood Glucose Control Does Not Protect Against Cardiac Disease

August 19, 2008

No reduction in the risk of cardiac disease was found by two studies one of them from Australia that involved cases from twenty countries. The first study was conducted by the National Institutes of Health which was stopped when those on tight control showed more deaths than their counterpart.

Valley Businesses Deal With Diabetes

August 18, 2008

Here's a good example of how the business community can help the diabetics both at work and in the community. From McAllen comes this report that they are partnering with The American Diabetes Association to raise awareness for diabetes in the business community which will then relay this information to the community. I sent a note requesting information on how to do this as it is my fervent wish to have this sort of activity all over the place.

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Nutrition Therapy Required to Lose Weight in Type 2 Diabetes

August 18, 2008

The German Diabetes Association said they have four steps for this strict nutrition therapy in order to lose weight but I looked through and found only three: 1. Limit fat consumption to 60 grams a day 2. Food intake is ratcheted down in preference of more energy concentrated foods like potatoes and grains. 3. Pre-prepared drinks like soups and granola bars are introduced to the diet. However, I could only see three steps in the article instead of the four steps. Maybe you will find the other one and tell me. I did write them to find out but sometimes they don't receive the note or ignore it all together because they're busy.


Volunteers for Medical Study on Diabetes and Kidney Disease

August 18, 2008

They need volunteers to determine the cause of diabetes and kidney disease. One does not need to have diabetes or kidney disease to participate. National Institute of Health and Micronesian Institution of Prevention and Research hopes to have 70,000 volunteers for this medical study.

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October 4 is Diabetes Walk Day

August 17, 2008

The October 4 walk to defeat diabetes will be at Ridge Ferry Park at Shoals Ferry in Rome off Riverside Parkway. I think this is in Georgia so if you live around there, just get you and your friends to join in the walk. For information, call 706-509-3290 or email diabeteswalk@floyd.org.

Patent Granted For Diagnosing Diabetes

August 17, 2008

This may help us manage diabetes better. Hopefully, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc., Cheshire will let us know how those proteins can help diagnose diabetes. The patent granted for Abdominal and hamstring muscle strength conditioning device may also be of help.


Fighting Juvenile Diabetes

August 17, 2008

This boy is only ten years old and wears an insulin pump every day since he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was six years old. On September 4, he will be walking for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. This is his third time. He raised $600 the first year and $1,700 last year for which he was awarded the Golden Sneaker Award.

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Diabetes Mellitus and Coronary Artery Disease

August 16, 2008

This is sad news indeed although I have heard of it before. It is good though to read news like this so this complication will stay fresh in mind. This then will spur us into trying hard to keep the blood glucose level within normal range.

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Retinopathy Raises CHD Risk

August 16, 2008

Thank you for letting us know that with retinopathy, there is 1/3 increase on coronary heart disease. All the more we have to be vigilant with keeping the glucose level within normal target. What is surprising is that the risk is also high among the non-diabetics.

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Grocery Shopping Tips for Diabetics

August 16, 2008

This great information for all of us when shopping for groceries. Remember not to keep buying sugar-free items for they are not really healthy foods. Ditto for the so-called diabetic foods that not only cost a lot of money but most are highly processed and lack fiber.


Olympian Gary Hall Jr. Predicts Cavic Will Win Over Phelps

August 15, 2008

I am siding with Gary Hall in his prediction. Why? Because he is a three-time Olympian and guess what? This was after he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Even if he is proven wrong for Phelps is on the roll, Gary Hall is still a true champion in my book.

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Diet's Role in Diabetes Risk

August 15, 2008

You are right to say that diet plays a role in increasing the risk to develop diabetes. Fruit drinks especially are a misnomer. Because we see that fruit is in the name, we tend to think they are healthy for us and that we can drink as much as we can and we will be okay. This is a misconception because not only do they have lots of calories but also they contain a lot of sugar.


Vegan Diet Helps Fight Diabetes

August 15, 2008

So a low-fat diet consisting of vegetables is good for glucose control? That's great. news and most especially because it is supported by the magazines entitled "Diabetes Health." The American Association of Diabetes Educators has jumped in too. At their annual meeting they even included a session called “Practical Resources for Vegan Diet Instruction for Diabetes.”

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Increase in Diabetes Rates Among North Dakota Children

August 14, 2008

It is good that North Dakota is trying hard to contain the increase in the diabetes statistics among the children. The complications are dreadful and the children should be saved from that fate. The schools should fight hard to keep physical education and not agree to get rid of it as this helps in the lifestyle change needed to stop diabetes on its track.

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Diabetes Kids Camp

August 14, 2008

I see that this report is on the past activity. Next time, hopefully we will get this news early enough so other children might be able to participate. The 78 participants were able to get diabetes and decision making skills plus some education on fitness. Wouldn't it be nice to have something like this all over the place?

Expect a 'Wine' Drug That Fights Diabetes And Other Diseases

August 14, 2008

Researchers are claiming there will soon be a drug in the form of a wine that will stop diabetes. In addition, this will provide more vigor for the patients. It is supposed to contain resveratrol, a compound which is found in the skins of red grapes. Good news; can't wait for it to get here.

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OmniPod(R) Insulin Management System

August 13, 2008

Since it looks like the company is earning quite a lot from the manufacture and distribution of its OmniPod(R) Insulin Management System, I told them that hopefully, the price per unit will go down so that every diabetic who would like to try this system will be able to afford it.

Caution, Planning Needed Before Surgery For Diabetics

August 13, 2008

Taking extra precautions before surgery is a must for diabetics and this article has some good advice: The first step is to make certain the blood glucose level is under control before the surgery. Since many find their blood glucose level is closest to optimal first thing in the morning and can't eat for six hours before the operation, it follows then that the surgery be scheduled first thing in the morning. A talk with the health care team is important as insulin dosage may have to be changed before surgery.

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Diabetes Help

August 13, 2008

I told them how lucky they are to get such help under Medicare. I asked them how they managed to get such type of diabetes help in eight group sessions. All they need is a GP referral. I will write to my representative and senator to please introduce a bill on this.

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Hispanic Children Who Are Overweight Are At Risk For Pre-Diabetes

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August 13, 2008

Pre-diabetes is the risk facing overweight Hispanic children. So did the study at the University of Southern California find out. This condition shows a higher than normal reading of blood sugar level. True, it is not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes, but why wait?

Allowing for this process to continue will only solidify the future diabetes diagnosis. Hispanics are statistically the largest minority group in the country but despite their high risk for type 2 diabetes, there has not been a study on the physiological causes behind this group's risk.

So the researchers followed up the case of 128 Hispanic children. This team led by the professor of pediatrics, physiology, biophysics and preventive medicine, Michael Goran, PhD who is also the director of the USC Childhood Obesity Research Cente tested the children for four years.

What they did was check their body mass index, glucose tolerance, lean mass and total body fat plus the other risk factors for developing type 2 diabetes. Here is what they found. Persistent pre-diabetes is seen in 13% of the children. This means that they had three to four positive test results in four yearly visits.

Goran said that doctors should regularly monitor children because checking them up just once may not be adequate enough to show if these children are at risk . There is also a need to monitor the build-up of visceral fat and the function of the beta cells in order to treat these children who are at risk.

Since increased obesity leads to insulin resistance, there is a need for research in the future that will look at different interventions to find out ways to reduce the build-up of visceral fat and improve the functioning of the beta cells.

Medical Nuggets

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

All About Type 2 Diabetes

August 12, 2008

This article gives such good advice. The author said there's no such thing as "'one-size-fits-all' and this is not a good way to approach diabetes care." She also emphasized open communication between doctor and patient. Don't just accept your cholesterol is good. Ask for the specific number.

Copy and paste onto your browser just in case it's still there. http://www.diversityinc.com/public/4025.cfm

Early Weight Loss Reaps Long-Term Benefits for Type 2 Diabetes

August 12, 2008

This is good news about the result of a study which reported that losing weight early in the game will give one some added benefit. They're talking about a loss of a mean of 9.8% of the body weight so this is highly achievable. Not only that they said that the benefit stays even after three years even though the weight lost may be gained back.

Mild Cognitive Impairment Linked to Diabetes

August 12, 2008

There's a new study from Mayo Clinic linking mild cognitive impairment to length and seriousness of diabetes. People with mild cognitive impairment are able to function reasonably well in everyday activities, even to manage their finances but are unable to remember details of conversations, events and appointments.

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Te_Moak Tribe Forms Kid's Fitness Program to Fight Diabetes

August 11, 2008

Bravo! This program is a good example of what we can do for kids to fight this insidious disease. We can all help combat this condition by forming a fitness program for them. And I like the two major keys to make sure the program will be a success: Fun and Safety!

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Teens Not Allowing Diabetes From Achieving Her Dream

August 11, 2008

This young lady with type 1 diabetes is an 18-year-old from Fairfield, Conn. She manages her own condition and does not let it stop her from living an active life of playing high school volleyball, traveling to Ireland, and skiing every winter. And now she's getting ready to go to university to study nursing.

Diabetes Cooking School In the Works!

August 11, 2008

Here's something that most of you will want judging from the requests I have been receiving. My only wish is to have more of this all over so that everyone who wants to attend this sort of thing will have a chance to do so. This one will be held on August 19 and 26 from 5:30 to 8 pm. to be held at 1616 Wabash Avenue. I think this is in Terre Haute. The only bad news is there is a cost of $25 but I think it is good value because they will demonstrate how to alter recipes and you will be able to taste the food. Not only that, they will give you recipe cards. Registration is by Friday and you can call Purdue Extension Service-Vigo County Office at (812) 462-3371 if you live around there.


A Meeting on Diabetes Help Tips

August 10, 2008

There will be a valuable window of diabetes help tips at the next meeting of the Halton Diabetes Voluntary Group. I asked them how did they get to have a voluntary group such as this because this is my fervent wish to have groups like this scattered all over the place to help disseminate information crucial for the diabetics.

An Excellent Partnership Between Bayer Diabetes Care and Author Stephen Covey

August 10, 2008

A partnership between Bayer Diabetes Care and Dr. Stephen R. Covey is formed to help the diabetics. Dr. Stephen R. Covey is the author of the bestselling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. There will be a workbook available with a step-by-step approach to applying Dr. Covey's "7 Habits" in coping with the life challenges of having diabetes. Once I get my hand on this resource, you will be the first to know. Likewise, if you get it first, please share it with the rest of us.

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Diabetes Is Not a Stop Sign, Just a Cautionary Flag

August 10, 2008

I love the title of this article, don‘t you? That’s what I like to hear. It just goes so well with the monthly newsletter I send out entitled “Diabetes Positive Approach” This is such an inspirational story I love sharing it with you.

Being Diabetic and Pregnant Can Be Tricky

August 9, 2008

Here’s a story of a lady who wanted to have kids but since she had been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was at college, she had to be careful. She has a practical suggestion on wearing the pump. You will like how she worked hard to avoid birth defects.

Some Diabetes Myths For Baby Boomers

August 9, 2008

It is good to read this article so we will not leave any stone unturned as believing in these myths could be disastrous to our health. One example is to believe that because one does not take insulin, it means the diabetes is not serious.

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UH Mânoa Study Offers Free Services for Diabetics

August 9, 2008

Here is a study they are going to conduct in Hawaii. At first, I didn’t know this is for a study but I was intrigued by the headline that is offering free services for the diabetics so I jumped in but found out it is all about a study. But if you live there and qualify, why not?

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Health Briefs Diabetes Support Group Meeting

August 8, 2008

There is a Diabetes Support Group Meeting at the Ephrata Community Hospital on August 21 from 2 to 3 p.m. This will be held in New Holland's Center for Health. It will be at Garden Spot Village, 435 S. Kinzer Ave. I don't know which state it is in but the telephone number is here so if you live nearby you can call 336-6578. to register. The focus of this month's meeting is summer exercise tips presented by Cathy Hofmann of the Wellness Center.

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Health Tip: Keep Gestational Diabetes Under Control

August 8, 2008

How much do we need this information? Let me count the ways. One is to help mothers go through a healthy pregnancy. Two is to prevent birth defects and three is to help both mother and child prevent diabetes after birth.

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Phase III Clinical Trial of Succinobucol for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

August 7, 2008

This clinical trial had 999 participants. After dosing of this new drug, it looks like Succinobucol for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes has shown to have decreased the A1C level after six months when compared to the use of the placebo. Another good finding is that it was well tolerated. In addition, it did not cause weight gain and hypoglycemia.

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Broccoli May Undo Diabetes Damage

August 7, 2008

A new study has revealed that broccoli looks like the vegetable of choice right now. It is dark green, so I am not surprised. Now it looks like it can reverse the damage caused by diabetes. This is not an empty claim for it is supported by what the team of researchers from Britain found in broccoli.

Doing Something for the Global Diabetes Tsunami

August 7, 2008

I like that word tsunami, don't you? For that does describe the diabetes epidemic we now have. And so I am glad there are people like Drs. R. Paul Robertson, M.D., the president elect of the American Diabetes Association and Pierre Lefebvre, M.D., Ph.D., who is immediate past president of the International Diabetes Federation. Both do not want to wait and watch the global diabetes epidemic grow. They are instituting a method of sharing findings from studies in real time through the internet instead of waiting for them to be published.

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Doctors Said Diabetes Did Not Cause Boy's Death

August 6, 2008

Three doctors denounced defense claim that the death of 7-year old boy Chandler was caused by diabetes ketoacidosis. However, the boy was found to be so emaciated that showed he died of starvation due to not having been fed for four days and was put in a dark closet. I hope I will be able yto find the news when the jury is out.


Too Much Iron Can Lead to Diabetes and Heart Failure

August 6, 2008

I have not really heard of Hemochromatosis . And the only reason I read this news was because they were linking diabetes to it. I learned much though including the symptoms to watch for, how is it diagnosed and treated. I am surprised to hear it is undertreated.


Guide for Diabetic Women Through Successful Pregnancies in NIDDK Booklet

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August 6, 2008

Mixed feelings are the order of the day for pregnant women who have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. There is a lot of expectation and thrill although they are thought of as in a risky condition. Have no fear though because there is a new pamphlet to help get them through successful pregnancies.

The title of the booklet is "For Women with Diabetes: Your Guide to Pregnancy." It is a pamphlet, 44-page thick, complete with illustrations and information about the control of blood sugar levels. It also shows how to be physically active and eat a healthy diet in an easy-to-read manner.

I know what you are saying. So what else is new? We know all that. Tell us something we don't know. Wait a second. Hold your horses though because since it is very new, it will have the latest information on diabetes medications that are safe to take during pregnancy.

It will highlight the importance of making plans for pregnancy. Getting control of the blood sugar level before the event is important as it will lower the risk of birth defects. This fact will be stressed in this booklet. There will be logs where you can record the ketone and blood sugar levels everyday.

There will be room in the log to jot down the food consumption and the physical activity you have engaged in each day. These are all important information to guide you through a healthy pregnancy both for you and the baby.

If you are wondering what is NIDDK which is responsible for this important guide to help pregnant women with diabetes through a healthy pregnancy, it stands for National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institute of Health.

The one who produced this booklet, however, is the NDIC (National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse. This is the dissemination service of NIDDK. Do you know this is available online at www.diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/pregnancy. (Control and click this and you will get there or copy and paste onto your browser.) This will be also available in Spanish.



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