Diabetes Medical News Nuggets


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

Consumer Watchdog Wants Diabetes Drug Banned

October 31, 2008
Here's an alert especially if you're taking Avandia. Some kind of a group like a consumer watchdog has filed a petition for the FDA to ban the drug Avandia saying that it has caused 14 cases of liver failure and 12 deaths from taking Avandia. This controversy seems to arise after two medical societies said in their guidelines that due to toxicities linked to it, Avandia cannot be recommended.

News Flash: Recall of One Touch Ping Meter Product

October 30, 2008

Johnson and Johnson has been good enough to post this recall two days ago but I missed it. It is important though to alert you on this recall just in case you have that One Touch Ping Meter. There is instruction on what to do below if you want to read more about it.

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Weight Loss, Diabetes, Integrative Health Centers

October 29, 2008

Here's a news item on the St. Francis Weight Loss Center and the Franciscan Center for Integrative Health. They have a wide-ranging diabetes education programs that the American Diabetes Association has recognized. The Franciscan Center offers alternative therapies.

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Diabetes Drug Costs Soar

October 28, 2008
Watch for this! It seems that Americans with diabetes have doubled their drug cost. Yet despite what the researchers from the University of Chicago and Stanford University say about the more expensive treatments, the Archives of Internal Medicine reported there is no proof that the costlier treatments give better benefit.

Nick Jonas Felt Emotional at the Hope Ball for Diabetes

October 27, 2008
Nick Jonas was so emotional at his performance during the Hope Ball for Diabetes celebration. No wonder because diabetes is so close to home for him. But at least he's lucky because he has the support of his family and friends. In fact, the Hope Ball was attended by a host of celebrities like Melanie Griffith, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin and Joan Collins.

Diabetes Treatment Guidelines Change

October 26, 2008
It is good that the American Diabetes Association and European Association for the Study of Diabetes updated their Type 2 diabetes treatment guidelines. Byetta's class of blood-sugar controlling drugs, called GLP-1 analogs was placed as a secondary option for patients. Thank you for informing us of this. It is only this way that we can monitor what we do for our condition and then modify what we do according to the guidelines.

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Nibbles: Food Companies to Cut ads in Australia, New Diabetes Guidelines

October 25, 2008
It's great that many companies vow to target under-12s with only healthy foods. Perhaps then these children will have the chance not to get obese and to prevent diabetes from occurring. But why did they exempt McDonald and KFC from this ban? I know McDonald has some healthy foods now in the salads they offer but I don't see that yet at KFC although they have vegetable slaw in their combo offerings.

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Green Tea May Delay Type-1 Diabetes

October 24, 2008
Green tea is said to have a powerful antioxidant that may help delay or prevent the onset of type 1 diabetes. The researchers from the Medical College of Georgia has prevented and delayed the damage to the salivary gland. Since both this condition and diabetes are autoimmune conditions, it makes sense that it also delays the appearance of type 1 diabetes. But this surprised the researchers because they were only focusing on the salivary glands.

Antlion Larvae for Diabetes?

October 23, 2008
Here's some weird alternative treatment. I suggest that you don't try it but I am just letting you know about this because it is so weird. Imagine having to swallow a larvae to get rid of diabetes. Yikes! But this man did it and claims he is diabetes-free for a year now. And this was posted in a website that is ranked highly by Google. I know though that I will not try it. I told him though to submit it to his local Diabetes Association.

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Smart Cells

October 22, 2008
I am glad to find out they're continuing with the clinical development of the once a day injectable insulin. They're not doing this on humans yet but things are looking promising with SmartCells that was invented at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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FDA Approves Rapid-Acting Insulin Glulisine for Children With Diabetes

October 29, 2008

FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved the rapid-acting insulin glulisine to use for diabetic children who are four years and older. This is to improve their glycemic control. This approval came after FDA reviewed it through comparison with lispro. How did they conduct the review?

The 572 study participants were given either the lispro or the insulin glulisine before meals. Both groups also received a conventional treatment of either the neutral protamine hagedorn two times a day or the insulin glargine once a day. More participants received the insulin glargine.

The researchers then compared the results of the two groups according to the A1C test. The result for both the lispro and glulisine groups was the same. The A1C change in the glulisine group was +-0.08 while for the lispro group it was +-07. As you can tell, the result was alike.

As for the glycemic control after meals, the researchers assessed the glucose values that the participants monitored themselves. Again, the result was the same. There was also no significant difference between the two groups when it came to the report of hypoglycemia episodes. How did they arrive at this conclusion? Just read the evidence below.

Regarding the hypoglycemia report, the researchers included the serious unfavorable reaction. And we know how this adverse reaction could affect the person concerned as well as those around him. The result for the glulisine group was 7.2%. And for the lispro group? The result was 8.1% and again the outcome was strikingly similar.

With this, I hope we know how important it is to be properly informed regarding hypoglycemia. We know that this condition is also called low blood sugar and this happens when the blood glucose level drops so low that there is no adequate energy for all the body's activities.

What to do in such a case? Check the blood glucose level. If it is below 70 mg/dL or below, take one of these right away: 1/2/cup fruit juice, 2 or 3 glucose tablets, 1 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of regular soda, 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar or 5 to 6 pieces of candy. After 15 minutes, check the blood glucose level again, repeat taking the above until the blood glucose is 70.

Fighting Obesity, Diabetes And Other Metabolic Diseases By Computer

October 22, 2008

We all know that healthy and diseased tissues behave differently. Now a new way that describes the difference between the two may just give the medical science a new tool to fight diabetes, obesity and other metabolic disorders. Before this new tool, the researchers relied on the observations made on the cellular level because they did not have the information.

Enter Moran Cabili, Professor Eytan Ruppin and Tomer Shlomi from Tel Aviv University's Blavatnik School of Computer Science who developed a new computational approach in a model that may aid the scientists in getting a clearer picture of the metabolic processes.

This model could help improve the diagnosis of the metabolic disorders. In so doing, it may lead to new ways to treat and develop new cures. The finding of this research is published in the journal called "Nature Biotechnology".

The computerized model incorporates the information on the tissues from the diseased and healthy organs and compares it to the existing model to foretell the metabolic behavior. This finding was shared with Bernard Palsson and Markus Herrgard of the University of San Diego and recognized a computational basis for the study of the human metabolism.

The computational model employs ten assortments of human tissues to expose the functions accountable for the metabolism. This allows for the study of the chemical reactions in the tissues to grow and respond to the reaction of the body. This tool can be expanded and used for tissues other than the ten and eventually to whole organs.

Before this new approach, what the scientists used did not illustrate how metabolism worked in the different tissues. With this new model, the scientists will be able to see how metabolism works in the different tissues and organs like the liver, brain, heart and pancreas.

This will help the scientists to identify new metabolic biomarkers that will help with the diagnosis. This could lead to the development of new treatments that will not target both healthy and diseased tissues. This research is still at the basic level but could lead to easier diagnosis and more effective treatment.

Diabetes Medical News Nuggets

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Diabetes Expo 2008 For Information and Inspiration

October 21, 2008

This is a wonderful kick off for the World Diabetes Month. On November 1, there will be a Diabetes Expo where those with diabetes and their families will gain access to some information. And then you will also have the chance to talk to some experts. Follow the link below for information on where, time and telephone number to call.

Coverage For Diabetes

October 20, 2008

The continuous monitoring system should be a must not only for children but also for all diabetics concerned. It is good for the government to jump in and make insurance companies cover this expense as it will be quite a shot in the arm (no pun intended) for all concerned: The government will save money that otherwise it will spend for all the complications and the diabetics will live a more enjoyable life.

The Rich Are Not The Only Ones At Risk for Diabetes

October 19, 2008

No, diabetes does not discriminate. It happens to both the poor and rich alike. We read before though that the risk is higher for the African-Americans, Asian American and some ethnic groups. Anyway the thing to do is to get tested to make sure.

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Molecule Opens Way to Prevent Obesity and Diabetes

October 18, 2008

Here's a study that could give us a ray of hope. Apparently their hypothesis on whether interleukin-6 is harmful or helpful in the prevention of obesity and diabetes has been tested. It is proven that Interleukin-6 helps improve sensitivity to insulin and glucose absorption.

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Protein Made In Liver Restores Blood Glucose In Type 1 Diabetes Model

October 17, 2008

I don't know about you but news like this makes me feel so happy because it looks like the cure is not far behind. My basis for this is if it is true that protein made in the liver restores the blood glucose level, then all that is left is to find out how to make this happen in humans and then the cure will be there staring us in the face. I shot them an email asking them the very same question but I don't know whether they will reply. I know, I get too impatient in getting a diabetes cure discovered.

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Diabetes 'Champions' Share their Stories through Circle of Champions Campaign

October 16, 2008

It's good to have something like the Circle of Champions going on because this will motivate the people with diabetes to do self-care. It is a a network of people from all over the United States living with diabetes who use the long-acting insulin Lantus(R) as a part of their overall diabetes treatment plan, which includes diet, exercise and other diabetes medications to help manage their blood sugar levels and keep their A1C under control.

The Relationship Between Anxiety and Characteristics of Diabetics

October 15, 2008

The findings of this study showed that only a few responded negatively to problems with diabetes which is quite a nice surprise for me. I thought with the problem diabetes brings there will be more denial, substance abuse so I am a very happy camper. However self-blame was found to be significant so stop blaming yourselves for this condition. No one can be blamed for this except perhaps the pancreas. Just kidding.

Researchers Continue To Find Genes For Type 1 Diabetes

October 15, 2008

Researchers found two new gene locations that increase the risk of type 1 diabetes. This is great news as this identification is helping solve the puzzle of this condition. From this, the expectation is for improvement of tests and the finding of more strategies to prevent this condition.

Hakon Hakonarson, M.D., Ph D. who is the leader of this research said this may enable them to develop tests that will be able to predict who will acquire this condition. Dr. Hakonarson is also the director of Philadelphia's Children's Hospital's Center for Applied Genomics.

The result of this research is online in the journal of the American Diabetes Association called "Diabetes". The co-leader of the study is Constantin Polychronakos, M.D. He is Pediatric Endocrinology's director in Montreal's McGill University.

Once called juvenile diabetes, type 1 diabetes is a condition that commonly starts in childhood when the immune system attacks the beta cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This lack of insulin makes the blood glucose levels go haywire. If left untreated, this can damage the kidneys, eyes and nerves.

Type 1 diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions that afflicts children in the US. In fact, it is second only to asthma. Diabetics depend on insulin injections or medications to survive. Thanks to Dr. Banting for discovering insulin. Otherwise, this condition is deadly.

Thanks also to researchers who are continuing to study this. Now they are able to use automated tools that scan genes. These sophisticated tools are able to locate the genes that are responsible for the development of diabetes. The researchers were able to fine-tune their search for DNA samples based on the other information from the scientists before them.

I won't bore you with the exact gene locations but suffice it to say that this study is significant as it will proceed to identify more and more genes which in turn will enable the scientists to develop strategies for early intervention. How? They will target the gene pathways with therapies to prevent the condition from developing. Wouldn't that be grand!

Diabetes Medical News Nuggets

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Vision Loss More Common In People With Diabetes

October 14, 2008

What more do we have to do short of getting the blood glucose level as close to the normal range as possible? We hope to get more information on this delicate topic so that our working hard will bring good result. It does not help that this complication has been tied to factors such as lack of insurance and low income. Remember though that if your family income is low, you can apply for Medicare coverage. I know some people who have done this.

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Diabetes Screening Brings Big CVD Risk Cut

October 13, 2008

This article attests to the fact that we need screening all over the place. Knowing the warning of a condition before it comes will help figure out the ways to beat it, hence the risk is cut. If we truly want to stem the tide of diabetes rise, then we should make sure there are outposts for screening.

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Many Americans Do Not Know They Have Pre-diabetes

October 12, 2008

I am sorry if I repeat this type of news all the time but I think it is very important to send out an alert or some form of a wake-up call so people will get tested for diabetes if they are at risk. Otherwise, the diagnosis may come as late as ten years when sometimes the complications may already have started.

Monthly Diabetes Meetings for Children and Parents

October 11, 2008

I can't say this enough but there should be meetings like this all over the place. This will be a tremendous help for the diabetic children and their families. This meeting is in Warwick so if you live close by, check out the link below as to the details.

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Diabetes Hits Home for Maria Menounos

October 10, 2008

This is an inspirational article from an MSNBC contributor whose dad was diagnosed with diabetes forty years ago. The inspiration is in what Maria said that because her dad made some small changes in his routine, he has been fine.

Pre-diabetes Study at VRH

October 9, 2008

Here's an excellent pre-diabetes study that will be able to identify those who already have the condition so they can work on stopping diabetes on its track. I hope they have this everywhere because it's an excellent way to test those at risk. So if you live near there, get yourself tested. They have screening every Saturday or Sunday mornings. And they'll even give you a toonie (that's $2.00 for non-Canadians) to cover the cost of parking.

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Proteins Behind Blood Vessel Dysfunction in Type 2 Diabetes Found

October 8, 2008

I am excited over this discovery because if these proteins are responsible for the blood vessel dysfunction among type 2 diabetics, then the researchers must be close to finding out how to deal with this so that we can eliminate the risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

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Earlier Diagnosis Of Gestational Diabetes is Possible

October 8, 2008

There's a new research in town that found gestational diabetes could be diagnosed earlier. How? It's by looking at the level of adiponectin in pregnant women nine weeks or so of pregnancy. What is adiponectin? It is the hormone that is sensitive to insulin.

Apparently, researchers found that the reduced level of the hormone sensitive to insulin could be a signal that gestational diabetes is on the horizon. This is so much earlier than the diagnosis that at present is 20 to 22 weeks. This so important they published the findings on these warning signs in the "Clinical Endocrinology."

How did they come up with this finding? Dr. Kristine Lain of the University of Kentucky and her team compared two sets of pregnant women: 30 who developed gestational diabetes later during the period of pregnancy and 29 women who did not develop the condition.

The researchers measured the levels of adiponectin from the samples of blood taken from the first three months of pregnancy. They grouped these levels and used the highest group as a reference. Both groups of women were screened for gestational diabetes 24-28 weeks of pregnancy.

They then used logistic regression analysis to evaluate the chance of developing the condition on the basis of the adiponectin measurements. Guess you know by now where this report is leading. Those with lower levels of this particular hormone developed the condition.

I won't bore you with the statistics but suffice it to say that those with lower adiponectic measurement had ten times more chance of developing gestational diabetes. Between the two groups, no difference was detected regarding race, age of the mothers, birth weight and BMI.

So, what does this tell us? Adiponectin has some properties that protect against metabolic disorder and if at reduced level could lead to type 2 diabetes in healthy patients who are not pregnant. This is the first time that this type of study was conducted for pregnant women.

Diabetes Medical News Nuggets

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

Not Enough Diabetes Doctors in Portage

October 7, 2008

I like the good news that you shared. Yes, diabetes complications can be prevented and that they are imparting this knowledge to people the same way they're doing it all over the country so despite the shortage of endocrinologists, the show goes on.

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Educational Program Focuses on Diabetes Prevention

October 6, 2008

Here's a program for diabetes prevention they aptly call Cher which is the acronym for this Community Health & Education Resources. They should have this type of program all over the country if they truly want to bring down the cost of diabetes rather than just paying lip service to it. Why? Just look at the title and read the complete article:

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York Man Ambassador for American Diabetes Association

October 5, 2008

Everyone should follow the example of this man in the way he manages his diabetes. He was diagnosed with this condition 44 years ago, yet he is still healthy and strong and no complications to write home about. He said he's managing his diabetes by eating healthy and exercising. You see, it can be done; we do not need to expect to have complications if we do it right. Who said that the longer one has diabetes, the more chance is there for complications? Well Sullivan proved him wrong!

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MGH Present Free Educational Diabetes Workshop

October 4, 2008

Here's Marion General Hospital with an announcement of an educational diabetes workshop scheduled for October 8, 2008. Here they will have presentations on how to establish healthy eating habits. On top of this, they will have prices to be presented to the attendees.

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Obama Stem Cell Ad Ignores 'Adult Stem Cell' Diabetes Treatments

October 3, 2008

Here's some kind of a complaint about Obama's ad on stem cell. The question was on the implication there wasn't any available stem cell treatment but the truth of the matter is that there are stem cell treatments going on in Bangkok and Germany. I replied to say that the Obama ad must have meant the availability of stem cell treatment in the US. What do you think?

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Diabetes Linked to Hygiene

October 2, 2008

Now it looks like that children raised in an environment free of germs could increase their risk for developing diabetes. Huh? Now we will raise our kids in filth and squalor? Well, perhaps they don't mean it to that extreme but that is the finding of the new study. They linked clean environments to increase in diabetes cases for the under-five group.

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Woman Beats Diabetes Through Bodybuilding

October 1, 2008

Here's a lady who was first diagnosed with diabetes when she was sixteen but went to fight diabetes and won. She got ready for a body building competition by lifting weights, etc. for two hours a day. She just wanted to be able to participate. But you know what? She ended up winning the trophy.

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Link Between Depression And Higher Death Rates From All Causes Among Elderly With Diabetes

October 1, 2008

The Journal of General Internal Medicine published in their October 2008 issue the findings on the causes of the death of the elderly with diabetes as associated with depression. The findings were from a study that lasted for two years.

Previously, Dr. Wayne Katon who is the lead author of the study and University of Washington's professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, said that diabetes and depression were a deadly mix in the young and middle-aged group. This newer study indicates that the same is true for the elderly with diabetes.

The participants of this study were 10,704 elderly with diabetes who were also registered in Florida's disease management program in Florida. What the researchers did was track these people whose mean age was 75.6 years, by first surveying the group using a health assessment questionnaire.

They found proof of depression from the diagnosis of physicians, the participants' responses to a short screening test and the reports of taking an antidepressant the year before the study was conducted. The researchers tracked these people's cause of death for two years through checking with Medicare twice a month and phone calls to the patients' families.

What did they find? They found that those with both depression and diabetes had a higher risk of about 36 to 38% of dying from any cause during the next two years. Among the participants, 12.1% who had the two conditions died while those without depression 10.4% died during the two-year period.

Those who were treated with antidepressant had a 24% higher risk to die. For the cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events, there was no difference when the data from those treated with antidepressant and those who had no depression were analyzed.

The authors think that the reason for the higher mortality rated for those with depression and diabetes were due to insufficient self-care and unhealthy habits like overeating and smoking. That said, depression is also linked to problems in the nervous and endocrine systems.

The study had some limitations. The subjects came only from one geographic area and the follow-up period was short. Also, depression defined from the doctor diagnosis and treatment may have been for those with more serious illnesses. In addition, the study did not take into consideration the income, weight, physical activity and compliance in taking treatment of the participants.

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