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0 comments - Posted Nov 9, 2014
What is the difference between "good carbs" and "bad carbs"? Is that ache in your side normal or a sign of cancer? Is blurry eyesight normal for people with diabetes, or should you start a carrot diet to improve your vision?
0 comments - Posted Nov 6, 2014
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0 comments - Posted Nov 2, 2014
A procedure designed to change how the body absorbs and processes glucose could help improve A1C numbers for those with type 2 diabetes, according to recent research.
0 comments - Posted Oct 30, 2014
The first time Gavin Griffiths ran a marathon to raise money for his local diabetes clinic, the local newspaper reporter told him, “you’re plucky, but you don’t stand a chance.”
2 comments - Posted Oct 29, 2014
A new study suggests that type 2 diabetics who want to avoid heart attacks or strokes should rigorously control their blood pressure. Doing so for an extended period of time seems to pay off years later.
1 comment - Posted Oct 28, 2014
Blood pressure control may be more important than glycemic control in preventing diabetes-related deaths, according to the results of a new study.
0 comments - Posted Oct 25, 2014
In response to the escalating number of type 2 diabetes cases. Which along with prediabetes now impact about one-third of the population. According Task force calls to estimates - a U.S. task force recommends that every American 45 and older should be screened for the disease.
0 comments - Posted Oct 24, 2014
For people with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, most of the available treatment options only mask the pain and numbness caused by the common complication of diabetes, but fail to actually treat the underlying condition. Sometimes, neuropathy treatments do nothing at all.
0 comments - Posted Oct 23, 2014
A new study from researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans have identified a molecule that could counteract the impact of impaired macrophages, speeding wound healing for diabetics.
0 comments - Posted Oct 22, 2014
While sodium intake is a concern for those with diabetes and can lead to high blood pressure and stroke, among other complications, a new study finds that most diabetics have no idea how much salt they should be eating – and many are taking in too much.
3 comments - Posted Oct 20, 2014
According to the results of a new study, toddlers born to moms who develop gestational diabetes that requires medication are 22 percent more likely to be diagnosed with autism.
0 comments - Posted Oct 17, 2014
While previous research has linked low levels of vitamin D to the onset of type 2 diabetes, new research finds no evidence that high levels of vitamin D prevent the disease.
0 comments - Posted Oct 15, 2014
If you’re trying to lose weight, depriving yourself of the foods you love may seem virtuous, but could make you more likely to fail in the long run.
1 comment - Posted Oct 14, 2014
Students do tend to pack on a few extra pounds during the college years, experts say, but the so-called “freshmen 15” might be a bit of an overstatement.
0 comments - Posted Oct 9, 2014
I have a fear of Dead in Bed Syndrome. It’s an ailment which many diabetics are afraid of, but not everyone has experienced it. I, unfortunately, have been in more than fifteen insulin shocks in my 16 years with type 1 diabetes.
4 comments - Posted Oct 8, 2014
One of the leading manufacturers of diabetes supplies has released a new pen needle designed to make injecting diabetes drugs a less distressing experience, potentially boosting drug compliance.
0 comments - Posted Oct 4, 2014
A long-term British research study shows that even before people reach a prediabetes stage of elevated blood sugar levels, damage to their blood vessels may have already occurred.
0 comments - Posted Oct 3, 2014
While statistics seems to suggest that fewer diabetics are developing foot infections in the U.S. – the numbers show that infections have dropped by half over the last 15 years – the statistics are skewed because more people are now classified as diabetic, one researcher says.
0 comments - Posted Oct 2, 2014
While many of us post health and fitness goals (on Facebook or Twitter) in order to hold ourselves more accountable as we strive for our goals, a new study shows that all that social networking may offer some benefits.
0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 2014
A procedure designed to change how the body absorbs and processes glucose could help improve A1C numbers for those with type 2 diabetes, according to recent research.
0 comments - Posted Sep 27, 2014
A new study finds that patients with hypertension who are given control over monitoring their blood pressure as well as making adjustments to their medications are better able to lower their systolic blood pressure than those who use convention treatment.
0 comments - Posted Sep 25, 2014
0 comments - Posted Sep 24, 2014
With kidney disease one of the most devastating complications of type 2 diabetes – and a risk for about 35 percent of those with the disease - a new study suggests that losing weight can help significantly lower the risk of nephropathy in overweight or obese adults with type 2.
0 comments - Posted Sep 23, 2014
The negative impact of ethnic stereotypes may also contribute to obesity – and related illnesses - among minorities, according to a new study.
0 comments - Posted Sep 22, 2014
CURE-D is the first Bollywood dance research and intervention study designed for South Asian immigrants in the United States. Success with Zumba and Latin hip-hop to manage diabetes in other populations contributed to this study.
0 comments - Posted Sep 20, 2014
Gary Taubes has fascinated me from the moment I first learned about him shortly after I was diagnosed with type 2 in 2003. I soon realized that in some quarters he was seen as a sort of anti-Christ, a menacing liar whose goal was to unravel years of hard work and expert advice from professionals in the field of nutrition and inflammatory diseases.
8 comments - Posted Sep 19, 2014
It’s likely if you tossed the fearless Sage Donnelly over Niagara Falls, she’d probably emerge from the churning waters at the bottom exalted over the ride, as long as she was in her kayak rather than one of those old-fashioned wooden barrels.
0 comments - Posted Sep 18, 2014
A study from the Joint Asia Diabetes Evaluation shows that the age when a person is diagnosed with type 2 may have an effect on the complications that person later experiences. Interestingly, the study suggests a reason for the likelihood of more complications despite being younger is tied into the use of statins.
0 comments - Posted Sep 17, 2014
Diabetes is not a simple disease. It is an all-consuming disease as it affects hormones, emotional and mental wellbeing, and ticks in the back of the mind twenty-four hours per day. Maybe that's just in my case, but I think I'm not alone in feeling this way.
1 comment - Posted Sep 16, 2014
Based on a statistical analysis of almost 600,000 American Adults in three studies, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that 40 percent of all U.S. adults 20 years or older will develop type 2 diabetes in their lives. (The risk for men was estimated at 40.2 percent and for women, 39.6 percent.)For Hispanic men and women and non-Hispanic black women, the statistical risk is higher: more than 50 percent.
0 comments - Posted Sep 15, 2014
Kids – or their parents – might be making smarter choices when they visit fast food restaurants, even though burger joints are still the most popular drive-through stops, according to the results of a new a new study.
0 comments - Posted Sep 13, 2014
Overnight closed-loop insulin delivery – which acts like an artificial pancreas and delivers insulin doses automatically – has proved to be safe and effective at controlling blood glucose levels in adolescents with type 1 diabetes, researchers recently found.
0 comments - Posted Sep 12, 2014
Two dozen other countries top the United States when it comes to having enough doctors to go around.
0 comments - Posted Sep 11, 2014
Chinese researchers found that type 2 diabetes patients taking metformin – one of the first lines of defense in the treatment of the disease - attained a better overall lipid profile compared with those who took glipizide.
0 comments - Posted Sep 10, 2014
Tanzeum (albiglutide), a once-weekly injectable drug for type 2s from GSK (GlaxoSmithKline), USA is now available at pharmacies throughout the United States. The FDA approved U.S. sales on April 15.
0 comments - Posted Sep 9, 2014
Electronic health records might save time and paper, but some patients say they find themselves not being truthful when they see their physicians using them.
1 comment - Posted Sep 8, 2014
A new wound-care dressing developed by a California firm has been shown to not only reduce the cost of treating wounds, but also to improve the outcomes of those treatments.
That’s good news for diabetics. According to statistics, about 15 percent of those with the disease develop chronic wounds – most often foot ulcers – that can result in amputation.
The was study, conducted at the Southwest Regional Wound Care Center in Lubbock, Texas. They found, Enluxtra Any Wound dressing developed by OSNovative Systems, Inc., reduced medical costs of chronic wound care by 30 percent. In part because it replaces many different products. Including primary foam, the gelling agent alginate, hydrogel dressings, hydro-conductive fiber, super-absorbent collagen, opaque dressing, hydrocolloid, gauze and combination dressings.
Any Wound dressing, crafted of FDA-approved polymers, is designed to sense and accommodate the different parts of the wound that need hydration or absorption, and a single dressing can remain in place for up to seven days.
2 comments - Posted Sep 6, 2014
When news about a startling new insight into the cause of Alzheimer's disease first emerged in 2005, it was highly speculative. But now the evidence for it has become very strong: Alzheimer's is a form of diabetes, and the name being given to it is type 3.
0 comments - Posted Sep 4, 2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the eye drug Eylea for the treatment of diabetic macular edema, according to the drug makers Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
0 comments - Posted Sep 3, 2014
Berkeley, CA—While sales of sodas are slipping, the huge category of alternative sugary beverages, which includes energy, sports, tea and fruit drinks, is growing rapidly, bolstered by false and misleading health claims, according to a study just released by the University of California, Berkeley.
0 comments - Posted Aug 27, 2014
Study finds self-adapting dressing significantly reduces cost of care while providing better clinical outcomes and simplifying wound-care procedures.
0 comments - Posted Aug 26, 2014
All Dr. Christopher Jacobs’ friend wanted a lancing device that didn’t cause pain. And after hearing the longtime type 1 diabetic lament the discomfort he felt from the many finger pricks required to test his blood glucose levels, Jacobs was intrigued by the challenge.
3 comments - Posted Aug 22, 2014
I don't come to praise insulin pumps, and I don't come to bury them. Instead, I am here to tell the truth, from my experience.
0 comments - Posted Aug 21, 2014
An Italian-based pharmaceutical company with subsidiaries in New York has been granted orphan drug status for a new drug to treat neurotrophic keratitis, a rare degenerative corneal disease that impacts less than 1 in 5,000 people worldwide.
0 comments - Posted Aug 20, 2014
For most of us with diabetes, diabetes cure research can feel like it's moving at a glacial pace. If you're a mouse, it's probably pretty exciting, considering researchers are discovering new ways to cure you almost every day. But what progress is being made in curing this disease? Is anyone moving beyond the lab rats and into people living with diabetes? The good news is yes, and there are a lot of people working on finding a cure, and many of them have started or will be starting clinical research in humans soon.
1 comment - Posted Aug 19, 2014
If you thought your obesity and type 2 diabetes diagnoses were genetic “gifts” from your family, it could be a virus instead.
0 comments - Posted Aug 18, 2014
One of the pluses of having a working pancreas is that you do not often lose it. The organ just comes along for the ride, as it were, safe inside your abdomen.
4 comments - Posted Aug 16, 2014
Diabetic autonomic neuropathy, a common side effect of diabetes that is linked to a wide range of complications including digestive issues, erectile dysfunction, paralysis of the bladder and intestinal damage, is not only difficult to treat, it’s also difficult to diagnose.
0 comments - Posted Aug 15, 2014
Type 1 diabetics seem to always be living in a transitional phase. The technology we have currently is always about to be replaced with newer, better, fresher technology, It's exciting on one hand and exhausting on the other.
2 comments - Posted Aug 14, 2014
While there has been much debate recently about the impact of artificial sweeteners on diabetes, a new study finds that desserts sweetened with sucralose don’t impact blood sugar levels.
0 comments - Posted Aug 13, 2014
Three decades ago, type 2 diabetes wasn’t associated with children, but with middle-aged adults. In the 30 years that have passed since the advent of the Wendy’s “Where’s the Beef” ad campaign, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Apple’s Mac computer, however, a lot has changed.
0 comments - Posted Aug 12, 2014
Hey Campers, Staff and Alumni –
0 comments - Posted Aug 11, 2014
Those who work shift work – both steady second or third-shift schedules or swing shifts, which include shifts that rotate between day, afternoon and night work – are at a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to the results of a new study.
0 comments - Posted Aug 8, 2014
The type 2-diabetes drug Avandia will again be available through retail pharmacies after a May ruling by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The drug - a rosiglitazone-based medicine that controls blood glucose by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin, so cells and muscles are able to use more for energy, reducing levels in the blood - was off the market in Europe and restricted in the United States for several years due to studies showing the drug raised the risk of heart disease. The FDA in 2013 reversed its earlier opinion and lifted restrictions on the drug, opening the doors for Avandia’s return to market.
Initially released in 1999, Avandia had been one of Glaxo's top-selling medicines, with sales of $3.2 billion in 2006. Sales tanked in 2010 after a review of clinical trials showed an increased risk of heart attack related to the drug – those taking the drug in the United States dropped from 120,000 to 3,000 – but last year, new trials showed no elevated risk of heart attack or death in patients being treated with Avandia compared to other diabetes drugs, causing the FDA to reverse its opinion.
“GSK welcomes the decision of the FDA and appreciates the agency’s robust review of the science about Avandia,” Glaxo said in a statement last year. “GSK maintains its view that Avandia is a safe and effective treatment for Type 2 diabetes when used appropriately.”
While the drug had previously been available only through specialty pharmacies and the patients already taking the drug or whose symptoms were not adequately controlled by other drugs, the new FDA ruling allows all patient's access to Avandia, Avandamet and Avandaryl. All of these medications contain rosiglitazone.
“Our actions reflect the most current scientific knowledge about the risks and benefits of this drug,” Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement last year. “Given these new results, our level of concern is considerably reduced; thus, we require the removal of certain prescribing restrictions.”
While the drug’s manufacturer, GlaxoSmithKline, has a marketing hurdle to overcome given the bad press the drug has received over the last few years, the British drug maker has no plans to promote Avandia in the United States, in part because its U.S. patent protection lapsed in 2011.
The drug will be available by prescription.
To assist in the transition, a toll-free telephone number has been established for patients, healthcare professionals and pharmacies - 1-800-282-6342 – which will be staffed from 8;30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Eastern Time.
0 comments - Posted Aug 7, 2014
Microwaves: From carrying TV images to warming up coffee or thawing a chicken pot pie, is there anything they can't do? Probably not. Because it turns out that microwaves may soon allow us to determine the calories in the food, we eat at home simply by sliding it onto a device that measures calories using a microwave bombardment. The microwaves give a reading of the potential energy in the food and translate it into a calorie count.
0 comments - Posted Aug 6, 2014
Having diabetes increases the risk of complications or death in cases where patients have suffered polytrauma compared with patients who don't have any history of medical comorbidities. (Comorbidities are defined as the simultaneous presence of two chronic diseases in a patient.) Polytrauma is defined as multiple injuries to the body or organs where at least one is life-threatening and exacerbated by the trauma of the other injuries. Such injuries usually occur in situations where the likelihood of substantial injury is high---falls, auto accidents, violent crimes, industrial accidents.
1 comment - Posted Aug 5, 2014
If you want your kids to eat healthy foods, keep your mouth shut at the dinner table. That means don’t tell them that the broccoli on their plate is good for them. That goes for the carrots and cauliflower, too.
0 comments - Posted Aug 4, 2014
Insulin pumps can be as beneficial for those with type 2 diabetes that require insulin as they have become for those with type 1, according to a new trial.
0 comments - Posted Aug 2, 2014
A comparison of the effects on A1c between users of once-weekly dulaglutide (made by Eli Lilly and Company) and once-daily liraglutide (sold as Victoza from Novo Nordisk) shows that both drugs have very similar effects.
0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2014
The local food movement was given a big boost earlier this month with the announcement that the USDA has plans to invest $78 million into local and regional food enterprises.
0 comments - Posted Jul 28, 2014
Novo Nordisk has introduced the Levemir® FlexTouch® prefilled insulin delivery device to the U.S. market. The device, filled with insulin detemir [rDNA origin], the first of its kind that does not use a pushbutton extension. In a conventional insulin delivery device, a pushbutton extends out from the device. If the called-for dose is large, an extension may cause problems for the user.
0 comments - Posted Jul 26, 2014
My class was discussing why we cannot just do pancreas transplants so we can cure diabetes,” said a dear friend that volunteers for me at work. It is a lot more complicated than that, sadly. I was touched that he and his college classmates were discussing ways to cure us. As we chatted about the challenges of diabetes and our wishes for a cure, a few other volunteers gathered. When they heard me mention that I have had Type 1 diabetes for twenty years and that I take 5 – 7 injections a day to stay alive and healthy, they all looked shocked and a silence fell over the group. My volunteer said “Wow, how do you stay so positive”?
0 comments - Posted Jul 25, 2014
Many people first became aware of how dangerous a slice of bread could be for those with celiac disease when “The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck shared her personal experiences with the genetic autoimmune disorder.
0 comments - Posted Jul 24, 2014
A new study has surprising implications for a generic diabetes drug. Pioglitazone, which is often prescribed for patients with Type 2 diabetes, also appears to reduce the risk of developing dementia. The drug was not studied specifically to see if cut the incidence of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Instead, researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases combed through a giant database of German health care records. They looked at information from 2004 to 2010, with a gigantic group of subjects.
0 comments - Posted Jul 23, 2014
Rob Cooper isn’t one to shy away from a challenge.
0 comments - Posted Jul 21, 2014
News magazine U.S. News & World Report has published a list of the top 10 American hospitals for treating diabetes and delivering endocrinological care.
0 comments - Posted Jul 19, 2014
Living with diabetes means you need to take extra care to stay healthy. The good news is that even small changes in your lifestyle and habits can make a big difference in managing your blood sugar, staying healthy, and preventing complications.
1 comment - Posted Jul 18, 2014
Pharma giants Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) and Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) have formed the
2 comments - Posted Jul 17, 2014
The emergency condition most type 2s dread is hypoglycemia, where plummeting blood sugar levels can bring on a dangerous semi-conscious state, and even coma or death.
0 comments - Posted Jul 16, 2014
Diabetes is the invisible elephant in my room on a regular basis. As a type 1 diabetic, I think about it frequently even if my friends, family, doctors, and the people I encounter daily don’t see it. While diabetes truly is an invisible illness, my blood sugars affect everything I do or even think about doing. My diabetes elephant is there all the time. That elephant does not take days off or breaks. So when such an important medical issue goes unnoticed by a doctor after a lengthy visit, I see a red flag.
18 comments - Posted Jul 15, 2014
For kids facing stress at home or school, comfort food may lead to unexpected and unwelcome side effects. According to a study from Belgian researchers, that extra eating can lead to increased body fat -- and increased obesity risk.
0 comments - Posted Jul 11, 2014
Since my diagnosis as a type 2 in 2003, I've participated in three Phase 3 drug studies. I am fortunate to live two miles away from one of the San Francisco Bay Area's premier endocrinologists, Dr. Richard Bernstein (who has the same name as the famous low-carb advocate based on Long Island, New York). Over the years, Dr. Bernstein has established his office as a go-to testing facility for drugs in late-stage development.
0 comments - Posted Jul 9, 2014
For most people with type 2 diabetes, successful outcomes of the disease usually rely more on living a healthy lifestyle, rather than a medicine chest of prescription drugs. Because it is such a self-managed disease, several high-profile groups are collaborating to create a new kind of the support group to help people stay on track and better manage their diabetes.
0 comments - Posted Jul 8, 2014
A recent report from the US Centers for Disease Control says that 12 states now have adult obesity rates of 30 percent or higher. Seven of those states are in the South. The CDC data are from the Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2010 phone survey of 400,000 US adults. Obesity is defined as a body mass index of 30 or more.
0 comments - Posted Jul 5, 2014
One thing most people know about 63-year-old Suzi Vietti is never to say “never” to her. It might be one of her most detested words; given the number of times she has heard it.
8 comments - Posted Jul 3, 2014
A recently completed study that compared two types of insulin for treating inadequately controlled type 2 patients showed that insulin degludec/insulin aspart produced fewer instances of hypoglycemia than biphasic insulin aspart 30.
0 comments - Posted Jul 2, 2014
While doctors have long used abdominal fat as a predictor for the risk of metabolic diseases in adults, the same holds true for kids, according to the results of a new study.
0 comments - Posted Jun 27, 2014
Weight matters. Through all the research and studies, diseases and treatments, those two words possess a simple truth. The heavier people are, the more challenges they face in remaining healthy. The thinner we are, the more options we have to stay active and engaged in the world around us.
1 comment - Posted Jun 25, 2014
Recently I was working at the store I manage when a volunteer came into the backroom where my assistant and I were working. She informed us that something was wrong with her fellow cashier. I didn’t know what to expect, and wasn’t prepared for what I discovered.
10 comments - Posted Jun 24, 2014
The public perception of low-carbohydrate diets often involves mounds of bacon, piles of steaks and rivers of cheese. After all, when the Atkins Diet swept the country more than a decade ago, that was one of the ways people described it to their friends -- and one of the ways that critics tried to define it.
1 comment - Posted Jun 23, 2014
According to a report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Great Recession that began in 2008 may have worsened obesity rates in developed nations, including some groups in the United States.
0 comments - Posted Jun 21, 2014
The Association for Patient Experience, a Cleveland-based nonprofit organization, has released the first issue of its new peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Patient Experience.
0 comments - Posted Jun 10, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has delayed until July 15th making a decision on whether to allow the inhaled insulin Afrezza entry into the American market.
4 comments - Posted May 24, 2014
For more than 100 years, scientists have been exploring the possibilities of cloning, which led to the birth of Dolly the sheep in 1996 along with a wealth of other developments in the treatment of disease, including the recent embryonic cloning of a woman with diabetes.
0 comments - Posted May 20, 2014
While doctors have long used abdominal fat as a predictor for the risk of metabolic diseases in adults, the same holds true for kids, according to the results of a new study.
0 comments - Posted May 17, 2014
While experts have long said a Mediterranean diet is beneficial for both a healthy heart and healthy weight, a recent study affirms research suggesting that it may also lower the risk of developing diabetes.
0 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2014
In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that as many as half of all Americans who are alive today will end their lives in nursing homes, although it won’t be because their bodies cease to function, but because of their brains.
1 comment - Posted Apr 16, 2014
If you have type 2 diabetes and also suffer from depression, you may want to keep an even closer eye on your kidney health.
0 comments - Posted Apr 15, 2014
When the founder of AirFeet insoles was forced to switch jobs after years of brutalizing his body doing construction work, he needed a new path, and his aching back and feet led the way.
2 comments - Posted Apr 13, 2014
The inhaled insulin Afrezza has been recommended for approval by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee.
0 comments - Posted Apr 12, 2014
MUNDELEIN, Ill. (BUSINESS WIRE)-Diabetic foot complications are the largest non-traumatic cause of lower extremity amputations, accounting for nearly 90,000 amputations a year, at a cost of nearly $40,000 per procedure.
0 comments - Posted Apr 11, 2014
The CVS Mobile app from CVS/pharmacy is a unique new interactive smartphone app that provides users with numerous personalized ways to both manage their healthcare and handle drugstore needs.
0 comments - Posted Jun 6, 2013
Why is your goal for A1c so much lower than the ADA's 7% and AACE's (American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) 6.5%?
2 comments - Posted Jun 5, 2013
This past Memorial day, the first holiday of the summer season, was a chance to shake off cabin fever and fire up the grill-a perfect cooking method for people with diabetes because it requires no added fat but still provides that big punch of flavor.
0 comments - Posted Jun 4, 2013
Of course there are a million things that scare me about diabetes, but the one that tops the charts is the idea of losing the battle against my diabetes in my sleep. An article about the overnight passing of a beautiful and healthy young woman with type 1 diabetes is buzzing on many of my friends' Facebook walls and the mood is unavoidably somber in the diabetes online community tonight.
6 comments - Posted Jun 3, 2013
Whether because of age, weight, or lack of athletic chops, most type 2s-and I'm one of them-have settled on walking as their main form of exercise. It's the simplest, easiest exercise you can do: Put one foot in front of the other, rinse and repeat.
1 comment - Posted Jun 2, 2013
People with diabetes know the score. We've all seen "revolutionary" drugs and treatments introduced with fanfare, and we know that that much of the time they're evolutionary at best. But something has changed in the world of diabetes care.
2 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2013
I've been type 1 diabetic for 15 years. It hasn't been easy and I'm still grasping to keep my feet on the ground medically. Every time I think I've got this disease figured out, something new gets thrown at me and I stumble over and over again. From insulin resistance to pump failures to carbohydrate/insulin sensitivity changes to exercise regimens to health insurance issues to medical bill payments to a seemingly innocent cut on the sole of my foot, etc., I'm getting worn out.
8 comments - Posted May 29, 2013
You've just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
1 comment - Posted May 27, 2013
Sometimes I forget just how amazing the diabetes online community is. I mean, I know I adore the people I’ve met over the almost 19 years I have lived with diabetes, but the things they have done for me go way beyond a kind word or virtual hug when I needed it. I believe they’ve literally helped save my life.
3 comments - Posted May 26, 2013
Despite incredible advances in dental technology over the past 50 years, many people still dread visits to the dentist-enough to put off going even when their teeth are throbbing with pain and their gums are oozing blood.
2 comments - Posted May 24, 2013
According to research out of a lab in North Carolina, there's more to worry about for type 1 diabetes than a lack of insulin.
1 comment - Posted May 23, 2013
Are there supplements that help to decrease insulin resistance? Are there supplements that can increase insulin resistance?
1 comment - Posted May 22, 2013
Americans are getting better at managing their type 2 diabetes, according to a new study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine. But that's not to say we still don't have a long way to go.
1 comment - Posted May 21, 2013
We have all been there: the clammy hands, nervous stomach, constant anxiety, racing thoughts about eating choices we should or shouldn't have made-all caused by the anticipation of seeing our endocrinologist.
2 comments - Posted May 20, 2013
Two new drugs originally developed by Eli Lilly are showing promise when it comes to treating type 2 diabetes.
0 comments - Posted May 19, 2013
Snoring is one of the great clichés. In cartoons, you just know that a blissfully snoring dog, cat, or human is about to be startled by an explosion or some scaringly loud noise.
2 comments - Posted May 17, 2013
If you're trying to drop a few pounds, skipping that before-dinner cocktail or glass of red wine with dinner might be a great first step.
0 comments - Posted May 16, 2013
I spent a month in a major insulin pump center and saw several things. Many of the female patients seemed to have wings on their sides where the pump tubing was inserted and they got lipohypertrophy from localized injections, but that was the least of it. None of them actually had remotely normal blood sugars.
22 comments - Posted May 15, 2013
Diabetes educator Constance Brown-Riggs has heard all of the excuses. Her patients aren't taking their medication, or they aren't sticking to their treatment plans.
0 comments - Posted May 14, 2013
Looking to age gracefully? Then you might want to think twice about that cheeseburger with a side of fries you were planning for lunch.
0 comments - Posted May 13, 2013
People today have an incredible array of methods for finding the latest news and information about diabetes: the Internet, social media, and print publications. But perhaps the most powerful is the strong relationships they develop within the tight-knit diabetes community.
0 comments - Posted May 10, 2013
One of the surest ways to imprint a product on consumers' minds is to put it through an impressive test to show its ruggedness.
0 comments - Posted May 9, 2013
Diabetics with dental infection should have a longer course of antibiotics, up to a year. Is there an optimal timing of antibiotic that should be used?
0 comments - Posted May 8, 2013
Here's a little secret for those of you looking to eat right: Fast food restaurants don't have to be your enemy. That's right, those brightly lit temples paying tributes to burgers, and fries, and nuggets can provide decent meals if you're in a rush. The key, as always, is to be careful and informed about the choices you make.
1 comment - Posted May 7, 2013
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes 10 years ago. My response to the news, very typical, was to begin a routine of vigorous exercise and dieting. With a beginner's enthusiasm, I lost almost 30 pounds (down from 220) and drove my A1c three months after my diagnosis down to 5.6%.
0 comments - Posted May 6, 2013
A short while ago my middle finger on my left hand started acting weird. It was sticking in a bent position, for lack of a better term. If you've ever seen Jim Carrey in the comedy movie Liar, Liar doing his version of "The Claw," where his hand suddenly has a mind of its own, that's a somewhat accurate account of how my hand was behaving. Unfortunately though, this was no comedy, this was beginning to be an extremely painful problem.
2 comments - Posted May 5, 2013
People with type 1 diabetes who exercise may need to reduce their insulin to counteract the effects of their workouts, according to a new study.
0 comments - Posted May 4, 2013
When Tommy Kelley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes three years ago, while he was in eighth grade, he had a hard time finding information that related to him.
0 comments - Posted May 2, 2013
The restriction of protein intake is an outdated thought. It was born of a study by Barry Brenner, at Harvard, back in the 1980s. He did a survey of the diabetologists in Boston asking, "At what blood sugars do you like to keep your diabetics?" The collective answer ultimately was 250 mg/dl.
0 comments - Posted May 1, 2013
If you and your family eat a lot of meals out, you may not be getting enough nutrients. That's especially true when it comes to the kids, according to a new study.
0 comments - Posted Apr 29, 2013
Although there are small hints that the American obesity epidemic may be slowing a little, one in every three American kids is overweight or obese. To find out why, National Public Radio, together with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, looked at what goes on in American households between school and bedtime-a period they call "crunch time."
0 comments - Posted Apr 28, 2013
I wanted to interview my husband about my diabetes. He played a huge part in helping me accept my type 1 diabetes and he has never made me feel inferior for having it. Rick and I just celebrated the 15th anniversary since our first date, and since I've only had diabetes for 18 years, he's been there for most of it. He was there during the times I was out of control and in denial, and he's been there while I work on treating myself right and trying to take good care of myself.
0 comments - Posted Apr 27, 2013
Now people with diabetes can display data from their insulin pumps and supported blood glucose maters thanks to the t:connect diabetes management application from Tandem Diabetes that received approval from the Food and Drug Administration in February.
0 comments - Posted Apr 26, 2013
If you're concerned about your teen's extra pounds, it might be a good idea to keep those concerns to yourself and enforce some healthier eating habits instead.
0 comments - Posted Apr 23, 2013
As technology puts smartphones into almost every hand, those technological advances may be putting your personal healthcare information at risk, according to a new study.
0 comments - Posted Apr 22, 2013
Obese patients hoping to slim down with bariatric surgery may soon be able to get the weight-loss effects of gastric bypass without going under the knife, according to a new study.
0 comments - Posted Apr 21, 2013
Insulin, shots, meter, blood
Emotions are about to flood
DKA - Hospital stay
I just don't know what to say
0 comments - Posted Apr 20, 2013
The FDA recently approved the next-generation OmniPod from Insulet, giving people with insulin-dependent diabetes an even less invasive way to manage their diabetes.
0 comments - Posted Apr 19, 2013
So what do those long hours on nursing duty mean when it comes to the quality of healthcare we receive? When it comes to overworked nurses, it leads to a higher risk of mistakes, according to a new study.
0 comments - Posted Apr 18, 2013
Low-grade ketones are not a problem; it's part of the survival system that humans have for getting through famines. We don't have many famines nowadays, but if they're not eating overnight, a large percent of the population is going to have ketones in their blood in the morning.
0 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2013
He is 89 years old and the picture of health. Yet looking at the robust, healthy, laughing gentleman sitting across the desk from me on this Saturday morning, one would never guess his age. Hank has been married 50 years, is active in his church, and hosts a prayer breakfast most Saturday mornings.
0 comments - Posted Apr 16, 2013
In my experience the most common cause of elevated cholesterol is low thyroid. High blood sugars also have an effect on LDL that can be very dramatic. If someone has elevated cholesterol, diabetic or not, the very first thing you do is check their free and total T3, and free and total T4. When you give them adequate thyroid replacement, the LDL usually normalizes.
0 comments - Posted Apr 12, 2013