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March 2011

Diabetes Drug Prompts Charges, Calls for Reform in France

Scandal swirling around a former diabetes drug has upended medical regulation in France, with the country's health minister promising tough new reforms.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2011

October 2010

Trapped Underground for 70 Days with Diabetes

Imagine that you're a miner. Imagine you have diabetes (that, at least, shouldn't be too hard). Now, imagine that you have to spend two months trapped underground with other miners. How would you do?

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 24, 2010

August 2010

Spanish for Diabetes Educators in Cuernavaca, Mexico, October 3

A week of Spanish study (5 days of classes) concentrated on your professional specialty. You will have 30 contact classroom hours, as well as opportunities outside the classroom for use of your Spanish. This course may qualify for continuing education units. Information on this is being developed. The course is arranged through Language Link, the U.S. Office for the Spanish Language Institute (800.552.2051, kay@langlink.com), and is sponsored by the AADE California coordinating body.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 9, 2010

March 2010

Naps Among Older People Linked to Higher Diabetes Rate

A university study of 20,000 Chinese adults aged 50 and older says that people who nap four to six days a week have a higher rate of type 2 diabetes than people who either never take a daily snooze or do so less often.

comments 2 comments - Posted Mar 10, 2010

January 2010

Multidisciplinary Researchers Convene For First International Congress On Abdominal Obesity

Clinical and basic science researchers from around the world will convene in Hong Kong from January 28 to 30 for the First International Congress on Abdominal Obesity: "Bridging the Gap between Cardiology and Diabetology." The congress, sponsored by the International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk (ICCR) (http://www.cardiometabolic-risk.org), is the first-ever specialized forum for sharing new insights and evidence about abdominal obesity and its clinical and public health implications.

comments 2 comments - Posted Jan 28, 2010

December 2009

An American in the UK: Healthcare for Type 1

As an American living abroad, I tried to follow the debate over healthcare reform in the US, but I had to drop it for my own sanity. How could so many of my fellow Americans say that people like me, with chronic diseases we never asked for, should pay more for healthcare because they don't want to participate in the risk pool? How could people like me, who live in fear of losing health insurance, be blind to how badly Americans with type 1 diabetes can get ripped off? I had to remind myself, "It's okay. I don't live there anymore."

comments 14 comments - Posted Dec 29, 2009

November 2009

Opportunity Knocks for CDEs Wanting to Improve Their Spanish

"Spanish for Diabetes Educators" is a January, 2010 course arranged through Language Link, the U.S. Office for the Spanish Language Institute and the Multi-Cities chapter of the AADE (McAADE) in California.The course consists of a week of Spanish study (five days of classes) concentrated on your professional specialty.  You will have 30 contact classroom hours, as well as opportunities outside the classroom for professional use of your Spanish.  This course will qualify for continuing education units. 

comments 2 comments - Posted Nov 13, 2009

Preventing Type 2 in Europe: An Interview with Dr. Peter Schwarz

Professor Peter Schwartz, MD, is a very busy man in the European diabetes community. He's a professor of medicine, a scientist, and a medical doctor in the Division of Prevention and Care of Diabetes, Department of Medicine, University of Dresden. It's a mystery how he finds enough hours in the day to do what he does. Diabetes Health recently interviewed him via email since he lives and works in Dresden, Germany.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 3, 2009

October 2009

IDF Mega-Congress Brings Global Diabetes Community to Montreal

MONTREAL, Canada, 19 October 2009 - The International Diabetes Federation's 20th World Diabetes Congress opened today at the Palais de Congress in Montreal, Quebec. The five-day congress brings thousands of international delegates to the Canadian city to discuss burning issues in diabetes care and examine local, national and regional solutions to a growing global problem.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 19, 2009

August 2009

Type 1 Diabetes Appears to Increase the Risk of TB

South African researchers have found that in areas where tuberculosis is endemic, nearly one in three children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes tests positive when given a skin test for the disease. Although the positive test results do not mean that these young people will inevitably develop active TB, they do run a very high risk of doing so.

comments 4 comments - Posted Aug 20, 2009

April 2009

Maybe “Normal” BG Levels Aren’t So Normal After All

The need to investigate and determine normoglycemia in Mexican children under the age of six begins with a lack of relevant published data.  Another motive for reviewing the currently recommended glycemic goals for children and adolescents with type 1 stems from the well-known observation that children and adolescents who do not have type 1 do not develop microvascular diabetic complications.  Today, thanks to insulin analogs and basal/bolus therapy regimens, children with type 1 have the option of achieving true euglycemia and of potentially benefiting from its advantages.

comments 14 comments - Posted Apr 17, 2009

February 2009

A New Kind of Hospital and a Different Way of Viewing Diabetes

Can you imagine a hospital where the floors are carpeted, so you feel soothed and protected? Where the doors open silently so as not to jar your nerves? Where vending machines are filled with fresh fruits, and the healthier the meal in the cafeteria, the less it costs? How about elevator doors covered in exotic floral motifs, or a diabetes center where you never wait more than ten minutes to be seen?

comments 8 comments - Posted Feb 17, 2009

Thanks to an NIH Grant, Lumping Asians Into a Single Category Will Be a Thing of the Past

Asia, which covers an area almost twice the size of North America and is home to three billion people-half of humanity-is often seen as a homogenous entity in the minds of many Westerners, even scientists. But a land that stretches 6,000 miles from east to west is anything but homogenous. The Israelis and Arabs in western Asia, for example, are far different ethnically from the Hmong mountain people in Southeast Asia, the Ainu in northern Japan, or the Filipinos in the southwestern Pacific.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 3, 2009

January 2009

Read Diabetes Health in Spanish and Dozens of Other Languages!

Now you can read Diabetes Health in over 30 languages! Look for the Google Translate button in the left-hand navigational column on any of our pages. You can translate the text on the page by clicking the language of your choice in the drop-down menu.

comments 3 comments - Posted Jan 13, 2009

November 2008

World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2008
World Diabetes Day, November 14, 2008

Today is not the first World Diabetes Day. This day was designated World Diabetes Day in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It has been celebrated each year on November 14 since then.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 14, 2008

October 2008

Sign the Google Petition and See the Results on World Diabetes Day
Sign the Google Petition and See the Results on World Diabetes Day

Chances are you've noticed that Google has taken to observing special days by putting celebratory drawings or "doodles" into the word "Google" above the search bar on their main page.

comments 2 comments - Posted Oct 13, 2008

You Can’t Push the River:  Self-Directed Education at Diabetes Camp in Mexico
You Can’t Push the River: Self-Directed Education at Diabetes Camp in Mexico

The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes peaks at 13 to 14 years of age, but at any age it immediately requires children and adolescents to learn many complex facets of glycemic self-management.  Dr. Elliot Joslin's belief of 85 years ago, that education is not just part of the treatment of diabetes, but rather the treatment itself, still holds true.

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 6, 2008

November 14th is World Diabetes Day

Every year since 1991, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have designated November 14th as World Diabetes Day. In 2007, it also became an official United Nations World Day. 

comments 1 comment - Posted Oct 6, 2008

August 2008

Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators
Report From the AADE: In the Convention Center with Diabetes Educators

The members of the AADE are an impassioned group who genuinely want to make a difference in their patients' lives. It was an ideal place for me to be, especially because I had a concern of my own: Why am I getting red dots every time I inject? Every educator I asked went right to work examining the problem and investigating my behavior, truly wanting to help. Unfortunately, they are dwindling in number each year, while patients are increasing in number, making their work ever more demanding.

comments 4 comments - Posted Aug 20, 2008

Diabetes and TB Walk the Same Path

People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing tuberculosis (TB), according to a review of published studies. As a result, the increasing prevalence of diabetes may threaten global efforts to control TB, suggest researchers at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston in the latest issue of the journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) Medicine.

comments 3 comments - Posted Aug 14, 2008

Love Thy Pharmacist: Prescription Drugs in Mexico Might Not Be What They Seem

If your summer travels take you south of the border into Mexico, pharmacists say you should avoid the temptation of saving a few dollars by purchasing your medications at farmacias, which sell versions of American prescription drugs made in Mexico.

comments 4 comments - Posted Aug 5, 2008

Researchers Scrutinize Genes, Lifestyles as Incidence of Type 1 Doubles Among Finnish Children Over a 25-Year Period
Researchers Scrutinize Genes, Lifestyles as Incidence of Type 1 Doubles Among Finnish Children Over a 25-Year Period

Since the 1950s, Finland has recorded the world’s highest incidence of type 1 diabetes as a percentage of its population.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 5, 2008

July 2008

Ontario Pledges $741 Million Against Diabetes, Including Funding Insulin Pumps for Type 1s
Ontario Pledges $741 Million Against Diabetes, Including Funding Insulin Pumps for Type 1s

The provincial government of Ontario has announced it will spend $741 million over the next four years to combat diabetes, including paying the costs of insulin pumps for adults with type 1 diabetes.

comments 5 comments - Posted Jul 25, 2008

New Consumer Guide in Spanish Helps Type 2s Compare Diabetes Drugs

A new Spanish language consumer guide to type 2 diabetes, called “Pastillas para la diabetes tipo 2,” has been released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The guide provides information on how to control type 2 and includes comparisons of oral medications. AHRQ data show that nearly one in eight Hispanics takes a prescription drug for diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 25, 2008

The Star-Fish Story, Diabetes, and the Poorest Nation in the World
The Star-Fish Story, Diabetes, and the Poorest Nation in the World

Have you heard the story of the little boy who was on the beach after a storm?  Thousands of starfish had washed ashore, and he picked up one after another and threw them back into the sea.  A man watched him work and after some time said to the boy, “Look at all these starfish.  You’re never going to be able to save them all. Do you think all your work will make a difference?”  The boy thought for a minute as he looked up and down the beach. “I don’t know,” he said as he picked up another starfish and flung it into the brine, “but it sure will make a difference to this one!”

comments 4 comments - Posted Jul 10, 2008

June 2008

Flying on Insulin

Every pilot’s nightmare is the thought of losing his medical certification and being stopped from flying. That happened to me in May of 1986, when I was diagnosed with type 1. In accordance with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Standards and Recommended Practices, Canada, along with every other country in the world, would not allow insulin-dependent pilots to hold any type of pilot’s license. My short eight-year career with Air Canada came to an abrupt end, and I was told in no uncertain terms that I would never be allowed to fly an aircraft again.

comments 9 comments - Posted Jun 26, 2008

February 2008

Moms' Type 1 or Pregnancy-Related Diabetes Increases Offsprings' Prospects for Type 2

A study at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark says there is a link between type 1 or pregnancy-related diabetes in mothers and the later onset of type 2 diabetes in their children.

comments 1 comment - Posted Feb 26, 2008

Europe Approves Abbott CGM Device; FDA Review Underway

The FDA is currently reviewing a continuous glucose monitoring system from Abbott, the "FreeStyle Navigator." The CGM device, if approved, will join the CGM systems currently offered by Medtronic and Dexcom.

comments 5 comments - Posted Feb 11, 2008

French Dad Seeks Temporary U.S. Family For His Diabetic Surfer Son

My son Nathan is a 17-year-old diabetic surfer. We live in France. I'm planning to send him one month this summer to surfing places in the U.S., either on the East Coast or California.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 6, 2008

December 2007

Dutch Find Self-Management Course Helps Type 2 Control

Adults with type 2 diabetes who follow individually tailored self-management programs are better able to lower their blood pressure and weight and maintain them over time than adult diabetes patients who don't, say Dutch researchers.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 22, 2007

November 2007

Diabetes Increasing along U.S. - Mexico Border

El Paso, Texas, October 31, 2007 - Diabetes has become the leading cause of death in Mexico and the third-leading cause of death among those living along the U.S. side of the border, according to a new study presented today by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).

comments 1 comment - Posted Nov 2, 2007

October 2007

Market for Meters Looking Very Bright in Asia

Frost & Sullivan, whose mission is to research and analyze new market opportunities for corporate growth, has some happy news about the diabetes epidemic: It's creating a huge demand for glucose meters and strips in Asia.

comments 4 comments - Posted Oct 30, 2007

September 2007

Chinese and South Asians Carry More Visceral Fat

Fat deep inside your abdomen, called visceral fat, collects and clusters around your vital organs. From there, it sends out proteins and hormones that are associated with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 23, 2007

July 2007

A Reaction to Aspartame?

An article in New Zealand's Dominion Post has reported that a young woman in Wellington, New Zealand, was nearly poisoned to death by the aspartame in her chewing gum.

comments 4 comments - Posted Jul 18, 2007

June 2007

Risk of Diabetes Rising High In Construction Workers

An ongoing study of 1,000 construction workers in Ireland has revealed a problem: Of the 450 who have been tested to date, nearly half are overweight, ten percent are pre-diabetic, and a number have been discovered to have type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 3, 2007

March 2007

World Decision-Makers Confront Diabetes Pandemic at Novo Nordisk Forum: Former President Bill Clinton, keynote speaker at the Forum

New York, NY - March 13, 2007 - Former President Bill Clinton joined global diabetes leaders today in New York City to discuss ways to break the curve of the diabetes pandemic at a forum hosted by Novo Nordisk and supported by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF).

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 13, 2007

February 2007

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at Novo Nordisk Forum on Urgent Need of Worldwide Change in Diabetes Care

PRINCETON, N.J. - January 25, 2007 - Former President Bill Clinton will be the keynote speaker at the Global Changing Diabetes Leadership Forum, taking place on March 13, 2007 in New York City hosted by Novo Nordisk and supported by the International Diabetes Federation.

comments 5 comments - Posted Feb 28, 2007

April 2006

Diabetic Patients With Kidney Disease Should Be Treated Aggressively From the Get-Go

Italian researchers say that kidney disease is a “significant predictor” of death, and that people who have kidney problems at the time of their diabetes diagnosis should be treated aggressively from the onset.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2006

December 2005

Can a Type 2 Drug Improve Type 1 Control?

Japanese researchers say that adolescents and young adults who have poor blood glucose control can add one more weapon to their control arsenal: a type 2 drug.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2005

August 2005

Pancreas Transplant Alone Improves Complications in Type 1s

Researchers in Italy say that ype 1s who undergo a successful pancreas transplant alone, without having a kidney transplant as well, have improved kidney function as well as restored normal blood glucose levels without the need for insulin therapy.

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 2005

Use of Metformin May Decrease Cancer Risk

Metformin activates the enzyme AMPK (AMP-activated protein kinase), which promotes muscles to take up glucose from the blood. It was recently discovered that the upstream regulator of AMPK is a protein kinase called LKB1, known to be a tumor suppressor.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 1, 2005

March 2005

United Kingdom to Start Testing of Type 1 Vaccine in Humans

A vaccine for type 1s will be tested on 18 human volunteers with type 1 this summer in the United Kingdom. Researchers at the University of Bristol in southwest England and King’s College in London say that the vaccine could be on the market in 10 years’ time.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2005

February 2005

Salmonella Infection Halts Type 1 Development in NOD Mice

Could infecting someone with Salmonella possibly ward off the onset of type 1 diabetes?

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2005

April 2004

Great Danes Nix Trans Fat Sales

Do you want your food purchases to be trans fat free in 2004? If so, you’d better get your passport ready and head to Denmark.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2004

Type 1s at Higher Risk for Some Cancers

A recent Swedish study shows that type 1 status affects the risk for stomach, cervical, and endometrial cancers. However, the risk of breast, colon, rectal, pancreatic, and kidney cancers is not affected by type 1 status.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2004

February 2004

New Pill May Work Cardiovascular Wonders

It seems too good to be true, but researchers from Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry in London are advancing a new therapy to reduce the cardiovascular risk factors of high blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood homocysteine levels, and platelet clumping—all in one pill.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2004

July 2003

Stop Right Where You Are! Finns Testing Kids at Birth for Diabetes.

A push to screen children for diabetes at birth in Finland has identified about 75 percent of those who later developed diabetes at an early age.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2003

May 2003

Roche Offers to Buy Disetronic's Insulin Pump Division

Roche, best known for its Accu-Chek family of blood-glucose monitors, made an offer in February 2003 to buy Disetronic's insulin pump division. A decision on the purchase should be finalized in May or June if Disetronic's shareholders accept Roche's tender offer of two nonvoting Roche equity securities and a price of 670 Swiss francs (about $490 U.S. dollars) per share.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2003

Synthetic Vitamin May Be Key to Blocking Diabetes Complications

German researchers propose that a synthetic derivative of thiamine, or vitamin B1, may be useful in preventing blindness, limb loss, kidney failure and other complications of diabetes that are caused by high blood-glucose levels.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2003

February 2003

Significant Increase in Type 1 Reported in Denmark

Children born in Denmark after 1985 are at increased risk of developing type 1 diabetes, say researchers involved in the Danish Study Group of Diabetes in Childhood, who evaluated trends in age-specific incidence rates between 1970 and 2000.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2003

January 2003

ARB Drug Controls Blood Pressure and Protects Kidneys

Irbesartan (Avapro), an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), reduces 24-hour systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as albumin excretion rate (AER) in people with type 2 diabetes.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2003

November 2002

Water, Water Everywhere, but Does it Have Enough Zinc?

Can drinking water contribute to your risk of getting type 1 diabetes? Maybe, say researchers who analyzed the acidity, color and mineral content of tap water from the homes of 64 people with type 1 diabetes and 250 randomly selected control subjects.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2002

May 2002

Cases of Type 2 Diabetes in British Caucasian Youth

In a report published in the March 2002 issue of the Archives of Disease in Childhood, England records its first cases of type 2 diabetes among Caucasian adolescents. (Cases of type 2 diabetes among adolescents of other racial groups have already been reported.)

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2002

March 2002

Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes Doubles in Northeastern Poland

The incidence of type 1 diabetes among the children of northeastern Poland doubled in just four years, according to a study published in the October 2001 issue of Diabetologia. The increase occurred primarily in rural areas, with the highest incidence rates recorded during the winter.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2002

A Money Matter?

Researchers in Ireland suggest that a country's wealth could be a factor contributing to the incidence of type 1 diabetes. Christopher C. Patterson, senior lecturer at Queen's University in Belfast, studied the incidence of type 1 diabetes across Europe and how it related to each nation's economy. Results of the study were published in Supplement 3 of the October 2001 issue of Diabetologia.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2002

January 2002

Blood Pressure Medicine Does It Again

Nearly one-quarter of research subjects with type 1 diabetes who had diabetic kidney disease showed signs of remission of their kidney disorder after beginning treatment with angiotensin-converter enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, say researchers at the Steno Diabetes Center in Gentofte, Denmark.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2002

December 2001

One Study Shows Estrogen May Lower Risk for Heart Disease; Another Says It Could Increase Risk

Taking estrogen decreases the risk of heart disease slightly in post-menopausal women with diabetes, say researchers in New Zealand. Patrick J. Manning, MBChB, and colleagues, from the departments of medicine at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, demonstrated positive changes in the blood cholesterol and blood-clotting factors of middle-aged women with diabetes when they were given hormone replacement therapy. Findings were published in the July 23 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2001

November 2001

The Pump Improves Lives

Researchers at three centers in the United Kingdom have been successful in demonstrating that using an insulin pump helps to control blood sugar and A1c levels, and can assist in preventing serious diabetes complications in a variety of patients—from long-term type 1s with erratic control to children and pregnant women.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

The Holy Month and Diabetes Control

For type 1s who fast during Ramadan, it was discovered that blood-sugar control—measured by after-meal readings—was improved and hypoglycemia significantly reduced when using insulin lispro compared with Regular human insulin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

Glucagon Injections Not Done Right

The majority of parents do not correctly administer Glucagon, according to the results of a recent study.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 2001

July 2001

Steep Type 1 Increase in Germany Baffles Researchers

Type 1 diabetes among children in Baden-Wuerttemberg, in Southwest Germany, has been rising at an average annual rate of 3.6 percent and researchers calculate that the rate will double within 20 years.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2001

Type 1 Rates Soar in Switzerland

Researchers announced an alarming average annual increase of 23.8 percent in newly diagnosed cases of type 1 diabetes among children under the age of five in Switzerland.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jul 1, 2001

May 2001

A Link to Zinc

Could zinc hold one of the keys to a cure for type 1 diabetes?

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

Type 1s Have a Greater Chance of Getting Asthma

Researchers in Norway found that people with type 1 diabetes may have increased chances of developing asthma, as stated in the February 24 issue of The Lancet.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

Relief Efforts Made to Earthquake Victims in El Salvador

In the aftermath of the severe damage caused by the series of earthquakes in El Salvador in January, international relief efforts were made to treat people with diabetes in need of medical supplies.

comments 0 comments - Posted May 1, 2001

March 2001

Getting Down To It: Researchers Examine Factors that Contribute to Severe Hypoglycemia

Nerve and kidney damage, taking beta blockers, alcohol use and the length of time with type 1 diabetes are all factors that can contribute to more frequent incidents of severe hypoglycemia.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 2001

February 2001

Diabetes and the Young

Rising rates of type 1 diabetes may be primarily confined to children and teenagers, a British study shows (Diabetologia, vol. 43, suppl. 1, p. A27).

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2001

January 2001

Salt-restricted Diets Advised Before High Blood Pressure Arises

Japanese researchers are saying it is important for people with diabetes with normal blood-pressure levels to be on a salt-restricted diet long before the occurrence of any type of high blood pressure. In an August 24, 2000, interview with Reuters Health, M. Imanishi, MD, of Osaka City General Hospital, said, "Before hypertension, salt-sensitivity appears, especially in diabetic patients, because of the renal damage caused by the diabetes."

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2001

Diabetes Conference in Mexico City Looks to the Future

In November 2000, three new products for people with diabetes were demonstrated at the 17th Congress of the International Diabetes Federation in Mexico City.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jan 1, 2001

December 2000

Classen's Crusade

The following is a summary of Classen Immunotherapies' efforts to prove the correlation between infant vaccination and the development of type 1 diabetes, as reported in professional scientific journals.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 2000

June 2000

Type 1 On the Rise

An analysis published in the December 1999 issue of Diabetologia showed a 3 percent yearly increase in the incidence of type 1 diabetes since 1960.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 2000

April 2000

People with Diabetes Warned to Avoid Certain Herbs

On February 24, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned people with diabetes not to use five brands of Chinese herbal products. The FDA says that the herbs illegally contain the prescription diabetes drugs glyburide and phenformin which can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2000

Insulin Outside America

Dr. Sharad Pendsey is a physician based in Nagpur, India. Pendsey recalls the story of a girl named Sudha who came to him when she was eight-years old. Sudha had just been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. When she was discharged from the hospital, Pendsey explained to Sudha's impoverished parents that she would have to take insulin to stay alive. Pendsey recalls Sudha's parents asking, "Doctor, if I understand you correctly, Sudha has to take insulin every day for the rest of her life?" Pendsey nodded yes, and said that Sudha would die if she didn't. The parents understood the predicament, but could not afford the cost of her insulin. One month later, Pendsey learned that Sudha had died.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2000

How to Help Donate Insulin to Countries in Need

Insulin and Diabetes Supplies For Life (Australia), Inc.

comments 0 comments - Posted Apr 1, 2000

February 2000

Getting to the Bottom of the French Paradox : Moderate Red Wine Consumption is Good for the Heart

In spite of a diet rich in saturated fat, the French have a much lower rate of cardiovascular disease than Americans. Researchers attribute this to the consumption of red wine, which has the power to bolster antioxidants in blood.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

Comparing Type 1 Rates in Finland and Lithuania—Is Type 1 Diabetes an Affliction of Richer Countries?

Researchers have long suspected a link between enterovirus infections and the development of type 1 diabetes. In a report published in the December 1999 issue of Diabetes Care, a team of Finnish and Lithuanian scientists has uncovered more evidence to support this.

comments 0 comments - Posted Feb 1, 2000

November 1999

Do Rural Areas Have Lower Type 1 Incidence?

Researchers at the University of Ancona in Italy discovered a statistically significant difference in the incidence of childhood type 1 diabetes among people living in Italy. The more populated urban areas had almost double the type 1 rate of the rural areas. The researchers hypothesize that in the urban areas, there is probably genetic mingling because of continuous migration, whereas the genetic background of the original population is conserved better in rural areas.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1999

September 1999

Finland’s Type 1 Incidence Still Highest in the World—And Growing. Researchers Explore Possible Causes

The incidence of new type 1 cases in American children age 14 and younger is approximately 15 per 100,000 children. In Finland, however, the incidence of type 1 diabetes in children age 14 and younger is around 45 per 100,000 people, making it the highest in the world.

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1999

August 1999

Tips For Importing Animal Insulin

Personal Importation of Animal Insulin

comments 0 comments - Posted Aug 1, 1999

British Insulin Maker Fights To Bring Animal Insulin to the United States

Beef-pork insulin will soon disappear in the United States, leaving thousands of people with diabetes without the insulin they feel is essential to their lives. Ever since insulin manufacturers Eli Lilly and Novo Nordisk announced that they would no longer sell beef-pork insulin, American activists have been fighting to import it from the United Kingdom and Brazil, where it is still made and widely available. The activists work on behalf of those who say that human insulin causes side effects in them, the most frequently reported being that they no longer get any physical warning when their blood sugars drop.

comments 1 comment - Posted Aug 1, 1999

December 1998

African Plant Smooths a Type 2s High Blood Glucose Levels Within 24 Hours

Jean Chediac has type 2 diabetes and had not taken his medication for a week, running his BGs up to double their normal level. He finally went to his health care provider, who gave him his medicine. Within a day, his BGs were back to normal.

comments 0 comments - Posted Dec 1, 1998

November 1998

Beef Insulin Pulled in Canada

For many years, sulfated beef insulin has been produced for insulin users. By 1993 there were 26 people taking sulfated beef insulin in Canada. By 1996 only 15 people were still using sulfated beef insulin.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1998

Companies Collaborate to Achieve Implantable Insulin

MiniMed Inc., with its implantable insulin pump, and Medical Research Group LLC (MRG), with its implantable glucose sensor, recently reached an agreement in an attempt to ease an implantable insulin system into the U.S. market.

comments 0 comments - Posted Nov 1, 1998

September 1998

Do Sulphonylurea Drugs Cause Heart Attack?

In the June issue of Diabetologia: the Journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes, researchers argued whether sulphonylurea drugs (such as Micronase, Glucotrol, DiaBeta, Glynase, Amaryl and Diabinese) pose an increased cardiovascular risk for individuals with type 2 diabetes and heart disease. (Sulphonylurea drugs are prescribed to help stimulate the beta cells of individuals with type 2 diabetes; it may also increase the sensitivity of muscle tissue to the hormone.)

comments 0 comments - Posted Sep 1, 1998

June 1998

IOC Says No Insulin for Nondiabetics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently added insulin to its list of banned substances for all nondiabetic athletes. According to the IOC, insulin, while used by people with diabetes to control blood sugar levels, can be used by nondiabetic athletes to gain muscle mass. Its misuse can have an adverse affect on health, possibly leading to death.

comments 0 comments - Posted Jun 1, 1998

March 1998

New Findings About Mexican Americans and Type 2

Results of a study by Naomi D. Neufeld, MD, et al. describe the signals that the beginning of type 2 diabetes is present in some Hispanic populations. As reported in January's Diabetes Care, there is a genetic predisposition, that when combined with obesity, can result in type 2 diabetes in Mexican-American children.

comments 0 comments - Posted Mar 1, 1998

October 1997

I Want My Iletin I!

When human insulin first appeared on the market it was thought to be a "special" insulin and the beef/pork insulin that I had taken for years was termed "standard" insulin. A lot has changed since those days. What was once thought to be the standard is now in danger of being pulled from the market.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1997

British Diabetes Association Statement on Human and Animal Insulins, 1997

The British Diabetic Association's (BDA's) insulin campaign is committed to securing choice for people with diabetes for the kind of insulin that they use. The BDA is therefore committed to securing long-term availability of animal and human insulins, and provision of animal insulins in pen cartridges.

comments 0 comments - Posted Oct 1, 1997

American Diabetes Association Statement on Animal and Human Insulin, 1997

The American Diabetes Association recognizes patients' concerns with the discontinuation of mixed beef/pork insulin production in the United States. Patients need and deserve adequate education and assistance as they switch to either pure pork or human insulin. We strongly urge insulin-producing companies to recognize these concerns as well, and take steps necessary to give providers the tools to help their patients make this transition.

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Canadian Diabetes Association Recommendations for Human and Animal Insulins, 1997

(Our) survey results indicate that for some people, changing insulins has a negative impact on their health, well-being and quality of life. People need more information as to the reasons for changing their insulin and they need to have the choice. They need the support of their physicians and their diabetes health care teams during this time of change-over. The (Canadian) National Advocacy Committee is committed to advocating for the continuation of beef/pork insulins for those whose health, well-being or quality of life will be affected by the change.

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Educator Cindy Onufer 'Czechs' Out Diabetes Care in Central Europe

I recently visited the Golden Triangle of Central Europe (the cities of Vienna, Budapest and Prague) with seven friends. In the golden city of Prague I had the immense pleasure of meeting much of the staff at the Institute for Clinical and Experimental Medicine's Diabetes Clinic, the Klinika Diabetologie. Everyone I met in Prague exuded such hospitality and such a optimistic outlook for these changing times in this historical city. The staff at the Klinika was no exception.

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August 1997

Intensive Control Inquiry in England

DIABETES HEALTH received the following letter from Advisory Board Member Matthew Kiln, MB, BS, DRCOG, FRSH, from the Paxton Green Health Center in London. The UK Diabetes Adviser wrote in response to "Hypoglycemia: What Every Person Should Know" in the July issue.

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July 1997

Type 1 Clustering in the U.K.

In a new study from the U.K., cases of childhood type I diabetes were shown to cluster over time in geographic regions.

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May 1997

Type 1 "Epidemic"

How and why type I diabetes develops continues to puzzle doctors and researchers the world over. A recent report in the March issue of Diabetes Care illustrates one of its most interesting and unexplained characteristics. The disease, while not communicable, has a tendency to break out in "epidemics."

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March 1997

New Test May One Day Detect Approaching Heart Disease

A new indicator of atherosclerosis for people with type 2 diabetes has been discovered. French scientists have found that the levels of a blood protein called A-IV is a very strong indicator of arterial problems in the heart, limbs and brain.

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June 1996

Donations Being Accepted for the Ukrainian Diabetes Project

The Ukrainian Diabetes Project is asking for help with supplies for diabetic children in the Ukraine.

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Study Shows Type 1 Diabetes Clusters Like A Virus

A recent study suggests type I diabetes may be linked to time and place of birth. This is congruent with time and place clustering for a viral epidemic, and adds more weight to the growing theory that some cases of type I diabetes are caused by viral infection.

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European Union Debates Regulating “Diabetic Foods”

The European Parliament continues to debate whether diabetic foods should be regulated by the government, according to recent Reuters reports. All countries in the European Union (EU) oppose such regulation, except Germany.

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October 1995

Lilly Pledges $1 Million To Treat Diabetes In Africa: Hopes To Increase Insulin Sales There

Eli Lilly and Company announced that it will begin testing its ideas about diabetes management in what might seem an unlikely place-Ghana, Africa.

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May 1995

Russian Diabetes Patients Face Insulin Shortage, Government Agencies Quarrel in-Dispute over Imported Insulin

A shortage of insulin is threatening millions of Russian diabetics, a Western news agency has said.

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March 1995

Diabetes is the Leading Cause of Renal Failure in New Zealand

Diabetes-induced nephropathy is now the leading cause of end-stage renal failure in New Zealand, according to the Department of Medicine at Auckland Hospital in New Zealand.

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Russia Studies the Ability of Children with Diabetes to Metabolize Vitamins

Thirty-five children, ages 9-13, with diabetes of varying severity were studied in Russia to observe their ability to metabolize vitamins.

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February 1995

Vitamin E Benefits Rats With Diabetes

Vitamin E may decrease the risk of developing some of the most common complications of diabetes, according to a study done at Joslin Diabetes Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and Kyushu University in Japan.

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January 1995

Korea Has Low Rate of IDDM

A recently completed study of type 1 diabetes in Seoul found that, of the city's 2,568,933 children under 15 years of age, only 71 developed type 1 diabetes between 1985 and 1988.

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December 1994

The British Insulin Debate

Introduction This article was originally published in Balance, the magazine of the British Diabetes Association (BDA), and was written for a British audience.

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September 1994

Type 2 Diabetes—Daytime & Nighttime

A study comparing the hypoglycemic effects of evening and morning injections in patients with non-insulin dependent diabetes (NIDDM) was conducted by the University of Helsinki, Finland (Diabetes Care, August 1994). Researchers determined that the hypoglycemic effects of the two treatments were similar. For patients using a combination of Regular and NPH therapy, insulin can be administered equally well during the night and during the day. The researchers were trying to determine when glucose production is most abnormal. They had hypothesized that nocturnal insulin injections might be more effective, because glucose production in the body is maximal during the night.

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May 1994

Should You Add Fructose To Your Diet?

A recent report from the University of Kuopio in Finland has found that fructose may be an acceptable alternative to sugar in the diet of people with diabetes who are liable to high after meal glucose concentrations (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 1994). In patients with mild non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, fructose may contribute lower after meal glucose and insulin responses than most other carbohydrate sources.

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Using The Glycemic Index

Researchers at the University of Sydney in New South Wales, Australia, are calling for a reassessment of the value of the glycemic index in the treatment of diabetes (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March 1994). They cite 11 medium to long-term studies that have specifically used the glycemic index (GI) approach to determine clinical gains in diabetes or lipid management. All but one study produced positive findings.

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December 1993

Diabetes Educators Pioneer Successful Program with 'Royal' Participation, Top Tongan Assists 'Culturally-Sensitive' Program

In Tonga, a small island kingdom in the South Pacific with a population of about 100,000 people, girth is a sign of success. Western-style medical care tends to be utilized only for illnesses related to the West, and hospitals are viewed as places for people with life threatening illnesses; as many as 70% of the patients go there to die. These insights gained by Ruth Breitenbach, a nurse and diabetes educator at Redwood City Kaiser in California, and her colleague Donna Wright, MA, RN, have helped them pioneer a successful, culturally sensitive diabetes education program aimed at the Tongan population in Redwood City. Tongan-Americans comprise a large percentage of the patients treated for diabetes there.

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November 1993

Low Incidence of Type 1 Diabetes in Macedonia

A survey recording the rate of type 1 diabetes among children under 15 years of age has found that Macedonia has the lowest incidence of IDDM in Europe, with only 112 cases reported in 6 years. The overall number of cases was 2.45 per 100,000 people per year (the rate in the United States is between 4 and 15 cases per 100,000 people per year, depending on location and ethnicity).

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August 1993

Implantable Insulin Pumps from France

A team of French researchers report the success of an experimental study involving the implantation of a programmable insulin pump in 214 patients with insulin-dependent diabetes. The pumps used in the study were the MiniMed MIP 2001, the Infusaid M1000, and the Promedos 3. The pumps were implanted into the abdominal wall, with catheters inserted into the peritoneum (the membrane sac lining the abdominal cavity).

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April 1993

Diabetes Linked To Vitamin C Deficiency

Researchers at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem have reported evidence that diabetes may lead to ascorbic acid (vitamin C) deficiency.

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March 1993

Males At Greater Risk For Type 1

A study from Turin, Italy, has found a higher incidence of type 1 diabetes in males than in females in the age group of 15-29 years old. The report of the study, published in Diabetes Care, January 1993, recalls previous studies from Sweden and Spain in similar age groups that found males to be a greater risk of developing insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus.

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January 1993

French Researchers Test Implantable Pump

A study from France has concluded that implantable insulin pumps have proven to be reasonably safe and effective on a large scale, although time-limited, basis. The study was conducted by researchers from the EVADIAC Group in France.

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